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Amy Beth Beller

Amy Beth Beller

Practice areas:

Trusts, Probate, Litigation, Estate Planning, Guardianship

About Me

I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY (Long Island), and graduated from Hofstra University (1986) and Hofstra Law School (1992).  I practiced at prestigious Manhattan law firms until moving to Florida in 2004.  I founded Beller Smith in 2008 with my partner, Yoshimi Smith.  We are a trusts and estates boutique firm, handling all matters concerning trusts, estates, probate and contested guardianship.  My personal practice focuses on all disputed matters, and I am experienced in all varieties of contested will, trust, probate and guardianship matters.  Our firm philosophy is to provide outstanding client service and excellent legal work, but in the context of a small firm.  

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Probate: 40%
    19 years, 100 cases
  2. Trusts: 40%
    19 years, 100 cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    23 years, 100 cases
  4. Guardianship: 5%
    19 years, 25 cases
  5. Estate Planning: 5%
    19 years, 25 cases

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • John Jeffrey Pankauski

    I endorse this lawyer. Amy Beller is an excellent probate litigator with an outstanding knowledge of Florida probate law. Amy is a fighter who always puts her clients first and provides a strong courtroom presence. Amy is very smart and also uses common sense to attempt to resolve disputes when litigation may not make sense. She brings keen insight, years of experience and a broad base of knowledge to probate litigation. Amy Beller is an outstanding attorney in Boca Raton.

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    John Pankauski Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gwynne Alice Young

    Amy and I were co-counsel in a very complicated and contentious trust litigation matter. She has a thorough knowledge of trust and estate law and is a first rate estate and trust litigator. We worked well together because she listened and knew we were a team. She represented our clients well. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and will refer matters to her in the future. I stronly endorse her.

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    Gwynne Young Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Beller Smith, PL

2101 NW Corporate Blvd
Suite 316
Boca Raton, FL, 33431

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199808/17/2015
NYCurrently registered 199303/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Top AttorneyWall Street Journal2012
Fortunoff ScholarshipHofstra Law School1992
Advocacy AwardHofstra Law School1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBeller Smith PL2008 - Present
PartnerMiller & O'Neill2006 - 2008
AssociateKaye Scholer2004 - 2006
AssociateHolland & Knight2000 - 2004
AssociateChadbourne & Parke, LLP1996 - 2000
AssociateSquadron Ellenoff Plesent Sheinfeld & Sorkin1994 - 1996
AssociateWhite & Case1992 - 1994

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationChair, Probate Committee2013 - Present
South Palm Beach Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Florida Association for Women LawyersMember2006 - 2008
Craig S. Barnard American Inn of CourtAttorney Member2005 - 2008
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionCommittee Member2004 - Present
New York State Bar Ass'n Trust and Estate SectionChair, Multistate Practice2004 - 2007
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2004 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
American Bar AssociationThe Road To Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms2010
NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Vol 43 No. 1Florida Homestead: A Submerged Alligator Lying in Wait2010
NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 38, No. 4"New York vs. Florida: A Forum Selection Guide for Will Contest"2005
NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 37, No. 1"Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity”2004
NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 3“Removal of Trustees for Hostility: Does New York Need Legislation?”2003

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Northern Trust Breakfast SeminarLitigation Update2013
Bench-Bar ConferencePanelist2013
Privity and T&E MalpracticePrivity and T&E Malpractice2012
Palm Beach County Bar Association Annual Probate SeminarNotices Under the Probate Code2012
NYSBA Trust & Estate Annual Meeting, with Surrogate Kristin Booth GlenMediation2011
Florida Bar Trust and Estate SymposiumPrivity and T&E Malpractice2011
Florida Bar Trust and Estate SymposiumThe Big Apple Versus The Big Orange: Demystifying New York Trusts and Estates Law and Procedure for the Florida Lawyers2010
Trusts & Estate Law Section Spring MeetingApples and Oranges: An Overview of Florida Probate and Trust Law for the New York Lawyer2009
Trust and EstateCrossing State Borders In Trust & Estate Law2009
Florida Bar’s Attorney Trust Officer Liaison ConferenceHere and There – Now and Then (Planning and Administering Ancillary Estates)2009
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionDrifting To Avoid Administration Disputes Part I:Protecting Fiduciaries2009
42nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate PlanningLet the Sunshine In: Florida Law Update2008
Trust & Estate Section SymposiumMultistate Estate Planning Issues2006
Powers of Attorney and Select Beneficiary IssuesPowers of Attorney and Select Beneficiary Issues Arising From Family Discord2006
Florida ProbateFlorida Probate for Non-Florida Lawyers2006
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkFlorida Probate for New York Lawyers2006