Barry A. Nelson, a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax and Wills and Trusts and Estates Attorney, is a shareholder in the law firm of Nelson & Nelson, P.A. in North Miami Beach, Florida. He practices in the areas of tax, estate planning and administration, asset protection, fiduciary matters, partnerships and business law. He provides counsel to high net worth individuals and families focusing on income, estate and gift tax planning and assists business owners to most effectively pass their ownership interests from one generation to the next. He assists business owners, physicians and other professionals in tax, estate and asset protection planning. As the father of a child with autism, Mr. Nelson combines his legal skills with compassion and understanding in the preparation of Special Needs Trusts for children with disabilities.
Mr. Nelson has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1995 and was named their 2015 Miami Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.”He has been named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of less than 10 lawyers receiving the highest rating of “Band 1” in the Florida Estate Planning category from 2010-2015. In 2016, he was listed as “Band 1” in the inaugural edition of Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Mr. Nelson has been a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer for over 25 years. He has been listed as a top Florida attorney in Florida Super Lawyers since 2006 and in The South Florida Legal Guide since 2003.
Mr. Nelson is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and served as Chairman of its Asset Protection Committee from 2009-2012. He has published numerous articles in professional publications and he lectures extensively for professional organizations such as ACTEC, the Florida Bar, the University of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, the Southern Federal Tax Institute (SFTI) and the Florida Institute of CPAs.
As the Founding Chairman of the Asset Preservation Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar from 2004-2007 he introduced and coordinated a project to write a treatise authored by committee members entitled Asset Protection in Florida (Florida Bar CLE 2008, 4th Edition 2015). Mr. Nelson wrote Chapter 5 entitled “Homestead: Creditor Issues.”
Mr. Nelson served as an adjunct professor for the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Taxation program from 1998-2009 and as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Graduate Department of Accounting from 1978-1995. He is a past President of the Greater Miami Tax Institute.
Mr. Nelson is a co-founder and current Board Member of The Victory Center for Autism and Behavioral Challenges (a not-for-profit corporation) and served as Board Chairman from 2000-2008. He served as the Mayor of the Town of Golden Beach, Florida from 1993-1995.