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Jared Gelles

Main: 305.961.1450
Direct: 305.423.3973

Jared is a founder of the Firm and chairs the Firm's litigation department. He practices in State and Federal Courts and handles contested matters including will and trust contests, inheritance disputes, fiduciary litigation, elective share litigation, litigation of claims involving undue influence and lack of capacity, abuse of power of attorney, trust accountings, pay-on-death accounts, beneficiary designations, contested guardianships, real property litigation, life insurance litigation, and business litigation such as shareholder and employment disputes. Jared has served as the lead counsel in hundreds of inheritance disputes guiding heirs, beneficiaries, fiduciaries and families through the complex and often emotional process of resolving intra and inter family claims to generational wealth, including the loss of substantial gifts due to fraud, undue influence and lack of capacity. While Jared is a passionate litigator, he understands the value of confidential and pre-suit resolution of private family matters. Jared accepts cases on an hourly, blended and contingency fee basis.

Jared has lived in South Florida since 1970. He attended Miami Palmetto Sr. High School and Nova Southeastern University, where he was a member of the Nova Law Review and the Moot Court Society. Jared served for nearly a year as an intern to United States District Court Judge, Ursula Ungaro, before starting his career in the litigation department of Adorno & Yoss, P.A. Jared’s interests are family, his Weimaraners, and boating.

Areas of Practice

  • Will & Trust Contests, Including Fraud, Duress, Undue Influence and Lack of Capacity;
  • Contesting Last Minute Changes to Estate Plans and Unnatural Gifts;
  • Disputes Concerning Elective Share, Homestead and Creditor Claims;
  • Challenging and Defending Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements;
  • Recovery of Funds Taken from Vulnerable and Exploited Adults;
  • Life Estate Disputes;
  • Contested Guardianships;
  • Claims Arising Under Life Insurance, Pay-On-Death Accounts, Contested Beneficiary Designations; and,
  • Business and Real Property Litigation including Shareholder/Member Disputes, Investment Disputes, Priority of Secured Interests and Foreclosure of Commercial Loans.

Education

  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; J.D
    • Nova Law Review, Senior Articles Editor, 1992 – 1993
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; B.S. – 1988 With Honors
    • Major: Psychology / Minor: Business

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (ATLA)
  • Florida Bar, Litigation Section
  • Real Property Probate & Trust Law

Representative Clients / Industries

  • Thousands of Families, Estates, Trusts and Beneficiaries Involved in Inheritance Related Disputes
  • The Miami Heat
  • Miami Jewish Health Systems
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation (Holocaust Memorial Committee)
  • Motor Sports and Water Sports Industry, Including several Harley Davidson Dealerships
  • Windsor Capital

Past Employment Positions

  • Adorno & Yoss, P.A.: Associate Attorney, 1994 – 1997
  • Stolzenberg, Gelles & Zilber, P.A. and its successors: Partner, 1997 – 2000

Languages

  • English
  • Conversational Spanish