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Irama Valdes

Estate planning Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Irama

Learn Irama’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the disposal of an estate during a person's life. Estate planning typically attempts to eliminate uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses.

    13 years

  2. Guardianship
    30%
    A guardianship is a legal proceeding in the circuit courts of Florida in which a guardian is appointed to exercise the legal rights of an incapacitated person and is governed by Chapter 744, Florida Statutes.

    13 years

  3. Probate
    30%
    Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. Probate is necessary to prove a deceased person's will is valid, to identify and inventory the deceased person's probatable assets, and distributing the property as the Will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.

    13 years

  4. Family
    10%
    Family law deals with family matters and domestic relations, including: marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy, child abuse and paternity, child support, and other related matters.

    13 years

Navigating the complexities of estate planning, probate, and guardianship administration and litigation cases requires compassion and a keen eye for the details. As the founder of Irama Valdes, P.A., Ms. Valdes is dedicated to aiding people with their incapacitation and end of life planning. She serves clients in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Ms. Valdes also accepts some family law cases and those involving mental health proceedings. She speaks English and Spanish.

Ms. Valdes was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is a native Spanish speaker. She received an Associate in Arts Degree with Honors from Miami Dade College in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Cum Laude, from Florida International University in 2007. Ms. Valdes attended St. Thomas University’s School of Law where she attained her Juris Doctor in 2010. Irama spearheaded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) Program helping low-income individuals and families receive free assistance with preparing and filing their income tax returns. Dedicating over 200 hours to the V.I.T.A. program, she received the Outstanding Public Service Award for her leadership and dedication in Pro Bono services to the community and continues to give back to the community by taking pro-bono cases from several associations below.

Ms. Valdes is actively involved in the legal community. She currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Probate and Guardianship Committee of the Dade County Bar association. She previously served as the treasurer for the Miami Lakes Bar Association, and is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Inc., the National Association of Professional Women and the South Miami Kendall Bar Association.

Considering each of her clients as members of her own family, Ms. Valdes strives to help them develop plans that are tailored to meet their needs and their wishes. She helps people create wills and trusts, establish powers of attorney, put living wills in place and designate guardians for themselves or their children. Beginning her career as an intern and then as an employee for the Miami-Dade County Probate Court’s chief judge, Ms. Valdes gained valuable knowledge of the processes and procedures related to probate administration, guardianship, and litigation matters related to both areas. She draws on this experience to help her expeditiously and efficiently achieve resolutions to her clients’ legal issues.

Irama has a passion for helping her clients through difficult times. Contact her today for a comprehensive consultation.

