Rose M. LaFemina

Rose M. La Femina is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate and trust litigation, and tax. Rose represents business owners, corporate executives, wealthy individuals and professionals and their families with a wide-range of estate planning issues.

Rose also represents individuals and corporate fiduciaries in probate and trust administration and litigation matters, including complicated tax planning available after a decedent’s death, settling will and trust disputes and resolving controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.

Rose acts as liaison between personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys and their clients in establishing special needs trusts for the supplemental needs of individuals while simultaneously preserving their public benefits eligibility.

She also works with non-traditional couples and families regarding the issues that gay and lesbian couples, as well as other individuals in nontraditional relationships, face including the legal complications associated with living together, adoption and separation.

Awards & Recognition

  • Board Certified in Wills, Trusts, and Estates Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2024 Listed in Florida for Trusts and Estates
  • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, “Top Lawyers,” Trusts and Estates, 2020-2023
  • Woman Leader in the Law 2020, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leadership Award 2020, Women of Tomorrow
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and The Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center 2010, 2012, and 2014 Recognized as one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County”
  • Business Leader Magazine 2012, Recognized as a “South Florida Women Extraordinaire”
  • 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer 2011, Recognized as “Woman of the Year”
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2008, Listed in Florida for Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, and Estate & Trust Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated

Published Work & Lectures

  • U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Speaker, “Estate Planning Pitfalls and Traps for the Unwary.”
  • Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Speaker, “Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples.”
  • Mellon Bank Private Wealth Management Group, Speaker, “Creative Planning With Low Interest Rates.”
  • The Financial Planning Association, Speaker, “Estate Planning for Non-traditional Couples.”
  • American Bar Association’s 16th Annual Real Property and Estate Planning Symposia, Speaker, “Estate Planning for the Non-traditional Family.”
  • Merrill Lynch Private Client Group, Speaker, “Unearthing Legal and Financial Strategies to Help Non-traditional Couples.”
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Author, Eleventh Edition, 2022
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Author, Tenth Edition, 2020
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Author, Ninth Edition, 2017
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Author, Eighth Edition, 2014
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Author, Seventh Edition, 2012
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Contributing Author, Sixth Edition, 2010
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Contributing Author, Fifth Edition, 2007
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Contributing Author, Fourth Edition, 2005
  • Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Contributing Author, Third Edition, 2002


  • The Florida Bar, Probate Law and Procedure Committee, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Miami Probate Law Sub-Committee, Past Chair
  • Women of Tomorrow, Scholarship Committee, Mentor
  • University of Miami School of Law, Graduate Program in Estate Planning, Advisor 1999-2010
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida, East Broward Auxiliary Member, Past Ball Committee Corporate Liaison, Past President