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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.


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.
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Stephanie Villavicencio
Zamora & Hillman
3006 Aviation Ave Ste 4C
Coconut Grove, Florida 331333866
United States
Phone:  305.2850285 
Fax:  305.2853285

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

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 first Thursday of every month at 11:00 a.m. cst/12:00 p.m. Eastern except December and January. There is no meeting in December. We would like a face to face meeting in January 2015 at the Annual Update.

Angela Warren
736 Jenks Ave
Panama City FL, 32401-2530
Phone:  850.784.9174  
Fax:  850.692.6822

Amy Mason Collins
1709 Hermitage Blvd., Ste. 102
Tallahassee FL, 32308
Phone: 850.385.1246 
Fax: 850.681.7074


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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Law Offices of Collett P. Small, P.A.
2400 N. University Drive, Suite 209
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Budget Committee Members [-]

Collett P. Small, 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

Sam Boone
4545 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32605
United States
 Phone:  352-374-8308 


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.
Meeting Times: The second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Alan Stephen Kotler
999 Vanderbilt Beach Rd Ste 200
Naples, Florida 341083512
United States
 Phone:  239-325-2333 

Mike Jorgensen
2318 Park St
Jacksonville, Florida 322044318
United States
 Phone:  904-619-8890 
 E-Mail: m



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

Steven Hitchcock
Special Needs Lawyers, P.A.
901 Chestnut St Ste C
Clearwater, Florida 337565618
United States
 Phone:  727.443.7898 
 Fax:  727.6310970

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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

Jill Burzynski
Burzynski Elder Law
1124 Goodlette Rd N
Naples, Florida 341025451
Phone:  239.434.8557 
 Fax:  239.4348695

Marjorie Wolasky
9400 S. Dadeland Blvd., PH 4
Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305-670-7005



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:
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Meetings:  TBA

Victoria Heuler
1815 Miccosukee Commons Dr Ste 104
Tallahassee, Florida 323085457
United States
 Phone:  850-421-2400 


Carolyn Landon
5707 S Dixie Hwy Ste B
West Palm Beach, Florida 334053693
United States
 Phone:  561.5881212 
 Fax:  561.5881255

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

Enrique Zamora
3006 Aviation Ave Ste 4C
Coconut Grove, Florida 331333866
United States
 Phone:  305-285-0285 

Alex Cuello
5975 Sunset Dr Ste 801
Miami, Florida 331435174
United States
 Phone:  305.6691078 
 Fax:  305.6691079 


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.

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

William Johnson
21 Suntree Pl Ste 100
Melbourne, Florida 329407600
United States
 Phone:  321-253-1667


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:
Meetings:  The Medicaid Committee meets on the first Tuesday from 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Heather Kirson, B.C.S.
Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
The Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller
801 N Magnolia Ave Ste 204
Orlando, Florida 32803
Tel: 407-422-3017
Fax: 407-849-1707

Amanda Wolf
The Law Offices of Amanda M. Wolf
114 S Fremont Ave
Tampa, Florida 336061703
United States
 Phone:  813-350-7991 


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.

Donna R. McMillan
McCarthy, Summers, Bobko,
Wood, Norman, Bass and Melby,
2400 SE Federal Highway, Fourth Floor,
Stuart, Florida 34994
United States
 Phone:  772-286-1700 

Robert Morgan
12428 San Jose Blvd Ste 1
Jacksonville, Florida 322238617
United States
 Phone: 904-854-0410 



 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.

Beth Waddell
PO Box 120908
Clermont, FL 34712-0908
United States
 Phone:  352-272-7167 

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


Special Needs Trust

Sponsored by:
Travis Finchum
901 Chestnut St Ste C
Clearwater, Florida 337565618
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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

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

John Frazier
John R. Frazier Jd, Llm, PLC/Jos. Pippen PL
10225 Ulmerton Rd # 11
Largo, Florida 337713538
United States          
 Phone:  727.586.3306 ext104
 Fax:  727.5866276



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 Jeffery Van Treese, II. 

Jeffery William Van Treese, II
PO Box 971252
Boca Raton, FL 33497-1252
United States
 Phone:  561-789-6866 


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

John Clardy
243 NE 7th Street
Crystal River, FL 34428
United States
 Phone:  352-795-2946 



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