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Kristen Marks

Estate planning Attorney at Pensacola, FL

5.0   293 reviews

also known as Kristen Pollard Marks


Licensed for 27 years

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    60%
    My Pink Lawyer® provides fast, convenient and effective estate and legacy planning solutions to busy Florida women and their families. Our extensive reviews speak for themselves. Flat fees.

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Trusts
    20%
    My Pink Lawyer® custom drafts living revocable trusts for clients based estate plans to avoid probate and save Florida families from unnecessary government interference, time delays, and exorbitant legal fees. Flat fees.

    27 years, 500 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    20%
    My Pink Lawyer® provides practical, effective estate planning solutions to Florida women to protect themselves and make sure their medical wishes are honored by loved ones. Check out our numerous reviews from happy clients. Flat fees.

    27 years, 2,000 cases

Kristen Marks is a Florida licensed Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning attorney. Kristen graduated from Dartmouth College in 1992 and then Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1995. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband, Andrew, also an attorney, moved to the Pensacola, Florida, area to begin their law practices. Kristen began her legal career with a small Pensacola, Florida law firm for seven (7) years in the areas of Florida estate planning, probate and guardianship.

 

Then, in 2002, Kristen earned the privilege of becoming an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, a position earned by the Top 2% of consultants with the company. For the next six (6) years, Kristen focused on training and mentoring other women to build successful businesses for themselves. During that time, Kristen earned the use of and drove four (4) free company cars, including the famous Pink Cadillac for two (2) years.

 

In 2008, Kristen returned to practicing law, designing 'My Pink Lawyer®' to continue serving Florida women and their families with their estate planning needs. With her vast experience serving and mentoring women in the business world, Kristen now continues to serve successful, busy professional women in the legal world with their Florida life and legacy planning.

 

Kristen strongly advocates that designing a rich and meaningful future for yourself and your loved ones is the key to a successful life.

 

In her spare time, Kristen is avid reader of business, personal development and personal finance books. Kristen loves the beach, travelling abroad, and spending time with her husband and two college aged kids.

 

Kristen has run four ultra trail marathons (50K distance--34 miles) and has registered for two 50 mile trail races for later this year to bookend her 50th birthday!

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Licensed for 27 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/23/2022

