A Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney of Osborne & Osborne, P.A.
Admitted to the practice of law in Florida in 1995, Amy J. Fanzlaw is a Florida elder law and estate planning attorney who focuses her practice exclusively on wills and trusts; estate planning; nursing home, Medicaid, and long-term care planning; guardianships; disability planning, including special needs trusts; asset protection, wealth preservation, and business succession planning; and estate and trust administration.
Honors & Awards
Ms. Fanzlaw has distinguished herself as a Florida elder law attorney by becoming one of only nine attorneys out of nearly 94,000 attorneys who is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert and specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates and in Elder Law. She has been chosen as a Florida Super Lawyer® “Rising Star” for three straight years, and she is rated as a “10” for “Superb” on Avvo.com. She has also been awarded an AV “Preeminent” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating afforded an attorney.
As a past president of the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ms. Fanzlaw served with other attorney leaders and judges on the Florida Leadership Council, which is a state-wide liaison group advising and assisting more than 38 local chapters of the American Inns of Court in Florida. She is a founding charter member of the South Palm Beach Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers and served as its first membership director. She has also served two terms as a member of The Florida Bar Probate Rules committee. She is currently a member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); South Palm Beach County Bar Association, where she is a member of the Probate and Guardianship Committee; and Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Education & Experience
While a student at Stetson University, Ms. Fanzlaw studied at the United Nations and served as the only student member of the 1991 Florida gubernatorial inaugural committee (Chiles/MacKay). She received her law degree with honors from Stetson University College of Law, where she was a research assistant for Professor Peter F. Lake; interned with The Honorable Elizabeth Kovachevich of the United States District Court of the Middle District of Florida; and served as editor-in-chief of the Stetson Law Review, a prestigious honor that only a handful of law students earn.
Prior to joining Osborne & Osborne, P.A., Ms. Fanzlaw served as a staff attorney to The Honorable Bobby W. Gunther (Chief Judge, ret.) of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, Florida; The Honorable David Gersten (Chief Judge, ret.) of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida; and The Honorable John H. Peay (ret.) of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a Florida elder law and estate planning attorney, Ms. Fanzlaw is dedicated to helping individuals with personalized estate planning that is appropriate for their unique needs, particularly individuals with disabilities or those facing long-term care options, and to assisting families and beneficiaries through trust and estate administration during what is often a difficult time following a loved one’s death. Her compassion, commitment to legal excellence, and genuine fondness of people make her successful in these endeavors. The qualities that make her a successful Florida elder law and estate planning attorney are also evident in her commitment to the community, as she is active in her church community in Boca Raton and a local alumni chapter of Delta Delta Delta. She has appeared as a Florida elder law and estate planning attorney expert on “On the Money! With Steve Pomeranz” airing on National Public Radio.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, Gator football, cooking, and kickboxing.