CHARLES F. ROBINSON
is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
in Clearwater, Florida, who specializes in Elder Law, including asset
protection planning (Medicaid),
incapacity planning, veterans
benefits planning, disability planning, special needs planning, probate,
fiduciary services (trust and estate
administration). He is a
futurist with special focus on the
future of the legal profession.
Visit Charlie’s Blog: www.charlie-robinson.typepad.com
received his AA Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College and his BA and
JD degrees from the University of Florida.
Florida Bar Board
Certified Elder Law Attorney
for Veterans Benefits
Certified as a
Civil Circuit Court Mediator by the
Florida Supreme Court.
UPARC Foundation 2013
“Charlie Robinson is a community leader who exemplifies the passion,
integrity, and long-term commitment to the community of our founder, Dr.
William E. Hale, a brilliant light, carrying the torch of hope for all
the special members of our society and for all the most needy in our
world, a true Champion of Hope.”
“Charlie and Dr. Hale collaborated on projects in the community from
time to time and Dr. Hale would say, “Charlie, people don’t know how
much you have done for the elders in this community.” We think that’s a
very true statement. Charlie has made a phenomenal difference in our
community, our region, and our state, in the area of elder law and
special needs. He is a wealth of knowledge and quite willing to share
it, be it on a board or committee; by presenting at a meeting or
conference; or by involving himself in activities which serve to enhance
the lives of older persons and/or those with special needs. He is one of
this area’s strongest advocates for seniors and also a person with a
great heart and great personality. Much like Dr. Hale, no one can walk
away from Charlie not feeling respected and encouraged. He gives people
hope that all is not lost.”Honors and Awards
Charlie has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law in the
Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite.
Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Florida Bar Foundation.
Fellow of The College of Law Practice Management.
Charlie was awarded the Charlotte Brayer Public Service Award by The
Florida Bar Elder Law Section in 2006 for his outstanding contributions
to the elderly.
Charlie was a member of the special Public Policy Task Force that was
awarded the “Outstanding Member Award” by The Florida Bar Elder Law
Section in 2005.
was a member of the Medicaid Task Force that was awarded the
“Outstanding Member Award” by The Florida Bar Elder Law Section in 2004.
received the Judge E. Earl Zehmer Award from the Florida Bar for
contributions to legal technology exemplifying commitment to bring the
legal profession into the Information Age.
was named one of eight small firm Lawyers of the Year by the newspaper,
Lawyers Weekly USA.
was the recipient of the "Outstanding Member" award from the Florida
Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 1994.
Charlie has an AV Martindale Hubbell
Read about Charlie in Martindale Hubbell
Elder Law Presentations
PAST PRESENTATIONS 2012:
April 25,2013 - Florida Elder Law & Disability Forum at Suncoast
Hospice, Roosevelt Community Service Center by invitation only.
October 4 - 1 pm to 4 pm at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd.,
Clearwater, Florida 33760
- July 25 – Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust
Section at The Breakers on Palm Beach, Florida, “Drafting the
Durable Power of Attorney for the Elderly and Disabled Client.”
- July 27 – Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust
Section at The Breakers on Palm Beach, Florida, “Legislative Update
on Elder Law”.
- August 6 – Clearwater Bar, Webinar at 12:20 pm, “Future
of the Legal Profession.”
- May 30 - Florida Elder & Disability Law
Forum at Suncoast Hospice Roosevelt Community Service Center, by
Invitation Only, covering Elder Mediation, Social Security, Special
Needs Trusts, Medicare, and recent legislative changes related to
- June 15 - Texas Bar Law Practice
Management Section, Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention
Center in Houston, Texas - Trends vs. Cycles: Finding the Future of
the Legal Profession
- May 17 - Clearwater Bar Probate Section
Members Luncheon - What Estate Planners, Probate Attorneys and
Guardians Need to Know about the Medicaid Managed Care System
- March 20 - Guardian Association of
Pinellas County, Inc. members meeting at the Regal Palms Premier
Assisted Living center, 300 Lake Avenue NE, Largo, Florida, from
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – The New Florida Durable Power of Attorney
- April 25 - Suncoast Hospice “Elder Law Update”
5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, telephone 727-523-3435
- April 4 - Pinellas County Caregivers
meeting from 1 pm to 3 pm, at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt
Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, telephone 727-523-3435 – The New
Florida Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Health Care
Surrogate, and VA benefits, and Protecting your Resources.