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Location

Irama Valdes, P.A.
12485 SW 137th Ave, Suite 201
Miami, FL, 33186

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Reviews

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Posted by Yanira | January 15, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful! Highly recommended!
I will always be very grateful to have had the professional services of Irama Valdes Office. I would like to particularly highlight the name of Marisol Vallejo who represented me in a complex real state legal matter. Marisol not only helped me to reach the right agreement, but she also with infinite kindness, a very high professionalism and knowledgeable levels transformed what it was already a difficult situation into an experience with a successful ending. She listened carefully to details, was extremely responsive to questions and addressed the challenges very effectively. I really appreciate her professionalism and human sense, during difficult times for me. Words are not enough to express the immense gratitude forever.
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Posted by Fabiola | November 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
State planning
We were very happy with the professionalism from everyone at the office, Irama prepared for us exactly what we asked for and will highly recommend to anyone for their state planning needs, or for anything related with probate etc .
Posted by Kristin | September 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Customer!
Thank you Irma Valdes and all her wonderful staff members!! They have made my experience closing my son’s case a smooth and great experience overall! They’re all so professional, knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, & easy to work with! I recommend them to anyone looking for a hardworking attorney who will get the job done!
Posted by Karen | September 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Recomendados
Irama y su equipo fueron muy claros en el proceso a seguir, fueron empáticos con mi situación y proveyeron consultoría y rápidas respuestas cuando lo necesité. El equipo es confiable, responde muy rápido, hacen su trabajo de forma detallada, y sobre todo, se mantienen en contacto explicando cómo va el proceso y siguientes pasos.Volvería a trabajar con ellos en cualquier gestión familiar o de real estate.
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Posted by Carmen | February 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Probate case resolved!
I hired Irama Valdes P.A. Law Firm to represent me on my late father’s probate case. Attorney Valdes and her team were knowledgeable, professional and very efficient. I appreciate their Email communications and quick responses on questions, always keeping me informed. Excellent service! I would definitely recommend Irama Valdes, P.A. :)
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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Amazing lawyer for a probate case
I don't know how or where to begin. My father protected me all my life and I have lived not having to worry about anything. Unfortunately, cancer took him from me. Which brings me to Irama Valdes, P.A. This firm is very welcoming. Stefany, Lemaris and Irama were the ladies I was in communication with the most. My case is based in Florida, but I am a New York resident. They made my case work and did not take any longer than it would have if I were in FL. My case started during the COVID pandemic and was finalized in less than 2 yrs. My brother Carlos and I were the only children in the Will, and we are beyond grateful, honored and blessed to have come across Irama and her team. They all work tirelessly, genuinely for the families they represent. Honestly, you are treated like family and everyone is kind and very sensitive throughout this entire process.
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Posted by Hector | March 24, 2020
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My Complement
I hired the Irama Valdes law office to handle my estate planning matter. She did a great job I'm so confident on mrs.Valdes she is a stalwart atty. and as a human being she's so nice and flexible to deal with...
Response from Irama Valdes March 25, 2020
Thank you so much for the kind words, Hector! It was a pleasure to help you on your estate planning journey! Stay safe. Hugs!
Posted by Rolando | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job with estate planning and execution of will
I hired Ms Valdes to help my grandmother with her estate planning. When my grandmother passed away her firm did a great job with the execution of the will, which included real estate property and funds distribution.
Posted by Sal & Sara | December 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
TAILOR MADE ESTATE PLANNING
My wife and I hired Irama Valdes to prepare our Estate Plan. She took the time to get to know us and paid close attention to what is important to us. Irama helped us to understand the possible ramifications as, together, we chose how to structure our Estate. With children and grandchildren in other states, we needed a plan that would be easy for them to follow. She helped us achieve that. Her empathy was obvious and helped to put us at ease every step of the way. We had expected this to be an unpleasant experience. Irama was so friendly and positive that it was actually fun!
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Posted by Edith | October 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Irama took time with me explaining the probate process in detail, her knowledge and experience made her my choice. She and her staff were easy to work with to the conclusion!
Posted by MARIA | June 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Ms. Valdes helped my father with his estate planning. She is knowledgeable, understanding, sweet, professional, respectful, and we first met her it felt like she was a friend, she made sure my dad understood what she was saying, she spoke his language. Also, everybody in her office is very sweet. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Yesenia | October 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Home Estate
Irama assisted in the estate of my grandmother who passed away. She gave options to proceed with the house as my mother is 2nd owner. She provided the idea of siblings turning in their percentage of profit. Siblings are two sisters and my mother, process was smooth. Irama processed the paperwork and guided with needed notary and document processes. The process is now finished and the house is under my mother's name.
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Posted by Ariel | October 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Just the best!
