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Lori Ann Vella

Estate planning Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.7   13 reviews

About Lori

Learn Lori’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%
    Wills, Trusts, Guardians for children, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Healthcare Surrogate, HIPAA waivers and more.

  2. Probate
    35%
    We handle probate in all Florida counties. Our team has over 34 years of experience in this area.

  3. Business
    10%
    We can draft LLCs, focus on asset protection, operating agreements that avoid probate, business succession plans.

  4. Elder law
    10%
    Elder law focuses on many ages. It is planning ahead to ensure that you are not impoverished and may enjoy your sunset years in comfort and peace. We can start planning when you are healthy at 50 and "pull the trigger" on certain things much later.

  5. Guardianship
    5%
    Guardianships over alleged mentally incapacitated, elderly or over minors.

Welcome to the Avvo page of Lori Vella. 

Lori Vella has been an attorney for nearly 20 years. She practices Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Advanced Directives) in both Florida and New York. She is the creator of the #GetMyGuardian Guide (formerly Kid Care Package), a unique set of both legal and practical documents, that she created/compiled. She also authored The Live-On Project, a short book about writing letters to your children so that your spirit continues to live on in their lives, no matter what.  Lori recently created a free Online Course Portal called Florida Lawyer Online.  Find it on her website.


She is originally from Rochester, NY. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2000 (25th in her class out of a class of over 300 after the first year). She became a judicial law clerk for the Fifth District Court of Appeal from 2000-2002, with Judge Griffin.

She joined the Tampa law firm of Butler Pappas in 2003. She was a partner and attended hundreds of depositions, hearings and mediations. She felt the calling to start her own law firm in 2017 focusing on matters dear to her heart--the protection of assets for hard-working people and ensuring people set forth their wishes while they still can.

She is a first-generation Sicilian-American. She is an organic gardener and supporter of VISTA gardens, Board Member of the Carrollwood Players, BNI member, an avid reader, achieved Italian conversational fluency through self-study, and leads a local mom group in Tampa. Lori considers herself a Globetrotting Mom Lawyer. She loves traveling the world with her sidekick Gianni. He has been to Croatia, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, France, and Portugal.

Lori welcomes any Seinfeld trivia questions, any time--try to stump her! Message her to learn more about Wills, Trusts and protecting your kids. Available via video calls to all of Florida. 

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Licensed for 22 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2006
Updated 07/14/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Lori

Law Office of Lori Vella, PLLC
14502 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Suite 200
Tampa, FL, 33618

