Yoshimi O. Smith

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Yoshimi O. Smith is a co-founding partner of the law firm of Beller Smith, P.L., located in Boca Raton, Florida. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, and business succession planning. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Hofstra University Law School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.

Ms. Smith is the co-vice chair of the Probate and Trust Law CLE Committee, co-vice chair of the Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee, and a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar (“RPPTL”).  Ms. Smith also serves on the Ad Hoc Fiduciary Licensing Committee, Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Probate Law and Procedure Committee, Probate and Trust Law Committee, and the Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course Committee of RPPTL.  She is chair of the Probate Committee for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Ms. Smith is rated an AV lawyer according to Martindale Hubble and has been named Top Up & Comer in South Florida by South Florida Legal Guide, Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who of American Women, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and Up and Comer in Florida Legal Elite.

Ms. Smith is a frequent speaker on tax and estate planning topics and has lectured and written on various trust and estate topics for the NYU Tax Institute, Florida State Bar, New York State Bar Association, Northwest Federal Tax Conference, Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council, Florida Legal Education Association, South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Collier County Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, Portland Tax Forum, National Business Institute, Matthew Bender, Leimberg Services, Thomson Reuters, local estate planning councils, various charities, community and professional organizations.

Awards and Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2019, Estate Planning and Probate
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2012, Woman of the Year Nominee
  • Florida Trend, 2010, Up and Comer Florida Legal Elite,
  • South Florida Legal Guide, 2009-2013, Top Up & Comer
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2012, Rising Star, Estate Planning and Probate
  • Avvo, Rating 10
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who of American Women

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Florida Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 2005 – Present
      • Executive Council Member, 2017 – Present
      • Probate and Trust Law CLE Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2017 – Present
      • Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2019 – Present
      • Member of Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course Committee, 2017 – Present
      • Member of Ad Hoc Fiduciary Licensing Committee 2018 – Present
      • Member of Professionalism and Ethics Committee 2018 – Present
      • Member of Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee, 2015 – Present
      • Member of Probate Law and Procedure Committee, 2015 – Present
      • Member of Probate and Trust Law Committee, 2015 – Present
    • Tax Law Section, 2005 – Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estates Law Section, 1998 – Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association, 1998 – 2002, 2017 – Present
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • Tax Law Committee, 2006 – Present
  • Probate and Guardianship Committee, Chair, 2006 – Present
  • Diversity Committee, 2013 – 2015

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Kids in Distress
    • Gala Committee, 2006 – 2007
  • Kids in New Directions (KIND)
    • Board of Directors, 2007 – 2009
    • Secretary, 2007 – 2009
  • Morikami Museum
    • Board of Trustees, 2009 – 2013
    • Planned Giving Committee, 2008 – 2011
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
    • Woman of the Year Nominee 2012
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County
    • Fundraising Advisor, 2017 – Present
  • V Foundation for Cancer Research
    • Annual Event Committee, 2019 – Present