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Kristen Marks

Estate planning Attorney at Pensacola, FL

5.0   312 reviews

also known as Kristen Pollard Marks

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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kristen

Learn Kristen’s areas of practice.

3
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.

    29 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.

    29 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.

    29 years, 2,000 cases

MY PINK LAWYER® FLORIDA WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE PLANNING FOR FLORIDA FAMILIES. BASED IN PENSACOLA, KRISTEN WORKS WITH CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA VIA OFFICE, WEB AND PHONE CONFERENCES. WE MAKE PLANNING SIMPLE AND EASY FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. 844-611-8938 [email protected]

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!

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
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5.0 / 5.0
  312 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cynthia | February 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer & Office staff for Estate Planning
Lets's start with the office atmosphere - warm, inviting and comfortable; located on the 2nd floor with a lift if needed for accessibility. I was referred to her by my CPA and after reading Kristen's reviews, I made a consultation appointment for my Estate planning. Kristen is very knowledgable and informative regarding Estate planning law as well as personable, compassionate and understanding of your concerns in this matter. She listens to your concerns and tailors an estate planning to help you meet your personal needs and wishes. I can't speak highly enough of her and her supportive staff. They have met and exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend her and already have to several friends. I am not inexperienced in seeking assistance in Estate Planning Law. I have had to assist both my mother and now deceased sister with their estate planning, as well as seek legal assistance for assistance with filing a Medicaid application. By far, Kristen Marks and her office have been my BEST experience! I truly can not express enough gratitude. For me and people in general, estate planning can be overwhelming. Everyone doesn't want to think about the ultimate - however Kristen puts you at ease.
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Response from Kristen Marks February 8, 2024
Wow, thank you, Cynthia! You have been fantastic to work with too!
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
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 Kim | April 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney
I've always feared estate planning, but I also knew it could make life easier for my loved ones. I was referred to Kristen by someone who had first asked me if I could help them with their estate as I too am an attorney, but not in this area of practice! I am so glad I followed up with that person for the recommendation. I made the best decision setting an appointment with Kristen. She is sharp, experienced, organized, empathetic, creative and timely. For me, thinking through all of the what ifs was tough, but Kristen guided us through every step and was always ready with an informed response and answered with professionalism and patience. She hears your story, responds timely with drafting, and does exactly what she says she will do in preparation for each and every interaction she has with you. I can't say enough about our experience with her. I would encourage anyone thinking of moving forward with estate planning, setting up trusts or wills to go and meet with Kristen. I was truly impressed with her and the way in which she conducts her business.
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Response from Kristen Marks April 11, 2024
Wow, thanks, Kim. I appreciate the kind words. It's great to hear feedback that our goal of providing rapid, efficient & professional service is working!
Posted by Sue | November 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attended Kristen’s Seminar in 2008
When we were looking for an estate lawyer, I remembered Kristen from a seminar she did 15 years ago! We are so thrilled with our decision. She was wonderful to work with, and we now have all of our documents finished and well organized. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by John | September 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Since 1999 when you first assisted my wife and myself, you have been there for all our needs. Now that she has passed, in updating my estate you and your office made it easy and quick.
Posted by Linda | September 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Linda L. Gulf Breeze, FL
Kristen was absolutely amazing handling my Trust account. She was great explaining everything I had questions about concerning the before and after of my passing. I would highly recommend consulting with Kristen for a consultation. My thanks goes out to her office staff as all was fantastic also. Thanks again.
Posted by susan | August 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied
I have some unique needs that my children were concerned about as well as myself. Ms. Marks and her staff handled everything quickly, professionally, and reasonably. I thought I had everything covered but now I know I do. They explained everything and are available if I have further questions. So glad I got this taken care of.
Response from Kristen Marks August 30, 2023
We are happy to be of service!
Posted by Susan Strohl | July 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Kristen Marks
My experience with Kristen was exceptional. In preparing my Will every detail was carefully and clearly explained to me . My goal was to make it as easy and smooth for my children to inherit my estate following my death. It was done.
Response from Kristen Marks July 26, 2023
Awesome, Susan. I'm so happy you are pleased with our office. We'll stay in touch to ensure your plan stays current. Reach out if you need anything in the meantime!
Posted by Kathleen | July 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Efficient and Knowledgeable
Kristen Marks spent some time with me, prior to our scheduled appointment to gather the facts. I found that quite extraordinary. I found her staff friendly and quick to respond. Kristen is easy to talk to and well-versed in the complexities of trust law.
Response from Kristen Marks July 11, 2023
Thank you, Kathleen!
Posted by Brenda | May 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Efficient
Kristen is always well prepared and on time for our meetings. Each topic is addressed thoroughly and confidently without belaboring the issues. Her staff is well trained in their roles and compliments Kristen in her efficient use of her time and ours.
