About Stephanie M. Edwards
Stephanie Edwards founded Edwards Elder Law, P. A. to provide seniors,
veterans, and their families with the legal services they need to address
immediate care concerns, proactively plan for the future, and cope during
times of crisis.
Ms. Edwards decided to focus her practice exclusively on the needs of seniors,
veterans, and their families in part because of a personal experience.
The father of one of her dearest friends suddenly became ill and had to
be taken to the hospital. Within days, his condition worsened. He became
unconscious and had to be released to a hospice, where he passed away
after a few weeks.
The frustration, stress, and confusion inherent in this process took a
toll on Ms. Edwards' friend. After seeking advice from an attorney,
however, coping with the loss of his beloved father became easier to manage.
He no longer felt like he was bearing so many responsibilities and making
so many decisions alone. He now had someone to help him evaluate which
steps to take next and make sense of unfamiliar legal procedures.
Taking a Personal Approach to Addressing Elder Law Issues
Partly because of this experience, and partly because it is simply her
nature, Ms. Edwards takes a highly personal approach to the practice of
law. She understands what her clients are going through and takes the
time to listen closely and gain a thorough understanding of their unique
situations, needs, and goals. Only then does she devise a strategy or
plan to address her clients' concerns.
Ms. Edwards earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D.
from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. She earned
her LL.M. in elder law from the Stetson University College of Law.
Ms. Edwards is a member of the Florida State Bar elder law and real property,
probate, and trust sections; the St. Petersburg Bar Association probate
and guardianship section; and the Virginia State Bar. She is also a member
of leading professional organizations, including the National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys,
Elder Counsel and Wealth Counsel. In her spare time, Ms. Edwards enjoys
gardening, reading and playing with her cats.
Susan Bauer – Office Manager and Probate Paralegal
Susan is originally from Ohio and moved to Florida in 1997 to be closer
to her aging parents. She is an avid pickleball player, adores spending
time with her children and grandchildren, and is a lifelong Ohio State
Buckeyes fan. As our Office Manager and most senior team member, Susan
uses her knowledge and experience with the firm to help make sure the
office is running smoothly and that we have the necessary resources in
place to best take care of you.
In addition, Susan is our primary team member who assists our clients who
are going through the probate experience.
Susan can be reached at Susan@EdwardsElderLaw.com
Diane Dougherty – Client Services Manager
Diane is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida from New
Orleans in 2016. In her free time she loves traveling to learn about and
experience other cultures. She is also a serious Boston Red Sox fan. As
our Client Services Manager, Diane helps to make sure that we are responding
to your phone calls and questions in a timely manner and that we are keeping
you informed of community resources of interest and changes in the law
through our newsletters, website and Facebook page.
In addition, Diane is our primary team member who assists our clients putting
their estate plans in place or handling their family’s elder law needs.
Diane can be reached at
Jennifer Vaniglia – Client Services Coordinator
Jennifer hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Florida from Boston,
first to Miami and then to St. Petersburg in 2014. When she isn’t
doing Pilates, she spends her time cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning
and visiting her nieces and nephews in California. Jennifer is the friendly
voice you hear on the phone when you schedule an appointment and the warm
and welcoming person you see upon arriving at our office. Jennifer facilitates
getting answers to your questions about your appointments and homework
and helps to guide you in preparing for each visit to our office.
Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer@EdwardsElderLaw.com
Winston – Office Cat
We are not quite sure how long Winston has lived in St. Petersburg since
he just showed up at our office door one day wanting to work with us.
In his spare time, he enjoys napping and eating treats. Winston helps
our clients who are craving a little pet therapy.