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Matthew Shapiro
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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.

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Matthew Shapiro’s Blog
The Rights of a Surviving Spouse: Part Two
The second of several rights enjoyed by a surviving spouse (absent a proper, formal waiver) is that of “family allowance.”  Family allowance is the concept that the surviving spouse and certain “lineal heirs” of the decedent the are entitled to money during probate administration.  The policy behind family allowance is to private ongoing financial support, for those who need it, while a decedent’s assets are tied up in probate.  Read More
The Rights of a Surviving Spouse: Part One
Clients and their children are often shocked to learn that a surviving spouse has certain minimum rights to the deceased spouse’s property under Florida law.  These rights exist by virtue of marriage and can only be waived in a very particular manner.  They include the right to inheritance as a “pretermitted spouse, family allowance, elective share, homestead, and preference in appointment as personal representative.  For part one of this multi-part blog, I will address the concept of a pretermitted spouse and family allowance. Read More
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