Response from Kristen Marks May 14, 2023
Thanks, Brenda. As always, it's been great working with you and David on keeping your estate plan current over the years. Kudos to you for taking the initiative to do so!
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Superior communication skills!
Used My Pink Lawyer, Financial Planning services as a consultant in establishing my Estate Plan. Kristen Marks was able to take my thoughts in telephone calls/emails and express them in appropriate words which became part of legally documenting what I wanted in my estate plan. The process was smooth, fast, efficient because of her superior communication skills and made a difficult task, which had been way overdue, enjoyable.
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Response from Kristen Marks April 25, 2023
So glad to hear this! Thank you.
Posted by Jacque | April 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Sage
Fantastic! From the first point of contact to the most recent, we have been pleased with our experience. The office is clean and comfortable with a welcoming and helpful support staff. Kristin is sharp, meticulously detail oriented, and personable. The instructions she gave for funding our trust were easy to understand. We received prompt responses to our various questions via email. We look forward to touching base with her in the future to follow up on any possibly needed estate planning changes.
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Response from Kristen Marks April 16, 2023
Thank you, Jacque. It's been OUR pleasure assisting your family with your estate plans and unique issues. Remember to reach out whenever you have a major life event or at least every 3-5 years so we can review your plan and assets again to ensure they are still poised to protect your family. We'll keep in touch!
Posted by Gail | February 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
revising a will
Kristen is very passionate about her work and helping her clients.I am recently widowed and our will needed updating and revising. I felt at ease speaking with Kristen about everything and confident in her ability to help me. I would highly recommend her.
Response from Kristen Marks February 19, 2023
Thanks, Gail. It was our pleasure assisting you with updating your plan due to your changing circumstances. You were great to work with and I value your trust in our office.
Posted by Beverly | January 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
My Pink Lawyer
Kristen and her staff were excellent. They always greeted us like we were old friends. Kristen’s knowledge was on point and had answers for all of our questions. My husband and I would recommend My Pink Lawyer to any of our friends or family looking for guidance with financial planning. Thank you for giving us some peace of mind.
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Response from Kristen Marks January 29, 2023
Thanks, Beverly. So glad we provided you with peace of mind with your new Florida estate plans!
Posted by Donna | January 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome experience
I consulted with, and then hired, My Pink Lawyer to draw up my estate planning documents. Kristen is very thorough and makes you think about things that possibly would never even cross your mind. Everyone I met in the office is so friendly and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience.
Response from Kristen Marks January 24, 2023
Thank you, Donna, for the opportunity to serve you with your estate planning needs! We strive to provide a thorough and friendly experience for our clients.
Posted by Dana | January 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Top notch, thorough estate planning
Exceeded my expectations. Most organized and thorough office. I have used My Pink Lawyer for many years, and I am totally convinced that this firm is one of the best in this field. If you want professional, personal service, I would highly recommend My Pink Lawyer. The staff is amazing also. Can't think of nothing but honest positive statements.
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Response from Kristen Marks January 24, 2023
Wow! Thank you so much, Dana! It's been OUR pleasure to serve you over the years. Clients like you make it fun for us to come to the office every day.:)
Posted by Rebecca | January 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super knowledgable
I didn't feel rushed at all when working with Kristen and it's obvious she knows what she's talking about.
Response from Kristen Marks January 17, 2023
Thank you!
Posted by Lorie | December 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Lorie
Kristen prepared our estate planning documents. Highly recommend her, professional, through, and complete. She gave great advice, explained everything we had questions about, funny, personable.
Response from Kristen Marks December 13, 2022
Thanks, Lorie. You make my job fun!
Posted by Rikki | December 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and trustworthy
My husband and I just finished up establishing a trust and doing our wills, etc with Kristen and her staff. She hung with us as we unintentionally drew out to almost a year. She is so very knowledgeable about property distribution and financial matters. Posed some very insightful questions and made realistic suggestions. I have and will continue to recommend her to any and all seeking legal services. I thought her pricing was also in line with the services rendered.
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Response from Kristen Marks December 13, 2022
Thank you, Rikki. I'm glad we could finally get you both squared away with your planning. We appreciate your referrals!
Posted by Katherine | December 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My Pink Lawyer Estate Planning Review
We recently met with Kristen Marks of My Pink Lawyer to finalize our estate planning and could not be more pleased with the ease of the process. Kristen and her staff were friendly, efficient, and thorough and ensured we understood the terms of our documents, from the Last Will & Testament to a Ladybird Deed, to the Powers of Attorney and more, created to meet our needs. We recommend My Pink Lawyer and will definitely be using their services again!
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Response from Kristen Marks December 8, 2022
Thanks, Katherine! I'm glad we could get everything finalized for you before the holidays. Let's stay in touch to ensure your plan remains current for your situation. Talk soon!
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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

Sample of 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

Honors and 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)
Endorse Kristen
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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