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A DeLand native, Sherrille "Sherri" D. Bailey Akin is an attorney practicing elder law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and fiduicary litigation in DeLand, Florida. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Ohio, and is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. She is a graduate of Stetson University, Stetson University College of Law (cum laude) and the Univesity of Florida Colleg of Law where she received her LLM in Taxastion. She was a member of the Florida Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and is past-chair of the Estate and GIft Tax Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.  She is active with the Florida Bar, Volusia County Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as a number of area organizations including the Rotary Club of DeLand, the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, the DeLand Garden Club, the Lake Winnemisset Area Civic Assodication, Volusia County Tiger Bay and New Covenant Baptist Church. Ms. Akin is a frequent speaker on estate planning, estate tax, ethics, and issues encountered by senior citizens.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    26 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    26 years
  3. Business: 10%
    26 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    20 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Maryellen Sullivan

    Sherrille's answers are consistently thorough and expert. She also appears to have genuine compassion and an interest in helping others. I find her to be thoughtful and experienced, and would recommend her services.


    Maryellen Sullivan Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Akin Law P.A.

101 N. Woodland Boulevard
Suite 218
DeLand, FL, 32720


FLMember in Good Standing198906/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certified Specialist- Estate Planning, Trust & Probate LawOhio State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerAkin Law P.A.2016 - Present
Of Counsel AttorneyShuffield Lowman & Wilson, PA2016 - 2016
PartnerIsaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC2013 - 2016
Of CounselIsaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP2011 - 2013
Managing PartnerAkin Law Group LLC Attorneys at Law2001 - 2011
Assistant Vice President- Trust & Estate PlanningNational CIty Bank1999 - 2001
ShareholderMeans, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co. LPA1995 - 1999
AssociateMeans, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co. LPA1992 - 1995
Assistant AttorneyUnited States Tax Court1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida Bar, Probate and Guardianship Rules CommitteeMember2012 - 2014
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember2012 - 2015
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (Ohio Chapter)Member2012 - 2015
Christian Women's Job CorpBoard Member2009 - 2014
Columbus Bar AssociationChair Estate & Gift Tax Committee2008 - 2010
Franklin County Probate Court- Trust Law Review CommissionChair2008 - 2009
Seal of Ohio Girl Scout CouncilFormer Board Member1999 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws (Taxation)1990
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor w Honors1989
Stetson UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medicaid, Medicare & Social SecurityLegal Ethics in Dealing with Incapacity; Adult Protective Services2012
Trusts 101Drafting the Revocable Trust2011
Columbus Bar Association, Estate and GIft Tax CommitteeTax Planning Under TRA 20102011
Basics of Estate PlanningOpening the Estate2011
Basic Skills- Estate PlanningWIlls and Trusts2011