Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of BrevardRobin M. Petersen, Esq. is Board Certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation.Effective plans can be achieved only when you take the time to thoroughly understand the client.If you are unable, it is critical that the right person oversee your financial and healthcare needs.It seems that many laypersons think that simply having a will avoids probate. That is not true.
Robin Petersen is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of Brevard, which has been serving Brevard County since 1991. The practice focuses exclusively in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration (representing the executor or trustee, as well as serving as the executor or trustee of the estate), Guardianships, planning for long term care costs through asset protection, the use of VA Aid & Attendance, and Medicaid benefit options. Because he has dedicated over 25 years of practice to these types of law, Robin understands that effective plans and solutions can only be achieved by taking the time to listen and gain a thorough understanding of every clients’ needs, concerns, family situations, and overall goals.
After graduating with his Juris Doctor from Florida State University’s College of Law in 1981, Robin obtained his license to practice law in Florida and before the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. Greatly influenced by his parents’ service in World War II, and as a self-certified military brat, he joined the Air Force, where he proudly served as a legal officer (JAG).
After leaving the Air Force, Robin worked as an assistant public defender. However, the memory of watching his father’s family fall apart as they feuded endlessly over his grandparent’s estate because of an unclear Will ultimately led him to open his own practice, the Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of Brevard.
To ensure that he could provide sage counsel to those who sought his services, Robin obtained his certification as an Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation, an American Bar Association accredited foundation. He is also a U.S. Veterans Administration Accredited Attorney, believing “We have a responsibility to make sure our veterans and their families receive the advice and long term care assistance they've earned and that they deserve”. The desire to continually learn and grow in the field is the catalyst for him returning to the [virtual] classroom to obtain his LL.M (Master of Laws, a post doctorate advanced degree) in Advocacy at Stetson College of Law.
Because of his reputation and continual desire expand his horizons, Robin has achieved a rating of 10, the highest rating a lawyer can receive, from AVVO, one of the top websites for finding a lawyer. In addition, he is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Florida Super Lawyers, has instructed at the college level, hosts monthly seminars on topics related to Estate Planning and Elder Law, and most recently has co-authored the book, Elder Law Strategies in Florida.
When not practicing law or participating in the multiple professional and community associations he is involved in, Robin enjoys spending time with his daughter, traveling, learning to play the piano, bicycling, and tennis.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1989||03/31/2016|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1982||08/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Award||Brevard County Legal Aid||2012|
|Accredited Attorney||Veterans Administration||2008|
|Florida Super Lawyers||SuperLawyers||2007|
|Board Certified Elder Law||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||1998|
|Founding Shareholder||Estate Planning and Elder Law Center of Brevard||1990 - Present|
|Legal Research Trainer||West Publishing Company||1988 - 1990|
|Assistant Public Defender||Public Defender's Office in St. Lucie County, FL||1986 - 1988|
|JAG Legal Officer||U.S. Air Force||1982 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of VA Pension Planners||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Board Member, Practice Development||2010 - Present|
|American Inns of Court, Vasser B. Carlton Chapter||Secretary/Treasurer Officer and Barrister||2007 - Present|
|Hospice of Health First||Secretary/Treasurer||2006 - Present|
|Hospice of Health First||Board of Directors||2002 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Florida chapter)||Member||2001 - Present|
|Brevard County Bar Foundation||Founding Member||2000 - Present|
|Space Coast Guardianship Association||Founding Board Member and Board of Director||1998 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Retirement Plan Administrator||1992 - Present|
|Brevard County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||1989 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Miliary Appeals||Admitted to Practice||1982 - Present|
|Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court||Secretary/Treasurer Executive Committee||2011 - 2012|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Board Member Legislative Advocacy Committee||2011 - 2013|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Practice Development Steering Committee||2009 - 2011|
|Florida Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee||Chairman||2002 - 2004|
|Brevard County Bar Association, Grievance Committee||Chairman||1995 - 1997|
|Health First Hospice Advisory Counsel||President||1993 - 1998|
|Florida State University Law Review||Editor and Staff Writer for 3 years, Florida State University Law Review||1978|
|Atlanta Institute of Music||Classical and Jazz Music||Master's Certificate||1988|
|Florida State University College of Law||Law Degree||Juris Doctor (Doctorate of Law)||1981|
|Florida State University||Political Science, Minors: Speech, Acct'g ,Biz Administration.||BA - Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude)||1977|
|Florida Atlantic University||Accounting||N/A||1976|
|Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court||Life and Times of Clarence Darrow||2013|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Post Death Administration Procedure||2011|
|Florida State Guardianship Association Conference||Veteran's Benefits||2011|
|Chapter Meeting, Florida State Guardianship Association||VA Pension Plannning||2011|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Conference||Tax Planning in Estate Administration||2010|
|Chapter Meeting||Advanced Directives and VA Benefits||2010|