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  Couple in a canoe - The Florida Bar Elder Law Section exists as a resource for the elderly, persons with special needs, and advocates on behalf of its members.

Committees

The Section encourages members to spend ten (10) hours a year engaged in Section activities including committee activities. The following is a list of the Elder Law Sectionís Committees and information about each committee. If you are interested in joining a committee contact the Chair or Co-Chair of the particular committee you are interested in and you will be informed of the next conf. call meeting.
For more specific information including meeting schedules, conference call-in instructions and committee materials, visit the committee’s page in the Members Section.  Click here to login


The Advocate/Newsletter Editorial Board (Publications)


The publications committee shall be responsible for furnishing articles for publication in Florida Bar publications; for publishing and distribution of a section newsletter; and for publishing and distribution of written materials to the public, including the section website.
2012-2013 Deadlines for Advocate submissions:  July 1, 2012, November 1, 2012, April 1, 2013, July 1, 2013
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Chair:
Stephanie Villavicencio
Zamora & Hillman
3006 Aviation Ave Ste 4C
Coconut Grove, Florida 331333866
United States
Phone:  305.2850285 
Fax:  305.2853285
E-Mail:  svillavicencio@zhlaw.net


Members:
Stephanie Villavicencio
Len Mondschein
Twyla Sketchley
Jana McConnaughhay
Every Committee assigns a representative to the Editorial Board

Editor:
Susan Trainor
2108 Crestdale Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850-878-7760
Fax: 850-878-7041
editor@ctf.nu

Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

The exploitation and abuse committee shall identify sources of crime and abuse against elder citizens, identify the appropriate respondent with respect to such sources and what the response should be, determine whether appropriate actions are being taken and assess what legislative, agency, or other means may be necessary to enhance the assistance available to elderly victims of crime and abuse.  The committee shall also review, study, and recommend legislative, agency, and other action to address the legal issues relating to age discrimination.
Meetings:  We will hold monthly telephone conferences on the second Friday of every month at 8:00 a.m. cst/9:00 a.m. Eastern except December and January.  No meeting in December and we would like a face to face meeting in January 2013 at the Annual Update.  We would like to have a second face to face meeting in lieu of/in addition to a telephone conference and will coordinate that meeting around the sections CLEs and Section meetings.

Co-Chair:
Carolyn Sawyer
Sawyers & Sawyer P A
8913 Conroy Windermere Rd
Orlando, Florida 328353127
United States
Phone:  407.9091900 
Fax:  407.9091992
E-Mail:  csawyer@sawyerandsawyerpa.com

Co-Chair:
Angela Warren
Pope & Barloga P.A.
736 Jenks Ave
Panama City, Florida 324012530
United States
Phone:  850.7849174 
Fax:  850.7849175
E-Mail:  awarren@popebarloga.com


Budget


The budget committee shall be composed of the treasurer, the chair, and the chair-elect.  The committee shall prepare proposed budgets and any amendments for submission to vote of the executive council.
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Chair:
Ellen S. Morris, Section Treasurer
Elder Law Associates PA
7000 W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 205
Boca Raton, FL 33433-3430
Phone: 561-750-3850
emorris@elderlawassociates.com


Budget Committee Members [-]

Ellen Morris, Treasurer
Twyla Sketchley, Chair
John Clardy, Chair-Elect
Jana McConnaughhay, Administrative Chair

 

 

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

The CLE committee shall be responsible for arranging legal seminars and similar programs for the education of attorneys in the field of elder law.
Meetings:  TBA

Chair:
Collett Small
Law Offices of Collett P. Small
2400 N University Dr Ste 209
Pembroke Pines, Florida 330243629
United States
 Phone:  954.4374603 
 Fax:  954.4374686
 E-Mail:  csmall@small-collinslaw.com

 


Death Care Industry


The death care committee shall study and make proposals regarding the laws and regulations governing the death care industry and report on trends and other events relating to the death care industry.
Meetings:  TBA

Chair:
Philip Weinstein
7542 Pebble Shores Terrace
Lake Worth, FL. 33467
United States
Phone: 954-899-1551
Phone 2: 1(888) 404-1899
Fax: 1(800) 619-5167
E-Mail: pmweinstein@msn.com

