RACHEL DRUDE-TOMORI, LL.M.
Rachel impressed me from the very beginning. You often go into a consultation with trepidation that your best interest won’t be the priority. Not so with Rachel- there is an immediate warmth in her approach, and she takes time to listen. From that point her knowledge just shines through. To have a lawyer that clearly cares and clearly knows her business- is a huge peace of mind.
RACHEL DRUDE-TOMORI, LL.M.
Rachel Drude-Tomori is a named partner with the firm specializing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law. She consistently has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate Planning by Super Lawyers Magazine, a distinction received by only 2.5% of attorneys in Florida. Among numerous honors, Rachel has served as Chair for the Probate Section for the St. Petersburg Bar Association and was awarded the 2019 Rockin’ Chair award for her leadership and fundraising achievements. Recently, she was appointed to the Executive Committee for the St. Petersburg Bar Association.
Rachel frequently assists individuals and business owners in protecting their legacies from government and creditor interference. She has developed estate plans for business owners, corporate executives, wealthy individuals, and professionals and their families with a wide range of estate planning objectives. She also develops estate plans for modest estates aiming to avoid probate and secure financial stability for loved ones. She takes a holistic approach to estate planning and is known in the industry for her creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
In addition to Estate Planning, Rachel practices in the following areas: Probate Administration, Trust Administration, Probate and Trust Litigation, Will Contests, Business Succession Planning, and Elder Law (including Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning). Specifically, Rachel frequently assists clients facing complicated questions about how to meet the health care and financial needs of their elderly loved ones. Through her community outreach, she has established trusted community resources that assist when a loved one is ready to transition from home to an assisted living or nursing home care.
Rachel offers 30-minute complimentary consultations for first-time clients and makes house and hospital calls upon request.
Rachel Drude-Tomori is a Partner with the firm specializing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law.
ESTATE & BUSINESS PLANNING SERVICES
- Will Preparation
- Trust Formation & Funding
- Revocable Trusts
- Irrevocable Trusts
- Dynasty Trusts
- Family Trusts
- Lady Bird Deeds
- Supplemental Needs Trusts
- Medicaid Eligibility Planning
- Charitable Trusts and Donative Planning
- Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs)
- Business Succession Planning
- Family Limited Partnerships
- Limited Liability Companies
- Intra-Family Loans & Installment Sales
- Homestead & Real Estate Issues
Educational Background & Training
Rachel has more than a decade of experience in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law. Rachel earned a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning. Rachel also received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami, graduating Cum Laude. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, where she majored in English & Writing, receiving the University’s highest award for Excellence in Writing and admission into the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.
During her studies at the University of Miami School of Law, Rachel was an active member of the Honor Society of Bar and Gavel, as well as the Editorial Board of the International & Comparative Law Review. She contributed to the law school newspaper, the Res Ipsa Loquitur, as Lifestyle Editor & Staff Writer, served as Project Leader for HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts), and traveled to Leipzig, Germany to present her original paper and presentation, “U.S. Succession Law and the Case for Testamentary Freedom.” Rachel consistently made the Dean’s List and received the Book Awards for Partnership Tax and Legal Elements.
Rachel is a member of the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Previously she served on the Editorial Board for the Paraclete Magazine, frequently publishing articles on the topics of Estate Planning and Wellness for Legal Professionals. Other literary accomplishments include: contributions to Thomson Reuters Westaw’s Practical Law attorney content; contributions and probate case summaries for ActionLine (Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section); contributions to BNA Tax Management Portfolios; original article “Incorporating Art & Collectibles Into Your Estate Plan,” IT. Italian Trade Magazine, December 2010; Editorial Board for the New Orleans Literary Review.
University of Miami School of Law
J.D., LL.M. | Estate Planning
2005 – 2009
Activities and Societies: Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning; Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, Cum Laude; Honor Society of Bar and Gavel; Editorial Board of the International & Comparative Law Review; Lifestyle Editor & Staff Writer of the Res Ipsa Loquitur; Project Leader for HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts); Dean’s List; Book Awards: Partnership Tax and Legal Elements.
Loyola University New Orleans
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) | English & Creative Writing
2003 – 2005
Activities and Societies: 2005 Award of Excellence in Writing – Department of English.
Honors and Awards
Executive Committee for the St. Petersburg Bar Association
Probate Section Chair for the St. Petersburg Bar Association
Administrator for the Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Elder Law Inn of Court
Top 40 Young Lawyer in Estate Planning 2019, National Alliance of Women in Law
Elite Advocate, American Institute of Legal Advocates 2018
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017, Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018, Super Lawyers Magazine
Treasurer for St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284
Professional Associations and Memberships
Chair of the Probate Section for the St. Petersburg Bar Association