Ellen S. Morris, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Elder Law Associates PA. She was admitted to practice law in Florida in 1990. She devotes all of her professional time to elder and special needs law transactions and litigation, including guardianship litigation, fiduciary litigation, will contests and nursing home residents’ rights litigation, as well as wills, trusts and advance directives, Medicaid and disability planning including preparation of applicable trusts, guardianship, asset preservation planning, and estate and trust administration.
She has been named consistently to Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite since 2007 and as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide. Ms. Morris was chosen by her peers as a Florida Super Lawyer consistently since 2009 and recognized as a Palm Beach Illustrated Top Attorney in Palm Beach & Martin counties. Additionally, she was the 2008 Florida Bar Elder Law Section “Member of the Year.” Ms. Morris has an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating afforded an attorney, and a 10.0 (Excellent) Avvo rating.
Ms. Morris is a double Gator, with both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida! She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for Dade County, Fla., under the direction of State Attorney Janet Reno.
Ms. Morris is currently the co-chair of the Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled on the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA). Previously, she was the chairperson of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar for six years and held every executive legislative council position as well as many committee chair positions. She also served as co-chair of the Elder Law Section of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.
In all of these roles, Ms. Morris participates in elder and special needs law-related legislative initiatives, devoting much of her time to analyzing new rules and updated regulations affecting seniors, those with disabilities and their families who require government services and protection.
Ms. Morris has also been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter, SOS Children’s Village, Jewish Family Services located in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Florida State Guardianship Association and Junior Achievement. She is a Washington Club and Congressional Club member of AIPAC.
Ms. Morris frequently lectures on elder law and special needs topics. She was an instructor for Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS). She was featured in the Palm Beach Post’s Moving Up section for her developing elder law and special needs practice and has been quoted in the Palm Beach Post, Wealth (Reuters), Sun-Sentinel and ABC News online. She has authored numerous articles for a variety of publications, including an article for The Elder Law Advocate entitled, “4th DCA affirms a finding of undue influence as a reason to invalidate advance directives.”
For more information about Ms. Morris and Elder Law Associates PA, please visit www.elderlawassociates.com or call 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850. At Elder Law Associates, we give families peace of mind.