Stacy B. Rubel, Esq.


Stacy B. Rubel, a partner at The Virgil Law Firm, was born and raised in Miami prior to attending the University of Florida for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Rubel obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Criminology, with a minor in Education, and received her J.D. from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.


During the summer following her first year of law school, Ms. Rubel interned at the Dade County Legal Aid Society. During the summer following her second year of law school, Ms. Rubel clerked for both the Honorable Judge Norman Gerstein and the Honorable Judge Ellen Leesfield in Miami. While in law school, Ms. Rubel also interned with Three Rivers Legal Services in Gainesville and with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Unit.


Ms. Rubel concentrates her practice on Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation, as well as Guardianship Administration and Litigation. She represents personal representatives, trustees, guardians (both professional and non-professional), beneficiaries and creditors in probate, trust and guardianship matters. She litigates adversary claims including, but not limited to, will contests, disputes over appointment of fiduciaries, removal of fiduciaries, breaches of fiduciary obligations, tortious interference with right of expectancy, elective share disputes, and elderly exploitation.


Education

J.D., University of Florida, Levin College of Law, 2010 B.A., University of Florida, 2007

cum laude


Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeFlorida, 2010

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014


Professional & Bar Association Memberships


The Florida Bar


Honors


Rising Star, Estate & Trust Litigation, Super Lawyers, 2017


Fellow, Florida Fellows Institute, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), 2016-2017


Legal Luminary- Probate & Estate Planning, Dade County Bar Association, 2016


Fellow, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2015- 2017

Rising Star Award, Dade County Bar Association, 2014 AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Articles, Publications, and Lectures


"Is My Judgment in Your Best Interest? How Decisions Are MAde in Guardianships and Suggested Reform" - The Florida Bar Journal - January/February 2019


ActionLine, a publication of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, “Delayed Discovery Doctrine: How Long Does a Litigant Have to Bring an Undue Influence Claim?” Fall 2018


RPPTL, Attorney Trust Officer Conference “Case Law Update” August 2018, Palm Beach


ActionLine, “RPPTL Fellowship: ActionLine Interview With Former Section Fellow, Stacy Rubel” Summer 2018


RPPTL, “Journey Through the Florida Guardianship Galaxy Seminar “Liftoff: To File or Not to File?” April 2018 (written materials only)


RPPTL, Florida Bar Litigation and Trust Law Symposium “The Post-Mortem Trust Litigation” March 2018


RPPTL, Probate & Trust Litigation Committee Meeting “Delayed Discovery Doctrine and Undue Influence” February 2018


DCBA, You Be The Judge Seminar “Probate & Civil Procedure/Motion to Dismiss” August 2017

"Smoking Out the Facts: Medical Marijuana and Fiduciaries" – RPPTL Guardianship Seminar, 2017


"Probate Litigation 101" – Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference, 2017


“The Shifting Landscape of Guardianship Law: Three Consecutive Years of Changes” The Florida Bar Journal, September 2016


"Estate Planners - Are You Planning for the Post-Death Fight?" –

ActionLine, Summer 2016


"Probate Case Summaries" – ActionLine, Summer 2016


“Reasonably Ascertainable Creditors in Probate” – ActionLine, Winter 2015


“Avoiding the Wire-Tapped Necktie – Legal Ethics in Probate & Guardianship” CLE Presentation through Dade County Bar Association, March 2010


“Probate and Guardianship – A View from the Bench and Bar” CLE Presentation through Dade County Bar Association and Legal Aid, Put Something Back, March 2010

Appellate Opinions


Samuel H. Hall, Jr., and Yassin S. Hall v. Elsa Emily Hall, etc. - Third District Court of Appeal Opinion (April 27, 2016)


Patricia Sukonik v. Holly Wallack - Third District Court of Appeal Opinion (October 14, 2015)