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Susan Charles

Susan Charles

The Charles Law Offices
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning
  • District of Columbia, Florida
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Susan M. Charles, J.D., LL.M. (Elder Law)

Attorney Susan Marie Charles is a Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" peer review rated elder law attorney practicing in Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, and Tampa, Florida. She provides comprehensive legal services to people in the Tampa Bay area who need assistance with estate planning, Medicaid planning, guardianship, and trust and estate administration.

A native of Rockville, Maryland, Susan enjoyed a 10-year career as an international travel consultant in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Tampa. A King-O'Neal Scholar, she graduated first in her undergraduate class, receiving her Bachelor's Degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida Honors College in 2002. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Stetson University College of Law in 2004, and attained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law in 2008. Susan Charles is one of only a handful of attorneys in the United States to have earned the prestigious LL.M. in Elder Law. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and in the District of Columbia.

Professional Involvement

Susan is a member of several professional associations, including the Florida Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, the Clearwater Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council.

Committed to Educating Others

Susan's primary practice areas are estate planning, probate, Medicaid nursing home planning, VA benefits planning and other elder law issues. She provides free seminars to educate the public about the estate planning options available in Florida, explaining the pros and cons of each estate planning strategy, as well as the associated costs and tax ramifications. Her seminars also include discussion of estate taxes and asset protection methods, as well as the most common mistakes the elder community makes when planning asset protection and probate avoidance without the professional oversight of competent legal counsel.

Main Office in Largo.
Satellite Offices in Clearwater - St. Petersburg - Tampa

Education
Stetson University College of Law
LL.M. | Elder Law
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Stetson University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of South Florida
B.A. (2002)
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Honors: King-O'Neal Scholar; Summa Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Owner/Attorney
The Charles Law Offices
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Attorney
Private Firm
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Awards
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Rising Star List 2013
Super Lawyers
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent
Lawyers.com
Florida Rising Star List 2012
Super Lawyers
Susan Marie Charles has been named to the Florida Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Florida for 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent
Lawyers.com
Top Attorneys - Florida's Outstanding Young Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent
Lawyers.com
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.
King-O'Neal Scholar
University of South Florida
Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar
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Florida Bar
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Florida
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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Practice Areas
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • Advance Directives
  • Estate Litigation
  • Guardianship
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Probate
  • Special Needs Trusts
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Contact & Map
801 West Bay Drive
Suite 518
Largo, FL 33770
USA
Telephone: (727) 683-1483
Fax: (727) 683-1484