Kelli Brown


The Importance of Probate

Goldberg Simpson continues The Q&A series with Trusts and Estates attorney Kelli Brown as she details what probate is, why it’s important and whether an attorney is necessary for the probate process. Watch as Brown also discusses what tasks a person can handle themselves while navigating this process and what options a person has if probate was not handled correctly.


Kelli is a 1996 graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and obtained her LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, in 1997. Kelli is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, probate, estate litigation, and elder law. She has published numerous articles on estate planning and probate and is a frequent speaker on all topics associated with Estate Planning. Kelli is active in the Kentucky Bar Association, having chaired the Probate and Trust Law Section three separate terms. She is also a member of the KBA Probate and Trust Legislative Committee which drafts proposed legislation with regard to Kentucky probate. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Kelli is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Brown has given over 50 presentations in her area of expertise. She is also one of only three females in Kentucky who are active members of the ACTEC.


B.A., University of Dayton, 1993
J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 1996
LL.M. Estate Planning, University of Miami, 1997


Ohio, 1996
Kentucky, 1997
Tennessee, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Tax Court


Ms. Brown’s work for the firm focuses on estate planning, estate administration, probate, estate litigation, and elder law. Collectively, this area is experienced in all aspects of estate and trust administration, including post mortem tax planning, fiduciary income tax matters, and probate court representation and estate-related litigation. Further, we provide counsel in business planning, including family succession strategies, buy/sell agreements and deferred and structured compensation arrangements. Specific areas of wealth protection include Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Non-Trust Planning Alternatives. Learn more


  • 2015 Justice Thomas B. Spain Award Winner
  • Rated with Martindale-Hubbell


  • Kentucky Prenuptial Agreements: General Survey, Drafting and Litigation. University of Kentucky Estate Planning Institute 2005
  • What Every Probate And Estate Planning Attorney Needs To Know About Estate Litigation. Kentucky Bar Association 2007 Annual Convention


  • Kentucky Bar Association (Chair 2013, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Former Chair of Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • American, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Associations
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys emispit