Our company at a glance


Chairman, Wealth Protection Network, Inc.
CEO, Kilbourn Associates


MSFS (2001) Master of Science – Financial Services, American College
MBA (1973) Master of Business Administration – Management & Finance (Cum Laude)
MA (1972) Master of Arts – Human Communications, Interpersonal (Cum Laude)
MA (1974) Master of Arts – Teaching in the Community College (Cum Laude)
BS (1968) Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering, Western Michigan University
BGS (1973) Elected to Beta Gamma Sigma Professional Honorary Society
CEP (1997) Certificate in Estate Planning and Taxation, American College
AEP (1999) Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
LRA (1994) Licensed Renaissance Advisor, Renaissance, Inc.
CLU (1992) Chartered Life Underwriter, American College
ChFC (1992) Chartered Financial Consultant, American College
CCIM (1984) Certified Commercial Investment Member, National Association of Realtors
SRI (1990) Specialist in Real Estate Investments, Real Estate Investment Association
SRS (1987) Specialist in Real Estate Securities, Commercial Investment Real Estate Council
RAM (1986) Real Estate Alumni of Michigan, Michigan Association of Realtors
GRI (1985) Graduate Realtors Institute, Michigan Association of Realtors
MREC (1986) Master Real Estate Consultant, National Association of Real Estate Consultants
DREI (1983) Designated Real Estate Instructor, Real Estate Educators Association
FELLOW (1999) Esperti Peterson Institute
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR (2001) The Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice
CAP (2004) Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, American College
CASL (2005) Chartered Advisor in Senior Living, American College


  • Member, Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP), Southwest Florida Chapter
  • Past President, Financial Planning Association (FPA), Southwest Florida Chapter
  • Former Member and Board Member, American Cancer Society (ACS), Southwest Florida Unit
  • Former Board Member and Treasurer, General Agent Advisory Council (GAAC), American General Life
  • Past Chairman, Estate Planning Council of Naples, Inc. (since 1993)
  • Sustaining Member, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU)
  • Former Member, Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR)
  • Former Member, National Association of Realtors, Commercial Investment Real Estate Council (NAR/CIREC)
  • Member, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
  • Member, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)
  • Life and Qualifying Member, Top of the Table, Million Dollar Round Table
  • Former Member, Naples Planned Giving Council
  • Former Senior Teaching Fellow, Esperti Peterson Institute
  • Former Member, International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (IAAP)


President, Kilbourn & Associates, Inc., Realtors, Kalamazoo, MI
President, Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, Kalamazoo, MI
Director, Resource Savings Association, Dallas, TX
Faculty Chairman, Michigan Association of Realtors – Graduate Realtor Institute
President, Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute, Michigan chapter
Adjunct Professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Registered Representative, Hall Securities Corp. and Funding Capital, Inc., Dallas, TX


  • “Florida Domicile Seminar” – a three-hour public program on Florida domicile issues
  • “The Wealth Protection Network Estate Planning Seminar” –  Instructor
  • “Estate Tax Reduction Strategies Workshop” – a three-hour public estate planning program
  • “Disinherit the IRS™” – a three-hour seminar for affluent individuals and families
  • “Healthy Wealthy & Wise” – coauthor and presenter

Specialized seminars for financial advisors including:

  • “Sales Magic – The New Technology of Power Selling”
  • “I’ll Take It! Closing Techniques for Financial Planning Professionals”
  • “Successful Estate Planning Seminars for the Affluent”


Officer, U.S. Army 1969-71
Military Occupational Specialty: Engineer
Executive Officer, Republic of Vietnam, 1970
Awarded: Commendation Medal, Bronze Star


Articles on Estate Tax Planning Techniques, Retirement Planning, Income Property Analysis & Taxation, and other related topics from 1974 to present.
Sample of Past Articles:
“The Private Pension Parachute” – Life Insurance Selling
“Family Limited Partnerships: For the Next Generation” – Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal
“The Synertrust” – Life Insurance Selling
“Charitable Remainder Trusts: Provide Synergy, Flexibility, and Protection” – Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal
“Estate Planning Not Complicated; It Means Taking Several Steps in Sequence” – Naples Daily News
“Are Your Retirement Benefits Safe from Creditors?” – Naples Daily News
“Private Split-Dollar Life Insurance Effective in Leveraging Gifts, Reducing Estate Tax” – Naples Daily News
“Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts: A Critical Tool” – Naples Daily News
“Have You Made a Gift Without Knowing It?” – Naples Daily News
“Where to Invest” – N Magazine
“Roth IRAs Permit Continued Tax Free Growth for Your Beneficiaries” – Naples Daily News
“What Every Woman Should Know about Estate Planning” – Naples Daily News
“IRA Mistakes to Avoid” – Naples Daily News
“TRUT – The Trust without the Surprise” – Naples Daily News
“A Neat Way to Buy Life Insurance” – N Magazine
“Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Protects from the IRS and Creditors” – Naples Daily News
“How to Minimize the Expense of Life Insurance” – Naples Daily News
“Tips to Avoid IRA Mistakes” – Naples Daily News


Naples Sun Times: “Wealth Strategies” a bi-weekly column about financial planning.


