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Elizabeth Hughes

Of Counsel

Elizabeth Hughes is of counsel in Greenspoon Marder’s Wills, Trusts & Estates practice group.  Ms. Hughes concentrates her practice to the areas of fiduciary litigation, including litigation arising from estates, trusts and guardianships. She has not only represented clients in such matters but has served and continues to serve as court appointed counsel, ad litem, estate curator, and guardian in Florida probate, trust, and guardianship matters. She currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive Committee of the Real Property Probate and Trust law section of the Florida Bar.

Ms. Hughes has experience litigating and resolving will and trust contests, fiduciary fee disputes, determination of heir disputes, disputes over appointment of fiduciaries, removal of fiduciaries, surcharge actions, elective share disputes, and breaches of fiduciary obligations. She regularly assists individuals and clients serving as fiduciaries in reforming and construing wills and trusts, determining rights in wills and trusts, modifying trusts, as well as terminating trusts.

Ms. Hughes advises clients in all guardianship and mental health litigation proceedings including disputes over incapacity and appointments as guardian. With a degree in Health Science and Rehabilitative Services and as a previously licensed Florida Certified Nursing Assistant, she brings unique knowledge to her representation of both professional and non-professional guardians throughout guardianship administration and restoration proceedings. Ms. Hughes has experience representing both petitioners and respondents in Florida Marchman Act proceedings. She has also served as private counsel for alleged incapacitated persons, as well as wards. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hughes worked as an attorney case manager for the Honorable Celeste Muir and the division administrative judge the Honorable Maria Korvick in the probate division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Hughes is a graduate of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Florida Fellows Institute. She serves as co-chair of the Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship Committee. She serves on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar and is a frequent author and lecturer on probate, trust, and guardianship topics.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida


  • Masters of Law in Taxation LLM candidate at Georgetown University School of Law, Expected Graduation 2020
  • Georgetown Journal of International Law, LLM Advisor
  • Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2017
  • J.D., University of Miami, School of Law, 2012
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Women & The Law Stories Seminar, Fall
    • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, 2011
  • B.S., University of Florida, cum laude, 2005
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society

Professional and Community Service

  • The Florida Bar
    • Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, Member, 2018-current
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
      • Executive Council Member, 2017-current
      • At Large Member, 2017-current
      • Law School Mentoring and Programming Committee, Co-vice Chair, 2017
      • Publications and ActionLine Committee, Co-vice Chair, current
      • Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directives Committee, Supreme Court Work Group Co-chair, current
      • Minor Venue Subcommittee Chair, 2018
      • Probate Law & Procedure Committee, Member
      • Probate & Trust Litigation Committee, Member
        • Parker v. Parker subcommittee Co-chair, 2016-2019
  • American Bar Association, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Committee Section of the Real Property, Trust and Estate, Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Florida Fellows Institute, Class Member, 2016-2017
  • Dade County Bar Association, Probate and Guardianship Committee, Member
    • Chair, 2021-2022
    • Co-Chair, 2020-2021
    • Vice-Chair, 2016-2020
    • Put Something Back program, Probate Attorney
  • Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami, Member
    • Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Junior League of Miami, Member
    • Women Who Make a Difference Committee, 2014-2015
    • State Political Affairs Committee, 2012-2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Ethical Hot Spots Panel for Fiduciaries,” Professional Fiduciary Council of Florida Conference, February 19, 2021
  • Moderator, “You Be The Judge: Probate and Guardianship”, Dade County Bar Association, January 29, 2021
  • Speaker, “The Power Struggle Between Guardians and Trustees”, Coral Gables Estate Planning Council, September 22, 2020
  • Speaker, “House Bill 505 and Standing to Pursue Causes of Action on Behalf of the Estate,” Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar 2020 Legislative Update, August 2020
  • Speaker, “The Future of Probate and Guardianship Administration and Litigation,” Dade County Bar Association’s (DCBA) Annual Bench and Bar Conference, March 6, 2020
  • Speaker, “Battle of the Fiduciary Titans: Guardians vs. Trustees,” 2020 Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Annual Update, January 20, 2020
  • Speaker, “Florida New Electronic Wills Legislation,” The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Probate Law Seminar, November 15, 2019
  • Speaker, “Battle of the Titans: Guardians v. Trustees,” Attorney Trust Officer Liaison Conference 2019, Palm Beach Florida, August 23, 2019
  • Speaker, “Expert Witness Testimony In Trust and Estate Litigation,” The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Trust and Litigation Seminar, March 29, 2019
  • Speaker,  “Guns, Guardianship’s, and Gun Trusts,”  Sarasota County Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate/Elder Law Joint Section Meeting, March 28, 2018
  • Speaker, “Estate’s Role as a Party to Litigation,” Dade County Bar Association, Probate and Guardianship Seminar, October, 12, 2017
  • Speaker,  “When to Un-pack the Heat: Guardianships and an Individual’s Privilege to Keep and Bear Arms,” The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section’s Seminar, April 28, 2017
  • Speaker, “Wills on Wheels,” Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back, Miami, FL, August 2016
  • Speaker, Case Law Update, Real Property, Probate and Trust Guardianship, Power of Attorney & Advance Directive Committee, Boca Raton, FL, November 2015


  • Super Lawyers, “Florida Rising Stars,” Wills, Trusts, & Estates, 2020-2021
  • Dade Legal Aid & Put Something Back, “Pro Bono Service Award,” 2018
  • Dade Legal Aid Pro Bono Awards, “Probate Award,” 2017
  • Dade County Bar Association, “Rising Star” Award, 2016


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