The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm in Miami, Florida

Probate Law

Probate Is The Legal Process One Goes Through When Someone Passes Away And An Administration Of Their Estate Is Needed.

The administration allows for a personal representative/executor to be appointed in order to properly distribute the assets of the decedent to the legal heirs/beneficiaries and ensure all creditors are resolved.

In addition, estate and trust litigation can be an overwhelming and complicated process. We take the time to understand our client’s needs and objectives, enabling us to receive consistent and fair results.

Call our law office when you need to consult with an attorney to facilitate your probate administration or litigation.

The Florida Probate & Guardianship Law Firm is the law firm you can trust to guarantee that the future of your estate is handled professionally, competently, and according to your wishes. Our probate attorneys in Miami, FL, have the experience and knowledge to manage your assets and resolve any outstanding legal disputes.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Drafting and Filing of Petition to appoint Personal Representative/Executor;
  • Drafting an Inventory of Assets;
  • Settling Outstanding Debts;
  • Distributing Remaining Assets on Behalf of the Decedent;
  • Mediating Disputes over Assets between Beneficiaries;
  • Validating the Will;
  • Paying Taxes/Obtaining Tax ID Number;
  • Finalizing all estate pleadings and concluding the administration.

We have successfully administered numerous estate and probate cases for our clients over the years. Let us take care of your probate needs so you can enjoy the peace of mind that our legal services permit.

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Guardianship Law

An Adult Guardianship Is When A Guardian Is Appointed To Be Legally Responsible For The Care Of A Person Who Can No Longer Take Care Of Their Own Medical And Financial Needs.

A guardian can be a family member, close personal friend, or an independent third party professional. In an adult guardianship, the court determines whether a person is legally incapacitated by appointing a three-member panel known as the examining committee who report their findings after meeting with the alleged incapacitated person. This panel consists of medical professionals such as doctors, psychologists, and therapists.

A minor guardianship takes place when a guardian is required to be appointed to take care of the medical and financial needs of the child. This could occur because the child’s parents have passed away, a child receives a settlement in excess of $15,000.00, or other reasons defined by Florida Statute.

Once the court determines a guardianship is needed, the guardian is appointed. The administration of the guardianship occurs under the supervision of the court and there are yearly reporting and accounting requirements which are the responsibility of the guardian.

We know the guardianship process can be time-consuming and stressful. Call us so we can help you with all your guardianship needs.


  • Establishment of guardianship;
  • Representing Guardians;
  • Representing family members in guardianship proceedings;
  • Guardianship litigation;
  • Appointment of Professional Guardian;
  • Filing of Annual Reports and Accountings.

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Estate Planning Law

Having An Estate Plan Is Crucial For Yourself And Your Loved Ones.

The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm has helped numerous clients establish an estate plan for the present and the future.

It’s not too early to make arrangements for the future of your estate. Making end-of-life plans is the practical way to ensure that your final wishes are honored. Additionally, having a secure plan protects loved ones from the stress of administering your property and other assets once you pass away. As your estate planning lawyers, we reduce stress, save time, and safeguard your demand.

By reviewing your objectives and goals, we help develop a plan that best suits your needs. We take the time to listen to our clients and ensure their goals are met in a timely fashion. Protecting and preserving your assets is our goal.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Wills;
  • Trusts;
  • Living Will;
  • Designation of Healthcare Surrogate;
  • Designation of Agent under Durable Power of Attorney;
  • Designation of Pre-need Guardian;
  • Guardianship;
  • Business Successions;
  • Special Needs Planning.

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Family Law

Navigating through a family issue can be a difficult time for all parties.

Our family law attorneys will take the time to help you understand the law and how it affects you. Your family issue can involve the following:

  • Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Parental Responsibility & Time Sharing
  • Child Custody Matters
  • Child Support
  • Alimony/Spousal Support
  • Paternity
  • Child Relocation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dependency
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Post- Judgment & Modification
  • Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Adoption
  • Pre-Nuptial/Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Grandparent/Family Member Custody

Our team will aggressively represent your interests and work towards a favorable resolution. We are with you every step of the way.

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Samah T. Abukhodeir, Esq.

