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Michelle Nicole Shupe-Abbas

Estate planning Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Michelle Nicole Shupe


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About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives such as Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Preneed Guardian Designation, Advance Healthcare Authorizations, Planning for Minor Children, and Charitable Giving.

  2. Probate
    50%
    Probate and estate administration (dispositions without administration, summary administration, ancillary administration and formal administration), Personal Representative Representation, Administration of Trusts.

Michelle Shupe-Abbas is the firm's managing partner and focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate & Guardianship Administration and Litigation. She is a seasoned attorney, with significant legal experience and has handled a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters for the firm.  

Michelle's education, experience, and knowledge have allowed her to become an outstanding Fort Lauderdale and Weston attorney, capable of handling a wide variety of legal issues. Michelle was born in Maryland and raised in South Carolina. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and thereafter was a successful district manager for a well-known restaurant chain before she decided to return to school to obtain her law degree. Michelle moved to South Florida to attend law school at St. Thomas University School of Law and received an academic scholarship from the law school, a scholarship from the Young Lawyer's Division of the Florida Bar, and a service scholarship from her fraternity.

An active member of the student community, Michelle was appointed a Senior Articles Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review, was honored in Who's Who Among American Law Students, was elected Vice Justice (vice president) and subsequently Justice (president) of the Mentschikoff Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and was a member of the Editorial Board and a staff writer for the law school newspaper. Due to her scholarship, she received awards for the highest grades in several classes and was asked to be a research assistant, teaching assistant, and tutor for the law school. She obtained her law degree and graduated cum laude. Furthering her education, Michelle attended New York University School of Law and obtained a Master of Laws degree in Taxation. When she graduated from law school, she decided to remain in South Florida as she just couldn't bear to leave the sunshine.

Beginning her legal career as a litigator in 2001, Michelle represented major insurance companies and servicers in a wide variety of issues such as contract disputes, products liability, sexual harassment, discrimination, premises liability, slip and fall, negligence, wrongful death and insurance defense. Thereafter, she operated her own law firm and worked with several other law firms as "of counsel" assisting with matters related to estate and gift tax planning, probate administration (summary and ancillary), trust administration, guardianship, tax controversy, family, corporate and general litigation, and real estate.

In 2010, Michelle was asked to join a law firm in need of attorneys with a strong legal background and that were capable of hiring, building, and managing a large team of lawyers and legal assistants. Relying on her background in multi-unit restaurant management, she accepted the challenge and was directly responsible for over 25,000 cases, managing a large team of attorneys and support staff. Working in a volume atmosphere, Michelle obtained significant legal experience which most attorneys take a lifetime to obtain.

Michelle joined forces with Neil Dhawan in 2013 and together they founded the law firm of Shupe Dhawan with offices located in Fort Lauderdale and Weston. She is a seasoned attorney, with significant legal experience in and out of the courtroom.

Her practice is focused on Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate & Guardianship Administration and Litigation.

Highlights of Michelle's legal career

  • Conducted several hundred non-jury trials throughout the State of Florida.
  • Practiced in and familiar with the courts in most counties within the State of Florida.
  • Experienced in estate and gift tax planning, probate administration (summary and ancillary), trust administration, guardianship, tax controversy, corporate governance and restructuring.
  • Title Agent who has performed numerous real estate closings and issued title insurance.
  • Wrote and argued several successful appeals.
  • Represented major banks, mortgage servicers, investors, and lenders in litigation and real estate default matters.
  • Represented major insurance companies and servicers in contract disputes, products liability, sexual harassment, discrimination, premises liability, slip and fall, negligence, wrongful death and insurance defense.
  • Capable of handling a wide variety of litigation and transactional issues.

 Representative Cases  

 APPELLANT-Nat’l City Bank v. White, 4D12-469 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)

-        Daily Business Review Article, May 2, 2013

-        Sun-Sentinel Article, May 2, 2013

 APPELLEE - Brzobohaty v. U.S. Bank N.A., 100 So.3d 686 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)

APPELLEE - Mayo v. Capital Assurance, 845 So.2d 275 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003)

 

 

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Licensed for 21 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Michelle

Michelle N. Shupe-Abbas
888 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 202
954-507-7220
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316

