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Samantha Jean Fitzgerald

Probate Attorney at Plantation, FL

5.0   40 reviews

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About Samantha

Learn Samantha’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Advance Directives, Guardian Designations, Trust Administration, Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Business Succession Planning

    24 years

  2. Probate
    50%
    Probate (including formal and summary proceedings) and Trust Administration

    24 years

As founder of the Law Offices of Samantha J. Fitzgerald, I understand the importance of providing clients with personal attention. I represents clients who are dealing with probate and estate planning issues. Knowing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, I customize plans for clients' individual situations in order to meet their specific goals.

Having a solid background in the issues surrounding estate planning gives me the ability to develop a successful strategy for every case. Prior to earning a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law in 2000, I graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in 1999. I received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and graduated cum laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1996.

Today, I spend my time guiding clients with compassion, focus and a commitment to each person's best interests. I stay on top of legal trends through my involvement with the Florida Lawyers Network, the Broward County Bar Association and The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections.

My goal is to have clients for life, not just one transaction. 

 

 

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Licensed for 23 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Samantha

Law Offices of Samantha J. Fitzgerald
300 S. Pine Island Road, Suite 109
Plantation, FL, 33324

Reviews

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Posted by Nick | November 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
100% worth it!
We worked with Samantha and her team to prepare a full estate plan for our family, including setting up a trust. Throughout the whole process they were exceptionally professional, walking us through the details and various options we had. We asked a lot of questions since this was all brand new to my wife and I, but Samantha patiently worked through all of them. In the end, all the documents were prepared in a huge, well-organized binder, and we were given scanned copies electronically (sent securely) too, so we have paper and electronic versions. This office is a well-oiled machine! I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about preparing for their future - not only in case of death, but also in case they need to access spouses accounts or funds, or need to make health care decisions in an emergency. This is one of those things you don't realize the value of until it's too late, but trust me when I say this is well worth the value in having a professional like Samantha take care of it NOW.
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Posted by Cyndee | July 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My name is Cyndee
My mom died and left one account with no Beneficiary I had so much to do with the Estate and I was the only child The Bank wouldn’t release moms money even thought I was listed in the will they sent endless paper work always telling me I need to do more Samantha and her team made my life a breeze took care of everything Emailed me and was always quick to email me back when I had questions It was the best move I’ve ever made Thank you Samantha Fitzgerald and the professionalisms of you team everyone was more than helpful My estate is settled and it was done quickly Great job
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Posted by Robert | April 28, 2020
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Outstanding!
I live in Venice Florida. When my wife's 100 year old uncle suddenly died in Hollywood Florida, I realized that my 94 year old father-in-law would need local representation. I researched lawyers in Broward County. Based on reviews and other sources, I quickly came to the conclusion that Samantha Fitzgerald would represent my father-in-law. I made the right choice!! Samantha and her team were personable, caring, and true professionals. No matter what the obstacle, Samantha calmly guided my father-in-law painlessly through it. In my opinion, Samantha Fitzgerald and her team are the only choice for those seeking professional representation regarding wills or estate and probate issues. Robert
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Posted by Michelle | March 3, 2020
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Great experience
I don’t think anyone relishes the idea of getting our trusts, wills, power of attorney, etc done. However, it is necessary. Samantha and her staff made the entire process easy and painless. It is so good knowing that everything in order.
Posted by crystal | February 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Good Choice of Lawyer
I called Samantha to get an estimate and she was very helpful. She gave me a price on what she would charge and gave me some good advice on how I could take care of some things myself, but gave me a cost of what she would charge to do them for me. I had called a couple other lawyers and their prices were similar but none of them offered me the money saving advice. I appreciated the helpfulness and took her advice. I was impressed enough with the help that I referred her to my mother in law. I took my mother in law to her office and we hired her to take care of ther will and trust. Everyone in the office is helpful, friendly and detail oriented and everthing was taken care of in a timely manner. We were happy with the entire process, and our choice of hiring Samanta Fitzgerald as out attorney.
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Posted by Lynne | February 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Probate
Samantha and her team helped us with our probate, she answered our questions as they came up, I’m very pleased with their honesty, loyalty and confidence. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Posted by Lee | February 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very through and expedient
We had a great experience with Samantha and her team. We had a life insurance policy my deceased father had taken out on my mother who passed in August. Samantha reviewed all the documents I could locate. She contacted the insurance company and established a plan to probate the situation. I recall several times her responding to my e-mails on evenings and weekends. She succeeded in a few weeks, what I thought would be two to three months.
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Posted by Arthur | December 10, 2019
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Fantastic Probate Attorney and Nice Person
After reviewing a number of attorneys online, we chose Samantha to help my brother and I when our mother passed. She and her staff were exceedingly kind, knowledgeable, helpful, detailed-oriented, and informative. She and her staff made sure that we were kept well informed and provided with all of the information we needed to handle things quickly and effectively. I recommend her strongly without any reservation. And she and her staff are always pleasant and approachable.
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Posted by Glenn | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate
Samantha and her team made the Probate process seamless. What a pleasure to deal with you company. If I have any other issues I will certainly call Samantha again. Thank you. Glenn
Posted by Al | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellant Professional Lawyer
We have hired Sam many times. We used her for my wife's Dad probate matters, my Dad's estate planning and my Dad's probate issues. Sam really understand her legal specialty. She is wonderful to work, efficient and professional. I always recommend everyone to use Sam as there lawyer.
