Robert M. Buckel

Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Specialist, Wood, Buckel and Carmichael

Executive Board Member, Southwest Florida Community Board Chair

Robert M. Buckel is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Wills, Trusts and Estates law specialist and heads up the Trust & Estates section of the firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex estate planning, probate litigation and trust administration. He has been involved in virtually all aspects of probate and trust administration, as well as probate litigation (will contests, ante-nuptial agreements, claims disputes, etc.).

Mr. Buckel has practiced in the area of estate planning and probate administration in Naples, Florida for over twenty five years. He is a longstanding member of the Florida and American Bar Associations’ sections on Probate and Trust law, as well as a member of the Naples Estate Planning Council. He is a past president of the Trust and Estates Section of the Collier County Bar Association. He has written several articles on various topics involving estate planning and is a frequent speaker on probate-related matters. Mr. Buckel has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2017) and was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 – Litigation: Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Naples. He is also recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® (2006, 2009-2019) and carries an “AV” “Preeminent” rating from LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Family Wealth Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Tax Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 1981, Florida

Education and Certification

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • University of Miami (J.D., 1980; LL.M. in Estate Planning, 1981)
  • University of Texas; University of Dayton (B.A. honors, 1975)


  • Best Lawyers®, Florida Edition (2006-2017)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® (2006, 2009-2019)
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Naples