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Ellen Sue Morris

Ellen Sue Morris

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Trusts, Litigation

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About Me

Ellen S. Morris is a partner with Elder Law Associates PA. Her practice is devoted to litigation in the guardianship, fiduciary, estate, trust, nursing home residents’ rights and broad elder law areas, and transactional work in elder law, including wills and trusts, guardianship and guardianship advocacy, Medicaid and nursing home planning, Medicaid applications, disability planning, special needs trusts, asset preservation planning, and estate and trust administration.


Ms. Morris was elected as Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite every year since 2007, named a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide in 2012, chosen as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2009 and recognized as a 2011 Top Attorney in Palm Beach & Martin Counties by Palm Beach Illustrated. Ms. Morris has an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating rom Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating afforded an attorney. Ms. Morris was named The Florida Bar Elder Law Section “Member of the Year” in 2008.


Ms. Morris is a graduate of the University of Florida with honors where she received her undergraduate and then her law degree in 1989. Prior to focusing her career on elder law, Ms. Morris practiced as an Assistant State Attorney for Dade County, Florida under the direction of State Attorney Janet Reno. 


Ms. Morris serves as the Administrative Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar. She is also co-chair of the Joint Public Policy Task Force of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar and AFELA. For many years, she held the position of Legislative Chair of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar and also served as Co-chair of the Elder Law Section of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Ms. Morris is also on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) and is active in the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Palm Beach County section. 


In all of these roles, Ms. Morris participates in elder and special needs law-related legislative initiatives, devoting much of her time to analyzing new rules and updated regulations affecting seniors, those with disabilities and their families who require government services and protection. 


As an active volunteer, Ms. Morris is a Washington Club and Congressional Club member of AIPAC. Ms. Morris has also been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter, SOS Children’s Village, Jewish Family Services located in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Florida State Guardianship Association and Junior Achievement.


 


Ms. Morris frequently lectures to other professionals and charitable organizations on elder and special needs law. She was an instructor for Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) in 2011. She was featured in the Palm Beach Post’s Moving Up section for her developing elder law and special needs practice and has been quoted in the Palm Beach Post, Wealth (Reuters), Sun-Sentinel and ABC News online

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Guardianship: 20%
  5. Elder Law: 20%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Jesse Holbert Little

    I endorse this lawyer's work.

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    Jesse Little Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Stuart Richard Morris

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Stuart Morris Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact Info

Elder Law Associates PA

7284 W. Palmetto Park Road
Suite 101
Boca Raton, FL, 33433-3430

Weston Office

Emerald Companies Building
2843 Executive Park Drive
Weston, FL, 33331-3603

Aventura Office

Aventura Corporate Center
20801 Biscayne Blvd., Ste 304
Aventura, FL, 33180-1422

West Palm Beach Office

Phillips Point Buildings – West Tower
777 South Flagler Dr, Ste 800
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401-6161

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199005/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers 20102010
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers 20092009
Member of the YearThe Florida Bar Elder Law Section2008
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerElder Law Associates, PA2001 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Stuart R. Morris1999 - 2001
Assistant AttorneyThe State of Florida1989 - 1992

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysMember of the Board2010 - 2010
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysSecretary2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionSecretary2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionLegislative Chair2007 - 2010
South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Elder Law SectionCo-chair2007 - 2010
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysMember2001 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2001 - Present
Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Palm Beach County SectionMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Lawsuit for return of inheritance against a senior filed by her step-children.The senior was able to keep her inheritance.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Palm Beach PostCommentary: Proposal would force more Florida seniors into nursing homes2013
The Miami HeraldProposed Florida law on elderly is anti-marriage2013
Advocate - a publication of the South Palm Beach County Bar AssociationPlanning for the Disabled and Elderly: Special Needs Trusts2008
The Elder Law AdvocateWhat Happened in the Florida Legislature of Interest to Us?2008
www.ElderLawAssociates.comWhat is an Elder Law Attorney and Why Do You Need One?2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of FloridaN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The 12th Anniversary Family Cafe ConferenceSeparating/Divorcing? How to Use a Special Needs Trust to Protect Yourself and Your Child2010
Safeguard Our Seniors Task ForceHighlighted the need for stronger punishments against scammers who prey on Florida's seniors, and teach seniors what to look out for to better protect themselves2010
The 10th Anniversary Family Cafe ConferenceThe Impact of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on Florida's People with Disabilities2008
The 10th Anniversary Family Cafe ConferenceWorking with the Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Attorney to Establish a Special Needs Trust or Other Tools for Protecting a Settlement2008
Elder Law Certification Review CourseLitigation and Administrative Advocacy - Fair Hearings, What's Required, How to Prepare and Succeed2008