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Sherrille Diane Akin

Estate planning Attorney at DeLand, FL

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 31 years
    Florida - FL 34 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1989
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Sherrille

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Providing estate planning services for individuals including wills, revocable trusts, tax planning trusts, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, and business succession planning.

    33 years

  2. Probate
    Representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate and guardianships in all Ohio courts, fiduciary litigation, and trust administration

    33 years

  3. Business

    33 years

  4. Litigation
    Representing clients, including estate and guardianship fiduciaries and trustees, beneficiaries and prospective wards, in all types of fiduciary litigation matters, including will contests, will and trust construction, fiduciary fraud and malfeasance, recovery of assets, beneficiary complaints, and related matters.

    27 years

A DeLand native, Sherrille "Sherri" D. Bailey Akin is an attorney practicing elder law, estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation in DeLand, Florida. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Ohio. She is a graduate of Stetson University, Stetson University College of Law (cum laude) and the Univesity of Florida College 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 Winnemissett Area Civic Association, Volusia/Flagler YMCA, Volusia County Tiger Bay and New Covenant Baptist Church. She serves her community as Board Member and Treasurer of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, a Legal Services Corporation non-profit organization that provides legal services to low resource and jeopardized persons in a twelve-county area that includes Volusia, Flagler, Brevard and Seminole Counties, and as a Board Member of Northeast Florida Health Services providing quality, low-cost medical care to low income persons residing in Volusia County, Florida. Ms. Akin is a frequent speaker on estate planning, estate tax, ethics, and issues encountered by senior citizens.

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Akin Law P.A.
600 W. New York Avenue
DeLand, FL, 32720


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Posted by Roland | February 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely talented and kind
Went well beyond what i expected. Explained thoroughly how to address my needs. Did so in an exceptional manner. I will certainly recommend her to my family and friends.
Posted by Tom Mondloch | October 17, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional Guardian
I have hired Akin Law to assist me in a case involving an alleged incapacitated person and potential court appointed guardianship. Sherri Akin and her team have provided me sound legal advice and support in a very complex set of circumstances. Sherri is very responsive to my requests for legal support. I appreciate having a legal professional like Sherri Akin and Akin Law on my team.
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Posted by Megan | September 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Sherrille Akin AVVO review
I live in the state of Pennsylvania and my father recently passed away. As Executrix and beneficiary of my father's estate I wasn't sure how it would play out from a remote location. I searched for Ohio based lawyers and she was one of the first to pop up. After carefully reading the wonderful reviews online, I felt confident she was the one. I was right. She has managed to explain step by step in the greatest detail the process of settling a deceased loved one's property. She is very kind and honest and has provided unbelievable guidance thru the whole process. I would recommend her in a heart beat. Thanks again Sherrille!
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Posted by Gloria | March 16, 2012
Sherrille is exceptional!
In my particular case, I'd contacted Sherrille in what I deemed to have been the 11th hour. There were more than a few complications. When I first contacted her, she didn't make any promises other than to do her best. She immersed herself in the case, adroitly using her expert knowledge, and brought the case to a successful conclusion. Sherrille is compassionate and she is a great listener. She guided me through this difficult time and at no point did I lose confidence.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Akin Law P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Of Counsel Attorney
  • Shuffield Lowman & Wilson, PA
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Of Counsel
  • Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor, LLP
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Managing Partner
  • Akin Law Group LLC Attorneys at Law
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Assistant Vice President- Trust & Estate Planning
  • National CIty Bank
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Shareholder
  • Means, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co. LPA
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Means, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker Co. LPA
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Assistant Attorney
  • United States Tax Court
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws (Taxation)
  • 1990
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor w Honors
  • 1989
  • Stetson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • The Florida Bar, Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (Ohio Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Christian Women's Job Corp
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Chair Estate & Gift Tax Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Franklin County Probate Court- Trust Law Review Commission
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Seal of Ohio Girl Scout Council
  • Former Board Member
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Medicaid, Medicare & Social Security
  • Legal Ethics in Dealing with Incapacity; Adult Protective Services
  • 2012
  • Trusts 101
  • Drafting the Revocable Trust
  • 2011
  • Columbus Bar Association, Estate and GIft Tax Committee
  • Tax Planning Under TRA 2010
  • 2011
  • Basics of Estate Planning
  • Opening the Estate
  • 2011
  • Basic Skills- Estate Planning
  • WIlls and Trusts
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Akin consistently provides accurate and insightful answers for AVVO users. Any client would be lucky to be in such capable hands."
Probate Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Other
"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."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sherrille is an outstanding lawyer who really understands this complex area of the law. If you are planning your estate, she's the one to call. She will get it right and you'll feel more at ease that you have taken care of your will, trust, or power of attorney."
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