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Robert M. Trinkler, Esq.

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Robert M. Trinkler is a partner of the Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. Robert has practiced law in South Florida for more than 20 years and has served as counsel of record in more than 2,000 guardianship, incapacity and probate proceedings throughout the State of Florida. Robert has successfully handled hundreds of adversarial guardianship and probate matters. Prior to joining the firm, Robert served as general counsel for the largest private corporate professional guardian in the State of Florida. In such capacity, he has been entrusted to manage and oversee more than $100 Million in combined investments, real property and related assets. Robert has extensive experience in all aspects of guardianship, incapacity, Baker Act, Marchman Act, Probate and Trust proceedings. Throughout his career, Robert has received numerous judicial appointments as counsel for guardianships, including several high profile and high net worth individuals. Robert has been a featured presenter to attorney, physician and guardianship associations on the topics of guardianship, end of life care and exploitation of the elderly.


  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Juris Doctor, 1992 Honors:
    • Dean’s List
    • Moot Court Society Editor
    • Moot Court Competition Finalist
    • Best Appellate Brief Award
    • The Florida Bar Essay Contest Finalist
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1989
  • Dual Major: Economics and Political Science Honors, Dean’s List

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • Stephen R. Booher Inn of Court
  • Past Co-Chair of the Broward County Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Estate Planning and Probate Council of Broward County Member Since 1994
  • The Florida Bar Elder Law Sections
  • The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Broward County & Florida State Guardianship Associations
  • Jewish Family Services, Former Member of Board of Directors

Published Works/Lectures

  • Featured Speaker, Tax & Financial Planning Conference, November 21, 2013: Elder Care Ethics.
  • Should Fault Be A Significant Consideration in Property Division?, 28 Fam. L. Commentator, 8 (1992) (author)
  • Urban Development Regulations, Florida Environmental and Land-Use Law, 1993 Supp., The Florida Bar (co-author)
  • A Guardian’s Fiduciary Responsibility, The Florida Bar Elder Law Section and Florida State Guardianship Association Annual Conference Fort Lauderdale, Florida (author/lecturer)
  • Incapacity, Guardianship and Guardianship Avoidances, Florida, Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting Palm Beach, Florida (lecturer)
  • End of Life Care Act, Florida State Guardianship Association Annual Conference Deerfield Beach, Florida (lecturer)
  • Incapacity, Exploitation of the Elder and Protective Services Trust and Estate Roundtable, Sponsored by SunTrust Bank (lecturer)
  • An Overview of Health Care Advance Directives and Legislative Update to F.S. Chapter 765 Broward County Guardianship Association Seminar (lecturer)
  • End of Life Care Issues Broward General Medical Center Bio Ethics Committee (lecturer)

Awards & Recognitions

Lawyer Robert Trinkler | Top Attorney Guardianship

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