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Israel Sands

Trusts Attorney at Miami Beach, FL

5.0   13 reviews

About Israel

Learn Israel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    Can money buy happiness? I draft discretionary distribution trusts that promote purpose and good values in the lives of trust beneficiaries, which can lead to greater and richer lives for trust beneficiaries, as well as protecting assets.

  2. Probate
    South Florida has one of the most complicated probate systems in the country. I am in probate court every week and I do a maximum to move things along as quickly as possible.

  3. Wills and living wills
    While I always devise an estate plan that avoids probate, wills are still necessary. I make them as simple as possible. A neurologist client worked with me in drafting a one-page living will that prevents unnecessary suffering at end of life.

  4. Estate planning
    Reducing the valuation of assets is an important way to reduce tax liability. A good way to lower the valuation of an asset is to create a Family Limited Partnership in which the assets are placed, and then donate or bequethe shares. The value of these shares, which are fractional interests, add up to less than the value of the underlying assets, if certain formalities are followed.

AV rated lawyer with life experience and good judgment.  Giving assets to loved ones is not always going to help them to live happier and richer lives. Estate planning is a sensitive subject, to be done by someone who will bring out the client's values and express them with documents that can lead to helping loved ones enjoy the financial and moral legacy . Efficient and resourceful probate administration. I am glad to work with alternate families and unmarried couples. You may contact me for a free consultation at . French and Spanish speaker.

Licensed for 43 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 05/18/2023

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

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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Yasmina | February 23, 2020
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By our side...
My parents met Israel Sands 10 years ago. Since them, we had many complicate things to cope with. Israel is not only a lawyer, he advises and listen to the story of the family to make the best choices. We live abroad and he is always available and delicate. I am always happy to share and debate with him about different topics. He became part of the family because he knows all our secrets without any judgement.
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Posted by Valerie | January 14, 2018
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Outstanding Legal Counsel
I am very pleased with the outstanding level of service I received from Mr. Sands. He was very attentive to my case and listened to my needs and always took the time to explain things thoroughly. He is extremely knowledgeable of the FL probate laws and was able to facilitate closure and resolution. I would highly recommend Mr. Sands to anyone looking for an honest attorney. His level of commitment , diligence and expertise is unsurpassed.
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Posted by Esther | December 21, 2017
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Highly Recommended
Israel is a consummate professional and results-oriented. He has a deep knowledge of estate law putting his clients at ease. His clear and focused guidance has helped me make informed decisions expeditiously. I would, and have, highly recommend him.
Posted by Ted | December 17, 2017
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"A gentleman and a scholar"
I enlisted the legal services of Israel Sands, when I learned the trustee of an irrevocable trust that I was a beneficiary of, was violating every statute possible. I had previously consulted with another attorney, and he wanted to head directly to court, with both guns drawn and blazing. Mr. Sands suggested a less aggressive approach. This did not surprise me, because I had discerned when reading his website, that he believes relationships are important. Family members are often at odds with one other, over a variety of issues, but nothing constructive results from ramping up any existing suspicion or animosity. Mere knowledge of the law is not sufficient in obtaining constructive results. The demeanor of the attorney(s) involved plays a crucial factor. The phrase “a gentleman and a scholar” might be cliche, but if that phrase were in a dictionary, you would assuredly find Israel’s photo above it. Once everything was put back together again, like it should be, according to the original trust, Israel Sands remained diligent in responding to whatever query and/or assistance I might have requested of him. If he was involved in a court case, or occupied with composing a brief, he would, without fail, shoot me back a quick acknowledgement of the receipt of my email, informing me he would get back with me with a more detailed reply at the earliest moment possible. While seemingly a trivial thing, such courtesy is often lacking these days, regardless of the person's profession. I consider Israel Sands to not only to be an extremely competent and effective attorney in his specific field, but I even think of him now as a friend.
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Posted by Robert | December 15, 2017
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Israel Sands
Mr. Sands has been my lawyer for over ten years and has prepared my will, living will and other important documents. He is very thorough, conscientious, and always goes the extra mile. He has always been there for me to answer any question I have, no matter how big or small.
Posted by Igor | December 15, 2017
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Great review
Very knowledgeable quick to respond and very professional. Couldn't have been a smoother transaction. Thank you
Posted by Cyril | December 12, 2017
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Excellent Attorney for turst and probate
I have worked with Mr Sands for myself and friends of mine.he has provided us great expertise and reliable information. i highly recommend him if you need to protect your family.
Posted by Esther | December 12, 2017
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Great attorney
Israel was very professional and available when we had questions. He handled our probate matter expeditiously and was very knowledgeable
Posted by Kathy | December 12, 2017
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Probate Attorney, Estate planning & more
Israel, with a doubt is indeed a true professional with a very caring demeanor, he will take very good care of all of your legal needs. I waited years to process my Mother's home in probate as I didn't want to deal with the re occurring pain of her loss. Israel made it painless, detailed and VERY fast. Great communication, worked on Sundays and well priced. He will be doing our estate planning and more, very grateful to have Israel to handle our very important and delicate probate proceedings and estate planning. Raving Fan~ Kathy
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2017
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Israel Sands, Esq.
Mr. Sands is an Excellent attorney. He's very thorough, very dedicated to his craft, easy to get a hold of and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Tim | May 10, 2016
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My experience
Mr. Sands did a great job setting up a trust for my Mother. He was very patient as she had several questions and concerns. He addressed all of them in a prompt and professional manner. He drove to her house to get everything taken care of without her or I having to worry about driving far or waiting in an office.
Posted by Helen | April 20, 2016
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Professional and trustworthy
I found him to be thorough, trustworthy and professional.. He took the time to sen information ahead of time and spent time subsequently patiently explaining alternatives and steps to be taken to achieve what I wanted.
Posted by Joanne | October 6, 2011
Thank You
Thank you, Mr Sands, for the wise and compassionate answer. It's helped me sort things out. Take good care, Joanne
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Israel Sands Law. P.A.
  • 2011 - Present


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2011
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978


  • Purposeful Planning Institute
  • Mastery Program Graduate
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • OutLAW
  • Tax Aspects of Same-Sex Marriage
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Israel
Trusts Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a superb attorney that I highly recommend to my clients for wills, trusts, probate, estate and elder law."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Israel's passion for the law and his valuable experience make it easy for me to enthusiastically recommend his legal services to clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Sands for several years now. He is a true professional and passionate about providing the best service to his clients. He is knowledgeable in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. I would definitely recommend him."
Probate Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Israel Sands for more than 25 years. I know Israel to be smart, honest, insightful, focused and organized. He graduated with an advanced, post-graduate master of laws degree in order to excel in his chosen practice area of trusts, probate, wills, and estates. When it is time for my wife and me to update our wills, we will be calling Israel Sands. Now, that's an endorsement!"
Trusts Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Israel Sands is a highly respected and experienced attorney. I strongly endorse Israel Sands."
Trusts Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred clients to Israel Sands and have been very impressed with the quality of his work and his professionalism. I recommend him highly to any client who is seeking representation in the areas of Trusts, Estate Planning, and Wills."
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