Heather Boyer Samuels is an Elder Law attorney with Solkoff Legal, P.A. representing the elderly, the disabled, and their caregivers in all facets of Elder Law including Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Public Benefits, Estate Planning, Incapacity Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, Probate, and Trust Administration. As an attorney, Heather understands that her role is not only to be an advocate, but also to listen and counsel. With a background in feminism and civil rights, Heather embraces the importance of tikkun olam—a Hebrew phrase that means “heal the world”—a practice that requires the performance of “mitzvot” or good deeds, the exercise of social understanding and equality for everyone, and adherence to ethical practices to improve society as a whole.
Ms. Samuels graduated cum laude and within the top 20% of her class at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, and was an advocate with the Moot Court Society. While studying at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, she clerked at Solkoff Legal, P.A. and has therefore come full circle. Prior to law school, Ms. Samuels earned a Masters Degree in Women’s Studies and taught Women’s Studies classes at Florida Atlantic University, where she remains an adjunct professor. She is also a member of the Board of the South Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and a member of the Elder Law Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Solkoff Legal, P.A., Ms. Samuels worked as an associate attorney at an AV rated boutique litigation firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Although like many South Floridians Ms. Samuels is a New York native, she enjoys life in South Florida with her husband, Richard, a CPA, young daughter and son, and their two crazy Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Summer and Ruby.
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Attorney Scott Solkoff has worked together with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs on three significant projects designed to benefit Florida’s seniors. The first was the development of the Florida Guardianship Education Coalition which Mr. Solkoff co-chaired with the late Honorable Thomas E. Penick, Jr. The second was the development of a pooled special needs trust managed by a legislatively-created direct service organization. The trust is the first of its kind to provide legislatively-authorized protection for assets of persons with disabilities while also providing funding for indigent people who require otherwise cost-prohibitive guardianship. The third project is the housing of SHINE volunteers in the offices of Solkoff Legal, P.A.
Solkoff Legal, P.A. was selected as a counseling site where seniors can meet with trained volunteers who provide consumer guidance on Medicare and other insurance choices. Solkoff Legal, P.A. provides complimentary space and support services for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program. For more information on the SHINE program or to set an appointment with a SHINE representative, visit the SHINE website. The fact that the SHINE program meets in the law offices of Solkoff Legal, P.A. does not imply any legal advice or endorsement by Solkoff Legal, P.A. of advice provided by SHINE representatives and nor does this program infer any endorsement of Solkoff Legal, P.A. by the SHINE program or the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. This program is part of the charitable mission of Solkoff Legal, P.A.