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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


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

Professional Background

Professor Schenkel is an experienced legal educator who has also worked in private practice.

Prior to joining the New England Law faculty in 2006, Professor Schenkel was a solo practitioner in North Carolina, providing legal and tax planning services with a specialty in estate planning and administration. He has also practiced in Florida. 

Professor Schenkel previously was an assistant professor of business law at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is interested in business and estates and trusts law, and has been published widely on these subjects.


Featured Publications

Federal Transfer Taxes and the Protean Irrevocable Trust, Volume 85, Albany Law Review (forthcoming) (2022)

Silent Trusts are Trending; Will they Hold Trustees to Account?, Volume 47, Issue 1, ACTEC Law Journal (2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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)