Kurt Kidder is one of the founding members of the Estate Strategies Group. He has been involved with estate and business planning since 1986.

Kurt provides expert advice to high net worth individuals, families and business owners in estate planning and business succession strategies. Kurt also assists both private and public companies in designing benefits for their highly compensated key executives.

His specialties include estate planning, business succession strategies, executive benefits and comprehensive wealth planning.

Kurt was associated with the firm of Ernst & Young from 1986-1990. While there he provided estate and income tax planning advice to closely held business owners and executives of large public corporations.

Kurt is a featured speaker to professional organizations on these topics, as well as a Continuing Legal Education lecturer to attorneys in both Illinois and New York.

Education & Degrees

  • University of Connecticut 1983- Accounting, Cum Laude
  • John Marshall Law School 1986- Juris Doctor

Professional Certifications/Designations

  • Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)
  • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • National Committee on Planned Giving
  • Association of Advanced Life Underwriters
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Kurt and his wife, Emman, reside in Chicago, Illinois.


Years of Experience

Representing Northwestern Mutual since 1990.

Kurt L. Kidder

Kurt L. Kidder, J.D.

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