 

Estate Planning and Advance Directives Committee, Probate

 
 The estate planning and advance directives committee shall review, evaluate, assist, and provide planning strategies to the elderly and practitioners regarding estate planning alternatives.  In addition, the committee shall study and make proposals regarding health care advance directives.
Meetings:  TBA

Co-Chair:
Sam Boone
4545 NW 8th Ave Ste A
Gainesville, Florida 326054522
United States
 Phone:  352.374.8308 
 Fax:  352.375.2283
 E-Mail:  sboone@boonelaw.com

Co-Chair:
Kara Evans
7853 Gunn Hwy # 175
Tampa, Florida 336261611
United States
 Phone:  813.7582173 
 Fax:  813.9266517
 E-Mail:  kara@karaevansattorney.com

 

Ethics


The ethics committee shall review, study, and recommend legislative, agency, and other action to address ethical issues that arise in the legal and other professions, including proposing codes of ethics in dealing with elderly persons for various professions.
Meetings:  Third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Attendance Policy for Meetings:  NONE
2012-2013 Goals:  1) Create working group with other bar sections related to proposed changes to Rule 4-1.14; 2) Present Ethics opinion request; and, 3) Determine if drafting Canons is possible/desired.

Chair:
Steven Hitchcock
Special Needs Lawyers, P.A.
901 Chestnut St Ste C
Clearwater, Florida 337565618
United States
 Phone:  727.4437898 
 Fax:  727.6310970

††† E-Mail:  Steve@specialneedslawyers.com
Ethics Committee Members [-]

Steven Hitchcock, Chair
Rebecca Morgan
Roberta Flowers
Aubrey Posey
Laurie O’Hall
Richard Milstein
Lauchlin Waldoch
Horacio Sosa
Mark Shalloway
Linda Chamberlain
Alex Cuello
Odelia Goldberg

 

 

Financial Products

The financial products committee shall review, study, and recommend consumer and attorney education as well as legislative, agency, and other action to address financial products, sales of inappropriate investments, sales techniques used to sell in appropriate investments to Florida’s elderly, and how to evaluate common financial products sold to and purchased by Florida elders.
Meetings:  TBA

Chair:
Jill Burzynski
Burzynski Elder Law
1124 Goodlette Rd N
Naples, Florida 341025451
Phone:  239.4348557 
 Fax:  239.4348695
 E-Mail:  jjb@burzynskilaw.com

Vice-Chair:
Greg Martoccio
Martoccio & Defilippo P.A.
3380 Woods Edge Cir Ste 104
Bonita Springs, Florida 341341374
Phone: 239.4959007
Fax: 239.4953007
Email: greg@bonitalaw.com

 

Guardianship


The guardianship committee shall review, study, and recommend legislative, agency, and other action to address the problems arising under the Florida guardianship statute and how better to implement the Florida Legislature's goals as stated therein.
Sponsored By:
The Private Bank Home PageThe Private Bank
www.wellsfargo.com/theprivatebank/
Meetings:  Bi-monthly telephone conference.  2012 Dates: July 20, September 21 and November 16, 2012

Co-Chair:
Melissa Barnhardt
Wells Fargo Private Bank
350 E Las Olas Blvd Ste 1900
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 333014217
United States
 Phone:  954.7653918 
 Fax:  954.7653956
 E-Mail:  melissa.l.barnhardt@wellsfargo.com

 

Co-Chair:
Carolyn Landon
5707 S Dixie Hwy Ste B
West Palm Beach, Florida 334053693
United States
 Phone:  561.5881212 
 Fax:  561.5881255
 E-Mail:  carolyn@landonlaw.net

Guardianship Committee Members [-]


Melissa Barnhardt, Co-Chair
Carolyn Landon, Co-Chair
Ellie Schwarz
 Jay Kauffman
Ellen Morris
Steve Hitchcock
Mike Jorgensen
Maria Michaels
David Crane
Collette Small
Karen Campbell
 Justin Diner (law student)
Mitzi Motsinger
Holly M. O’Neill

