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Richard R. Gans

Richard R. Gans

Shareholder & Past President
Sarasota, Florida

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Organizations
  • Charitable Organizations and Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, The Florida Bar
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1988
  • Florida, 1994
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • LL.M. - 1992
  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Law Review: Washington Law Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • M.A. - 1985
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A. - 1980

Published Works

  • "Protection of Inherited IRA's", ACTEC Law Journal, Co-Author, Vol. 36, No. 3, Winter, 2010
  • "IRA And Qualified Plan Benefits" in Asset Protection In Florida, a volume published by The Florida Bar, Third Edition, 2013
  • "Disclaimer Reform and UDPIA: The Disappointing Amendments of 2006 Estate Planning", Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA, December, 2006
  • "How Protected Are Your Clients' Retirement Accounts After the 2005 Bankruptcy Act?", The Florida Bar Journal, November, 2005
  • "Declaimer Reform: New Developments and Additional Reflections Estate Planning", Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA, June, 2005
  • "Perfecting Disclaimer Reform: Suggestions for a Revised Uniform Act", Estate Planning, a publication of Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA, Volume 31, Number 4, April, 2004
  • "Disclaimer Reform Is on the Way", Action Line, a publication of The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Vol. XXV, No. 4, Summer, 2004
  • "Pet Trusts: The Next New Thing on Your Estate Planning Questionnaire", The Docket, a Newsletter of the Sarasota County Bar Association, November, 2002
  • "Waiting for Estate Tax Repeal: What Do You Tell Your Clients in the Meantime?", The Florida Bar Journal, November 4, 2001
  • "The Supreme Court's Interpretation of Section 1988 and Awards of Attorney's Fees for Work Performed in Administrative Proceedings: A Proposal for a Result-Oriented Approach", Washington Law Review, Volume 3 62:889, 1987


  • Adjunct Professor, State College of Florida (f/k/a Manatee Community College), 2003 - Present
  • Frequent Lecturer on topics of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Taxes, The Florida Bar

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Best Lawyers® 2018 "Lawyer of the Year", Trusts and Estates Law, Sarasota Metro Area
  • Best Lawyers® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year", Trusts and Estates Law, Sarasota Metro Area
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 "Lawyer of the Year", Trusts and Estates Law, Tampa Area
  • 2007 - 2018 Florida Super Lawyer®
  • 2008 - 2019 Florida Legal Elite
  • 2010 - 2020 Best Lawyers® in America
  • Top 100: 2016 Florida Super Lawyers ® List
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client's Guide
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council, Past President
  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • The Florida Bar Journal, Probate and Trust Column Editor
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee, Past Chair
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Chair, Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Examination Review Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, IRA and Employee Benefits, and Asset Preservation, Committees
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Executive Council, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
  • Director, Woman's Exchange, Inc.
  • Past Director, Pines of Sarasota Foundation and Sarasota Concert Association


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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