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Associate Attorney - Private Wealth

Jones Foster is seeking a qualified tax and estate planning attorney with 3 to 6 years of relevant experience to join the firm’s West Palm Beach office. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic team of attorneys in the firm's Private Wealth, Trusts & Estates and Corporate & Tax practice groups.

The ideal candidate will have broad experience in all areas of trusts, estates, guardianship, and transfer taxes. The attorney will represent clients in the administration of trusts and estates, and prepare probate pleadings and related legal matters affecting Jones Foster, P.A. The attorney will work on a wide variety of cases and possess exemplary communication and analytical skills, attention to detail, strong project management experience, and the ability to effectively manage time and handle multiple projects.

Required skills/abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of legal language and principles, research methods, court pleadings and processes, and other related matters.
  • Ability to perform tasks utilizing legal office software such as document management and billing software. Experience in Coyote is a plus.
  • Full proficiency with advanced, multifunction word processing software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and PDF programs).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team is essential.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and analyzing wills and trust agreements, estate settlement matters, trust real estate matters, homestead issues, trust and estate litigation, and complex trust/fiduciary legal issues
  • Reviewing and analyzing other legal documents such as post-nuptial agreements, disclaimers, settlement agreements, consents, waivers, etc.
  • Analyzing proposals to modify or terminate trusts in order to assess the legal risks
  • Advocating on behalf of clients by understanding their needs, effectively analyzing the situation, and forming a strategy for a plan of action
  • Drafting wills, trusts, power of attorney, and other legal documents
  • Attending court proceedings as needed to represent clients
  • Meeting with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects
  • Conducting research on legal issues associated with cases
  • Preparing Florida Probate pleadings and other documents for sophisticated trust and estate administration matters
  • Preparing tax-related memos
  • Reviewing initial drafts of trust and estate-related tax returns, including Forms 706 and 709 prepared by the paralegal

Education and experience:

  • Possess an outstanding academic record with a JD from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admitted to and in good standing with the Florida Bar Association.
  • Three (3) to six (6) years of relevant experience.
  • LL.M is required.

Jones Foster extends employment only to those who have the qualifications for a long-term career. We offer competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants should submit their resume and salary requirements in confidence to Edwin A. Ratka, Executive Director, at eratka@jonesfoster.com.

Attorney - Corporate

Jones Foster is seeking an experienced Corporate Attorney with outstanding negotiation and communication skills and in-depth transactional knowledge of multiple areas of law. As a lateral hire, the candidate should have a transferable book of business. The person in this position will consult and handle various corporate legal processes such as intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, financial/securities offerings, compliance issues, transactions, agreements, lawsuits, and patents. The candidate must be an organized, detail-oriented professional who possesses the ability to work independently in a fast-paced legal environment. 

Must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be in good standing with The Florida Bar. 

The ideal candidate will have strong decision-making capabilities, a high level of independent judgment, and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. The candidate must have a proven track record of strong legal research, writing, and analytical skills.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Consulting and handling all corporate legal processes (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, compliance issues, transactions, and agreements)
  • Structuring, drafting, and reviewing reports and other legal documents.
  • Assessing legal rights and legal risk of various company structures, and making recommendations for corporate, joint venture, limited partnership, and limited liability company options. 
  • Performing complex legal research and extensive due diligence
  • Evaluating current and new projects, partnerships, mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions for potential legal issues
  • Giving legal advice to clients on corporate governance, policies, procedures, finances, intellectual property, employment, operations, and regulatory issues, and guiding them toward best practices in corporate law regulation compliance.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and modifying contracts, government and financial reports, process and procedure policies, and other legal documents as required. 
  • Negotiating on the client’s behalf to create, modify, and execute deals.
  • Providing legal counsel during legal proceedings, administrative board reviews, and litigations when necessary
  • Meeting with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects.
  • Providing legal advice and support to Jones Foster management team on a range of corporate governance matters, including corporate records, documents, and entities
  • Working closely with Jones Foster mergers and acquisitions team on corporate transactions, including due diligence, negation, and documentation
  • Researching and analyzing statutes, regulations, legal articles, judicial decisions, and other legal sources; providing written analysis to attorneys
  • Developing and maintaining records regarding billable hours spent on specific cases

Education and experience:

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing with The Florida Bar
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in corporate law
  • Strong knowledge of corporate governance, including corporate records, documents, and entities
  • Strong understanding of regulatory filings and compliance requirements
  • Experience with corporate mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence, negotiations, and documentation
  • Proven background in corporate law
  • Full proficiency with advanced, multifunction word processing software including Microsoft Office Suites (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and PDF programs) or related software

Jones Foster provides a team-oriented working environment with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested applicants should submit their resume and salary requirements in confidence to Edwin A. Ratka, Executive Director, at eratka@jonesfoster.com.

Attorney – Private Wealth

Jones Foster is seeking a qualified tax and estate planning attorney with an LL.M degree in Taxation with at least five (5) years of relevant experience to join the firm’s West Palm Beach office. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic team of attorneys in the firm’s Private Wealth, Trust & Estates, and Corporate & Tax practice groups.

The ideal candidate will have broad experience in all areas of trusts, estates, guardianship, and transfer taxes and portability business could be a plus. The senior attorney will represent clients in the administration of trusts and estates, and prepare probate pleadings and related legal matters affecting Jones Foster, P.A. The attorney will work on a wide variety of cases and possess exemplary communication and analytical skills, attention to detail, strong project management experience, and the ability to effectively manage time and handle multiple projects.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Understanding of legal language and principles, research methods, court pleadings and processes, and other related matters
  • Ability to perform tasks utilizing legal office software such as document management and billing software
  • Full proficiency with advanced, multifunction word processing software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and PDF programs).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Ability to work independently and within a team is essential

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and analyzing wills and trust agreements, estate settlement matters, trust real estate matters, homestead issues, trust and estate litigation, and complex trust/fiduciary legal issues
  • Reviewing and analyzing other legal documents such as post-nuptial agreements, disclaimers, settlement agreements, consents, waivers, etc.
  • Analyzing proposals to modify or terminate trusts in order to assess the legal risks.
  • Advocating on behalf of clients by understanding their needs, effectively analyzing the situation, and forming a strategy for a plan of action
  • Drafting wills, trusts, power of attorney, and other legal documents
  • Attending court proceedings as needed to represent clients
  • Meeting with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects
  • Conducting research on legal issues associated with cases
  • Preparing Florida Probate pleadings and other documents for sophisticated trust and estate administration matters
  • Preparing tax-related memos
  • Reviewing initial drafts of trust and estate-related tax returns, including Forms 706 and 709 prepared by the paralegal

Education and Experience

  • Possess an outstanding academic record with a JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Admitted to and in good standing with the Florida Bar Association
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience
  • LL.M in taxation is required

Jones Foster extends employment only to those who have the qualifications for a long-term career. We offer competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants should submit their resume and salary requirements in confidence to Edwin A. Ratka, Executive Director, at eratka@jonesfoster.com

Thank you for your interest in Jones Foster. Our Firm is always looking to speak to talented partners and associates considering a lateral move. 

If you are interested in a career at Jones Foster, please send your resume and inquiry to Edwin A. Ratka, Executive Director, at eratka@jonesfoster.com.