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Kent D. Schenkel
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Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate Law
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Tax Law and Policy
  • Estate Law and Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Business Law

Kent D. Schenkel

Professor of Law


BA Stetson University
JD Florida State University College of Law
LLM University of Florida College of Law

Professional Background

Professor Schenkel teaches Estate and Gift Tax; Estate Planning; and Wills, Estates, and Trusts. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 2006, he was a solo practitioner in North Carolina, providing legal and tax planning services with a specialty in estate planning and administration. Before that, he practiced in Florida. He also served as an assistant professor of business law at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, teaching Legal Environment of Business; Commercial Law; Federal Taxation of Gifts, Estates, and Trusts; and Law and Society. He has published articles on business law and estates and trusts law.

Selected Publications

The Trust-as-Will Portmanteau: Trill or Spork?, 27 Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal 40 (2013) available at:

Exposing the Hocus Pocus of Trusts, 45 Akron Law Review 61 (2012) available at:

Planning and Drafting Basics Under the New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, 16 Roger Williams University Law Review 535 (2011) available at:

Trust Law and the Title-Split: A Beneficial Perspective, 78 UMKC Law Review 181 (2009) available at:

Testamentary Fragmentation and the Diminishing Role of the Will: An Argument for Revival, 41 Creighton Law Review 155 (2008) available at:

Will a Crummey Beneficial Interest Qualify for an Annual Gift Tax Exclusion?, Tax Adviser, AICPA Magazine of Planning, Trends & Techniques (1997)

Putting Valuation in Context: Pitfalls and Opportunities in the Current Environment, Trusts & Estates: The Journal of Estate Planning (1996)

Up the Stream without an Exemption? IRS Chief Counsel Reconsiders Hospital Physician “Revenue Stream” Joint Ventures, Florida Bar Journal (1992)