Reviews

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Posted by Capt. JAG | June 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Responsive to your legal needs.
Ms. Shupe-Abbas is a great and dependable legal counsel. She was very thorough in our representation & honest. Very knowledgeable in her field of expertise, who addressed all of our concerns and any questions we had. Furthermore, she did not forget about us after our file was closed but even followed up to ensure everything was still going smoothly. I don't normally like to make recommendations but I have no reservations to strongly recommend Ms. Shupe-Abbas to guide, counsel, or represent anyone in whatever legal needs they may have. You won't regret it!
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Posted by Mylett | March 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire the best the first time!
Don't do it yourself!!! Hire a professional. You always get what you pay for. I consulted with both Neil and Michelle to help me with my issue. Both of them were quick to respond and provided excellent legal advice. I had a fairly complex issue, which I thought was easy. After meeting with them and discussing strategy I was shocked to realize how many problems I had overlooked. I price shopped other lawyers but realized I wanted a professional with experience to handle my case. I wanted the best lawyer. I hired Shupe Dhawan and couldn't be happier. The difference in quality and professionalism you get with an experienced lawyer can't be beaten. Don't try to do it yourself or hire some paralegal or notary. Hire a real lawyer to get it done right the first time!! My life has changed because of these attorneys. I recommend them to everyone I know now, even my own mother!
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Posted by Johanna | March 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer who saved me!!!
Michelle is such an amazing lawyer I cant say enough good things about her. I had a tough situation where my father passed away and I didn't know what to do. I know my father had a house and bank accounts a life insurance policy. But what do I do? I used Michelles other attorney Neil for immigration in the past, and figured I would start here. I know probate can be very confusing, and there are just so many people who say they will help you but can't answer basic questions. When I found Michelle I was so happy. She spoke to me and made me feel very calm. She said to me dont worry, I am here to help you and I will handle this for you. Please focus on your father, and the funeral. I will handle everything else. It was as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Everything has worked itself out thanks to Michelle getting involved. If you need a lawyer to handle everyting so you dont have to worry, hire Michelle! She saved me, and did as she promised. She is my number one lawyer I will always remember the service she provided me and the kind words.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer!
I hired Michelle to help me with a case. She was always willing there to answer my questions. She won the case and got me more money than I thought was coming to me. I recommend her 100%.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney!
I called Michelle the week of Christmas to assist with a deed. Not only did she make time to meet me and my brother who was in town for just a few days, she did the work on the spot and we left with everything done in one meeting. Michelle is friendly, very knowledgeable, and I felt comfortable working with her every step of the way. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rockstar Probate & Estate Planning Attorney
Michelle is an amazing Probate and Estate Planning attorney. Her knowledge in these complex areas is second to none. Michelle provides efficient and cost effective representation to her clients. These factors coupled with Michelle's excellent work ethic make her the obvious choice for anyone seeking assistance in the probate and estate planning areas. Michelle is awesome!
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Posted by Allison | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney.
Michelle helped me with my Will and Trust. She was always available to speak with me and answered all my questions so I could understand everything. She made the whole process easy. Highly recommended!
Posted by Cheryl | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar Attorney
On multiple occasions Ms. Shupe-Abbas has provided sound legal advice. With little notice she has attended probate hearings with stellar results. I would recommend Ms. Shupe-Abbas to strangers, friends and family.
Posted by Danielle | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Manager
I would highly recommend Michelle Shupe-Abbas as she is very thorough and pays attention to detail. She gets the results that we require and goes to bat for her clients. You will be very happy with her services.
Posted by Monica | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Their service is so reliable and professional
They are unlike all lawyers who are not even reachable or have their assistants contact you for everything. They are there every step of the way. I'm very happy with their assistance, and have felt I'm in right hands. They are sooo professional and have so much knowledge. I recommend them all the time to all my family and friends.
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Posted by Donald | January 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shupe-Abbas
Michelle was extremely knowledgable and responsive.Would definitely use her again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shupe | Dhawan
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Attorney
  • Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co. Lpa
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Lead Attorney
  • Ben Ezra & Katz, PA
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Managing Partner
  • Shupe-Abbas & Associates, PA
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Hightower & Partners
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • Master of Laws
  • 2002
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • National City Bank v. White
  • Won on appeal.
  • Brzobohaty v. U.S. Bank N.A.
  • Won on appeal.
  • Mayo v. Capital Assurance
  • Won on appeal.

Associations

  • Broward County Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • BNI - Leaders
  • Challenges and Ethics Coordinator
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Real Estate Commission
  • Realtor / Sale Associate
  • 2015 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association, Membership Committee Member 2015 & Corporate Counsel Committee Member 2015; Will, Trusts & Estates Section Member, Real Property Section Member
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Old Republic / Attorney's Title Insurance Fund Inc.
  • Title Agent
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Notary Public
  • Notary
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • Mentschikoff Chapter - Former Justice
  • 2001 - Present
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • The American Registry
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Mentischikoff Chapter
  • 2001
  • Service Scholarship
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • 2000
  • Florida Bar Scholarship
  • Young Lawyer's Division of the Florida Bar
  • 2000
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • South Florida Mastery
  • Probate for Investors
  • 2018
  • Talk of the Town Radio Show
  • Why Baby Boomers Need Estate Planning
  • 2018
  • Tax, Retirement & Estate Planning for Realtors
  • Estate Planning 2/16/17
  • 2017
  • Mass Mutual Insurance Company, Estate Planning for Financial Planners
  • Estate Planning 10/14/16
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Real estate Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle approaches each client with patience and understanding and approaches each case with tenacity. She is very professional in the courtroom and she is highly respected in the community for her diligence and her understanding of her practice areas. I highly recommend this attorney!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wonderful attorney - attentive to detail, patient and very knowledgeable about the law! I would recommend her to anyone who need assistance!!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is very creative in her approach to lawyering and is very knowledgeable in her field."
Probate Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"Michelle is very knowledgeable in Probate law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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