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R. Craig Harrison

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Lyons Beaudry & Harrison P.A.
1605 Main St, Ste 1111
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-366-3282
Fax: 941-954-1484
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Real Estate: Consumer
Attorney Profile

Board certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education in estate planning and probate, R. Craig Harrison is an attorney at Lyons, Beaudry & Harrison, P.A. For those in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, and throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties, he handles legal matters related to probate and estate administration, elder law, trust and estate planning litigation, guardianship, real estate, real estate litigation and civil litigation.

Mr. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1980 and obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1993. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Michigan and is a member of The Florida Bar, the State Bar of Michigan, the Sarasota County Bar Association and The Florida Bar’s Probate and Trust Litigation Committee. He has published several written pieces on estate planning and wills and trusts for The Florida Bar Journal and the NBI Institute.

In legal matters such as inheritance disputes, trust and fiduciary litigation, health care directives and living wills, powers of attorney and wealth management, Mr. Harrison has a long history of success and a wealth of knowledge to offer his clients.

For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Trusts and Estates for his skilled representation and successful results. Actively involved in his community, he serves on Sarasota’s Aesthetic Task Force and Blue Ribbon Committee. He is also the Sarasota Downtown Association’s director and former president.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Elder Law
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Mortgage & Refinance


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About R. Craig Harrison

First Admitted: 1983, Michigan

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Aesthetic Task Force in Sarasota
  • Blue Ribbon Committee

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Director of the Sarasota Downtown Association
  • President of the Sarasota Downtown Association
  • Probate and Trust Litigation Committee of the Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Michigan, 1983
  • Florida, 1985
  • The Florida Bar:  Probate & Litigation Subcommittee, 2005
  • The Florida Bar: Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directives Committee, 2014


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Trusts and Estates

Educational Background

  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, B.A., 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Using Living Trusts and Powers of Attorney as Estate Planning Tools," NBI Institute, May 2011
  • "Fundamentals of Will Drafting," NBI Institute, May 2011
  • "Homestead — The Post-Death Spousal Disclaimer: A Cure for a Constitutionally Prohibited Devise," The Florida Bar Journal, April 1996
  • Homestead: the Post-Death Spousal Disclaimer: A Cure for the Constitutionally Prohibited Devise, The Florida Bar, 1993
  • Author, Trusts: TBE or Not TBE, The Florida Bar, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law by The Florida Bar, 2010
  • The Florida Bar:  Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive Committee, 2014
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Office Location for R. Craig Harrison

1605 Main St
Ste 1111
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-366-3282

Fax: 941-954-1484

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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