Stephanie Villavicencio
David Hook
John Clardy
Twyla Sketchley
 Joan Nelson-Hook
Brandon Arkin
Nina Chepp
Sarah Caldwell
Alison Meyer (law student graduate)
Jaclyn Stark (law student graduate)
Julia Garrett (law student)
 Katherine Corlett (law student)

Gina Nguyen

 

Law School Liaison


The law school liaison is responsible for developing relationships with law schools throughout Florida.
Meetings:  TBA


Chair:
Brandon Arkin
Rosenkranz Law Firm
PO Box 1999
Tampa, Florida 336011999
United States
 Phone:  813.2234195 
 Fax:  813.2734561
 E-Mail:  brandon.arkin@gmail.com

 

Legislative


The legislative committee shall from time to time study and make recommendations to the executive council regarding requests for the section to adopt a legislative position, study and make recommendations to the executive council about legislative positions made by other sections, individuals or entities and to disseminate news and opinions of proposed or enacted legislation on elder law matters among the various committees of the section.
Meetings:  Once a month on a Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.  During the Florida Legislative Session the Legislative Committee meets weekly.  Dates: TBA


Chair:
Scott Selis
Chiumento Selis Dwyer, P.L.
145 City Pl Ste 301
Palm Coast, Florida 321642481
United States
 Phone:  386.4458900 16
 Fax:  866.4373223
 E-Mail:  SSelis@PalmCoastLaw.com

 

Legislative Committee Members [-]

Scott Selis, Chair
Tom Bachelor
John Clardy
All Substantive Chairs are members of the Legislative Committee

 

Medicaid/Government Benefits


The Medicaid and government benefits committee shall study and make proposals regarding the availability of and eligibility for Medicaid and other government benefits.
Sponsored By:
http://epicelderlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/EPIC-logo_color_jpg-copy.jpg 
www.epicelderlaw.com
Meetings:  Held third Friday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, except during the Florida Legislative Session.  Meetings are held every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern during the Florida Legislative Session.  Dates:  July 20, 2012, Aug 17, 2012, Sept 21, 2012, Oct 19, 2012, Nov 16, 2012, No meeting in Dec 2012, Jan 18, 2013 in person at Annual Update, Weekly meetings during the Feb and March, 2013, April 19, 2013, May 17, 2013. 


Co-chair:
John Clardy
Crider Clardy Law Firm
P.O. Box 2410
Crystal River, FL 34423
Phone: (352) 795-2946
Fax: (352) 795-2821          

Co-chair:
Amanda Wolf
The Law Offices of Amanda M. Wolf
114 S Fremont Ave
Tampa, Florida 336061703
United States
 Phone:  813.3507991 
 E-Mail:  amanda@wolfelderlaw.com

Membership


The membership committee shall be responsible for making recommendations to the executive council on affiliate membership; the membership directory; and any other functions assigned by the chair of the section.
Meetings:  None currently scheduled.


Chair:
Alex Cuello
5975 Sunset Dr Ste 801
Miami, Florida 331435174
United States
 Phone:  305.6691078 
 Fax:  305.6691079
 E-Mail:  ac440@bellsouth.net

 

Mentoring


 The mentoring committee shall develop a mentoring program for section members, including but not limited to educational opportunities, mentor relationship development, and mentoring opportunities.
The Mentoring Committee holds a mentoring call with CLE every other month over lunch with an expert in a particular area of elder law and members can ask questions of the expert.   The call is free to all section members.  For more information on the calls and the schedule watch for Section E-blasts announcing the calls or visit the Mentoring Committee page in the Members Section.


Co-Chair:
Jason Waddell
Waddell & Waddell P A
1108 N 12th Ave # A
Pensacola, Florida 325013308
United States
 Phone:  850.4348500 
 Fax:  850.4340971
 E-Mail:  jason@ourfamilyattorney.com

Co-Chair:
Brandon Arkin
Rosenkranz Law Firm
PO Box 1999
Tampa, Florida 336011999
United States
 Phone:  813.2234195 
 Fax:  813.2734561
 E-Mail:  brandon.arkin@gmail.com

Name Change/Social Security Disability


The name change/disability committee shall be responsible for carrying out the planning necessary to seek Board of Governors approval for the Section’s name change request.
Meetings:  TBA