Samah (“Sam”) T. Abukhodeir was born and raised in Lake Wales, Florida. Following high school, Ms. Abukhodeir moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Minor in Arabic and Child Development at Florida State University. Ms. Abukhodeir obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List and earned two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Islamic/Sharia Law and Judicial Externship.

While in law school, Ms. Abukhodeir worked as a Graduate Assistant to Law Professor Cyra Choudhury and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Marisa Tinkler Mendez, Circuit Court Judge in the Criminal Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, Florida, and the Honorable Maria M. Korvick, Circuit Court Judge in the Probate Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, Florida. After law school, Ms. Abukhodeir returned to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida as a staff attorney/case manager for the Honorable Maria M. Korvick, the Administrative Probate Judge.

Ms. Abukhodeir has taught Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning in the Medical Legal Guardianship Clinic at Florida International University College of Law. Additionally, she currently teaches Epistemology at the Honors College at Florida International University.

Ms. Abukhodeir practices in the areas of Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law, and Family Law. Ms. Abukhodeir is fluent in English and Arabic.


  • Florida Bar Appointed Committee Member, Florida Probate Rules Committee (2019-2022)
  • Florida Bar Appointed Committee Member, 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (2019-2022)
  • Florida Bar Appointed Committee Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2017-2020)
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section, Member
  • Florida Bar Elder Law Section, Member
  • Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Section, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship Committee, Vice Chair (2018-2021)
  • Dade County Bar Association, Director (2018-2020)


  • 2019-2021 Aspen Institute Fellow
  • 2018-2020 Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Fellow
  • 2018-2019 Dade County Bar Association, Director
  • 2018-2020 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2018-2020 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • 2018 The American Bar Association, “AMA: Perspectives from Millennial Lawyers”, Co-Speaker
  • 2017-2021 Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship Committee, Vice Chair
  • 2017 Legal Elite Up & Comer, Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2016-2020 FIU Elder Law Class, Guest Lecturer
  • 2016 FIU Law Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Panel Discussion, Co-Speaker
  • 2016 Elder Law Symposium, “Preparing for the Unknown: An Elder Law Attorney’s Tool Kit”, Miami, FL, Co Speaker
  • 2014 FIU Law Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Panel Discussion, Co-Speaker


  • Florida International University College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2013
  • Florida State University, Bachelors Of Science, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, 2010


  • The Florida Bar, 2013

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Brenda B. Shapiro, Esq.

Ms. Shapiro is a graduate of the University of Miami (B.A., 1972), the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1990), and Pine Manor College (LittD., 2018), where she received an Honorary Doctorate of Law and Letters.  Ms. Shapiro established her own practice between 1994-2019 and then decided to join The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm in 2019 as the Chair of the Family Law department.

Ms. Shapiro has extensive litigation experience in child and family law, with particular emphasis in divorce, child custody, domestic violence, matrimonial law, post dissolution, collaborative law, and grandparent visitation rights.  Ms. Shapiro is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking awarded to an attorney.  Additionally, Ms. Shapiro has been listed in Super Lawyers for numerous years and listed in The South Florida Legal Guide for her distinguished professional service.

A longtime resident of Miami, Ms. Shapiro has served on the board of numerous community organizations, including sitting as the Chair of the City of Miami Community Relations Board from 2003-2006 and as Chair of the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel from 2007 to 2009. She still serves on the Panel which is charged with the responsibility of investigating police misconduct.  Additionally, Ms. Shapiro is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute,  a Miami-Dade based non-profit association dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of a family-focused alternative to litigated divorce.

Since becoming a member of the Florida Bar in 1991, Ms. Shapiro has managed several significant representations. Her success includes having both temporary and permanent alimony awards set aside, setting aside prenuptial agreements on the grounds of being both unconscionable and coerced and grandparent custody awards where previously no visitation was awarded and demonstrable harm had come to the child.


  • The Florida Bar
  • The Dade County Bar Association
  • The Collaborative Family Law Institute
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association


Pine Manor College, AA 1958
University of Miami, BA 1972
University of Miami School of the Law, JD 1990
Pine Manor College, LittD 2018


The Florida Bar, 1991

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Anwar E. Hadeed, Esq.

