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Rachel Drude-Tomori

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC
525 1st Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-390-3377
Fax: 941-954-9992
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018
Licensed in Florida Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (40%), Administrative Law (20%), Business/Corporate (20%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Rachel Drude-Tomori is a partner at the law firm of Berlin Patten Ebling PLLC in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Drude-Tomori is head of the firm’s probate and trust administration department and handles matters involving estate planning, advance directives, business succession planning, long-term care planning, probate administration, trust administration, trust preparation, will contests and will preparation. She represents clients in the St. Petersburg area and throughout Florida.

Ms. Drude-Tomori has over a decade of legal experience and has created estate plans for a wide variety of individuals and their families. She is known for providing valuable advice designed to help her clients protect their assets and meet their estate planning goals. 

Recognized for her legal contributions, Ms. Drude-Tomori is the recipient of several awards from groups, including the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the National Alliance of Women in Law and the American Institute of Legal Advocates. She frequently authors and speaks on estate planning topics for professional groups and publications.

Additionally, Ms. Drude-Tomori has served as chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association probate & guardianship section and on the association’s executive committee. She is a member of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and the American Bar Association. She volunteers her time to the Community Law Program Housing Clinic and pro bono cases.

In 2005, Ms. Drude-Tomori graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans. She went on to earn her law degree and a Master of Laws degree in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law. She is qualified to practice law before all Florida state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. 

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Administrative Law
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Will Contests

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018

About Rachel Drude-Tomori

First Admitted: 2008, Florida

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Middle District of Florida, 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Rachel was nominated and appointed to serve on the Executive Board for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2019
  • Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section)
  • Rachel was selected by her peers to serve as Administrator for the Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Elder Law Inn of Court, 2018
  • Rachel was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Probate & Guardianship Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2018
  • Rachel served on the Editorial Board for the Paraclete Magazine for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2017
  • Rachel was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Probate & Guardianship Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2017
  • Rachel served on the Editorial Board for the Paraclete Magazine for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2016
  • Rachel served on the Editorial Board for the Paraclete Magazine for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Rachel graduated in the top 5% of her class with an LL.M. (Master of Laws) Degree in Estate Planning from the prestigious University of Miami School of Law Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, 2009

Educational Background

  • Estate Planning LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, University of Miami School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2005
  • B.A., Louisiana Tech University; Athletic Scholarship, 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Are you still using the same old "vanilla" trust for all of your estate planning clients? Are you still forcing clients into antiquated "A/B" trust plans when there is no real estate tax benefit? Do you want to set yourself apart from your peers but find that estate planning software lacks creative drafting options? Do you ask the right questions to ensure that the plan you create is custom-tailored to address your client's unique family dynamics and estate planning goals? During this one-hour presentation, Rachel Drude-Tomori will share her method of creating exceptional estate plans that really work and go above and beyond the industry standard. She will share stories about solving unique planning challenges, and, best of all, sample provisions that you can incorporate into your documents to provide exceptional service to all of your estate planning clients, Keynote Speaker, Creating Exceptional Estate Plans: Drafting Tools & Tips, Pinellas County Estate Planning Council & Clearwater Bar Association, Attorneys, CPAs, Trust Companies, 2019
  • 2-page feature article regarding common mistakes made by attorneys when drafting and utilizing powers of attorney, Author, Power of Attorney Pitfalls & Pointers, Paraclete Magazine, St. Petersburg Bar Association, Attorneys, 2018
  • 1-hour presentation on estate planning pitfalls and pointers, Keynote Speaker, 7 Deadly Estate Planning Mistakes, Suncoast Credit Union, Downtown St. Petersburg, Clients Of Credit Union, 2019
  • 2-hour presentation on the importance of estate planning, Keynote Speaker, Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Sequoia Financial & Charles Schwab, St. Petersburg, Financial Advisors & Their Clients, 2019
  • 2-hour presentation on the importance of estate planning, Keynote Speaker, Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Sequoia Financial & Charles Schwab, Tampa, Financial Advisors & Their Clients, 2019
  • 2-hour presentation on the importance of estate planning, Keynote Speaker, Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Sequoia Financial & Charles Schwab, Winter Park, Financial Advisors & Their Clients, 2019

Honors/Awards

  • Rachel received the "Rockin' Chair" Award for exemplary service and leadership as Chair of the Probate & Guardianship Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Rockin' Chair Award, St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2019
  • , Super Lawyer 2021, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Rachel led her firm of 19 people to win 1st Place in the May 2019 Wellness Month Challenge sponsored by the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Firm Wellness Challenge Award - Large Firm, St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2019
  • Rachel was named a Top 40 Young Lawyer in Estate Planning in the State of Florida by the National Alliance of Women in Law, Top 40 Young Lawyer, National Alliance of Women in Law, 2019
  • Rachel was honored with the Speaker Achievement Award 2018-2019 for St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284, Speaker Achievement Award 2018-2019, Toastmasters, 2019
  • Rachel placed 2nd in the Humorous Speech Contest for St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284, Humorous Speech Contest 2019, Toastmasters, 2019
  • Rachel was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate Planning for 2018, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Rachel was named an Elite Advocate 2018 in the field of Estate Planning by the American Institute of Legal Advocates, Elite Advocate Estate Planning, American Institute of Legal Advocates, 2018
  • Rachel was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate Planning for 2017, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Rachel has contributed more than 40 hours of pro bono service on a case-by-case basis, 2019
  • Rachel regularly volunteers for the Community Law Program Housing Service in Pinellas County, Florida, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Treasurer, St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284, 2019
  • Club Sponsor for Allstate Toastmasters Corporate Club, 2019
  • Treasurer, St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284, 2018

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Probate & Trust Law
  • Real Property
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
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Office Location for Rachel Drude-Tomori

525 1st Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-390-3377

Fax: 941-954-9992

Last Updated: 5/11/2021

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