Chair:
Enrique Zamora
Zamora & Hillman
3006 Aviation Ave Ste 4C
Coconut Grove, Florida 331333866
United States
 Phone:  305.2850285 
 Fax:  305.2853285
 E-Mail:  ezamora@zhlaw.net

 

Residents Rights


The residents rights committee shall study and make proposals regarding the laws and regulations governing residents’ rights in the long term care industry and report on trends and other events relating to residents’s rights in the long term care industry.
Meetings:  Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. starting on August 9, 2012.  Dates:  September 13, 2012; October 11, 2012; November 8, 2012; December 13, 2012; January 10, 2013; February 14, 2013; March 14, 2013; April 11, 2013; May 9, 2013


Co-Chair:
Laurie Ohall
Law Ofc of Laurie E. Ohall
1127 Nikki View Dr
Brandon, Florida 335114879
United States
 Phone:  813.5148180 
 E-Mail:  lohall@ohalllaw.com

Co-Chair:
Aubrey Posey
120 Bayside Dr
Clearwater Beach, Florida 337672501
United States
 Phone: 239.4108693
 E-Mail: aubreyposey@hotmail.com

Residents Rights Committee Members [-]

Laurie Ohall, Co-Chair
Aubrey Posey, Co-Chair
Dana Kemper
Steve Hitchcock
Amy McGarry

 

Rules Change Liaison


The rules change liaison shall monitor the changes and proposed changes to the procedural rules for Florida’s Court system for those changes and proposed changes that affect the areas of practices within elder law and notify the section of those changes and proposed changes.


Heather Samuels
Solkoff Legal, P.A.
2605 W. Atlantic Ave., Ste A103
Delray Beach, FL  33445
Phone: 561-733-4242
Email: hsamuels@solkoff.com

 

Special Needs Trust


Sponsored by:

http://fndusa.org/
Tammy Blackburn
Director of Development
Family Network on Disabilities
T:(727) 523-1130 F:(727) 523-8687
tblackburn@fndusa.org
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How You Can Get Involved
fndusa.org/specialneedstrust

The special needs trust committee shall study, review, evaluate, assist, and provide planning strategies for the use of special needs trusts to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities.  They shall also review, study and recommend legislative, agency, and other action to address issues that arise in the drafting and administration of special needs trusts.
Meetings: TBA


Chair:
Stephen Taylor
Stephen A. Taylor, P.L.
11900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 280
Miami, Florida 331812756
United States
 Phone:  305.7220091 
 Fax:  305.7220092
 E-Mail:  sat@satlegal.com

 

Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL)


The unlicensed practice of law committee shall review, study, and recommend, Bar rules, legislative, agency, and other action to address issues that arise with regard to unlicensed practice of law.
Meetings:  TBA
2012- 2013 Projects: Working to obtain Florida Bar ethics opinion on unlicensed practice of law by non-lawyer Medicaid planners.


Chair:
John Frazier
John R. Frazier Jd, Llm, PLC/Jos. Pippen PL
10225 Ulmerton Rd # 11
Largo, Florida 337713538
United States          
 Phone:  727.5863306 104
 Fax:  727.5866276
 E-Mail:  John@attypip.com

 

Website


The website/technology committee shall review and maintain an up-to-date website that is useful to members.  It shall also review and make recommendations to the executive council regarding additional technology and social media the section should be using to reach out to and educate section members and consumers on issues related to elder law.
If you would like to have an update made to the website, please email Collett Small. 


Chair:
Collett Small
Law Offices of Collett P. Small
2400 N University Dr Ste 209
Pembroke Pines, Florida 330243629
United States
 Phone:  954.4374603 
 Fax:  954.4374686
 E-Mail:  csmall@small-collinslaw.com

 

Veterans (VA) Benefits


The Veterans benefits committee shall alert members to benefits available to Veterans, available care settings for Veterans and to provide educational programs for our members regarding various benefits and their respective eligibility rules.
Meetings:  TBA


Chair:
Patti Fuller
The Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller
801 N Magnolia Ave Ste 204
Orlando, Florida 328033842
United States
 Phone:  407.4223017 
 Fax:  407.8491707
 E-Mail:  pfuller@kirsonfuller.com

 

 

 
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