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Florida Bar Certified and Nationally Certified Elder Law Lawyer Joseph S. Karp

Florida Elder LawEstate Planning Lawyer Joseph S. Karp





Mr. Karp is among the few Florida attorneys who have earned double certification in elder law. He has been practicing law in Florida since 1977 and has advised and assisted thousands of families. His credentials include:


  • Certified Elder Law Specialist, the Florida Bar

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation (the only organization authorized by the American Bar Association to confer this credential.)

  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated, the highest ranking for professional expertise and ethical conduct

  • Licensed to practice in Florida and New York

  • Member, Florida Bar Elder Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

  • Past President and Charter Member, American Association of Trust, Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys

  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Member, Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association 

  • AVVO rated 10.0 of 10.0 (superb)

  • Accredited Attorney for Claims Preparation, Presentation & Prosecution, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator

  • Named SuperLawyer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 by Thomson Reuters. This distinction is based on outstanding professional achievement and peer recognition, and awarded to only 5% of Florida lawyers.

  • Florida Trend 2015 Legal Elite

  • Recipient of the Florida Bar's Award for Meritorious Service to the Public in connection with his efforts to protect the public from the unlicensed practice of law. 

  • Member of Advisory Council, Alzheimer's Association -Southeast Florida Chapter.  (Board of Directors, 2004-2012). 

  • Admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, all New York state courts, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

  • American Red Cross Lifetime Legacy Award, 2008

  • Community involvement: Mr. Karp has been guest speaker for numerous professional, civic and social organizations, including the Palm Beach-Martin County Estate Planning Council; the International Association of Financial Planners; the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County chapters of the Florida Paralegal Association; the Palm Beach County Attorney's Office; the Alzheimer's Alliance Educational Conference; New England Financial Life, and many more.  He has appeared on television and radio locally and nationally, including Jim Barry's Financial Freedomon public television; Talking Law with Oliver Harris; and Anita Finley's STARS radio program.

    He has been quoted in newspapers regionally and nationally, including the Palm Beach Post, South Florida Business Journal, and Boston Globe. Mr. Karp is a regular contributor to Boomer Times and Senior Life magazine. He has taught courses for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the National Business Institute, and served as a guest panelist at various educational forums, including the Etta Ress Center for Lifetime Learning.

    He and The Karp Law Firm have contributed time and money to numerous local civic causes, including the Walk to End Alzheimer's, Race for the Cure, and the Palm Beach County Special Olympics. In 2013 the firm was named the Palm Beach County Special Olympics "Volunteer Group of the Year."

  • Rutgers University, '69

  • Brooklyn Law School, '74

  • Mr. Karp's legal career began as an Assistant District Attorney in The Bronx, New York, and then as a Public Defender in Palm Beach County, Florida. He credits his work as a prosecuting attorney and defense attorney for helping him learn to listen to all sides of a story -- a skill essential to effectively serving clients.  Understanding family members' goals, hopes and fears is a prerequisite to developing an effective legal plan for any family. Mr. Karp is married and has two sons.

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