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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.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1990||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2013|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyer||South Florida Legal Guide||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2011|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2010|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers 2010||2010|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2009|
|Recognition||Florida Super Lawyers 2009||2009|
|Member of the Year||The Florida Bar Elder Law Section||2008|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2007|
|Partner||Elder Law Associates, PA||2001 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Stuart R. Morris||1999 - 2001|
|Assistant Attorney||The State of Florida||1989 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys||Member of the Board||2010 - 2010|
|Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys||Secretary||2010 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Elder Law Section||Secretary||2010 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Elder Law Section||Legislative Chair||2007 - 2010|
|South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Elder Law Section||Co-chair||2007 - 2010|
|Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2001 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2001 - Present|
|Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Palm Beach County Section||Member||N/A|
|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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|The Palm Beach Post||Commentary: Proposal would force more Florida seniors into nursing homes||2013|
|The Miami Herald||Proposed Florida law on elderly is anti-marriage||2013|
|Advocate - a publication of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association||Planning for the Disabled and Elderly: Special Needs Trusts||2008|
|The Elder Law Advocate||What Happened in the Florida Legislature of Interest to Us?||2008|
|www.ElderLawAssociates.com||What is an Elder Law Attorney and Why Do You Need One?||2008|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Florida||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|The 12th Anniversary Family Cafe Conference||Separating/Divorcing? How to Use a Special Needs Trust to Protect Yourself and Your Child||2010|
|Safeguard Our Seniors Task Force||Highlighted the need for stronger punishments against scammers who prey on Florida's seniors, and teach seniors what to look out for to better protect themselves||2010|
|The 10th Anniversary Family Cafe Conference||The Impact of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on Florida's People with Disabilities||2008|
|The 10th Anniversary Family Cafe Conference||Working with the Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Attorney to Establish a Special Needs Trust or Other Tools for Protecting a Settlement||2008|
|Elder Law Certification Review Course||Litigation and Administrative Advocacy - Fair Hearings, What's Required, How to Prepare and Succeed||2008|