Beach Gardens, Fl – The state of Florida can claim at least one of
its many certified trust and estate lawyers as one of the top 100
hundred in the country, according to the American
Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA).
30, 2016 The ASLA release its 2017
Top 100 Trusts and Estates lawyer list, which includes Palm Beach
Gardens, Fl.-based attorney John Farina. Farina is Board
Certified by the Florida Bar and was named to the list of 2016 Top
Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Trusts & Estates, both
by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
“It is an honor to be included in such a selective list. Less than
one-and-a-half percent of licensed lawyers nationwide are members.
ASLA selection further evidences an attorney’s expertise and
competency to prospective clients,” Farina told the Florida
“It also provides opportunities for exposure and recognition
through press releases and featured-lawyer profiles. Many lawyers
also take advantage membership as a networking tool to strengthen
professional relationships, foster referrals, and stay connected to
best practices within the industry.”
a lawyer who has been named to such a list or earned an official
certification is important part of finding the best attorney in that
particular field Daniel Media, vice-chair, Florida Bar Wills, Trusts
and Estates Certification Committee told the Florida
trust and estate lawyers helps customers identify attorney's who
concentrate on and have the experience in a field necessary truly
call themselves experts,” Medina said.
importance of certification is that it helps ensure that a lawyer is
spending his or her time and energy working to become to be an expert
in the field of will and estate law, without it they may not have the
necessary expertise to handle issues that may turn out to be a lot
more complicated than they are initially able to recognize. The
problem with a lot of estate cases is that people don't usually have
any kind of plan in place until after the owner of the estate has
died, which can really complicate matters.”
continued saying the need for state bar certified lawyers is
particularly important in Florida where there are several unusual
estate issues relating to real estate. Medina explained that
determining the proper fate of the deceased person's homestead can be
particularly challenging for many clients. Another challenge is that
Florida is made up of a very diverse community that often holds
property in many different locations across the United States.
Determining final ownership of that property can often require the
attorneys to have an understanding of how it relates to each state's
own will and estate laws.
to Medina these trends will only continue to grow in importance in
the future as the role of will and estate lawyers continues to grow.
“I think specialized will and estate law is more popular in Florida
than many other places in the country but I think overall it is a
growing field,” he added. “I think this is true for many
reasons. For one, the Baby Boomer generation is going to pass on a
lot of wealth and it is a huge generation. I also think the field of
law is changing and I think people are finding will and estate law
more satisfying and less adversarial overall.”