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L. Howard Payne


Born in New York City, New York, admitted to the New York Bar, 1959; admitted to the Florida Bar 1961. Howard lives in Anna Maria with his wife, Bendy.

He was selected for the 2006 & 2007 publications of Best Lawyers in America.  He was designated a “super lawyer” in the Tampa Bay area and part of the Legal Elite by Florida Trend.  



  • Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, Class of 1952

  • Yale University, B.A. 1956

  • Cornell University Law School, LL.B. 1959

  • Chartered Life Underwriter

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


  • State of New York Bar

  • State of Florida Bar

  • Manatee & Sarasota County Bar Associations

  • Southwest Florida and Manatee Estate Planning Council

  • Chair-Insurance Committee of the Real Property, Probate and

       Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar

  • Chair-Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Committee of the Florida Bar (1997-1998)

  • Member Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (2000-2007)

  • Florida Bar Certified in both Tax Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates

  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell

  • Best Lawyers/Super Lawyers

 Practice Areas:

  • Corporate/Partnership

  • Estate Planning

  • Probate

  • Tax

 Community Involvement:

  • Anna Maria Charter Review Committee

  • Volunteer for Manasota Legal Aid

  • Seminars on wealth & estate planning for local organizations

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