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Florida Probate Lawyers

Since 1971

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What Clients Are Saying

Jeff and Brian are our knights in shining armor. They replaced our attorney on very short notice and shut down - to our advantage - an expensive, never-ending estate lawsuit. They are polite, knowledgeable, reasonable and friendly to boot. I wish we had engaged them initially - it would have saved my family hundreds of thousands of dollars.

No matter where you live in Florida, this is the firm to use with estate matters. In 4 days this firm was able to accomplish more than our former attorneys did in 2 years. Use this firm to PLAN your estate and avoid needing them to clean up the mess of other attorneys. Cannot praise and thank them enough for their help.

Thank you for all you and your staff's hard work in helping me during the most difficult thing I could have ever imagined. I trust you which honestly I can't say that about anyone these days.

Sincerest thanks for a superb defense of our position. It was a pleasure dealing with you both. If you ever need a recommendation, I would be proud to give you a 'Triple A' rating! Best wishes for your continued success.

Florida Probate Attorneys | Trust & Estate Planning

Founded in 1971, Clark Skatoff PA is an AV-rated boutique law firm practicing primarily in the areas of Florida probate and trust litigation, probate administration, will contests, guardianships and estate planning.

For more than forty years, we have built our reputation on personal service, experience, professional ability and a genuine dedication to providing creative and innovative approaches to complex legal issues in the areas of probate and estate planning. We are professionals focused on you.

Recognized and Award-Winning Service

The Florida firm's managing attorney, Jeffrey H. Skatoff, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a former United States Department of Justice trial attorney who litigated complex disputes on behalf of the Federal Government, and who was awarded the Outstanding Attorney Award during his tenure. Mr. Skatoff has been involved in some of the largest probate litigation disputes in Florida, and has handled complex international inheritance and estate disputes. Mr. Skatoff has been a regular commentator with local and national media outlets, such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger's, on issues of estate planning, will contests, estate litigation, probate, and power of attorney abuse.

Our Team

Jeffrey H. Skatoff

Jeffrey H. Skatoff

Jeffrey Skatoff is an experienced Florida probate attorney, who also practices in the areas of estate litigation and planning, trust litigation, guardianship litigation and administration, and probate administration.

Anya Van Veen

Anya Van Veen

Anya Van Veen is an experienced probate lawyer and trust attorney. She handles contested probate estates, trust disputes, and guardianship litigation. She also handles probate appeals, as well as appeals from trust, guardianship, inheritance and estate matters.

Brian M. Spiro

Brian M. Spiro

Brian Spiro is an experienced litigation attorney who handles contested probate estates, trust disputes and guardianship litigation.

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Richard E. Clark

Richard Clark, recently retired, spent almost 40 years as a Florida estate planning lawyer. Mr. Clark also handled probate matters, inheritance issues, and trust and estate cases. He is available to speak with his former estate planning clients as needed.

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Our experienced team of attorneys is committed to helping you reach your goals. The firm serves clients throughout the State of Florida, as well as nationwide and around the world. We also handle a select number of contingency fee cases.

Practice Areas

Probate Litigation

Clark Skatoff PA has over four decades of experience representing beneficiaries, personal representatives, and creditors in all matters relating to probate litigation. Some types of cases we have handled include: rights of surviving spouses in Florida, will contests, probate fraud and elective share.

Probate Administration

Probate is the process of passing the assets of a deceased person to his or her, after the payment of creditors. In addition to the grief that is caused by the loss of a loved one, the personal representative of an estate is required to quickly learn the legal procedures necessary to ensure a smooth estate administration.

Estate Planning

We can guide you through all the nuances of estate planning. Our legal team can help you with the drafting of wills or trusts, as well as navigate you through the careful planning necessary to minimize estate tax or handle any issues concerning Florida Homestead.


Guardianship Litigation

If you are facing any guardianship litigation or are simply interested in possible guardianship proceedings, our team is here to help. Florida Guardianship Rules require all parties be represented by a lawyer.

Trust Litigation

The trustee of a trust owes the beneficiaries certain fiduciary duties. If the trustee violates these duties, the beneficiaries are urged to contact a Florida trust attorney at Clark Skatoff PA. We have extensive experience resolving issues such as improper investments, failure to make timely distribution or trust reformation.

Trust Administration

There are different types of trusts, with various distribution provisions, management expectations and tax issues. If you are seeking advice or legal counsel regarding the administration of a trust, call Clark Skatoff PA for help.


Power Of Attorney Abuse

There is always the potential for fraud to occur in every power of attorney arrangement whether through self-dealing, embezzlement or unlawful gifting. If you have been a victim of power of attorney abuse, contact the law firm of Clark Skatoff PA. We will handle such matters on a contingency fee basis in the right case.

Real Estate Litigation

Real estate dealing can be complex matters with very time sensitive implications. The attorneys at Clark Skatoff PA, are experienced in real estate litigation matters including Florida partition, specific performance, reformation of deed and the improper titling of real estate.