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Abel Lopez

Probate Attorney at Miami, FL

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Abel

Learn Abel’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    25%
    Elder law attorneys and elder care lawyers deal with issues related to elderly and disabled people. They write wills, answer tax questions, and plan strategies for obtaining disability, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare payments. Their services are useful for health and long-term care planning, as well as end-of-life planning decisions and instances of elder abuse.

    12 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Estate planning is the area of law that deals with arranging the person's affairs for after he or she is no longer with us. With good planning, much time and money can be saved. By using the help of an attorney there are many tax saving strategies that can be taken advantage of. These are all tax savings granted by our government that many people miss for not having a well designed estate plan.

    12 years

  3. Guardianship
    25%
    When a person is too young to make decisions or is incapacitated and can no longer care for their own interests, guardian law allows the court to appoint someone to make legal and welfare decisions for them. A legal guardian may be appointed as a limited decision-maker or an all-purpose decision-maker. For example, children whose parents are divorcing often have limited legal guardians help decide custody issues.

    12 years

  4. Probate
    25%
    "Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate." - Ambrose Bierce. Caution must be used when using generic and preprinted forms, probate laws are very strict when it comes to the execution of a will and a simple deviation from the will formalities can render a will invalid. This would result in the estate passing through the laws of intestacy in a probate court procedure, which sometimes is an expensive nightmare for the surviving family that ends in fights and division.

    12 years

Abel Lopez is the founding shareholder of Abel Lopez PA. Mr. Lopez earned his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude, at the top 10% of his class. 

Before attending law school, Mr. Lopez worked as an accountant for A&E Garcia, P.A., a boutique accounting firm in Coral Gables, FL. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.

Mr. Lopez’s dedication in law school, earned him the Best Student (Book) Award in several courses, including Federal Income Taxation, Elder Law, Appellate Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing. His grade point average earned him a spot in the Dean’s List which he kept all semesters. He was also awarded academic scholarships, including the St. Thomas University School of Law Merit Scholarship and the Jose A. Espino Memorial Scholarship, through all his semesters in law school. 

Since his first year in law school, Mr. Lopez earned a position as Research Assistant for Tax Professor Mark J. Wolff. Later he worked for The Honorable Maria M. Korvick, Administrative Judge of the Probate Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, as a certified judicial intern.

Mr. Lopez was also a member of his law school’s Phi Delta Phi Honors Legal Fraternity, Tax Law Society, Cuban American Student Bar Association, and the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program where he
worked as a volunteer tax return preparer for underprivileged tax payers.

During his undergraduate studies in Florida International University, Mr. Lopez received several honors, like the Dean’s List and Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. He also participated in organizations like the Accounting Association and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), besides pledging his time as a volunteer tax return preparer for underprivileged taxpayers in the IRS’ Volunteer  Income  Tax Assistance Program, which he later continued through law school.

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Abel Lopez, PA

Location

Abel Lopez, PA
5757 Blue Lagoon Drive
Suite 230
Miami, FL, 33126

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2012
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his a very kind person he help those that have a question and dont have the money to go to an attorney he takes his free time to help people with out low imcome whish its admirableDiana Villafane
Posted by Cristina. P. | January 5, 2012
Very caring and knowledgeable
I called Mr. Lopez after he answered one of my question here and he was kind enough to offer me the help I needed without even charging. He did not know that I could afford an attorney and he helped me anyway because he thought the reason I was using this site was because I couldn't afford one. I ended up visiting his office and paying him anyway because I was planning to pay him anyway. He really knows his stuff and is very passionate about his job, he is not one of the sharks I have dealt with before. An actually caring attorney, which is hard to find in Miami.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardianship
Hired this attorney, trusted him to do his best. During hearing, he allowed opposing attorney to do all the talking and did not do a thing for our case. He did not defend our case which was very simple. Wasted my money.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Abel Lopez, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Kramer & Golden, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Maria M. Korvick, Administrative Judge, Probate Division
  • 2010 - 2010

Education

  • Florida International University
  • Bachelor
  • N/A
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elder Law Book Award
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2010
  • Appellate Advocacy Book Award
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2010
  • Federal Income Tax Book Award
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2009
  • Adanced Legal Research and Wrtiting Book Award
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (38)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney goes above and beyond to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. Can definitely endorse and recommend without reservation."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Responsible and respected member of the legal community."
Probate Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Abel is a fierce fighter for his clients' rights and is highly respected in the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding and well established member of the legal community. An excellent choice for any one needing estate planning or probate work."
Elder law Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lopez is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lopez is a very conscientious, knowledgeable and honest attorney. I endorse him without hesitation."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
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