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Elizabeth Hughes

Of Counsel
Overview

Elizabeth Hughes is of counsel in Greenspoon Marder’s Wills, Trusts & Estates practice group.  Ms. Hughes represents clients in all aspects of probate, guardianship, trust law and litigation proceedings. She has not only represented clients in such matters, but has served and continues to serve as court appointed counsel, guardian ad litem (namely minor settlements), estate curator, guardian, and emergency temporary guardian in Florida probate, trust and guardianship matters.

Ms. Hughes has experience litigating and resolving will contests, fee disputes, determination of heir disputes, disputes over appointment of fiduciaries, removal of fiduciaries, 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 has represented both petitioners and respondents in Florida Marchman Act proceedings. She has also served as private counsel for alleged incapacitated persons as well as wards.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • 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
Experience

Professional and Community Service

  • The Florida Bar
    • Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, Member, 2018-2019
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, At Large Member
      • Executive Council, 2017-2018
      • Guardianship, Power of Attorney and Advance Directives Committee, Member
      • Probate Law & Procedure Committee, Member
      • Probate & Trust Litigation Committee, Member
  • 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
    • Vice-Chair, 2016-2017
    • 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,  “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
Awards

Recognitions

  • Dade Legal Aid Pro Bono Awards, “Probate Award,” 2017
  • Dade County Bar Association, “Rising Star” Award, 2016
Publications

Publications

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