Anwar Hadeed lived in Antigua and Barbuda until moving to the United States at 17 years old.  Following high school, Mr. Hadeed graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts double major degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Moravian College in Pennsylvania.

Thereafter, he moved to Miami, FL to attend law school at Florida International University (FIU).  While at FIU Law, Mr. Hadeed had been on the Dean’s List several times and was involved in many organizations including the Caribbean Student Bar Association, Black Law Student Association, and International Law Student Association.  Mr. Hadeed started working closely with attorney Samah Abukhodeir as a law clerk since the start of his second year of law school and very quickly worked his way from being a law clerk to an associate attorney.

Mr. Hadeed practices in the areas of Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law, and Family Law.


Moravian College, BA 2015
Florida International University College of Law, JD 2019


The Florida Bar, 2019
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Christine A. Schafer, Esq.

Christine lost her father at the young age of 21 and experienced firsthand what can go wrong when one fails to plan ahead.  Following his death, Christine decided to attend law school and has since devoted her career to helping families in the areas of estate planning and probate administration.

Christine graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Anthropology and with a minor in Family, Youth & Community Sciences from The University of Florida in 2008.  Thereafter, she attended law school at Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad College of Law and graduated in 2013.

She serves on the Board of Directors for Ms. Esquire, has been chosen as an American Bar Association Scholar, has been recognized by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years in a row and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list.

Christine A. Schafer owns The Legacy Law Firm and serves as Of Counsel to The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm.


The University of Florida, BA 2008
Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad College of Law, JD 2013


The Florida Bar, 2014

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Lemaris Gonzalez, Paralegal

Ms. Gonzalez started her career in the legal field working in the Felony Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. After that, she went on to work for the State Attorney’s Office – Child Support Enforcement Division– as a Legal Secretary. She was quickly promoted to Supervisor of the Legal Secretary Department overseeing 16 legal secretaries.

After one year as Supervisor, Ms. Gonzalez obtained a position as a Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Maria Espinosa Dennis. While with Judge Dennis, Ms. Gonzalez worked in both the Family and Probate Divisions.

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Laura Vega, Client Relations Specialist

Laura was born in Cuba and raised in La Coruña, Spain. In 2015, she moved to Miami and become interested in the business field. She began studying to obtain her Associate Degree in Business Administration two (2) years ago and is graduating in May 2020.

Laura has always enjoyed different positions that require assisting and communicating directly with clients as she excels in customer service.  She has over six (6) years of experience in customer relations positions.  Laura ensures every client receives the time and attention they need especially in very stressful times of their lives.  Laura is professional and empathetic with clients and her priority is to make all clients comfortable while the Firm assists them with their legal needs.

In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling and trying new foods around Miami.
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Taylor Diaz, Law Clerk

Taylor grew up in Miami, Florida where she completed grade school and high school, before attending college at Florida International University (FIU). Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts double major degree in International Relations and Political Science. Thereafter, Taylor attended law school at FIU College of Law.

During law school, Taylor has been involved as a member with several organizations within her school community including the Cuban American Bar Association and International Law Student Association. She has also received Deans List for her academic performance and received the position of Vice President on the executive board for Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.).

Taylor hopes to pursue a future career as an attorney in the areas of Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning and Elder Law.

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About Us

Your Trusted Attorney.

Hiring a probate or family attorney can be a difficult first step. When you have a complex situation ahead of you, it is extremely helpful to have a lawyer on your side. Every client who comes to us will receive personal attention to their legal matter and we will provide you with the right legal approach based on your situation, as we believe that building relationships and incorporating client feedback are important aspects of our job.

The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm is an experienced law firm that helps clients throughout the State of Florida. Our attorney has experience with a variety of matters and we focus on clients’ needs and can assist them with the following:

  • Probate/Estates Administration and Litigation;
  • Guardianship Administration and Litigation;
  • Estate Planning;
  • Elder Law;
  • Special Needs Planning;
  • Family Law

We strive to provide the best legal advice and services to all of our clients. In addition to English, our lawyers and staff can speak Spanish and Arabic, in order to provide a clear understanding of your legal matter in the language of your choosing.

We can meet with you in our Miami office or at another location that is convenient.

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The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm

2600 Douglas Road, Suite 502
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 677-5119 Office
(305) 735-6468 Fax

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