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Amy Beth Beller

Trusts Attorney at Boca Raton, FL

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 26 years
    New York - NY 31 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    35%
    All contested probate matters including will contests, removal of executor/personal representative, litigation over estate assets.

    28 years, 150 cases

  2. Trusts
    35%
    All disputed matters concerning trusts, including breach of fiduciary duty/removal of trustee, construction, modification, termination, imprudent investment, trust contests, establishing constructive trusts.

    28 years, 150 cases

  3. Mediation
    25%
    Mediation and conflict resolution (certified mediator), specifically of trust, estate and guardianship disputes.

    16 years, 100 cases

  4. Estate planning
    5%
    Estate planning matters are handled by my partner, Yoshimi O. Smith. I am involved to the extent litigation may be anticipated.

    28 years, 30 cases

I was born and raised in Bellmore, NY (Long Island), and graduated from Hofstra University (1986) and Hofstra Law School (1992).  I practiced at prestigious Manhattan law firms until moving to Florida in 2004.  I founded Beller Smith in 2008 with my partner, Yoshimi Smith.  We are a trusts and estates boutique firm, handling all matters concerning trusts, estates, probate and contested guardianship.  My personal practice focuses on all disputed matters, and I am experienced in all varieties of contested will, trust, probate and guardianship matters.  Our firm philosophy is to provide outstanding client service and excellent legal work, but in the context of a small firm.  

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

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Location

Beller Smith, PL
2101 NW Corporate Blvd
Suite 316
Boca Raton, FL, 33431

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the business
Amy and her team were integral to helping me navigate the complex legal word. I have zero regrets working with her firm, and would do so again in a heartbeat. What are you waiting for? Call now!
Posted by Nathan | October 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I have worked with
Amy Beller is an outstanding trust and probate attorney, by far the best of the dozen or so I have dealt with over the years. Amy's expertise and knowledge in trust and probate matters are broad and deep, she responds promptly and thoughtfully to every query, and is efficent and cost-conscious. Amy exhibits the highest level of professionalism and is supported by an excellent team of colleagues. She has gone far beyond the norm to assist and support me through a very difficult and complex trust litigation. In short, Amy Beller is an outstanding attorney and I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking first-rate trust and probate legal guidance.
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Posted by Scott | August 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
My sister's and I hired Amy and her team to clear up matters regarding my late Uncle's will. She was professional and kept us informed constantly. A Very, Very Good Lawyer!
Posted by judy | May 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to Work With
I was fortunate to hire Amy Beller , who was able to settle my very difficult trust case. Both she and her associate, Jorja Williams are knowledgeable, compassionate and effective. They work well with opposing counsel to problem solve and embrace creative solutions. I highly recommend Ms. Beller, Ms. Williams and their staff.
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Posted by Daniel | January 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Honest, Great, Extremely professional, and helpful!
I got a consultation where I sent several documents to Attorney Amy Beller and she not only reviewed them but contacted me back immediately. She exceeded my expectations by her professionalism and honesty. Attorney Amy Beller was extremely educated in an estate matter where it was completely new to me so she not only guided me with honest and accurate information but did what other would never. Your service with handling my family estate was a simple pleasure with you. Thank you again -Daniel
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Posted by Fred | March 2, 2014
Integrity/ Highest Level of Professionalism
I am Principle of a New York, N .Y . Commercial Real Estate firm. I have represented John Hancock Mutual Life, Bankers Life and Casualty, Nations Bank as well as Manhattan property owners. I emphasize this due to the fact that I have dealt with so many Law Firms. It was and is a privilege to be a client of Amy B. Beller, Esq. Amy Beller represents me at the highest level of expertise, knowledge, integrity & professionalism in a Trust & Estate matter. I have been delighted with her performance and she has totally handled this very important family matter on my behalf with style and perfection. I am extremely impressed and strongly recommend Amy Beller to one and all. Fred
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2013
Among the best...
I consulted with Amy Beller. While researching very complicated homestead / probate issues, I found cases and articles about cases with amazing legal strategies. Many were about Amy. I contacted her and retained her on a consultant basis for pre-existing litigation. On a side note, I've retained many attorneys over the years. Some among the best in the state, some who have since ended up in jail for malpractice and fraud. So, I have a good perspective on what a good and bad attorney is. :) It is unquestionable that Amy Beller is among the best lawyers in this state. She is able to understand very complex legal matters quickly and effectively develop legal strategies. I would not want to be against her in a legal matter, that is for sure...
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Posted by Tom | July 1, 2013
Excellent litigator for estate matters
I am an attorney in New York handling commercial and real estate litigation so I know a good litigator when I see one in action. Amy Beller represented me and my daughter in litigation involving my mother's estate to enforce an agreement signed by my sister which she had repudiated. Amy was well versed in the applicable law, knew the court proceedings, was effective in dealing with the judge and obtained a good result. I would recommend her to anyone and have already recommended her to other NY lawyers.
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Posted by Iris | June 19, 2013
Ethical, trustworthy, approachable, and so easy to work with.
I was involved with Amy in a 5-year estate litigation (which we won and also won the Appeal). She was required to work with another lawyer whom we hired. This situation could have been catastrophic. Instead it became a collaboration of two talented litigators using both their strengths to win a very complex case. Amy really cares about her work and her client. At this point in time, I regard her as an old friend. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2013
Review of Amy Beller as my lawyer
Amy Beller was recommended to me by our trust attorney to respond to litigation being brought against me by co-successor trustees of our trust after my husband was declared incapacitated. Her singular work in answer to a very aggressive team of lawyers resulted in the matter being settled without a court case. She has remained as my trusted counselor as continuing issues arise with regard to the trust. She and her able assistant have performed services for me over and above what could normally be expected in a lawyer-client relationshsip. Her fees have been very reasonable especially compared to those charged by the larger firm working in teams of two or three. Amy is definitely recommended by me for anyone needing her particular expertise with regard to trust matters.
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Posted by kate | June 19, 2013
Amy Beller - the best attorney
Amy Beller, and her firm Beller/Smith in Boca Raton are the best ! For problem solving with estates, wills, trusts, and situations that require expert advice this is the law firm to ask. They are professional, realistic, understanding, and most importantly make sure that you are well informed all the time. They will tell you exactly what the situation is and they know how to handle it. If you have questions, you get answers right away. The very well qualified paralegal team also knows all the aspects of your case and always respond to emails and phone calls.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2013
smart, professional, caring, and a true fighter for her client!
No one will work harder and fight stronger to get justice for you. I would strongly recommend Amy to anyone who needs help with any trust or estate issues. I was lucky to be recommended to her by another attorney. Amy stuck in there with me for over a year of hard negotiations. She always advised me wisely, while respecting my decisions. I am very thankful to her for bringing a successful conclusion to my settlement.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Beller Smith PL
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Miller & O'Neill
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Kaye Scholer
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Holland & Knight
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Chadbourne & Parke, LLP
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Squadron Ellenoff Plesent Sheinfeld & Sorkin
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Associate
  • White & Case
  • 1992 - 1994
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992

Associations

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Chair, Probate Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Palm Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • New York State Bar Ass'n Trust and Estate Section
  • Chair, Multistate Practice
  • 2004 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2012
  • Fortunoff Scholarship
  • Hofstra Law School
  • 1992
  • Advocacy Award
  • Hofstra Law School
  • 1992
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Publications

  • NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Vol 43 No. 1
  • Florida Homestead: A Submerged Alligator Lying in Wait
  • 2010
  • American Bar Association
  • The Road To Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms
  • 2010
  • NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 38, No. 4
  • "New York vs. Florida: A Forum Selection Guide for Will Contest"
  • 2005
  • NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 37, No. 1
  • "Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity”
  • 2004
  • NYSBA Trusts & Estate Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 3
  • “Removal of Trustees for Hostility: Does New York Need Legislation?”
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northern Trust Breakfast Seminar
  • Litigation Update
  • 2013
  • Bench-Bar Conference
  • Panelist
  • 2013
  • Privity and T&E Malpractice
  • Privity and T&E Malpractice
  • 2012
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association Annual Probate Seminar
  • Notices Under the Probate Code
  • 2012
  • NYSBA Trust & Estate Annual Meeting, with Surrogate Kristin Booth Glen
  • Mediation
  • 2011
  • Florida Bar Trust and Estate Symposium
  • Privity and T&E Malpractice
  • 2011
  • Florida Bar Trust and Estate Symposium
  • The Big Apple Versus The Big Orange: Demystifying New York Trusts and Estates Law and Procedure for the Florida Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Trusts & Estate Law Section Spring Meeting
  • Apples and Oranges: An Overview of Florida Probate and Trust Law for the New York Lawyer
  • 2009
  • Trust and Estate
  • Crossing State Borders In Trust & Estate Law
  • 2009
  • Florida Bar’s Attorney Trust Officer Liaison Conference
  • Here and There – Now and Then (Planning and Administering Ancillary Estates)
  • 2009
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Drifting To Avoid Administration Disputes Part I:Protecting Fiduciaries
  • 2009
  • 42nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
  • Let the Sunshine In: Florida Law Update
  • 2008
  • Trust & Estate Section Symposium
  • Multistate Estate Planning Issues
  • 2006
  • Powers of Attorney and Select Beneficiary Issues
  • Powers of Attorney and Select Beneficiary Issues Arising From Family Discord
  • 2006
  • Florida Probate
  • Florida Probate for Non-Florida Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Florida Probate for New York Lawyers
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Probate Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy Beller is an excellent probate litigator with an outstanding knowledge of Florida probate law. Amy is a fighter who always puts her clients first and provides a strong courtroom presence. Amy is very smart and also uses common sense to attempt to resolve disputes when litigation may not make sense. She brings keen insight, years of experience and a broad base of knowledge to probate litigation. Amy Beller is an outstanding attorney in Boca Raton."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amy and I were co-counsel in a very complicated and contentious trust litigation matter. She has a thorough knowledge of trust and estate law and is a first rate estate and trust litigator. We worked well together because she listened and knew we were a team. She represented our clients well. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and will refer matters to her in the future. I stronly endorse her."