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Geoffrey S. Kunkler

Business Services, Business Transactions, Family Wealth & Estate Planning, Non-profit Services, Probate, Taxation

About:

Geoffrey Kunkler joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in 2014 and has been a Partner since 2018. His practice is centered around estate planning for individuals and business owners, as well as asset protection planning for retirees. He focuses primarily on estate planning, elder protection, estate administration, charitable and philanthropic planning and special needs planning. He also has extensive experience in conducting educational seminars on legal topics related to his expertise.

Professional Accolades 

Education

Geoff received his bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and master’s degree (M.A.) from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree (J.D.) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Geoff also earned his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy™ designation from The American College in 2016.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Geoff is a recognized leader in his area of practice. He works with organizations that proactively further the education of practicing lawyers. These organizations include the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and Columbus Bar Association (CBA). As a member of the CBA, he has served as former Chair of the Estate Planning Committee and is currently a member of the Probate Law Committee. In addition, he is a member of the planning committee for the Probate Law Institute, hosted annually by the CBA. 

Geoff is an active member of several organizations in Central Ohio that focus on giving back to professionals and the community. Geoff is a licensed Athlete Agent in Ohio, helping students understand how negotiation can ensure maximum compensation. In addition, he volunteers his time at the Columbus Foundation Professional Advisors, Delaware County Foundation Professional Advisors GroupCatholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group, The Ohio State University Office of Gift Planning Professional Advisors Group, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Philanthropic Engagement Council and was previously a founding board member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council.

Professional Recognition

Geoff was named a “Top Lawyer” by Columbus CEO magazine in 2016, 2018-Present, and named Top Attorneys Rising Stars for 2020 and 2021 by Columbus Monthly. Geoff has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® since 2017. He has also been listed as one of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” since 2018, and listed as Columbus Business First magazine’s Class of 2020 ‘Forty Under 40.’

Publications

  • Fiduciary Appointments and Duties in Probate Proceedings (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020) 
  • Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020) 
  • Purposes and Uses of a Will (OH)” Lexis Nexis, Practical Guidance (December 2020)
  • “Preparing for the New Frontier in Trusts & Estates: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Incorporating Cryptocurrencies into Estate Planning” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (September/October 2018)
  • “Considerations in Planning for and Administering Digital Assets” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (July/August 2016)
  • “Saving for Beneficiaries is Easier with ABLE” Probate Law Journal of Ohio (September/October 2015)

Community Involvement

Geoff is involved with the Delaware County Foundation, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Governance Committee, and a member of the Executive and Development Committees. He is also involved in the special needs community at Special Olympics Ohio (SOO). He volunteers at state-level competitions and is seated as Chair of the Board of Directors. In addition, Geoff was previously the inaugural Chair of the Development Committee for SOO. Geoff supports The Ohio State University as a member of the Buckeye Club and Neil Legacy Society. Additionally, Geoff is a founding member and the current and inaugural Treasurer for the Central Ohio Business and Wealth Planning Council.

Personal Interests

He was born in Wooster, Ohio and now lives in Powell. In his free time, Geoff enjoys dining out and vacationing with his wife, Lauren, playing with his dog, Teddy, and golfing. Geoff and Lauren are new parents, welcoming a daughter, Nora, in 2019. As a former personal trainer, Geoff is a bit of a fitness nut and enjoys a variety of physical activities and workouts.

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