Kimberly E. Civins

A partner in the firm’s Private Client Practice Group, Kimberly Civins concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, tax exempt entities (including public charities and private foundations), transfer tax, business succession planning and federal and state regulation of bank trust departments. She also advises clients in trust and estate litigation matters, working in concert with her litigation colleagues.

    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Georgia State University
    • Co-Author, “Marriage, Death and Taxes: The Estate Planning Impact of Windsor and Obergefell on Georgia’s Same-Sex Spouses,” Georgia Bar Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, October 2015
    • “Ownership Succession for Family-Owned Banks: Building the Right Estate Plan” (co-authored with Michael Shumaker),, April 2015
    • “Estate Planning with Conservation Easements” (co-authored with Tiffany McKenzie), Insights, Summer 2012
    • “Nursing the Sick ILIT: How a Trustee Can Avoid Liability When a Trust Lacks Liquidity,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, December 2010
    • “STOP!  Before You Buy That Life Insurance, Ask if an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Will Save Your Beneficiaries Some Serious Cash,” Atlanta Business Journal, June/July 2006
    • “The Foundation Fumble:  When Celebrities Create Private Foundations,” Atlanta Business Journal, Summer 2006
    • “Business and Tax Considerations in Buy-Sell Agreements Among Owners of Closely-Held Businesses,” Atlanta Business Journal, Fall 2006
Speaking engagements
    • “Remaining Estate and Trust Issues for Same Sex Spouses,” Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, Co-Presenter, March 22, 2016
    • “Same Sex, Different Day, Estate Planning After the Windsor Decision,” DeKalb Estate Planning Council, Co-Presenter, June 15, 2015
    • “Beneficiary Defective Inheritor’s Trusts (BDITs),” State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Estate Planning Institute, Sole Presenter, February 7, 2014
    • “Same Sex, Different Day, Estate Planning After the Windsor Decision,” Georgia State University College of Law, Sole Presenter, December 2, 2013
    • “2013 Estate Planning Update,” EY Family Office Accounting and Tax Education Series, Sole Presenter, November 8, 2013
    • “Estate Planning With Illiquid Assets,”  Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, Co-Presenter, March 27, 2012
    • “Addressing the Wealth Transfer Tax Chaos in Practice: Tips and Advice,” Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section, Panelist, June 9, 2010
    • “Estate Planning in the 2009 Environment:  The Current State of the Estate Tax and Utilizing GRATs,” Bryan Cave S Corporation Conference, Sole Presenter, March 17, 2009
    • “Ethical Issues in Estate Planning:  A Panel Discussion,” State Bar of Georgia Basic Fiduciary Practice Seminar, Panelist, December 2, 2005
    • “Charitable Planning in Today’s Economic Environment: Charitable Lead Trusts,” State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, Fiduciary Law Institute, Co-Presenter, July 17, 2003



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