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Steve T | September 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Lori and her team recently helped my wife and I update our estate documents and create a trust. This law office was a pleasure to work with for updating our documents. The whole team was great with communication and Lori takes the time to review the documents with you in easy to understand language. My wife commented to me after the official signing that it was the best experience she's ever had with a lawyer!! We would highly recommend Lori and her team for any estate planning needs.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate
I had some questions and concerns about probate, but after my consultation with Lori my mind was at ease. She is most definitely a friendly and top-notch lawyer.
Posted by Steve | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive experience in establishing or updating our wills
Lori Vella made the process of preparing a will and other final arrangement documents very simple and even... enjoyable. She is very friendly and strives to get to know her clients as people. The process was quick, easy and affordable. I would recommend Lori Vella to all those looking to establish or update their will and other final arrangement documents.
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Posted by Linda | November 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate documents
We worked with Lori Vella to update our estate documents. It was a very good experience because Lori communicates clearly, is very organized and patient. It is a complex process with lots of issues to address and Lori made it very manageable.
Response from Lori Vella December 6, 2020
Thank you Linda. It was great working with you too.
Posted by Norma | October 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Lori Vella assisted me with all of my estate planning and with advance health care directives. Her work is thorough and timely. Lori was referred by a family friend and I found her to be helpful during the process. It is something that must be done to support my daughters but needless to say it is uncomfortable. Lori made it easier!
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Response from Lori Vella October 25, 2020
Hi Norma, It was wonderful working with you. I'm so happy you are all squared away! -Lori
Posted by Chuck | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
I reached out to Lori with a last minute request to have wills completed for myself and my wife. Lori was on vacation with family for the holidays but took on the task anyway and completed on time. Documents were accurate and perfectly reflected our requests. She was very professional, answering all of our questions and providing great advice. Follow up was superb and very much appreciated. She went above and beyond our expectations. Very impressed!
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Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Chuck, it has been a pleasure getting to know you and your family. I'm happy to work with you again. Thank you for the referral.
Posted by Jackie | January 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wills and Estate Planning
Lori did an exceptional job on our wills and estate planning providing us with everything we needed to know about the process, what was needed and most importantly the importance of what we were doing. She was very thorough, professional and patient. Not only did she help us get our wills in order, she also assisted us on getting the legal papers together for our over 18 son (living will, healthcare surrogate) which I would never have known about without her guidance. She made it very quick and easy. I highly recommend Lori and and would not hesitate to refer any others looking for an attorney to handle their wills and estate planning. Lori is very reliable.
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Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Jackie, thanks for your great review and for becoming my "most photogenic" clients!
Posted by Kelli | November 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Passionate
Being a single mom, it was important to me to have peace of mind and directives set in place for my child. Lori Vella went above and beyond, exceeding my expectations. She is thoughtful and thorough and takes the time personally to meet with you to explain every option available to you. Most of all she is kind hearted and is passionate about her work. Her and her work adds value to our community. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to speak with her about all your estate planning, she will impress upon you things you never thought of. I am so grateful to have this security in place for my beloved son. Thank you, Lori!
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Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Kelli I'm glad I could help secure your family. Great working with you!
Posted by Jenny | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Someone you can trust!
Lori is not only trustworthy and knowledgeable, she has a family of her own and knows how important it is to take care of them now as well as in the future. She walked us through each step and process needed to make sure our children and finances are secured and covered if anything should happen to us and for that we are grateful. It's nice to know everything is spelled out and would be taken care of, the way we planned. We used to think that setting up these documents was only for the wealthy but with Lori in charge, the process was affordable and helped us understand how beneficial this is for our kids!
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Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
From one mom to another, it was great to work with you Jenny! You have a beautiful family!
Posted by Felicia | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
Lori has a passion for helping people, this is evident in the philanthropy work she promotes and participates in in her community. Lori was a joy to work with, she explained everything to me and was understanding and compassionate towards the delicate nature of her work. Would absolutely recommend Lori, she is awesome!
Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Thank you Felicia for your kind review. It is always great working with a responsible mom!
Posted by Amira | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accountant
Very professional I will recommend her I know her for many years when I was living in Spring Hill Then I moved to Miami and I continue using her professional services and communicate with her by mail and phone
Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Amira, always a pleasure to continue to work with you.
Posted by Gary | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lori has a passion for future planning.
Lori walked us through the complicated process of estate planning in the event that something tragic happened to my wife and/or myself in way that made sense and was comforting knowing that our son would be protected. We had been discussing this planning but was constantly putting it off. She made the process simple, complete. I highly recommend Lori everyone.
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Response from Lori Vella September 7, 2020
Thank you Gary. It was a pleasure working with both of you!
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
POOR service
When someone does not respond to you emails, questions, or inquiries, I would stay clear of whatever service they are providing. Especially when it is something as important a legal service you want someone who is reliable and available, never settle for anything less.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Law Office of Lori Vella, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Butler Legal
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Staff Attorney
  • Fifth District Court Of Appeal
  • 2000 - 2002

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Visiting Student
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Creator of the Kid Care Package and #GetMyGuardian Community Event

Associations

  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • 2009

Publications

  • Book
  • The Live-On Project
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (7)
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Vella. She is smart and professional. She is also a strong advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has a great work ethic and follow through. She really knows her stuff. I've referred her a couple of clients and they had nothing but great things to say about her. She has a great reputation in the community as well. Thanks"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lori is a very capable and conscientious lawyer. She will provide the highest and best service she can to accomplish your estate planning objectives. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Friend
"I have worked with Lori on several projects as part of an attorney organization. Lori is creative, through in her analysis and works to solve the problem."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Other
"I worked closely with Lori in chairing a prestigious national legal seminar. She is diligent, thorough, and responsive. She cares about doing a good job, and gets it done!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I never hesitate to send referrals to Lori Vella. She is an outstanding attorney who cares deeply for her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lori gives 100% dedication to the estate planning of her clients. She sees all types of clients, from young to old, newlywed to retirement age, and has the ability to apply the laws to fit their specific needs. I refer clients with confidence to Lori."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lori Vella is an excellent attorney and very professional in all that she does. She has an active practice helping young families provide for the care of their children should the worst ever happen. I highly endorse Lori."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lori and I worked together and collaborated on complex commercial and insurance litigation cases over 15 years ago at a large defense firm, where she showed great skill as a litigator and dedication to zealously represent each client. Now, with well over a decade of litigation experience, and a family of her own, Lori not only has her own practice, but has directed her skill sets and found her passion in assisting other families, particularly in the area of Estate Planning. Lori has always been an amazing attorney, who has impressed both her coworkers and opposing counsel alike. However, she has now entered a new phase of her career where she truly shines because she absolutely LOVES what she does for a living, and that is protecting and serving families like hers, each and every day."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Friend
"Lori is a brilliant lawyer. She is well versed in the law regarding trusts, wills, and other estate planning matters. She takes great pride in her work and really looks to help people. She makes sure she truly gets to know everything she needs to know about a client so that she can best help them and provide services that they need. I endorse this lawyer!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lori is a wonderful attorney. She is smart and compassionate. Her commitment to ensuring that people's needs and wants for their estate planning needs are met is what everyone deserves for making such important decisions."
Guardianship Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Lori at a prior law firm and have followed her practice since we both left that firm to start our own law firms. She is a brilliant attorney and serves her clients well. I endorse her without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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