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April Denise Hill

Probate Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About April

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Thanks for taking the time to look at my profile. I founded HKH Elder Law in 2002 because it was important that the firm I represent be a client-centered team. I continue today as its managing partner with an incredible team that provides integrated service to our clients. Here are a few points about my background:

  • Graduated Stetson University College of Law, 1997.
  • Social Worker with BSW - having worked with seniors and elderly and in nursing homes.
  • Adjunct professor, teaching elder law courses at Stetson Law in Gulfport, FL.
  • Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law, by both the Florida Bar and the National Elder Law Foundation.
  • Member, Council of Advanced Practitioners for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
  • Helped establish the Elder Justice Center, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Tampa, FL.
  • Community service-minded, serving my 
  • If you hire my firm as your attorney, you can trust that we will do our very best to help you and your family reach your legal goals.

Location

HKH Elder Law
2033 54th Ave N
Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33714

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Reviews

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Posted by Lindsay | October 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Service
April and her team were asked to take over my mother’s estate as my previous attorney was unable to finish. April & Team were wonderful. This was not a run of the mill probate. There were several issues left hanging by my previous attorney and April cleared everything up quickly. Hill & Kinsella is a great law firm. I’m so grateful our paths crossed.
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Posted by Patricianne | June 7, 2019
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Hill Law Group, P.A.
My husband and I have reached the age where by we were in need to have Estate Planning. The Hill Law Group was suggested by trusted friends. When we met Ms Hill and her staff, we were very comfortable and knew that the suggestions made were exactly what we were looking for , for our protection in our efforts for Estate Planning. This is an excellent group, worthy of your trust.
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Posted by Doug | October 9, 2016
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Special Needs Trusts and Revocable Trusts Excellent Attorney
I have over the course of many years been required to update my will and the details of my estate planning and have used the resources of several attorneys in the process. I have never met or worked with an attorney as competent and thorough as April Hill. My sister has been recently placed in assisted living and I needed to set up a Revocable Trust as well as a Special Needs Trust. I am very fortunate to have met April Hill. This is why. First of all she is very generous with her time. On my first visit to her office in St. Petersburg she gave me a detailed analysis of the complexity involved with legal documents regarding my sister's special needs. She outlined and clarified every legal distinction and definition regarding every question I asked her. She drew comprehensive graphs on a white board as a means of explaining points which I didn't understand. But the thing which I found most satisfying was in the final work product of the Revocable Trust. In addition to the original documents, this financial instrument was presented to totally organized in a ring binder with every heading containing copies of all the many and varied documents tabulated and ordered all together. I am not an attorney and often feel at odds and uncertain regarding the rules and requirements pertaining to these important documents, thus the level of organization I found at the Hill Law Group, took an enormous amount of stress of me by virtue the completeness, attention to detail, and competence of the Hill Law Group . As aforementioned, I have worked with many attorneys in the past and have not experienced such service for such a reasonable fee. April Hill and the Hill Law Group has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Joe | June 30, 2016
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Excellent Attorney!!
Ms. Hill was exceptionally kind and thorough, and timely. She thought of things that I/we had not considered, and gave viable options and alternatives. She offered solid reasons for her advice, and explained issues in a manner that was easily understood. I freely encourage the use and services of Ms. Hill's!
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2016
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Dedicated, Experienced and Caring
I went to Hill Law Group to have some legal documents drawn up and was impressed by not only the professional and caring environment of their offices, but the attention to detail and personal attention that we received by the team. I cannot compliment them enough on their handling of my needs and the expertise that they have provided which has helped me in dozens of ways. If you are looking for an elder law, probate, or life care planning specialist - I couldn't recommend Hill Law Group any higher. They are the one you need to choose!
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2016
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estate planning
We needed to have all of our Ohio estate planning documents reviewed and brought up to date with Florida laws. April Hill was thorough, professional, and helped us resolve ways to be fair and equitable to all of our 4 daughters, sons-in-law, and 10 grandchildren.
Posted by Michelle | August 5, 2015
Helping Grandma
As a granddaughter left with the responsibility of caring for my grandmother, I needed advice from someone who could guide me through the process of applying for Medicaid, and setting up certain accounts that met the requirements of Medicaid. I found Ms. Hill through a mutual person. She immediately advised me of the proper steps to take to ensure a successful application to the state. I hired Ms. Hill as my grandmothers representative and was not disappointed! Even living on the opposite coast of each other, she made it easy and stress free! Thank you April and your staff for all your assistance in my Grandmother's matter.
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Posted by Steve | June 4, 2015
When I find my mom in times of trouble...
In 2007, I returned from two years of service in the Peace Corps to find that my mother had been undergoing changes I was not aware of while overseas. It turned out she had progressed to a moderate stage of dementia and was in an unhealthy situation at home. Over the next year, I had to have her formally diagnosed, take control of her personal affairs, and move her to an ALF. Fortunately, the director at the ALF recommended April Hill as a resource I should engage to assist in managing my mother's affairs, which I did starting in 2008. April proved to be invaluable and worth every dollar it cost to retain her services. She provided all the guidance necessary to procure the government's VA benefits to which my mother was entitled as well as to set up a plan for her long term care, including the eventual need for her transition to an excellent nursing home and enrollment in Medicaid when the increased cost of the nursing home exceeded my mother's financial assets. Not only is April highly knowledgeable and dedicated, she's caring and compassionate in those times of trouble with elderly relatives, which is so important and appreciated.
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Posted by Betty | December 14, 2011
LIFE CARE PLANNING SERVICES
Frustrated over the the health care system, the team at Hill Law Group could not have been more helpful and professional. With my mother in Florida, and I living out of state the Life Care Planning concept kept me focused and organized, not to mention well informed. Being a registered nurse from out of state, working with the Client Nurse Advocate made communications easy.Most importantly Mom is pleased with the outcome and we have peace of mind.
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Posted by Chelsie M. Lamie, Esq. | February 1, 2010
Extremely satisfied with Attorney April Hill
While I am a personal injury attorney, I am also a CLIENT of April Hill. April handled my estate planning and did a wonderful job - I couldn't be happier! Thanks again, April. You've made me feel comfortable knowing that my affairs are in order and that my family will be taken care of.
Posted by penny | August 1, 2008
Client Review
APRIL HILL IS A PLEASURE TO DO BUSINESS WITH. HER AND HER STAFF ARE VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY. WHEN YOU WALK IN TO THE OFFICE YOU FEEL AT HOME. HER #1 CONCERN WAS: WHAT WAS BEST FOR OUR SON AND THAT WAS WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO US. SHE HANDLED ALL OF THE POWER OF ATTORNEYS FOR US BUT AS FAR AS THE TRUST FUND IT WAS BETTER FOR HIM TO GO WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO YOU. HER AND HER STAFF ARE DOWN TO EARTH BUT YET VERY PROFESSIONAL.I WOULDNT THINK TWICE ABOUT USING HER AGAIN.
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Posted by Ruth | May 1, 2008
Best of the Best
I am a widow with family scattered across the country and busy with their own careers and families. In other words, my sons can't come running when something happens to Mom. I used to worry a lot about the mental deficits that often come with aging. Now I feel completely secure with April Hill as my Power of Attorney. When I'm no longer able to manage alone, she will make sure my wishes are followed and my needs are met. She has all the information necessary to do this, because she knew what questions to ask me in the beginning. My questions were answered promptly and fully, not in "legalese," but in language I could easily understand. April explained fully the rationale behind every suggestion she made. She never rushed me into any decision, but took all the time necessary to make sure I understood the choices I was making. I recently recommended April to an elderly friend, and April has exceeded even my very high expectations in her care of my friend. In my view, April is an honest attorney who is super-smart and who puts her whole heart into taking the best possible care of her clients. She has also assembled a knowledgeable and extremely competent staff who have demonstrated their dedication to handling each case with the utmost care. I believed it was important to find a Certified Elder Law Attorney to do my estate planning, even though my assets are not significant. In April Hill I found not only the knowledge and expertise I expected, but integrity, insight, and the heart of a caring friend and ally.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Hill Law Group, PA
  • 2002 - Present
  • Program Attorney
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court
  • 1997 - 2000

