V.J. Alvarez & Associates, P.A.

Delivering effective legal solutions for 31 years

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Firm Overview

An ever-changing business environment continually presents new challenges for businesses of any size. At V.J. Alvarez & Associates, P.A., I, Victoria Alvarez, provide sound counsel and high-quality, cost-effective transactional and litigation services to businesses in Tampa, Florida and nationwide. I have been helping businesses achieve success and individuals accomplish their estate planning and probate goals for 31 years.

I believe in establishing a solid relationship with each and every client. I understand that everyone has different needs, and I am ready to safeguard your legal transaction, whether you are forming a business, managing your estate, filing a will with Florida probate court or seeking help with tax planning for your business. I educate you about your particular legal matter so you can make informed decisions. Together, we determine how best to achieve your goals, no matter how complex.

Protecting your interests from start to finish:
From initial consultation to the final resolution of your legal matter, you receive hands-on, highly focused and personal attention. I am here to assist you with all legal issues, including:

Estate planning and probate - Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate, I assist with wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills and probate matters so you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your business in case of an accident, disability, illness or death.

Business law - Whether you are forming a business, exploring a new business opportunity or settling a contract dispute, I provide the sound counsel and transactional and litigation services your business requires to succeed.

Taxation law - If you or your business is in immediate trouble with taxes or if you need assistance in planning to avoid trouble, I am ready to help.

Keeping you out of the courtroom:
I believe that future problems can be prevented if strong contracts are drafted at the start - and that is what I do. I also review contracts you already have for potential problems. I look for ways to reduce the chances of your business being sued. I can also protect your business and resolve any disputes in lawsuits using my strong negotiation and litigation skills.

Successfully serving businesses in Tampa, Florida:
V.J. Alvarez & Associates, P.A. represents individuals and businesses of all sizes in Tampa, Florida and throughout the nation.

Victoria Alvarez has earned the respect of both clients and peers and has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell - a distinction signifying particularly outstanding legal work, professionalism and ethical standards.
Main Office

Main Office
1202 North Armenia Avenue
Tampa  FL  33607

Phone
  • (813) 835-1955
Fax
  • (813) 835-0744
Estate Planning
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I am Victoria Alvarez and I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Drafting your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

The process of probate:
I apply my extensive knowledge about Florida probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. I assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the probate court in Florida
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuating the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes:
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, I represent your interests. I have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries.

Victoria J. Alvarez

Vickie Alvarez has practiced law in the taxation and business areas her entire legal career. In private law practice, Vickie's experience has ranged from sophisticated estate and asset protection planning to general business and tax representation of all types of entities.

Vickie received her Master of Laws in Taxation in 1985 and her Juris Doctor in 1981 from the University of Florida. She received her Master of Science in Accounting (summa cum laude) in 1979 and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (magna cum laude) in 1978 from the University of Miami. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979.

Vickie is a member of the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She participates and has served in several leadership positions in various local professional organizations, including the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hispanic Professional Women's Association and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She has also participated in leadership positions in several community organizations, including Francis House, Inc., a respite day center for people with AIDS, and on the Advisory Board of Women in Film/Central Florida,Inc.

Vickie's practice is concentrated in the areas of personal tax, estate and asset protection planning, probate, and general corporate and business formation, operations and taxation.

Admitted to Tax Court 1986, United States District Court 1982, Middle District Florida 1982, Florida Bar 1982, Certified Public Accountant 1979.

President Ex-Officio 1991-92, President 1990-91, President-Elect 1989-90, Treasurer 1988-89, 1987-88 Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Admitted:1982, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1986, U.S. Tax Court

Law School: University of Florida, J.D

Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Tax and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections); Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Biography: Certified Public Accountant, Florida, 1979. Florida Civil Law Notary, 2010.

Born:Havana, Cuba, 1957

Languages: English and Spanish
Education
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate

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