S. Dresden Brunner, P.A.

Firm Profile

        The scope of the Firm’s services includes estate planning and trust formation and management and probate administration.

Estate Planning
      
We will analyze the clients’ situation, make recommendations, and draft the necessary documents needed to put the plan into effect.  For unique estate planning situations, we also provide clients services regarding business entity formation.  An important part of this entire process involves ensuring that a client understands the meaning and effect of the documents signed. In response to major changes in the law or in a client's financial or family circumstances, we assist the client in making any necessary changes to his/her estate plan.

  Additionally,
we are often called upon by non-Florida attorneys to review documents from a Florida law perspective and assist clients with declaring Florida as their domicile.  We are knowledgeable on Florida's homestead law and provide services regarding obtaining and maintaining the benefits of Florida's Save our Homes assessment cap, particularly when it pertains to a residence held in a trust.  Additionally, we frequently co-counsel with firms which may not have a trust and estate practice.

Estate and Trust Administration

We
assist with the administration of estates and trusts, in advising personal representatives and trustees, advising the fiduciaries on distributions to beneficiaries, accounting to beneficiaries, administering trusts both post-death and continuing for the beneficiaries.  This Firm also advises beneficiaries on their rights concerning estates and trusts.  We handle non-adversarial matters that require judicial intervention for an estate or trust.  For adversarial matters, we will assist with settlement negotiations and work with co-counsel on litigation.

Whether the estate requires a full probate administration or a less formal settlement process, we are experienced in all aspects of estate administration.  We have also had experience with estate tax returns for non-resident aliens.  We have also served as Curator and as Administrator Ad Litem of probate estates. 

 

We co-counsel with out-of-state lawyers to assist with ancillary probate administrations.   

 

  We will work with accountants on the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns and decedents’ final income tax returns and consult with accountants regarding business entity planning for estate planning purposes.  We will assist our clients in finding counsel to assist with elder law issues such as special needs planning.
 
Client Service

We are committed to serving our clients with integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency.  As a small firm, S. Dresden Brunner, P.A. can quickly respond to clients’ needs, requests, and expectations; provide prompt and dependable service; and attend to those important details that provide client satisfaction.  We serve our clients with knowledge, perseverance, and care. Dresden is disciplined and committed to quality.

We meet with clients at the Premier Executive Center on Panther Lane in Naples, Florida.  We strive to make ourselves available to meet at the clients’ convenience and also offer personal services such providing courier services for transfer of documents with the client.

 


Professional Biography

        S. Dresden Brunner has authored law review articles and articles for The Florida Bar Journal and lectures on trust and estate issues to Florida lawyers, financial advisors, and accountants. Nominated by her colleagues for her commitment to her profession, community, and peers, she was recognized as a Leader in the Law 2016 by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. Dresden serves as an Executive Council member of The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.  In 2010, she received the Section's Rising Star Award.  Dresden is proud to have been the editor-in-chief of the Section’s magazine, ActionLine, and for which she received the Section’s 2007 Annual Service Award for dedicated and significantly outstanding service to the Section.  Dresden has been selected by her peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America listing since 2013.  The Firm has been ranked in the Best Law Firms in U.S. News & World Report since 2015. Dresden is past chair of the Collier County Bar Association’s Trust and Estate Section and served on the Board of Directors of the 
Collier County Women’s Bar Association for four years.  She participates in the Thomas S. Biggs Inns of Court and is an award-winning speaker in Toastmasters International and has served on the Planned Giving Committee for the Naples Shelter for Abused Women & Children.  She was a founding director of the private school, The Christian Classical Academy of Naples. Additionally, she has volunteered her legal talents through the Legal Aid Service of Collier County and the Florida Attorneys Savings Homes program. 

Dresden
received her B.A. from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky (summa cum laude) and her law degree from The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (summa cum laude), where she received the Outstanding Law Graduate award.

 

 

P.O. Box 111575, Naples, FL  34108

239-580-8104 Phone

dbrunner@dresdenbrunnerlaw.com

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