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legal protections for your modern family

Important milestones in life, such as settling down with the person you love or starting a family, often come with important legal implications. No matter what stage of your life you find yourself entering, sound legal advice can help protect your rights and assets.

Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA was founded in 2001 to serve the unique legal needs of the modern Florida family, and is guided by these four principles:

  • We listen to our clients' concerns and intentions with respect and responsiveness.
  • We help our clients explore their options, and provide guidance through an unfamiliar legal landscape.
  • We provide creative, conscious lawyering, and when needed, vigorous advocacy.
  • We value compassion, quality, and peace of mind.


nationwide marriage equality is here!

On June 26, 2015, the two-year anniversary of the decision in US v. Windsor, and the twelve-year anniversary of the Lawrence v. Texas decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that

"The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State."

- SCOTUS in Obergefell v. Hodges (click to download in PDF)


For more information on what this decision means for you and your family, please visit:

Elizabeth will be appearing at an event being held by Equality Florida to discuss the ruling and what it means for LGBT families in Florida and elsewhere.

Miami Beach Equality Connection
Tuesday, July 21, 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
6900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

To RSVP to this event, please CLICK HERE.


marriage equality arrives in Florida

On January 1st, Federal district court Judge Robert L. Hinkle confirmed his earlier marriage ruling in the case Grimsley and Albu v. Scott et al., clarifying that clerks of ALL Florida counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after his stay expires end of day January 5th. His order also instructed all state and local agencies that they must recognize any same-sex couple that was legally married in another state or country as being legally married under Florida law, and that any protections and rights afforded to such spouses must also be available to such married same-sex couples. On January 5, 2015, Judge Sarah Zabel, of the 11th Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County, lifted the stay on the order she had issued in July, 2014 in our case Pareto v. Ruvin, which found the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The plaintiffs in the case, along with other residents of the county, were able to obtain their marriage licenses immediately afterward, and two of the plaintiff couples were wed shortly thereafter by Judge Zabel herself.

What does this mean for your relationship? Click here to learn more.


miami-dade expands human rights protections

Miami-Dade County Commission updates Human Rights Ordinance to include protections against discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression

Thanks to the hard work of grassroots organizations including SAVE, residents of Miami-Dade County are now covered by a more inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. Thanks to Commissioners Barreiro, Edmonson, Heyman, Jordan, Levine Cava, Monestime, Sosa, and Suarez for recognizing that all citizens deserve to feel safe and respected in their hometown.

Click here to read more about the commission's vote.

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