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Admitted:

  • The Florida Bar

Education:

  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Miami, B.A.

Affiliations:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Florida State Guardianship Association
  • The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Speaking  Engagements & Seminars

  • NBI Seminar: The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • Guest Lecturer at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Karen G. Nolan is an associate at the law firm of Wetherington Hamilton, P.A.  Her practice concentrates in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning, Special Needs Planning and Special Needs Trusts, Probate and Estate Administration, Trust Administration, Guardianship, Guardian Advocacy, Medicaid Asset Protection Planning, Long-term care planning and Elder Law.  She is presently on the Board of the Hillsborough Chapter of the Florida State Guardianship Association. Ms. Nolan has lectured at various statewide seminars regarding Trusts and Estate Administration for the National Business Institute and is currently a faculty member.  She has also been a speaker at various events including the Commercial Law League of America and Florida State Guardianship Association.  Additionally, Ms. Nolan has taught legal research and writing and wills, trusts and estate administration to paralegals and law students as an adjunct professor of legal studies and guest lecturer at Barry University School of Law. 

Ms. Nolan has prepared estate plans for families at all stages of life.  She has helped families plan for minor children; children with special needs, drug or mental health issues; and children from blended families.  She also has assisted clients with unique situations such as establishing pet trusts, protecting assets from divorce, and protecting business interests through buy-sell agreements and business succession planning. 

In probate and trust administrations, Ms. Nolan has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries across the state in a variety of matters, including administration of special needs trusts, qualified income trusts, and irrevocable trusts.  Other entities Ms. Nolan has represented include financial institutions in complex trust administration issues including sale and purchase of trust property, easement litigation, foreclosure, and title issues; and businesses as creditors in probate litigation and in independent civil actions such as breach of contract and fraudulent transfers.  She has also handled presumption of death cases in probate administrations. 

Ms. Nolan has represented family members and professional guardians in guardianship matters for minors, the elderly, and disabled.   More specifically, she has assisted families in protecting their elderly parents by establishing emergency temporary guardianships and filing injunctions for the exploitation of the elderly.   In addition, she has worked with families to protect their disabled children by handling matters such as guardian advocacy, maintaining government benefits, and responding to suspension of government benefits. 

She has also worked with family members in planning for long-term care for their elderly parents.  She has assisted clients with qualifying for the Medicaid institutionalized care program by establishing qualified income trusts, preparing personal care contracts and enhanced life estate deeds, and establishing special needs trusts. 

Ms. Nolan has been a member of various legal associations in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area including the Vassar B. Carlton Inn of Court and National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.  She is also a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Elder Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar. 

In her spare time, Ms. Nolan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, kayaking, and reading.

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