Jeff Goethe was raised in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School in 1982. Jeff was a member of the 1981 District Championship football team at Manatee, and continued to play football for four years at Maryville College in Tennessee, while maintaining a Presidential Scholarship for academics.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Maryville College, Jeff attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in May of 1990. He served the poor through one of the nation’s oldest law school legal clinics, representing clients in the areas of family law, victim’s compensation claims, bankruptcy, and juvenile dependency law. While in law school, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and served in the Army Reserves and Florida National Guard for over 6 years. He returned to Bradenton after law school and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1990. Jeff lives in Bradenton with his wife, Jeannie. Together, they have raised seven children.
Jeff’s community involvement has included the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Boys and Girls Clubs, coaching Pop Warner football and various sports at the Manatee County Family YMCA, and teaching at the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Parrish School of Religion.
In 2014, Jeff was elected by his peers to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States. Fellows of the College are nominated by other Fellows in their geographic area and are elected by the membership at large. A lawyer cannot apply for membership in the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities. The purposes of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel are to maintain an association, international in scope, of lawyers skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incapacitated persons; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes.
Jeff is a member of the American Bar Association, and its Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section. As an active member of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, he currently serves as a member of the Section’s Executive Council; Co-Editor of the section’s column in the Florida Bar Journal; current chair of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course; co-vice chair of the Section’s Probate Law and Procedure Committee; Co-Chair of the Homestead Issues Study Committee; member of the Asset Protection Committee; member of the IRA and Employee Benefits Committee; and a member the Ad Hoc Committee on Estate Planning Attorney Conflicts of Interest. In 2016, Jeff received the John Arthur Jones Annual Service Award from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. He is the current chair of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee and a current member, past president, and past director of the Manatee County Bar Association. He is an emeritus member of the Manatee Inns of Court, a member of the Manatee Estate Planning Council, and a member of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section. Jeff has been a frequent lecturer and author for various professional groups in the areas of probate and estate planning. He has presented lectures and course materials for the Florida Bar, the Manatee County Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Venice Estate Planning Council, the Manatee Estate Planning Council, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, The Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, The Florida Guardianship Association Gulf Coast Chapter, and the National Business Institute. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Manatee Community College (now the State College of Florida), teaching courses in its Paralegal Studies Program.
Jeff is Board-Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates and has achieved a “Superior” rating from the AVVO attorney rating service and an “AV-Preeminent” peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters through its peer review process. He practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, and real estate.
Jeff can be reached at telephone extension #1323 or by email at email@example.com. To schedule an initial appointment, please call and ask to speak with Carroll for estate planning matters or Rhonda for probate and trust administration matters.