Wills, Trust & Estates Administration
Florida Bar Board Certified Adoption Law
Whether drafting the appropriate documents for end of life planning or helping families with formation and protection, Peggy’s legal practice focuses on helping families prepare for life’s changes and challenges. She practices in the area of Adoptions, Wills, Estates and Trusts, including the preparation of advanced directives, Power of Attorneys, Health Care Surrogates, & Living Wills.
Additionally, her practice includes the specialized and custom drafting of:
Young Family Planning – Create a Testamentary Trust to help protect young children in the event of their parent’s death. The Trust allows a parent to nominate a manager of their assets for the benefit of their children and also designates who will serve as the caregiver when they are unable to do so.
Family Legacy Planning – In complex and blended families you can plan for adult children who need extra help in managing assets or in cases of a second marriage, distribution of assets to adult children.
Pet Trusts – Plan for who will take care of and pay for the care of your pet when you have passed away.
Pre-Marital and Post Marital Agreements and Elective Share Trust – Many times a second marriage, especially late in life, can result in the parties having adult children from prior relationships. Using a pre-marital or post marital agreements or Elective Share Trust, the distribution of your assets can be managed to reduce conflict and have your family harmoniously exist after your death.
Specialized Trust Drafting – To create vehicles that help protect the assets adult children inherit and to prevent creditors from benefiting from the legacy you have left those children.
Peggy is also trained in Collaborative Law. This is a specialized method of resolving disputes without the need for Court involvement. The Collaborative process helps families reach harmony without the need for excessive litigation fees in a confidential setting. Collaborative law may be used in multiple settings including Estate and Trust disputes and Family Law.
She is Florida Bar Board Certified in Adoption Law and her adoption practice and child advocacy work includes:
• non-relative, stepparent, & relative adoptions
• same-sex adoptions: second parent & stepparent
• contested adoptions, ICPC & grandparent representation
• foster parent representation
• birth parent representation
• court appointed Guardian Ad Litem for children in crisis.
Peggy is active in her community and enjoys the Florida outdoors. She participates in many sports including swimming, playing tennis and coaching cross country.
Barry University, J.D., Cum Laude
Texas Tech University, M.A. – Museum Science
University of Tampa, B.A., Cum Laude
Member American Counsel Association
Fellow of Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Attorneys
Member The Florida Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Canakaris Inn of the Court Member