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Christopher Newport University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • 1984

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • PARC
  • Board Chairperson
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Suncoast Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • PARC
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Gulfport Senior Center Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Florida Bar
  • Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Chair, UPL Committee
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
  • National Elder Law Academy
  • 2005
  • Board Certified in Elder Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2003
  • Chief Judge's Award
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Inside The Minds: Elder Law Health Care Strategies
  • Compassionate Client Centered Elder Law
  • 2008
  • Inside The Minds: Elder Law Health Care Strategies
  • Long Term Care Considerations
  • 2008
  • Quick Guide to Elder Law
  • Quick Guide to Elder Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Concert
  • Guardianship and the Courts
  • 2008
  • Fundamental Issues in Elder Law
  • Medicare
  • 2007
  • Estate, Financial & Health Care Planning for Elder Clients
  • Pre Mortem Options
  • 2007
  • Estate Planning with Medicaid in Mind
  • Estate Planning with Medicaid in Mind
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse April
Medicaid and medicare Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known April for many years and we have collaborated on a number of cases including Medicaid qualification, probate and estate planning matters. She is very knowledgeable, caring and diligent in her endeavors."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. April's dedication to improve the lives of others is apparent In all of her endeavors."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been a colleague of April Hill for many years and have found her to be creative in her approaches to Medicaid planning and related matters. Her background in Social Work makes her especially gifted in assisting families with Elder Law issues. Therefore, I endorse April Hill."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. April Hill is an excellent and caring estate planning attorney who has unique experience and focus on elder law matters also. She is practical and solution oriented for her clients in planning, probate and guardianship matters and is an asset to our community."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Hill for over five years. During this period of time, I have referred numerous clients to her for assistance with health care directives and other estate planning matters. Each of these clients received the best care possible taking into consideration their specific needs. Most importantly, all of them had peace of mind. I highly recommend Ms. Hill for any and all of your estate planning needs."
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