Contributing Author: “Ways and Means – Maximize the Value of Your Retirement Savings,” Esperti Peterson Institute, Inc., 1999
Contributing Author: “21st Century WEALTH – Essential Financial Planning Principles,” Esperti Peterson Institute, Inc., 2000
Author: “Disinherit the IRS – Don’t Die Until You’ve Read this Book,” Quantum Press, January 2001
Contributing Author: “Giving – Philanthropy for Everyone,” Quantum Press, February 2002
Author: 2nd Edition “Disinherit the IRS – Stop Uncle Sam from Claiming Half of Your Estate…or More,” Career Press, January 2003
Contributing Author: “Optimal Aging, Your Guide from Experts in Medicine, Law and Finance,” November 2004
Author: “The Florida Domicile Handbook – Don’t Relocate Without It,” Kelly Publishing, Inc., January 2009
Author: “Disinherit the IRS – Stop Uncle Sam from Claiming Half of Your Estate…Or More,” Revised Edition, Career Press, 2003
Co-Author: “The Florida Domicile Handbook – Vital Information for New Florida Residents, 2nd Edition,” Kelly Publishing, Inc., January 2011
Contributing Author: “The Four Corners: Where Your Estate Plan Becomes a Living Legacy,” Shared Drive Media, LLC, January 2012
Author, with Brad Galbraith, CPA, Esq.: “Disinherit the IRS, 2014 Edition,” Brendan Kelly Publishing, Inc., January 2014
Co-Author: “The Florida Domicile Handbook – Vital Information for New Florida Residents, 3rd Edition,” Kelly Publishing, Inc., January 2015
Co-Author: “The Florida Domicile Handbook – Vital Information for New Florida Residents, 4th Edition,” Kelly Publishing, Inc., January 2018

E. Michael Kilbourn

Imagine the power to give what you have, to whom you want, when you want, in the way you want — and, at the same time, pay the least amount of court costs, attorney’s fees and estate taxes as possible.

Kilbourn Associates can show you how.

We specialize in a unique planning approach called “family wealth transition planning.”  As our clients make important life transitions, such as retiring, changing domicile to Florida, longevity and estate planning, etc., they benefit from knowing their objectives will be met today and in the future.

Mike Kilbourn, CLU, ChFC, CCIM, AEP, MSFS, president of Kilbourn Associates, Naples, Florida, has over 30 years experience as a family wealth transfer planning specialist and holds over 20 professional designations.

Many people believe estate planning is an expensive and time-consuming process. The truth: is the better prepared you are before you meet with your attorney, the less time and expense will be required. Our team provides an in-depth analysis of your situation and creates a plan that addresses all aspects of your life including retirement funding, taxes, giving, insurance and healthcare.

Mike has been a frequent expert guest on several national financial network programs and has contributed or authored numerous books and articles on investment, estate and financial planning topics.

Mike is also the founder and chairman of the Wealth Protection Network®, a national network of estate planning professionals who work in concert to create and manage comprehensive estate plans.

A decorated veteran of Vietnam, Mike Kilbourn earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, four Masters degrees, including a Master of Business Administration – cum laude – from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College.  Mike is also a Fellow of the Esperti Peterson Institute, an Adjunct Professor of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Honorary Fraternity.

Mike established his estate and wealth strategies practice in the early 1990s after an eighteen-year career in commercial real estate, syndication and real estate securities.  Since he began his practice, he has earned the insurance industry’s prestigious “Top of the Table” award virtually every year.

What clients say about us…

I would easily recommend Mike to anybody who has an interest or problem involving his expertise.

Howard Evans

He really seems to truly care about your life and what you’re doing and how you are doing, which is certainly very different from the run of the mill.

Jean Bingel

I’ve met many of Mike’s clients and business associates, and he treats people in a professional manner, yet almost with a family feeling.

Brit Svoboda

If I were to order another son, I would order someone exactly like Mike. He’s a class “A” act!

John Liuzzo

I promised my wife that, when we turned 65, we would retire and move to Naples. The Florida Domicile Handbook helped me keep that promise…”