R. Craig Harrison

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in Sarasota, Florida

Lyons Beaudry & Harrison P.A.
R. Craig Harrison
Lyons Beaudry & Harrison P.A.

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Elder law; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1985

Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

Lyons Beaudry & Harrison P.A.

1605 Main St
Ste 1111
Sarasota, FL 34236 Visit website

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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

Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Elder law, Real estate: consumer

Focus areas

Will contests, Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Mortgage & refinance

  • 40% Estate & trust litigation
  • 40% Estate planning & probate
  • 10% Elder law
  • 10% Real estate: consumer

First Admitted: 1983, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://www.lyonsbeaudryharrison.com/attorneys/r-craig-harri...

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Florida Bar: Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directives Committee
  • CHAIRPERSON: FLORIDA GUARDIANSHIP LAW AND GUARDIANSHIP ADVOCACY BENCH GUIDE:  PROPOSED OUTLINE IN RESPONSE TO RECOMMENDATION 6.1 OF THE JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT COUNCIL GUARDIANSHIP WORKGROUP FINAL REPORT, JUNE 2020 Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida BarGuardianship, Power of Attorney & Advance Directives Committee , 2020
  • Florida, 1985
  • Michigan, 1983
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • The Florida Bar
  • Probate and Trust Litigation Committee of the Florida Bar
  • President of the Sarasota Downtown Association
  • Director of the Sarasota Downtown Association
  • The Florida Bar:  Probate & Litigation Subcommittee
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • The Florida Bar:  Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive Committee
  • Board Certified as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law by The Florida Bar
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Blue Ribbon Committee
  • Aesthetic Task Force in Sarasota
Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, B.A., 1980
Honors/Awards:
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Trusts and Estates
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Trusts: TBE or Not TBE, The Florida Bar, 2013
  • The Article examines the historical analysis of Florida Statutes relating to the exploitation of the elderly and the newly enacted Financial Exploitation Injunction Statute and explores the crime, process and procedures under the Florida statutory provisions. , Author, Financial Exploitation Injunction, Probate & Pumpernickel Series, Trustees, Individual. Law Firms, Attorneys, 2018
  • The Article discusses the levels of diminished capacity, legal capacity, guardianship capacity and exploitation by use of powers of attorney,  access to and titling of bank accounts, and fiduciary relationship. , Author, Mental Capacity: 50 Shades of Gray Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: The Low Hanging Fruit, Probate & Pumpernickel Series, Trustees, Individual. Law Firms, Attorneys, 2016
  • The Article explores the revised Florida Exploitation criminal provisions which also impacts statutory provisions which impose civil liability for financial exploitation. , Author, PROTECTING THE ELDERLY FROM FINANICAL EXPLOITATION AND THE NEWLY REVISED EXPLOITATION STATUTE, Probate & Pumpernickel Series, Trustees, Individual. Law Firms, Attorneys, 2015
  • Part I of the Article published in June of 2014,  identifies the risks and potential perpetrators of the elderly with diminished capacity.  It discusses the limitation of the Courts to protect persons from diminished capacity from exploitation by undue influence.  It explores the definition of diminished capacity and the role of the attorney in representing a client with diminished capacity by review of Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA published Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity.   Part II of the Article, published in August of 2014,  describes the limited role of the Department of Children and Families in the protection of the elderly adult, the limitations in the criminal prosecutions for exploitation crimes and civil remedies,  and the attorney's role in protecting clients from exploitation by the use of trusts., Author, Protecting the Elderly from Financial Exploitation: The Dilemma and Solution, Part II, The Florida Bar Journal, Trustees, Individual. Law Firms, Attorneys, 2014
  • Part I of the Article published in June of 2014,  identifies the risks and potential perpetrators of the elderly with diminished capacity.  It discusses the limitation of the Courts to protect persons from diminished capacity from exploitation by undue influence.  It explores the definition of diminished capacity and the role of the attorney in representing a client with diminished capacity by review of Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA published Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity.   Part II of the Article, published in August of 2014,  describes the limited role of the Department of Children and Families in the protection of the elderly adult, the limitations in the criminal prosecutions for exploitation crimes and civil remedies,  and the attorney's role in protecting clients from exploitation by the use of trusts., Author, Protecting the Elderly from Financial Exploitation: The Dilemma and Solution, Part I, The Florida Bar Journal, Trustees, Individual. Law Firms, Attorneys, 2014
  • "Homestead — The Post-Death Spousal Disclaimer: A Cure for a Constitutionally Prohibited Devise," The Florida Bar Journal, April 1996
  • "Fundamentals of Will Drafting," NBI Institute, May 2011
  • "Using Living Trusts and Powers of Attorney as Estate Planning Tools," NBI Institute, May 2011
  • Homestead: the Post-Death Spousal Disclaimer: A Cure for the Constitutionally Prohibited Devise, The Florida Bar, 1993

Office location for R. Craig Harrison

1605 Main St
Ste 1111
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-366-3282

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8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

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