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Our Attorneys

Matthew Shapiro


Practice Areas

Real Property
Condominiums & HOA
Civil and Business Litigation
Business & Corporate Law
Wills, Trusts, & Probate

Meet Matthew Shapiro

A native of Ormond Beach, Mr. Shapiro is a proud graduate of Seabreeze High School. Mr. Shapiro received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Florida International University where he finished ranked in the top ten in his class. As a law student, he was an associate member of his school’s law review and had the honor of having his comment selected for publication. He also served as a teaching assistant for his law school’s legal research and writing program; was an intern at the Fifth District Court of Appeal; and was the recipient of book awards in Estate Planning, Legal Research and Writing, and Employment Law.

At Rice Law Firm, Mr. Shapiro has a comprehensive wills, trusts, and estates practice where he brings value to his clients as an experienced and respected drafter, administrator and litigator. His goal is always to help his clients preserve and protect what they have worked so hard to acquire. In addition, Mr. Shapiro handles a wide range of property matters including condominium and HOA law, landlord / tenant relationships, and actions relating to real property.

Mr. Shapiro has been a guest speaker on several occasions including PlanStrongTV with David Holland, The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Power Hour, and several workshops hosted by the Small Business Development Center.

Mr. Shapiro is an active member of the community serving on the Ormond Beach Neighborhood Improvement Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors for the Dunn Blount Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Mr. Shapiro also served multi-year terms as general counsel for the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Volusia Young Professionals Group. He is a graduate of Ormond Beach Leadership IX and Daytona Beach Leadership XXXIII.

Matthew Shapiro's Blog

As an attorney practicing probate administration in Daytona Beach, Florida, I often encounter clients who move here from other parts of the country, leaving behind property in different states. This scenario frequently necessitates ancillary administration, a crucial process for efficiently handling an out-of-state decedent's assets. Here's a comprehensive guide to understanding ancillary administration and its significance in probate, along with how establishing a trust can streamline this process.
The passing of a loved one is always a difficult time, and dealing with the legal complexities that follow can make it even more challenging. One of the key aspects that often comes into play is whether the deceased died testate or intestate. These terms might sound technical, but understanding them can significantly ease the process of managing an estate, especially in Florida.