Amanda Wolf – Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
Amanda devotes her practice exclusively to estate planning, elder law and related issues. Her practice includes wills, trusts, probate, and incapacity planning, including powers of attorney, advance directives for health care such as living wills and health care surrogate designations. She is one of less than 100 Board Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the state of Florida.
Amanda frequently speaks to audiences throughout the state in seminars on elder law issues and is a member of the Florida Bar (Elder Law Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section). She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, Senior Information Resources, and the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce. Amanda is the educational coordinator for the Sun City Center Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, and in March, she received the 2009 Tampa Bay Young Legal Professional of the Year award.
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Why You Should Select an Attorney Specializing in Elder Law
Maybe you have never needed the services of an attorney before; but now you do. Obviously, you want a lawyer who can handle your particular legal situation, and who has expertise in the area of law relating to your legal needs.
To assist you in finding such a lawyer, the Supreme Court of Florida directed The Florida Bar to offer a “Board Certification” program for Florida Lawyers. The program is designed to help the public make an informed decision when seeking and selecting a lawyer.
While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as “Florida Bar Board Certified” or as a “specialist.” Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the state Supreme Court. A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards set by the Supreme Court of Florida may become a “Board Certified Elder Law Lawyer.”
Certified lawyers in elder law deal with legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives; life-time planning; family issues; fiduciary representation; capacity; guardianship; power of attorney; financial planning; public benefits and insurance; resident rights in long-term care facilities; housing opportunities and financing; employment and retirement matters; income, estate, and gift tax matters; estate planning; probate; nursing home claims; age or disability discrimination and grandparent’s rights.
Every lawyer certified in elder law has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. Each certified lawyer has had substantial involvement — 40 percent or more — in the practice of elder law during the two years immediately preceding certification. To be certified, the lawyer was required to have substantial involvement in all aspects of planning for aging, illness and incapacity in the five years preceding certification. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, completed 60 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application and has passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of elder law to justify the representation of special competence.
Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, requirements similar to those for initial certification must be met. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized. Elder Law Certification was approved for Florida Bar members by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1998.
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education operates under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida. The certification program and any supporting materials or activities are not funded by the general revenues of The Florida Bar.