Interested caregivers are invited to attend.
- February 9 - Elder & Disability Law Forum at
the Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, Florida – Medicaid Managed Care &
- January 27 - Alzheimer’s Support Group at
Neighborly Care in Largo, Florida - New income and Medicaid
qualification requirements for 2012, and Asset Protection Planning
- November 11– NAELA National Aging & Law
Institute – Boston, Mass. “Futurist Perspective on Development &
Evolution of Elder Law”
- September 22 - Tampa Bay Research Institute,
St. Petersburg –“Ten Critical Points About Elder Law in Fifty
- September 1 – Menorah Manor, St. Petersburg,
“Elder & Disability Law Forum”
- May 19, 2011 - Elder Law Forum at Regency Oaks
--– "Elder Law Update and Disability Law Update"
- April 27, 2011 - Dunedin Rotary at Dunedin
Country Club --– “Problems with Medicaid Reform”
- March 26, 2011—Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore---for
Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) "Medicaid Diversion
Waiver Update & Discussion"
- January 20 - Suncoast Estate Planning Council
at All Children’s Hospital -- "Medicaid and Veterans Affairs Update"
- January 12 - Emeritus at Beckett Lake ---“ELDER
LAW FORUM” featuring attorneys Charlie Robinson, Linda
Chamberlain, David Lillesand, Travis Finchum, and Steve Hitchcock.
- November 18 - Clearwater Bar Probate
Committee --- What Every Probate and Estate Planning Attorney Needs
to Know About Changes in Elder Law
- Nov 9, 2010
- Regal Palms of Largo --- VA Benefits “Beyond Aid & Attendance”
- March 21-
Town Hall at Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC) --- Planning
for Family Member with Special Needs --- Trusts & Trust Management
- Feb 10- All
Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg---Catastrophic
- Oct 6
World Wars Veterans, Belleair Bluffs,---Plan Ahead Incapacity,
22-PARC, St. Petersburg,---Future of Aging Services
17-Alzheimer’s Association, Palm Harbor---Medicaid Planning
16-Clearwater Bar, Elder Law Sect---Future of Elder Law
25-Florida Council on Aging (FCOA),---Future of Aging Services
31,2009-FL Real Property, Probate & Trust (RPPTL)---Legal Update
29-Rotary Foundation---Medicare/Medicaid Update
19-Alzheimer’s Association---Medicaid Planning
14-WEDU---Town Hall re Caregivers
16-Clearwater Bar RPPTL---Legislative Update-Elder Law
1-Aging Wisely, Clearwater---Elder Law
- Mar 10-NE
Baptist Church St Petersburg---Elder Law
- Mar 6-Saint
Petersburg College---Veterans Benefits
2-Stetson College Saint Petersburg---Elder Law
26-ALI-ABA Webcast Philadelphia---Elder Law
- Nov 13-Area
Agency on Aging---DRA Training
30-RPPTL Annual Meeting---Yours, Mine & Ours: Blended Families
8-Belleair Realty---Incapacity Planning
25-Estate Planning Council---Deficit Reduction Act (DRA)
14-Rotary Clearwater Beach---Medicaid Planning/Advance Directives
14-Watson Center for Visually Impaired---Medicaid Planning
22-Alzheimer’s Association Palm Harbor---Veterans Benefits
18-Probate Section Fla Bar---Elder Law Update
7-RPPTL---Elder Law DRA update
13-Stetson College---Moderator:--Elder Law Practice
27-Stetson College Saint Petersburg---Medicaid Planning
20-ElderLaw Answers, Web Seminar
15-Saint Petersburg Bar, Probate Sec---Medicaid Planning
14-Rotary Tampa---Medicaid Planning
20-Suncoast Alzheimer’s Association---Elder Law Issues
19-School Board Clearwater---Elder Law
- Feb 8-All
Children’s Hospital---Elder Law Seminar
- Dec 4-
Judges Seminar Clearwater---Role of Courts in Medicaid Planning
6-NAELA---Elder Law Issues
26-Suncoast Chapter Alzheimer’s Assoc---Medicaid
20-Stetson College---Elder Law
19-Stetson College-Professor Williams---Elder Law Issues
1-AmSouth Bank---Elder Law
- Sep 20-CBEL
Committee---Special Needs Trust
26-Fasano/Pruitt Senators Summit---Elder Law
- July 29-Fla
Geriatric Care Managers---Elder Issues
- July 26-UBS
- Nov 2-RPPTL
Florida Bar---Elder Law
21-Elder Law Section Bar---Elder Law
