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Debra G Simms

About me

Debra G. Simms is an experienced  attorney, with a practice specializing in estate planning, elder law, probate and guardianship, special needs trust, bankruptcy, divorce, family law, and mediation. She is a Florida Bar Certified Elder Law Attorney, only one of 99 such attorneys in the State of Florida.  She is also a Certified Civil Circuit Mediator, Certified Family Law Mediator, and certified Parent Coordinator in the State of Florida. Debra Simms has over 26 years experience as a lawyer.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Probate: 30%
    10 years
  3. Family: 15%
  4. Elder Law: 10%
  5. Guardianship: 5%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Sprysenski

    Debra is a caring, thoughtful attorney who approaches your estate planning needs with an eye towards her clients' true goals. Her passion for assisting clients plan for their future at any stage shines through in her communication and quality of work she performs. I would highly recommend Debra for your estate planning needs.


    Christopher Sprysenski Litigation Attorney
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  • Elizabeth C Kamper

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    Elizabeth Kamper Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Debra G. Simms, PA Volusia Office

823 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, FL, 32129

Debra G. Simms The Villages

3420 US Highway 441
Fruitland Park, FL, 34731



FLMember in Good Standing199706/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Elder Law CertificationFlorida Bar2014
Board Certified - Elder LawFlorida Bar2014
Preventative LawNational Preventative Law InstituteN/A
EditorLaw ReviewN/A
First Amendment Rights and ResponsibilitesAm JurN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentDebra G. Simms, P.A.2007 - Present
AttorneyPearson-Wise & Simms1997 - 2006
AttorneyRoss, Britain & Schoenberg1992 - 1996
PresidentLaw Office of Debra G. Simms1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Daytona Beach Symphony Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors2015 - Present
ARC, VolusiaBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Florida BarCertified Elder Law Attorney2014 - Present
Volusia County Bar AssociationMember, Elder Law Chair2014 - Present
Met Life Hyatt Legal PlanPanel Attorney2007 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Florida chapter)MemberN/A
AARPLawyer PanelN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DCF v. SorokinCase Dismissed, Ward and daughter prevailed
In re Shirley TousignantDebra G. Simms, on behalf of the son, Ricky Triplett
Estate PlanningAvoidance of probate and incapacity planning
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Publication nameTitleDate
WebsiteFlorida Academy of Elder Law Attoneys2015
City Magazine of Altamonte SpringsOur Digital Afterlife2013
SimmsLawFirm.comElder Law2012 Planning2012 blogProbate2012
Cleveland State Law ReviewSuccession Planning: The Daughter Option1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Case Western Reserve UniversitySocial AdministrationMA - Masters1978
Ohio State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Healthy DecisionsMedical Directives and Living Wills2016
Healing PathMedicaid Planning2016
Stroke Victim Support GroupMedical Directives and Living Wills2015
Kiwanis of New Smyrna BeachElder Abuse/Fraud2015
Elder Care MattersMedicaid for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilites2015
Solosez Mid-Florida LunchSolo practice2014
4th of July bashEstate Planning and Long Term Nursing Care2014
Real Estate UpdateForeclosure Process in Florida Today2012
Pershing Moms Day OutBasic Estate Planning for Moms2012
MetLife Legal PlanEstate Planning Basics2012
Educational MeetingAdoption for Same-sex Couples in Florida2012
Educational EventChoosing the Right Attorney for You2012
Continuing Legal EducationFlorida Estate Planning Basics2012
Charles Schwab Employee Benefits PlanFour Corners of Estate Planning2012
Seminole Public LibraryBankruptcy for Beginners - Your debt: Budge It!2011
POA's and Advanced DirectivesPowers of Attorney & Advanced Directives2011
Estate Planning: Wills and TrustsEstate Planning: Wills and Trusts2011
Estate PlanningBasic Estate Planning2011
Employee Benefits for Hyatt Legal PlanEstate Planning for You and Your Family2011
Senior Lunch and LearnElder Law Issues2010
Jewish Pavillion Health FairEstate Planning2010
FAMU Law SchoolBeing a Sole Practitioner2010
COS SeniorsEstate Planning2008