When searching for attorney for my late brother's estate. Spoke to Irama and she detail the process. Answered all my concern and questions. Handle the case with great care. Felt like you are working with a close friend.
Posted by Mireya | August 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
I sat with Irama at the request of my son to ensure that my estate was properly set up. She is one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of sitting with. She made the entire process seem easy. She has an easy way about her and explained everything in such a way that I was not confused or unsure at any point. She is a professional of the highest order. I highly recommend Irama Valdes to anyone in need of her services.
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Response from Irama Valdes August 9, 2017
Hi Mireya! It was such a pleasure meeting you and helping you with your estate plan. Thank you so much for the kind words. They have touched my heart. Please feel free to count on me for anything you may need. Be well!
Posted by Armando | July 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Homestead Exemption foul-up by Miami-Dade
Irama has done right by us! Her assistant, Stephanie, has one of the most efficient follow-up and follow-throughs in the business, and all with a patient, soft-voice and incredible demeanor. Irama is very blessed to have her be part of her firm. I highly-reccomend the Law Office of Irama Valdes.
Response from Irama Valdes August 9, 2017
Hi Armando! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are definitely blessed to have such an efficient and effective paralegal working hard for our clients. :) Happy to have helped you out with your homestead issue!
Posted by Abey (full name: K G Abeysingha | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miss Valdes is the best lawyer out of all I had dealings with
Miss Irama Valdes handled my dispute in a probate case in Florida. She is by far the best Attorney I have come across. I had dealings with quite a lot of lawyers mainly in property matters and Miss Valdes will be my choice in the future without any doubt. From day one of listening to my case she did not waste any time, was straight to the point and made me feel confident.
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Response from Irama Valdes April 19, 2017
Thank you so much for the kind words, Mr. Abey. It was a pleasure assisting you with your case. If you ever cross the Atlantic, do not hesitate to stop by the office. Take care!
Posted by joahn page | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional!
I found Irama through Avvo and from the first phone call to the last, she was always on top of my case and very helpful to get us through our probate case. Strongly recommended! Thank you Irama
Response from Irama Valdes February 16, 2017
Thank you for your review, Joahn. It was a pleasure assisting you! Be well!
Posted by Julio | February 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate & Experienced
My uncle just recently died and left me in his Will but I couldn't understand exactly what it is I'm receiving. I called Mrs. Valdes and within a day, she reviewed my Uncle's Will, explained to me exactly what it meant and advised me I didn't yet need an attorney. She was professional and efficient and cared about my issue (and my pocketbook!) I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a compassionate and experienced probate attorney!
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Response from Irama Valdes February 1, 2017
Thank you for your kind words, Julio. It was a pleasure to assist you!
Posted by DEBI | July 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't look any further Ms. Valdes IS the Attorney for Probate!
Shortly after my mother’s death I had a buyer for her home. I needed legal advice and direction very quickly! Ms Valdes accomplished all that needed to be done in a very short time. She explained in terms that I could understand about the Probate process and all that needed to be done. What I expected would be a huge challenge (since I am in another state) went very smoothly every step of the way. She always made sure I was informed as to what would happen next, that I understood fully all the documents that needed signing, motions that were filed and when they were completed. Ms Valdes is also compassionate, patient, has a great sense of humor and is a top notch professional. She always had my best interest in mind and I felt secure in all the decisions she helped me with. I would highly recommend Irama Valdes, a trustworthy professional!
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Response from Irama Valdes August 24, 2016
Thank you so much for your review, Debi. I am so glad we met and that I was able to assist you with your mother's estate. If you're ever in Miami, feel free to visit!
Posted by Lilyanne | April 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever !
I have had the pleasure of using Irama Valdes' services for a personal matter. The whole process was quick and simple, and everything handled professionally and in a timely matter.
Response from Irama Valdes April 29, 2016
Thank you for the review Lily! I'm glad I was able to help you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Irama Valdes, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Vice-Chair
  • Probate & Guardianship Committee of the Dade County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Luis E. Barreto & Associates, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Case Manager
  • 11th Judicial Circuit Court Of Miami Dade
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Summer Associate
  • Law Offices of Roberto Villasante
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • 11th Judicial Circuit Court Of Miami Dade
  • 2010 - 2010
  • President / Site Coordinator
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Staff Writer
  • Miami Living Magazine
  • 2005 - 2014
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Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2010
  • Florida International University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007
  • Miami Dade Community College
  • Associate in Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate Planning - Foreign National
  • Prepared Last Will and Testament for a foreign national in order to properly devise her interest in a U.S. Property. Successful execution of client's Last Will & Testament.
  • Probate Administration
  • Obtained expeditious appointment of Personal Representative and Order Authorizing Sale of Real Property within three weeks of opening probate matter.
  • Probate Litigation
  • Successfully defended Personal Representative against beneficiary's accusations of misappropriate of rental income from estate assets. Prepared accounting of rental income and obtained dismissal of beneficiary's claims against Personal Representative.
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Associations