11-Florida ACTEC---Elder Law
2-Pinellas County Clerk---Elder Law
- November 17, 2010--- Estate Planning and
Probate Section of the Sarasota Bar at Hyatt Regency in Sarasota “Future of Law”
- Mar 2,
2009-Federation of Defendants in Scottsdale AZ---The Lawyer of
Elder Law Publications
Florida Bar Administration of Trusts in Florida (2d ed. 1999, 3rd
ed. 2001, 4th ed. 2005) "Medicaid Trust Administration" Chapter,
co-authored with Attorney Linda R. Chamberlain.
Directory of Resources for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders,
"Legal Considerations" by Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Area
Agency on Aging, 1992, 1994, 1999.
"Elder Law Defined" Martindale-Hubbell on line 1998.
Elder Law Activities
Appointed to Board of BayCare Alliant Hospital
Vice Chair of the Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council.
Member and Past Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section
Member of the Florida Medicaid Task Force.
Elder Law liaison to and a member of the Executive Council of the
Florida Bar Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.
Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Member of Florida Chapter of Elder Law Attorneys (FLEA).
Member of the
Elder Law Alliance.
Member of Elder Care
Member of Pinellas County Estate Planning Council.
Member of Clearwater Bar Elder Law Committee.
Member of National Advisory Committee on Caregiving at Life's End
for The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Served for three years as a member of the American Bar Association
Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly and continues to serve
as a liaison to the Commission from the American Bar Association Law
Practice Management Section.
Served on the Florida Guardianship Oversight Board from 1991 until
Facilitated the first planning retreat for the National Academy of
Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Member of the NAELA Board of Directors for four years.
Member of the steering committee of Project Grace, a
multidisciplinary think tank dealing with end of life decision
Lectures frequently in Florida and throughout the United States on
legal problems of the elderly and asset protection issues.
Charlie is an active advocate for the older person. He has written
numerous articles on issues dealing with legal problems of the elderly.
Practice Management Activities
of Trustees of The Fellows of the College of Law Practice Management
as a member of the American Bar Association Coordinating Commission on
Legal Technology 1989-1995
Past Chair of:
American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section
Florida Bar Practice Management and Technology Section
Law Office Management Advisory Committee (LOMAS)
Florida Bar Committee on Technology
Florida Bar Special Technology Advisory Committee (1996-1998) to
assess the technology needs of the Florida Bar and make
Consultant for law firms as a principal in Shuey Robinson. He
represents the viewpoint of the solo and small firm attorney.
Frequent lecturer at seminars in Florida and throughout the United
States on law practice management.
Numerous articles discussing technology in the law office.
Videos for both The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association on
technology in a law office.
Member of the Board of Directors of the local Area Agency on Aging
Pinellas-Pasco since 1989; Treasurer 2004; President 2005-2007.
Member of the Professionalism Committee for the 6th Circuit
appointed by the Chief Judge.
Member of the University of South Florida Suncoast Gerontology
Center's Development Board and the Institute on Aging Development
Planning Committee of the University of South Florida.
the Board of the Advocare Trust for Developmentally Disabled.
Past member of the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of
1984 graduate of Leadership Pinellas.
Charlie's bio as a futurist.