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5.0 / 5.0
  293 customer reviews
Posted by Angelique | January 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Kristen was very helpful in explaining our options and informing us of things that will protect us and our family in the future. She is extremely knowledgeable and keeps her client's best interest in mind, along with being very friendly, yet professional.
Response from Kristen Marks October 2, 2020
Thank you, Angelique! It was my pleasure to assist you and your family with getting your affairs in order!
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2020
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Great Estate Planning Lawyer
My experience with Kristen was awesome. Her and the entire staff were organized, friendly, and very thorough through the entire process. Highly recommend!
Response from Kristen Marks October 2, 2020
Thank you!
Posted by Dotty | December 1, 2022
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Joy
I did not have Kristen but the new attorney Joy. Joy explained everything to me so I could understand my needs.
Posted by Pat | November 30, 2022
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Great Experience
What a wonderful flawless experience with Kristen and her staff as they prepared our plan. Organized and so clear with explanations. Personality plus makes her feel more like a trusted friend. Kristen certainly knows her “stuff” and we will recommend her highly to friends and family.
Posted by Laura | November 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I love the Pink Lawyer and office staff. They are fun, friendly, and positive! I used her service when my children were little. After everyone was grown and there were some changes in circumstances, I used her again to update it all. She hasn’t changed one bit in all these years!
Posted by Kelly | November 2, 2022
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5 ++ stars
The first time I spoke to Kristen was a bad day for me. My Mother passed away and I needed help with her will that had been written in another state. She explained some of the differences in Florida laws and told me she would handle everything and she did. We then met in person to go over the documents that she had for me to sign. She made sure I understood what I was signing and took the time to explain anything I didn’t understand. That was 4 years ago. In the last 2 years I have had questions about the property my Mother owned and an additional settlement that just arose. In both cases I either emailed or called Kristen and she got back with me and answer my questions. Not once have I felt she didn’t have the time for me or wasn’t willing to do whatever needed to be done. When we talk I feel heard! She listens to my concerns and validates them. The past 4 years have not been easy but I know I can count on Kristen when it comes to my Mother’s estate.
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Posted by Kenzie | November 1, 2022
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Makes Estate Planning EASY
Thinking about estate planning, especially as a small business owner, is overwhelming. Kristen and her staff make the process seamless and easy. She is straightforward, helpful, and extremely knowledgable.
Response from Kristen Marks November 2, 2022
Thanks, Kenzie. Small business owners like you and I do have unique estate planning struggles to grapple with. Glad to hear that your business, Fixed on Fitness, is booming!
Posted by Anna | October 27, 2022
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a very pleased customer!
Kristen did a great job of preparing my will. She explained everything that was important to me & assisted me in making decisions when I needed the help. She was very helpful explaining the points that I did not understand & guiding me with planning my will to fit my needs. She also gave me plenty of time to think about the decisions I needed to make. She was very patient with me when it took time for me to decide. I highly recommend Kristen!
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Response from Kristen Marks October 28, 2022
Thanks, Anna. I too am a "very pleased attorney" working with YOU!:)
Posted by Wilk | October 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pleasant, personable and NOT pedantic.
Ms Marks changed my opinion of lawyers. It was our first visit and she was prepared to see us, set up a orderly approach to cover our 3 different legal issues and put us at ease. She translated legalese into easily understandable terms allowing us to keep up which was key to the decisions we had to make.
Response from Kristen Marks October 25, 2022
Wow, what a compliment, Wilk! Thank you for your trust in our office and our service!
Posted by Joseph | September 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Wills and Estate Planning
Overall a great experience!!! The entire staff was professional, courteous and accommodating. Kristen walked us through the most important and usually the most often neglected process of giving direction from the grave. We had always talked about estate planning but like most couples procrastinated on it and dreaded beginning the process. Kristen's approach made it painless. She was able to address things we had not even thought of and guided us through the process like an old friend. We warned her of our earlier attempts at estate planning and how we failed to follow through. We made it clear that she would need to keep us on track until the job was complete and she succeeded. We feel confident that our end of life choices and concerns are complete and recorded.
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Response from Kristen Marks September 2, 2022
Yes, the devil is in the details so to speak with completing one's estate planning "homework" which was tailored just for you. Kudos to you for following through!
Posted by Mary Hope | August 29, 2022
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Celebrating My Life
That’s exactly how I feel today after the finalized signing of my Estate Plan today! ( I almost had to hold back tears of gratitude) I am so proud of myself for getting up the nerve to contact the firm full of ladies! I feel a huge weight off me knowing that I will spare my children much misery and expenses when I do pass, and now I don’t need to waste time worrying on them. No matter how young or old, or how much money you have or don’t have, I know they can help you feel better about your future.
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Response from Kristen Marks September 1, 2022
That's great to hear, Hope! Most clients tell us they feel a huge sense of relief and comfort knowing that they've just made their loved ones' lives easier in the future by getting their estate planning affairs in order. Now, let's keep your plan current by reviewing it every few years to make sure your situation has not changed. Way to go, friend!
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Posted by Priscilla | August 24, 2022
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Savvy Esquire
Kristen Marks is well informed, organized and wonderfully energetic. It has been a pleasure work with both her and her staff.
Response from Kristen Marks August 25, 2022
Thanks, Priscilla. It's been great working with you too to get your estate affairs in order to ensure a smooth transition of assets in the future.
Posted by Debbie | May 4, 2022
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My Pink Lawyer
Kristen was excellent to work with. She was able to assist me with my estate planning and eased my mind. She is very professional, knowledgeable and her staff were so pleasant. She way over met my expectations.
Response from Kristen Marks May 8, 2022
Thank you, Debbie. We loved working with you too!
Posted by Loranna | March 18, 2022
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Everything I needed
Kristen helped me update/establish a comprehensive Trust and Will that ensures the security of my family. Kristen and Staff in the Pensacola FL office were not only friendly, but professional, and knowledgeable as well. Kristen answered (and researched) all of my questions and concerns then took the time needed to walk me though how the process works. The final result was exactly what was needed and I now have a peace of mind that I’ve done what I need to do to take care of my family. I highly recommend My Pink Lawyer for any estate planning needs.
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Response from Kristen Marks March 29, 2022
Thank you for the opportunity to assist your with your estate plan. It was a pleasure working with you to get your affairs in order!
Posted by Sandi | March 6, 2022
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Professional and Knowledgeable
This is the second time I used My Pink Lawyer for my estate planning needs. We had a time sensitive issue and needed to update all of our estate documents. We were able to make all updates with new documents within a week! Kristen and her team are knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and such a pleasure to work with!
Posted by Ginger and Brad | February 25, 2022
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Absolutely amazing experience
We had no clue about estate planning but The Pink Lawyer made the entire process seamless. Kristen and the entire staff were so informative from start to finish. The level of care and concern for every single detail was the part I appreciated the most. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who is needing to plan for the future. The sense of peace that everything is now prepared is priceless.
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Posted by Wes | February 24, 2022
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Will
I was very happy with the job that was done preparing my will and the professionalism in which it was done. The service was excellent , j would use My Pink Lady Lawyer services in the future and I recommend Kristen Marks for you also.
Posted by Peggy | January 21, 2022
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She was great. Thanks
She was very helpful and made it easy for my decisions ! I had a lot of hard issues but she helped me through it all and I am so thankful that God lead me to her and I can never thank her enough..
Posted by Jennifer | January 15, 2022
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Fabulous Experience!
Ms. Marks and everyone in her office are professional, knowledgeable and exceptionally nice people. We completed our wills, trusts and living wills and it was such a seamless process that I feel badly for not having found her and her team earlier. I would highly recommend Ms. Marks! If you, like me, have been thinking about this but have been putting it off, please believe me when I say that she has got it down to a "T" and you will, too, be sorry that you waited for so long to take this step.
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Posted by Thomas J | December 17, 2021
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Trust Establishment
Kristen took us through the process of establishing our trust to meet our needs and our future desires. It started out with an initial consultation and followed up with meetings and allowing us to make changes. We ended with a plan to cover our assets once we die and taking care of our children and our charities. We now have peace of mind to enjoy our retirement.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder, Owner, Attorney
  • My Pink Lawyer®
  • 2008 - Present
  • Independent Sales Director
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Chase, Quinnell, McIver, Jackson & Marks, P.A.
  • 1995 - 2002

