Lauren A. Taylor is a Partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Private Client Services Practice Group.

Lauren focuses her practice on complex domestic and international estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related corporate and real estate matters. Lauren’s clients include high-net worth individuals, fiduciaries, closely-held businesses, charitable organizations, executives, and entrepreneurs.

Lauren’s practice includes wealth preservation, business succession and tax planning, revocable and irrevocable trusts, federal income, estate and gift taxation, judicial and nonjudicial modification and termination of irrevocable trusts, as well as pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Lauren helps clients reach their charitable goals by establishing private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations and providing ongoing operational and tax advice. 

Lauren has experience with family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, life insurance trusts and life insurance planning, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, sales to grantor trusts, multi-generation dynasty trusts, trusts for minors, homestead issues, and post-mortem estate planning, in addition to federal estate, gift, and fiduciary income tax returns.

Lauren represents personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries in probate and trust administrations, trust and estate litigation, will and trust contests, and estate tax controversy matters. Lauren has also represented public and private companies and individuals in a broad range of matters, including business, real estate, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts and on appeal.

Lauren is a frequent author of articles on trusts and estates issues and has been cited in the Trust & Estates Florida Bar treatises, Practice Under the Florida Probate Code and Litigation Under the Florida Probate Code. Lauren serves on the Board of After-School All-Stars, which partners with schools to provide free after-school and summer programs for underserved children in Tampa Bay.

Before private practice, Lauren completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Elizabeth A. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, where she served as a member of Florida Blue Key and as an editor of the Florida Law Review.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
    • Florida Law Review, Research Editor and Notes and Comments Editor
    • Book Awards in Legal Drafting and Income Tax of Estates and Trusts
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Volunteer, Tax Preparer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
    • Volunteer, Three Rivers Legal Services, Pro Se Family Law Clinic
  • University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration, B.S.B.A., Finance, 2008
    • Warrington Finance Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Florida state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional and Civic

  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Taxation Section
  • Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council, 2012-2013
  • Tampa Connection, Class of 2017
    • Alumni Committee
  • Board Member, After-School All-Stars Tampa Bay
    • Committee Chair, A-Club Committee
    • Member, Corporate Challenge Committee
  • Volunteer, Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2016-present
  • Volunteer, Hillsborough County Bar Association's Wills for Heroes, December 2015-present
  • Member, Junior League of Tampa, 2012-2014
  • Advocacy Chair, Relay for Life South Tampa, 2012-2013

News & Insights

News & Speaking Engagements

Publications

Accolades

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Estate & Probate, 2019, 2020, 2021

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