Erik P. Shuman Attorney At Law

Erik P. Shuman - Attorney at Law

Private Client Services Section Chair

Melbourne Managing Shareholder

T 321-727-8100
F 321-984-4122
Melbourne 1795 West NASA Blvd. Melbourne, Florida 32901

T 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690
Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801

T 561-368-3808
F 561-368-4008
Boca Raton One Boca Place 2255 Glades Road Suite 301E Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Erik practices in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, trusts and estates, elder law, and Medicaid planning in the firm’s Melbourne, Orlando, and Boca Raton offices. His experience includes:

  • Tax-sensitive estate planning, including the preparation of wills, health care proxies, durable general powers of attorney and trusts for a variety of needs (revocable trusts, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts, QTIPS, QDOTS, minor's trusts and life insurance trusts)
  • Comprehensive probate, guardianship and trust administration guidance
  • Charitable giving, including the use of charitable trusts and other planned giving techniques; premarital planning; and planning for families that include a family member with special needs
  • The structuring of settlements in probate, personal injury cases and other litigation to continue the qualification of a needy or disabled person for public benefits
  • Evaluation of financing options for long-term nursing home care, including Medicaid planning
  • Education
    • Emory University, B.A. (1989)
    • University of Florida, J.D. (1993)
    • University of Stockholm Law School International Program
  • Admissions
    • Florida
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
    • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, Member
    • The Florida Bar
      • Elder Law Section, Member
      • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
      • Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration Committee, Arbitrator
      • Grievance Committee of 18th Circuit Judicial Court, Past Chair
      • Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee "A", 18th Circuit Judicial Court, Past Chair
    • The Brevard County Estate Planning Council
    • The Brevard County Bar Association
    • The American Bar Association
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2011, 2014-2022
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007, 2012-2014, 2018-2020
    • Chief Judge Award, Brevard County Bar Association, 2015
    • Brevard Bar Association's Professionalism Award, 2004
  • Civic
    • Health First Foundation, Planned Gift Advisory Council
    • Daily Bread, Professional Advisory Board
    • Community Foundation for Brevard, Board of Directors; Past Chair
    • Space Coast Guardianship Association, Past Board Member
    • Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Past Board Member
    • Florida State Guardianship Association, Member
    • Promise in Brevard, Board Member
  • Articles & Publications
    • "You Can't Take It With You, So Plan Your Estate Carefully," Wealth Care, LLC, Medical Economics, April 10, 2012
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • "ABLE Accounts: Is it Right For My Family Member?" Down Syndrome Association of Brevard, June 10, 2020
    • "Special Needs Trust: The Basics," Down Syndrome Association of Brevard, May 13, 2020
    • "Keep the Golden Years Golden: Vulnerabilities and Risk Mitigation When Serving the Elderly: Risk Management & License Law Forum," National Association of Realtors 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, November 4, 2016
    • “Estate Planning for Parents and Guardians of a Person with a Disability,” Brevard Achievement Center (BAC), Rockledge, Florida, June 17, 2015