About Our Attorneys

CHARLES O. MORGAN, JR.

Charles Morgan is a Miami-born lawyer, practicing in wills, estate planning, trusts, sports law, corporate and charitable planning. He began his practice with a tax firm in Coral Gables, and in 1983, began his own firm in North Miami. In April 2015, he relocated to Coral Gables. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for both legal ability and professional excellence.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate and Tax Matters

Court Admissions

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Third District Court of Appeal
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • S. Supreme Court
  • S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • S. Tax Court

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    M. Taxation (Cum Laude)
    Honors:  Research Associate Fellowship
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    D. (Cum Laude)
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
    BA (Business and Economics)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • The Simon Daro Dawidowicz Humanitarian and Arts Award (1991)

Professional Associations, Memberships and Activities

  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Florida Bar, Member
  • Tax Section, Florida Bar, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • University of Miami, Estate Planning Council (2000-present)
  • Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida – Advisory Council (2016-present)
  • S. Senate Finance Committee for proposed non-profit tax reform legislation, Legal Expert (2011-2013)

Charitable Activities

  • Orange Bowl Committee, Miami, Florida – Member (1993-present)
  • Billy Graham Association (1984-present)
    Executive Committee
    Board of Directors
    Audit Committee, Chairman (1984-2016)
  • Christian Legal Society, Springfield, Virginia – Board of Trustees (1996-2000)
  • Worldwide Publications, Los Angeles, California – Board of Directors (1993-2016)
  • Don Shula Foundation, Inc., for breast cancer research- Executive Director and Trustee (1989-2013)
  • Project R.A.R.E. (Save the Reefs) – Board of Directors (1995-2000)
  • The Chatlos Foundation, Longwood, Florida – Board of Trustees (1978-present)
  • “Money $ense” weekly talk-show radio program – Co-Host (1995-2003)
  • La Gorce Country Club – Membership Committee (1996-2016)
  • Morgan Music Company – Vice President (1965- 1996)
  • Bay Point Property Owners Association – Director and President (1975-1984)
  • Cove Charitable Trust Fund – Trustee (2000-2016)
  • Blue Ridge Broadcasting Co. – Board of Directors (1990-2016)
  • Graham Fund – Trustee (2001-2016)
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – Member (2000-2010)
  • Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee – Chairman, Team Host (1994)
  • Super Bowl XXXII Teams Committee – Co-Chairman, Team Host (1997-1998)
  • Attorney for various charitable and civic organizations

LAURA M. HORTON

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Laura Morgan Horton has been practicing law since 1990. She specializes in estate planning, focusing on the specific needs of each client in the preparation of wills and trusts. Advance directives are an important component in financial, medical and privacy areas. Clients are encouraged to name qualified individuals to act on their behalf to make decisions for them when they are unable to make decisions for themselves. Anyone holding assets in his or her own name is subject to a long and expensive probate administration. With careful planning, guardianship and/or probate administration may be avoided. Having served as executive director of a community foundation, she is also able to advise clients when they express interest in utilizing charitable gifting as part of their overall estate plan.

Laura also represents clients in various real estate and corporate matters.

  • Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Charitable Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1990

Education

  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    D., 1990
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
    BA (Political Science and Literature), 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member – serving pro bono clients with their estate planning needs 

Charitable Activities

  • Orange Bowl Committee, Miami, Florida – Member (2002-present) – serving on various subcommittees for community impact including Girls Sports
  • Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida – Advisory Council (2016-present)
  • Junior Orange Bowl – serving on subcommittees
  • First Tee – volunteer and community outreach for girls golf
  • “Shoes for the Unshoed” – community outreach to collect shoes for the Women and Children’s Shelter at the Miami Rescue Mission
  • Miami Children’s Theater – volunteer and contributor
  • Blue Missions Group – contributor toward water and sanitation projects and programs in the Dominican Republic
  • Coral Gables Elementary – former PTA President
  • Christian Legal Society, Springfield, Virginia – Board of Trustees (1996-1999)
  • Don Shula Foundation, Inc., for breast cancer research – Corporate Secretary (1989-2013)
  • “Money $ense” weekly talk-show radio program – Producer (1995-2003)

Carmen Alpizar HellmanCARMEN ALPIZAR HELLMAN

Carmen A. Hellman was born and raised in Miami, Florida. For the past 14 years, she has focused her practice on assisting clients in planning and protecting their assets during and after life with an emphasis on preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, corporate creation and structuring, and pre and post nuptial agreements. Her unique approach to the prompt resolution of present conflict and the minimization of future conflict is the result of her vast experience as a trial attorney having served as lead counsel in both state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida for over 22 years as well as handling arbitrations and mediations. She brings a new perspective to drafting documents, having seen how documents are interpreted in a court of law.

Her peers have recognized her as a “Top Lawyer” in the South Florida Legal Guide (2008-2018). She was also listed in the July 2010 edition of Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the area of Civil Trial.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
    Middle District of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court
    Southern District of Florida, 2005

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
    St. Petersburg, FL, Juris Doctor, 1996
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
    Bachelor of Arts, 1993

Certifications

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified   Mediator (Circuit Civil, 2011)

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
    (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Family Law Section, and Real Property and Probate Section)
  • Dade County Bar Association
    (ADR Mediation and Probate and Guardianship Sections)

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish
Estate Planning in Coral Gables Florida

Morgan Horton Law

Charles O. Morgan, Jr., PA

2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 900
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-624-0011

Charles O. Morgan, Jr. – cmorgan@cmorganlaw.net
Laura M. Horton – morganhortonlaw@gmail.com

Estate Planning in Coral Gables Florida