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Robin M. Petersen

About me

     Besides being Board Certified in Elder Law by the American Bar Association and admitted to practice in front of the U.S. Court of Military Appeals since 1982, I have a Graduate Certification from from the Atlanta Institute of Music and am an Accredited Veteran's Administration Attorney. 


     I am an Air Force "brat" and former Captain in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corp (Judge Advocate General's Corps). 


     My geographic practice area is Brevard County and includes Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Suntree, Cocoa Beach and Rockledge.  That said, I have clients from around the State of Florida and from around the country.


     I have a passion for doing VA Pension Planning for wartime vets (Aid and Attendance) as well as traditional long term asset protection from nursing home expenses, Medicaid, as well as asset protection in estate plannning such as a living trust, durable power of attorney, health care power of attorney, health care surrogate, living will, will, or pre-need (preneed) guardianship designation.  We can discuss Do Not Resuscitate Orders.  I also have an active probate, guardianship, and trust administration and special needs trust practice.   


     Since I have studied Okinawan karate and have visited much of Asia, please expect to see relics of my visits to those sites in my conference room.  I apologize in advance.


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 25%
    33 years
  2. Elder Law: 20%
    33 years
  3. Guardianship: 20%
    33 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    33 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($275-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Francine Rae Martin

    Excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Francine Martin Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • P. Mercer Cauley

    I endorse Robin Petersen. Mr. Petersen is a very good attorney who is passionate about representing his clients. I would recommend him to any of my clients.


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Contact info

Estate Planning and Elder Law Center of Brevard (Robin M. Petersen, P.A.)

321 6th Ave
Indialantic, FL, 329034301

Estate Planning and Elder Law Center of Brevard (Robin M. Petersen, P.A.)

321 Sixth Ave
(Melbourne, Palm Bay), FL, 32903



VAAuthorized to practice law198909/15/2015
FLMember in Good Standing198209/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardBrevard County Legal Aid2012
Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2008
Florida Super LawyersSuperLawyers2007
Board Certified Elder LawNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding ShareholderEstate Planning and Elder Law Center of Brevard1990 - Present
Legal Research TrainerWest Publishing Company1988 - 1990
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office in St. Lucie County, FL1986 - 1988
JAG Legal OfficerU.S. Air Force1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard Member Legislative Advocacy Committee2011 - 2013
Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of CourtSecretary/Treasurer Executive Committee2011 - 2012
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard Member, Practice Development2010 - Present
American Academy of VA Pension PlannersMember2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysPractice Development Steering Committee2009 - 2011
American Inns of Court, Vasser B. Carlton ChapterSecretary/Treasurer Officer and Barrister2007 - Present
Hospice of Health FirstSecretary/Treasurer2006 - Present
Hospice of Health FirstBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeChairman2002 - 2004
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Florida chapter)Member2001 - Present
Brevard County Bar FoundationFounding Member2000 - Present
Space Coast Guardianship AssociationFounding Board Member and Board of Director1998 - Present
Brevard County Bar Association, Grievance CommitteeChairman1995 - 1997
Health First Hospice Advisory CounselPresident1993 - 1998
American Bar AssociationRetirement Plan Administrator1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Brevard County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1989 - Present
U.S. Court of Miliary AppealsAdmitted to Practice1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cronin v. PavlikVerdict for my client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida State University Law ReviewEditor and Staff Writer for 3 years, Florida State University Law Review1978
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Atlanta Institute of MusicClassical and Jazz MusicMaster's Certificate1988
The Florida State University College of LawLaw DegreeJuris Doctor (Doctorate of Law)1981
Florida State UniversityPolitical Science, Minors: Speech, Acct'g ,Biz Administration.BA - Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude)1977
Florida Atlantic UniversityAccountingN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of CourtLife and Times of Clarence Darrow2013
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysPost Death Administration Procedure2011
Florida State Guardianship Association ConferenceVeteran's Benefits2011
Chapter Meeting, Florida State Guardianship AssociationVA Pension Plannning2011
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ConferenceTax Planning in Estate Administration2010
Chapter MeetingAdvanced Directives and VA Benefits2010