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  Specializing in Elder Law
Florida Bar Board Certified
410 South Lincoln Avenue | Clearwater, Florida 33756-5826
Phone: 727.441.4516 |  E-mail:
ElderLaw@Charlie-Robinson.com

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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, and 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

Education

Charlie received his AA Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College and his BA and JD degrees from the University of Florida.

Professional Accreditations

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Accredited Attorney for Veterans Benefits
  • Certified Court-Appointed Arbitrator
  • Certified as a Civil Circuit Court Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.
  • Association of Professional Futurists

Special Honor

UPARC Foundation 2013

Champion of Hope
 

“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.
  • Charlie was a member of the Medicaid Task Force that was awarded the “Outstanding Member Award” by The Florida Bar Elder Law Section in 2004.
  • Charlie 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.
  • Charlie was named one of eight small firm Lawyers of the Year by the newspaper, Lawyers Weekly USA.
  • Charlie was the recipient of the "Outstanding Member" award from the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 1994.

Martindale Hubbell

Charlie has an AV Martindale Hubbell rating.
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 elders.
  • 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 statute.
  • 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 & Legislation
  • January 27 - Alzheimer’s Support Group at Neighborly Care in Largo, Florida - New income and Medicaid qualification requirements for 2012, and Asset Protection Planning for Medicaid.
2011:
  • 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 Minutes”
  • 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.
2010:
  • 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 Illness-Strategies 
2009
  • Oct 6  World Wars Veterans, Belleair Bluffs,---Plan Ahead Incapacity, Chronic Illness
  • Sept 22-PARC, St. Petersburg,---Future of Aging Services
  • Sept 17-Alzheimer’s Association, Palm Harbor---Medicaid Planning
  • Sept 16-Clearwater Bar, Elder Law Sect---Future of Elder Law
  • Aug 25-Florida Council on Aging (FCOA),---Future of Aging Services
  • July 31,2009-FL Real Property, Probate & Trust (RPPTL)---Legal Update
  • July 29-Rotary Foundation---Medicare/Medicaid Update
  • June 19-Alzheimer’s Association---Medicaid Planning
  • May 14-WEDU---Town Hall re Caregivers
  • Apr 16-Clearwater Bar RPPTL---Legislative Update-Elder Law
  • April 1-Aging Wisely, Clearwater---Elder Law
  • Mar 10-NE Baptist Church St Petersburg---Elder Law
  • Mar 6-Saint Petersburg College---Veterans Benefits
  • Mar 2-Stetson College Saint Petersburg---Elder Law
  • Jan 26-ALI-ABA Webcast Philadelphia---Elder Law
2008
  • Nov 13-Area Agency on Aging---DRA Training
  • Nov 6-RPPTL---Guardianships
  • May 30-RPPTL Annual Meeting---Yours, Mine & Ours: Blended Families
  • May 8-Belleair Realty---Incapacity Planning
  • Feb 25-Estate Planning Council---Deficit Reduction Act (DRA)
  • Feb 14-Rotary Clearwater Beach---Medicaid Planning/Advance Directives
  • Jan 14-Watson Center for Visually Impaired---Medicaid Planning
2007
  • Oct 22-Alzheimer’s Association Palm Harbor---Veterans Benefits
  • Oct 18-Probate Section Fla Bar---Elder Law Update
  • Aug 7-RPPTL---Elder Law DRA update
  • June 13-Stetson College---Moderator:--Elder Law Practice
  • Mar 27-Stetson College Saint Petersburg---Medicaid Planning
  • Mar 21-UPARC---Medicaid Planning
  • Mar 20-ElderLaw Answers, Web Seminar
  • Mar 15-Saint Petersburg Bar, Probate Sec---Medicaid Planning
  • Mar 14-Rotary Tampa---Medicaid Planning
  • Feb 20-Suncoast Alzheimer’s Association---Elder Law Issues
  • Feb 19-School Board Clearwater---Elder Law
  • Feb 8-All Children’s Hospital---Elder Law Seminar
2006
  • Dec 4- Judges Seminar Clearwater---Role of Courts in Medicaid Planning
  • Nov 6-NAELA---Elder Law Issues
  • Oct 26-Suncoast Chapter Alzheimer’s Assoc---Medicaid
  • Oct 20-Stetson College---­Elder Law
  • Oct 19-Stetson College-Professor Williams---Elder Law Issues
  • Oct 1-AmSouth Bank---Elder Law
  • Sep 20-CBEL Committee---Special Needs Trust
  • Sep 26-Fasano/Pruitt Senators Summit---Elder Law
  • July 29-Fla Geriatric Care Managers---Elder Issues
  • July 26-UBS Financial---Elder Law
2005
  • Nov 2-RPPTL Florida Bar---Elder Law
  • Sept 21-Elder Law Section Bar---Elder Law
  • Aug 11-Florida ACTEC---Elder Law
  • July 2-Pinellas County Clerk---Elder Law

Futurist Presentations

  • 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 Tomorrow

Elder Law Publications

  • The 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.
  • A 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 (1997-1998).
  • 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 Alliance.
  • 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 its termination.
  • 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 making.
  • 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

  • Board of Trustees of The Fellows of the College of Law Practice Management
  • Served as a member of the American Bar Association Coordinating Commission on Legal Technology 1989-1995

Past Chair of:

  • The American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section
  • The Florida Bar Practice Management and Technology Section
  • The Law Office Management Advisory Committee (LOMAS)
  • The Florida Bar Committee on Technology
  • The Florida Bar Special Technology Advisory Committee (1996-1998) to assess the technology needs of the Florida Bar and make recommendations

Consulting Activities

  • 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.

 Local Activities

  • 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.
  • Advisor to the Board of the Advocare Trust for Developmentally Disabled.
  • Past member of the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin.
  • 1984 graduate of Leadership Pinellas.

Charlie's bio as a futurist.

Updated 1/16/2011