William Battle McQueen

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida

Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP
William Battle McQueen
Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1988

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP

100 2nd Avenue South
Suite 900
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Visit website


Attorney William B. McQueen is a founding partner of Legacy Protection Lawyers in St. Petersburg, Florida. A certified public accountant and board certified in wills, trusts and estates by The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. McQueen has more than 33 years of experience. He provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout his region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Estate and Business Exit Planning

·       Asset Protection

·       Probate and Trust Administration

As an attorney and a CPA, Mr. McQueen utilizes the full extent of his wide and varied background as an entrepreneur, consultant and even former funeral director to help his clients make the best-informed decisions regarding what will happen to them and their assets in the future. As such, he is able to provide unmatched representation regarding wealth transfer, business exit planning, and asset protection, and he has achieved remarkable success helping his clients achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek efficiently and cost-effectively.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. McQueen is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell and has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo, and his firm has been voted Best Business of 2018 by Three Best Rated.

A 1983 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, Mr. McQueen worked as a CPA at a prominent accounting firm while attending the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor with high honors in 1987. 

Mr. McQueen also received his associate degree in funeral services from St. Petersburg College in 1994 and helped his siblings run their family-owned funeral home for 16 years. He received his Master of Law in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013.

He is a member of The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Section and the American Bar Association's Estate Planning Section, a past president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and past president of the Suncoast Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of WealthCounsel, among his other professional affiliations.  Mr. McQueen is a Board Certified Specialist in Wills, Trusts & Estates by the Florida Bar.

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Practice areas

Estate planning & probate, Business/corporate

Focus areas

Estate planning, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations, Contracts, Business organizations

  • 70% Estate planning & probate
  • 30% Business/corporate

First Admitted: 1988, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.legacyprotectionlawyers.com/our-team/william-bat...

  • , St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Leadership Award, Recipient
  • West Coast Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award, Recipient
  • https://legacyprotectionlawyers.com/team/our-team/bill-mcqueen, Top Rated - 10.0, Avvo, 2014
  • https://legacyprotectionlawyers.com/blog/id/844/best-lawyers-2019, Best Lawyers in America - Trusts & Estates, US News & World Report, 2019
  • https://legacyprotectionlawyers.com/team/our-team/bill-mcqueen, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2014
  • https://legacyprotectionlawyers.com/team/our-team/bill-mcqueen, Best Estate Planning Lawyers in St. Petersburg, Best Three Rated, 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Leadership St. Pete (Class of 1990)
  • Dragon Club (President & Director)
  • City of St. Petersburg Board of Adjustment (Member)
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club (Director & Secretary)
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Trustee)
  • I have served as a Trustee for the St. Petersburg YMCA from 2013-Present and currently chair the Philanthropy Committee, 2013
  • St. Raphael’s Catholic Church (Capital Campaign Chairman for new church)
  • I was the recipient of the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Leadership Award, 2011
  • I have been a member of the Board of Advisors of The Salvation Army - St. Petersburg since 2015 and currently serve as the Chair of their Finance Committee, 2015
  • I served as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Florida Orchestra from 2015 to 2018, 2015
  • I participated in the Lawyers for Literacy where I tutored a 3rd grade public school underprivileged child in reading in preparation for his standardized testing, 2018
  • I have been a Trustee of The Canterbury School of Florida Foundation since 2013 and currently serve as the Secretary for the Foundation, 2013
  • I was a recipient of the West Coast Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished Citizen Award for the City of St. Petersburg, 2005
Educational Background:
  • BS in Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1983
  • AS in Funeral Services, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1994
  • LL.M. in Estate Planning, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • I was the author of a case comment on Coastal Petroleum v American Cyanamid Co., 492 So. 2d 339 (Fla. 1986), which was published by the University of Florida Law Review in their Summer 1986 edition, Author, Real Property: Legal Estoppel and Sovereignty Lands - Rough Waters Ahead, University of Florida Law Review, 1986
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by The Florida Bar, 2019
  • I am a Certified Exit Planner (CExP) by the Business Enterprise Institute (BEI). This certification is given to individuals who demonstrate their expertise in exit planning for business owners, 2015
  • I have been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida since 1984. I still have an active CPA license, 1984
  • I obtained a LLM in Estate Planning from the Heckerling Program at the University of Miami School of Law, 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Suncoast Estate Planning Council (Past Director & Past President), 2023
  • The St. Petersburg Salvation Army (Trustee & Finance Chair)
  • The Florida Orchestra (Trustee)
  • National Funeral Directors Association
  • Cremation Association of North America
  • WealthCounsel
  • Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • American Bar Association (Elder Law and Estate Planning section)
  • The Florida Bar (The Real Property, Probate and Trust section)
  • Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer – State of Florida
  • I served as the President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2017 - 2018 association year, 2017
  • I served as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2004
  • I served as Vice-President of St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2016

Office location for William Battle McQueen

100 2nd Avenue South
Suite 900
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-471-5868


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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