Judy-Ann Smith

Judy-Ann Smith

Forefront Law
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Divorce ...
  • Florida
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Judy-Ann Smith, BSN, MS, JD

My passion as an attorney is being able to help people. Resolving someone’s legal issues is the most rewarding aspect of the work I do. I am an empathetic and compassionate lawyer, willing to listen to my clients’ issues, to get a deeper understanding of what they would like to achieve and accomplish. Most importantly, I am an assertive advocate for all my clients and I will fight for what is fair and just according to the laws of the land.

My practice areas range from family law to estate planning and probate. I have extensive success in handling divorce and family law cases. I have counseled and advised clients on their estate planning needs, prepared estate plans, and given presentations to other lawyers on estate planning. I successfully handled probate cases, assisted fiduciaries with estate administration, assisted families in implementing plans when loved ones pass away, and assisted Trustees’ while navigating through trust administration issues.

Practice Areas
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Divorce
Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Forefront Law
- Current
Education
Nova Southeastern University
J.D. (2011) | Law
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Florida Atlantic University
M.S. (2001) | Nursing
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Florida Atlantic University
B.S. (1992) | Nursing
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Awards
Best Probate Attorneys in Jacksonville
Expertise
2020
Best Estate Planning Attorneys in Jacksonville
Expertise.com
Best Child Support Lawyers in Jacksonville
Expertise.com
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Client Reviewed 5.0/5.0
Lawyers.com
Best of Florida
American Academy of Attorneys
Top Attorney Award for Estate Planning & Elder Law
Attorney.com
2019-2022
Elite Advocate
American Institute of Legal Advocates
10 Best Under 40
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar  # 102219
Member
Current
Activities: Family Law Section; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Elder Law Section
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Florida's Five Types of Alimony
Avvo Legal Guide
Taking the First Step: Filing an Estate in Probate Court
National Business Institute
Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative in Probate
National Business Institute
Executor Strategies
National Business Institute
Probate Process Overview & First Steps
National Business Institute
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning: Draft Estate Planning Documents with these Practical Techniques, ProLaw CLE
Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative in Probate, National Business Institute
30 Steps to Perfect Probate, National Business Institute
The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute
Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide, National Business Institute (NBI)
Basic Estate Planning, Economic Development Workshop, Gainesville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Contact & Map
Forefront Law
6282 Dupont Station Ct
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Telephone: (904) 733-9080
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed