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Collett P Small

Elder law Attorney at Pembroke Pines, FL

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
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Collett P. Small is the founder of the Elder Law Firm of Collett P. Small, P.A. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Elder Law. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Florida International University and her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law.

Ms. Small is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She serves on the Executive Council of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar as Chair Elect of the section. She also serves on the Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee. She is on the Board of Directors for the Weston Bar Association. Ms. Small is past chairperson for both the Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Law School Liaison Committee for the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Florida State Guardianship Association. She also serves as a court appointed attorney with the state of Florida Justice Administrative Commission for guardianship cases in Broward County.

Ms. Small writes articles that address elder law issues, and she frequently gives speeches and lectures in the community in the area of Elder Law. Attorney Small is very active in the community, and is a member of the School Advisory Counsel for Broward County Public Schools. She also volunteers at local law schools, and serves as a mentor to law students and new attorneys.

Prior to establishing her own firm, Ms. Small, worked as an insurance defense attorney in Palm Beach. She also worked as an intern with the Social Security Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals. Prior to law school Ms. Small enjoyed a successful career as a Bank Manager with two major financial institutions.

When she is away from the office she enjoys traveling, competing in marathons, gardening and spending time with family.

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Collett P Small
2400 N University Dr Ste 209
Pembroke Pines, FL, 330243629

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Posted by Juana | July 23, 2014
Trustworthy, Knowledgable and Skilled in Elder Care
My sister and I used Collett for estate planning and elder care advise regarding my recently widowed mom. Collett was simply sensational: warm, knowledgable, professional and meticulously detailed. She listened attentively to our needs and our concerns about protecting the small amount of income that my mom is receiving, and then presented different options, and their implications. I loved how she was focused on my mom, her needs and wishes. It was also immediately apparent that she was incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of elder care law, and different legal implications for a range of related service (power of attorney, health directive, Medicaid eligibility requirements, trusts, guardianships, etc). I liked that she is specifically certified as an elder care legal specialist. Her fees were clearly laid out and very reasonable, I appreciated that she had a flat fee, so we knew exactly what we were paying for and what to expect. Unlike a lot of lawyers, we had to pay for our initial consultation which gets deducted from the fee if you contract her. In retrospect, it was totally worth it. In that time she reviewed a range of documents, a long intake form she sent to us prior, listened carefully and laid out different alternatives for us to consider (whether or not we hired her to execute them). Both the initial consult and the cost for services are flat fees, not hourly. Even though it was a flat fee, I loved that at no point did we feel rushed, quite the contrary, she gave us her complete undivided attention for a pretty long visit and made it clear that we could call on her for any additional questions that might come up. She didn't try to sell us anything we didn't need (we already had an older will for example, which she reviewed and found that it was still valid, and still reflected my mom's wishes) and didn't rush us to make any decisions. We walked into her office anxious and worried, and left breathing a sigh of relief, not only because she took care of what we needed in a timely manner, but because we felt this was someone we could trust. As an added plus, she has a Spanish speaking assistant a few days a week, but she understands quite a bit of Spanish. The office is not that centrally located, but that probably also helps to keep her cost under control. Highly recommended!
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Work Experience

  • Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Law Offices of Collett P. Small, P.A.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Powers, McNalis, & Torres
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Associations

  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Diversity Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Weston Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Substantive Vice Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Florida Bar, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Continuing Legal Education Chair
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Law School Laison
  • 2010 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Elder Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Smarts
  • Elder $mart$
  • 2016
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Health and Personal Care Planning
  • 2015
  • St Thomas University School of Law
  • Incapacity vs Right to make Bad Decisions
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Elder law Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Colett was my opposing counsel in a contested incapacity and guardianship matter. Colett is an excellent, professional and courteous attorney. She is highly knowledgeable in the area of elder law, and a challenge to litigate against. I do recommend her for someone looking to hire an experienced and knowledgeable elder lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very nice and smart attorney. In addition, Collett is actively involved in the Elder Law Section and AFELA, which shows her commitment to keeping updated with the law. Highly recommended!"
Elder law Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Collett Small is a bright, smart and thoughtful in her approach to elder law. Over the years she has been supportive to other lawyers and community leaders. She is also dedicated to continuing legal education and training. I endorse this lawyer."

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Pembroke Pines Elder law Lawyer Collett P Small
Collett P Small
Elder law Attorney
Pembroke Pines, FL
Licensed for 18 years