One of the important things about growing old is what is generally termed as ‘putting one’s affairs in order’. In legal parlance it is known as ‘estate planning’, and is a specialized branch of law, which needs to be handled by a professional. There is a sizeable population of aging people in the Tampa Bay area and fortunately, there are number of law firms who specialize in this type of legal counseling. Here, we bring you seven of the best Tampa estate planning attorneys.

1.     Louis David Putney

Louis D Putney has been practicing for more than 33 years, and is specialized in estate law. His office is located on South Himes Avenue, Tampa. Louis D Putney is a suitable lawyer for all matters related to estate planning, because the range of legal advice provided by him fall into the categories of estate planning, living trusts, probate estate administration, wills, advanced directives and guardianship. He also deals in domestic partners planning, will contests, trust litigation, personal injury and wrongful death.

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Monday to Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: (813) 831-3376

“Lou has been our family lawyer for as long as I can remember. He’s honest, knows his business, and has excellent perspective on his clients’ priorities. Highly recommended.” – Archie

2.     Joseph F, Pippen & Associates

Joseph F Pippen started this law practice in 1982, which has expanded to 20 different locations, including Tampa. Although this firm deals in various areas of law like bankruptcy, deeds, Medicaid and so on, one of the specializations is in estate planning. The Tampa office is located on North Howard Avenue.


Monday to Friday: 8.30 – 5.00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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Tel: (813) 253-3601

“I spoke to Joe about an estate matter involving my mother who lives in Florida. He offered excellent and well-conceived advice and his expertise in these matters was very evident. He knew how to solve the problem in a most efficient way. Most importantly he was kind and caring and was genuinely interested in my concerns and in solving my problems.

Quite simply, Joseph F. Pippen, Jr. is the best of the best estate lawyers in Florida or anywhere for that matter.” – Steven

3.     Debra Lynn Dandar

Having passed out of Stetson University College of Law in 1997, and having completed her L.L.M in 2009, Debra Dandar has been practicing law for almost twenty years. She is actively involved with work for the Tampa Bay Elder Law Center, and is specialized in Estate Planning, as well as other aspects of elder law.     Her office is located at South Dale Mabry. Tampa.

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Tel: 813-282-3390

“Attorney Debra Dandar was recommended to me by another attorney I know. She represented me in a family matter regarding my Power of Attorney and parental Trusts. She helped me get through many months of what would be some the hardest in my life. Ms. Dandar is totally professional and competent as well as warm and friendly. I would highly recommend her to anyone.” – Jan

4.     Kathryn Everlove-Stone

Apart from trusts, wills and taxation, Kathryn Everlove-Stone specializes in Estate Planning. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law and University of Miami School of Law and has been practicing law since 2006. Kathryn’s office is located at Tyrone Boulevard, North, St Petersburg, Florida.

Timings: By appointment rating: 10/10

Tel: 727-471-0675

“I hired Kathryn because I needed to probate a sizable check held by the state after my wife died. As soon as I met her I felt comfortable with her. She provided the service I needed for a fair fee and communicated what was happening throughout. Not only would I recommend her to others with similar needs, but I intend to use her services again soon.” – Hubert

5.     Brian Monk

This lawyer can be best described as a versatile lawyer, as he deals his areas of expertise among estate planning, also include family, divorce & separation, criminal defense and personal injury. Brian Monk is a former prosecutor and graduated from the University of Florida, College of Law He also has a Specialist degree in mental health counseling from the University of Florida. His offices are located at North Ashley Drive, Tampa.

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Tel: (352) 366-0369

“Mr. Monk definitely gets an A+ from me. He handled this matter with professionalism, answered the many questions we posed in a manner which we understood. He is very kind and understanding. I would most definitely recommend Mr. Monk to any and everyone that needs any legal support.” – A satisfied estate planning client

6.     Diane Ilene Zuckerman

A resident of Tampa for 40 years, Diane Ilene Zuckerman is a multi-faceted person with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Having practiced in the nursing field until the age of 28, she studied law at the University of Florida’s Levin College, specializing in medical malpractice. Today she is involved in different areas of elder law, including estate planning. Zuckerman is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Probate committee, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Her office is situated on Madison Street, Tampa.

Timings: By appointment rating: 9.7/10 rating: 5 stars

Tel: 813-964-3000

“We needed help setting up a guardianship for my mother. Diane did a very professional job guiding us through the process. She was also very helpful and responsive assisting us with questions from the court regarding our annual reporting. I would recommend her to anyone needing help regarding a guardianship or elder care issue.” – Janet

7.     Amanda Duryea Wolf

Being a multi-qualified person, Amanda Wolf graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law in 2003 and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Grove City College in 2006.  She received her VA certification in 2008. Although Amanda Wolf specializes in estate planning, and is very competent in wills, trusts, probate and incapacity planning. She helps individuals qualify for Medicaid and Veterans Benefits as well. Her office is located on South Fremont Avenue, Tampa.

Timings: By appointment

Avvo Rating: 10/10

Tel: 813-350-7991

“We are very pleased with Amanda Wolf’s knowledge of the law as it applies to eldercare and estate planning. We could not have negotiated the maze of government rules and regulations without her guidance.” – Henry

Now that you have a list of the seven best Tampa Estate Planning attorneys, finding one to suit your specific requirements should be a considerably easier task.

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