S. Dresden Brunner practices law in the areas of wills, trusts and estates. Her practice has been based in Naples, Florida since 1997 and serves clients throughout Florida and the United States.
Dresden concentrates her practice on matters relating to estate planning, estate and trust administration, all aspects of probate law, and related estate and gift tax matters.
P.O. Box 111575
Naples FL 34108
The scope of the Firm's services includes estate planning and trust formation and management and probate administration.
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.
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. She 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. 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 is 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.