  • South Miami-Kendall Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • BNI Miami Dade
  • Vice President Dadeland Chapter
  • 2016 - Present
  • Miami Lakes Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Caring About The Strays
  • Volunteer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Miami Lakes Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 200+ Pro Bono Hours
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2010
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Dade County Courthouse; Probate Division
  • Probate: Summary Administration
  • 2014
  • Dade County Courthouse, Probate Division
  • Probate: Distribution and Discharge
  • 2014
  • Dade County Courthouse; Probate Division
  • Probate: Summary Administraion
  • 2012
  • Dade County Courthouse; Probate Division
  • Probate: Distribution and Discharge
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (21)
Endorse Irama
Probate Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is a highly knowledgeable and capable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is an attorney with heart. She is incredibly knowledgeable, informed, and responsive. She is my go-to person for all matters probate, and every referral always calls back with glowing remarks. I look forward to continuing to send her my trusted clients as I know they are in great hands."
Probate Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is a fantastic attorney with wonderful communication skills. She knows how to get the job done in timely, efficient, and cost effective manner while being ever so conscious of her client's loss and the grieving process. I have no hesitation in recommending her to my clients."
Probate Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is very knowledgeable in the fields of probate, guardianships, and estate planning. She vigorously represents her clients' interests and is always willing to assist her peers. She is a fantastic attorney, and I would definitely recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Valdes for several years now. She is professional, knowledgeable and passionate about the practice of probate. We have discussed several probate matters in the past and I have always trusted her option and advice."
Estate planning Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ms. Valdes to anyone seeking a professional and knowledge probate and estate planning attorney. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer!"
Probate Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is a wonderful person which makes her a better attorney for her clients. She is gracious with her time and is passionate about her clients and her practice. I highly recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is passionate about her work and compassionate with her clients. I never hesitate to refer a client or friend to her because I know they will be treated with respect, dignity, and will receive accurate legal advice. I fully wholeheartedly her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Irama is an exceptional probate attorney. She is well respected among her peers and has maintained a reputation for excellence."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama answers questions on AVVO with skill and ease and i would be very comfortable referring her a case should the need ever arise."
Probate Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Irama was extremely knowledgeable and responsive; a pleasure to deal with and always professional. I have no hesitancy in recommending her if you are someone that needs to open a probate or litigate a probate matter."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is a caring and knowledgeable attorney. She is dedicated to her clients and advocates for their wellbeing."
Probate Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is a wonderful attorney who is well respected in the probate community. She has the experience necessary to counsel her clients in their time of need. Irama has a great demeanor and is always attentive to her clients."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama Valdes is a very energetic and driven attorney. She genuinely cares about her clients and treats them with the utmost respect. Her personal experiences fuel the passion that drives her legal career. She cares about the elderly and wants to provide a guiding hand in what is a very complicated and often, scary process of estate planning and guardianship. I have also known Irama for over a decade when we attended high school together. She has always been an outstanding person. I endorse her as an attorney."
Probate Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Irama for years. Since high school in fact. Irama is a very capable and professional attorney and I fully recommend her services!"
Probate Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Valdes is an excellent, detail-oriented attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Valdes on a probate matter and know the attention she places on her cases and, more importantly, to her clients. Ms. Valdes has a thorough understanding of this area of law and is a wonderful attorney to serve Florida's legal community."
Guardianship Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irama is an amazing and effective lawyer who takes great pride in representing her clients. I endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Valdes is a very professional and experienced attorney. I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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