Education

  • The University of Alabama School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (magna cum laude)
  • 1995
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Standalone Retirement Trust planning
  • Special Needs trust
  • Created special needs trust
  • Grandchildrens Trust
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Associations

  • Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Business of the Month
  • Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce
  • 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Florida Paralegal Association
  • 10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes Women Make and How to Easily Avoid Them
  • 2019
  • Preparing Now for Later
  • 10 Stupid Mistakes Women Make in their Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Special Kids, Special Planning
  • Special Needs Planning for Disabled Kids
  • 2012
  • Smart Women Invest in Themselves
  • Smart Women Protect their Assets
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (39)
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is nothing short of an expert in the field of estate planning. I admire her practice and have learned much from the way she does business. Kristen treats clients like family and helps them create plans for their own families that are as comprehensive and detailed as I am sure she has for herself. I have always used Kristen for my personal estate planning needs and she is my first recommendation to friends and family."
Estate planning Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"When you meet with Kristen, you’ll likely leave thinking, “She made talking about death way more fun than it should be.” Her infectious laugh and lively personality are just a few of the qualities that make her, and My Pink Lawyer®, so wonderful. The firm atmosphere is upbeat and modern, staff friendly and inviting, and the office impeccably organized. Don’t let the cute name fool you, the quality of the work product produced by the firm is unparalleled. I highly recommend Kristen Marks & My Pink Lawyer®!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I absolutely endorse Kristen. She goes above and beyond to help her clients build effective estate plans. She is not only a wonderful attorney, but also a very caring and compassionate person."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I absolutely endorse Kristen. I have known Kristen for several years and have worked with her on a number of occasions. Kristen does excellent work. She is knowledgeable and highly ethical. Kristen is also timely with her work. I have and will continue to refer clients to Kristen."
Guardianship Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristen did a fantastic job guiding us through the process of setting up a Limited Guardianship for our son."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working directly with Kristen for 7 years. She now has her own law firm. Kristen is a very bright and conscientious attorney. I refer estates, trusts and guardianship cases to her as I know the referrals will be well taken care of. Kristen is highly ethical and has a wonderful, caring, efficient support staff."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Kristen when I was first opening my own practice. She was very helpful giving me advise and encouragement to start my own practice. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about helping women take care of their estate planning needs. I am happy to endorse."
Guardianship Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Family member
"Ok, so I know I'm biased since I'm Kristen's husband and a fellow lawyer. However, that said, I'd say my relationship to her gives me an insightful glance at the care and compassion she brings to the table with all of her clients. She recently defended a woman in a guardianship matter whom she did not believe need a guardian. She visited with the client in her home several times and took great care in preparing her case to present to the judge. She had a positive outcome and her client was thrilled. If there's anything bad I can say about Kristen, it's that she oftentimes takes her cases too personally--but that of course is what clients love about her! I highly recommend Kristen for any Florida woman's Wills, Trusts, Estates or Guardianship matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen Marks is an excellent resource for anyone that needs straight talk about estate planning. My clients that have utilized her services consistently compliment her knowledge and personal approach. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Marks to anyone."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen Marks is an outstanding lawyer. I have known her for a long time and have had the pleasure of working with her on several matters. She is professional, knowledgeable, and really cares about her clients."
Probate Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristen is smart, and passionate advocate for her clients. Although Kristen and I were adverse to each other in a contested probate matter, through her diligence, creativity and her desire to put her client's interests first, we were able to reach a resolution that was a great result for our clients, was in their best interest, and, above all, preserved a family relationship. Kristen is fun, compassionate and a great lawyer. I give her my strongest endorsement."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is a pleasure to work with. She is a sharp attorney, and a compassionate and ethical person."
Probate Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Kristen Marks for any probate or elder law issue. Ms. Marks is extremely professional and knowledgable on all elder law/probate issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My wife (also an attorney) and I have known Kristen for many, many years and I've had the pleasure of working with her on several different matters. Personally and professionally, Kristen is absolutely exceptional. She is an outstanding lawyer and approaches each case and new client with a thoughtfulness and thoroughness rarely seen in this profession. Without question, she is one of the most talented attorneys in her field and Pensacola, Navarre, and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have her."
Guardianship Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Kristen Marks for guardianship and special needs planning matters. In working with Kristen on a number of such issues, she has shown herself to be knowledgeable, compassionate and always working with her client's best interests at heart."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen Marks is dedicated, caring and a likeable lawyer who has a great staff, attention to detail, systems and other strategies to provide the very best service possible to her clients. Kristen has set a standard that other attorneys should aspire to. She takes a "whole-family" approach to caring for her clients--a refreshing change! Through her expertise, follow-through and diligence, she designs estate plans that will work for the long term--I highly recommend Attorney Kristen Marks."
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