Posted by Sean | October 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't Hesitate To Call
I live in Arizona, but I needed expert legal assistance with a couple probate matters in Broward County. After doing research and reading review websites (such as this) I decided to give Samantha Fitzgerald a call. She was honest and clear with me right away, and I immediately felt comfortable entrusting my probate matters to her. Samantha and her legal team kept me updated every step of the way and were always available to answer any questions I had. They made everything so much easier to deal with. I plan on using Samantha's services in the future and recommending her to anyone I can. I cannot thank her enough.
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald October 16, 2019
Sean, we are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note.
Posted by Cathy | October 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
Samantha Fitzgerald is an outstanding estate attorney. She has great patience, and spend all the time we needed to understand the complexities of estate planning. She answered many followup questions and her support staff maintained constant lines of communication as the first draft was created and requested changes were made. I especially like the carefully-prepared binder which now houses all my estate documents in one place. I recommend her without reservation!
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald October 16, 2019
Cathy, wow! Thank you so much for this great 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a loyal client and helping to share the word about us. We're here for you anytime.
Posted by Phyllis | August 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney You Can Trust
I hired Samantha as my trust attorney. My first interaction was through a phone call which she returned very quickly. I knew from our conversation that she was not going to give me more than what I needed. She always replied to all my e mails and phone calls with any questions I might have. She was excellent at explaining every detail until I totally understood it. I have recommended her to friends and have had very positive feedback.
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald August 26, 2019
Phyllis, wow! Thank you so much for the great 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a loyal client and helping to share the word about us. We're here for you anytime.
Posted by Scott | August 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
My wife and I recently retired and moved to Florida. We had a set of estate planning documents that were created several years ago in Colorado. We needed the documents updated to include Florida statutes etc. We also suspected that our Colorado documents were not as thorough as they needed to be to prevent probate and significant estate taxation upon our passing. We originally met with several law firms in the Fort Lauderdale area and we were disappointed in their approach and their outrageous fees. We found Samantha Fitzgerald based on a recommendation from a family friend. Let me say that Samantha is outstanding. Her professionalism and attention to detail is unsurpassed. Although, our final set of estate planning documents are filled with “legalese” as they should be, Samantha walked us through every page of each document (e.g., trusts, wills, POAs, etc.) and answered every question my wife and I had. Her answers were explained in common-sense layman terms that we understood and felt comfortable with. Samantha spent as much time as we needed to complete the entire process. We never felt rushed. Her fees were fair and reasonable. Great value for money! I would highly recommend Samantha Fitzgerald for all your estate planning needs. Her staff is also excellent. Andrea was very talented and efficient. The office is extremely well run.
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald August 26, 2019
Scott, thank you for taking the time to leave us the wonderful review.
Posted by Henry | June 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer we have ever worked with
My wife and I needed to get our wills updated. A friend recommended Samantha Fitzgerald to us. During our initial consultation with Samantha we knew she was the perfect person to update our wills and to create an estate plan for us. We truly enjoyed working with Samantha and her staff through our estate planning process. She was knowledgeable, patient, and comprehensive and guided us through the entire process. Samantha was very helpful in explaining things and making suggestions. We highly recommend Samantha Fitzgerald to anyone who is need of the legal services that she provides!
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald June 13, 2019
Henry, reading this review made my day!
Posted by Dotty | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Samantha Fitzgerald, Atty
Samantha Fitzgerald and her office are extremely professional and thorough. They made an arduous task as easy as possible, and were very helpful in explaining things and making suggestions. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their follow thru was always timely and complete. And, they are all very nice, as well, which means a lot these days.
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald June 13, 2019
Dotty, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this excellent review. We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future.
Posted by Amanda | June 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Skilled, Knowledgeable and Compassionate
We reached out to Samantha's office with a very unique situation and a need for estate planning after the Matriarch of our family. Darcy was communicative and responsive in planning our initial consultation and answered all of our questions effectively. During our initial consultation, Samantha compassionately navigated every family member's individual concerns and laid out all of the details associated with our uncommon circumstances. Without her guidance and expertise, setting up my grandmother's estate would absolutely not have been possible. I would recommend Samantha and her team a hundred times over - and will absolutely refer her to my family and friends in the future.
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Response from Samantha Fitzgerald June 13, 2019
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note.
Posted by James | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Samantha Fitzgerald is amazing.
Samantha Fitzgerald is amazing and is so easy to work with. Samantha quickly and professionally handled my legal business, I trust her implicitly. Darcy and Andrea, two members of her staff are especially helpful and gracious. I highly recommended Samantha when you need legal help.
Response from Samantha Fitzgerald April 23, 2019
Reading this review made my day!
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Samantha to assist with my parents estate since they passed away. She was very knowledgeable, nice, and understanding. She truly goes above and beyond to do good work. I would hire her any day!
Response from Samantha Fitzgerald June 13, 2019
Thank you!
Posted by Lori B | March 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer!!!
Hi met with Samantha a few years ago and have kept in contact with her for my legal needs. She is such a super nice person and has always been helpful. If you need a great lawyer, look no further. She is the best and I highly recommend her!!!
Response from Samantha Fitzgerald June 13, 2019
Lori, thank you for this super review!
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Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Offices of Samantha J. Fitzgerald
  • 2011 - Present
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • Fowler White Burnett P.A.
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Hugh L. Koerner, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2001

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Associations

  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association, West Section
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Peters Elementary PTA
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Peters Elementary PTA
  • Board Member and President
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Broward County Bar Association, West Broward Section
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Florida Lawyers Network
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Joe Dimaggio Children's Foundation and Memorial Foundation
  • Audit Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Plantation Junior Woman's Club
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Florida Bar, Tax Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Women's Council
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (30)
Endorse Samantha
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Samantha is not only an excellent attorney, but you will also truly like and feel comfortable with her. Samantha will patiently listen to what you would like to achieve and make that happen for you at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Samantha."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha is awesome. She has a great knowledge and understanding of the law. As a professional in the same area of practice as I am in, she is wonderful to bounce off legal issues and ideas. Her personality allows her clients to relate well to her. She puts in the added individual attention to each client, and makes her clients feel at ease. Because of her knowledge and style of practice, whenever I run into a potential conflict, she is my "go to" attorney to whom I refer the client."
Estate planning Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's easy to like Samantha, "Sam.:" She is upbeat, lively and genuine. Sam is genuine, reliable, and really understands the complexities of estate planning. I am pleased to recommend her to protect all of your assets, so get started now."
Probate Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Fitzgerald is an extraordinary attorney, highly committed to the profession!"
Tax Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Samantha since 2002. She is an extremely experienced and skilled tax attorney who takes pride in getting the best possible results for her clients, from simple to complex, high value matters. Over the years I have entrusted many clients and friends to Samantha for tax matters and advice- all of whom have been 100% satisfied with the results. I would recommend Samantha to any individual or company in need of any kind of tax assistance, from small to multi-million dollar matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a colleague, I think so highly of Samantha that I asked her to handle the estate planning for a close relative. She met with her, walked her through the entire process from start to finish, and was (and still is) always available to her to answer any questions. I am very impressed not only with her legal skills and work ethic, but also with her patience, responsiveness and accessibility."
Probate Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney and highly regarded in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Samantha recently to help a client reach her and her husband's financial goals during their divorce process. Samantha is professional and knowledgeable and I have sent other clients to her."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Samantha to be a motivated and intelligent attorney who is knowledgeable in her field. Estate planning, taxation, and probate issues rarely exist in a vacuum. Instead, they tend to interrelate with other legal issues involving property, asset protection, investment and retirement accounts, bankruptcy, and litigation. You want a smart, motivated attorney when dealing with these issues; and Samantha fits that bill."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the privilege of working in the community with Samantha Fitzgerald and I am extremely impressed with her skill and expertise in handling complex estate planning issues and tax issues. She is a top notch attorney."
Probate Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samantha is an excellent attorney who provides tailored specific solutions for each of her client's needs. I would not hesitate to refer Samantha to my own clients as well as anyone else who requires help with a probate matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend her in the area of estate planning and tax law. Samantha is extremely knowledgeable in the area of estate planning and tax related issues. I have found her to be intelligent, caring and she exhibits the highest level of integrity and professionalism in all she does. I have referred clients and also rely on her to consult when I have a question related to her area of expertise."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Samantha Fitzgerald to anyone needed estate planning services or tax advice. I have known Samantha for over 10 years, having first worked with her at a prominent Miami law firm. She is skilled at both estate planning and tax law, is extremely client-service oriented, and has impeccable integrity. Samantha is also very active in the estate planning legal community, and keeps abreast of new developments as they arise. I have referred clients to Samantha, and will continue to do so without reservation."
Tax Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Samantha for 2 years and can state unequivocally that she is incredibly knowledgable in the areas of tax and estate planning. I received exceptionally positive feedback from my clients that I referred to her. Samantha is also a wonderful resource who I turn to for answers to complicated issues for my clients regarding tax matters. She is a pleasure to deal work with and I highly recommend her for any tax and estate planning matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sam is an excellent attorney with an outstanding reputation -- at our old firm, she was known as an excellent resource for all estate and tax planning matters. Now that she has her own practice, I can say that she is business savvy in addition to her many legal talents."
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