Judy-Ann Smith, BSN, MS, JD, RN

My passion as an attorney is being able to help people. When I help people resolve their legal issues that is the most rewarding aspect of the work I do. I also have an empathetic and compassionate side and I am willing to listen to my clients’ issues, to get a deeper understanding of what they would like to achieve and accomplish.  Most importantly, I am an assertive advocate for all my clients and I will fight for what is fair and just according to the laws of the land.

  • Member Florida Bar Association
  • Member of Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Member Florida Bar Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Member Florida Bar Elder Law Section
  • Member Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member D.W. Perkins Bar Association

Speaking Engagements/Presentations

CLE – August 29, 2017 – National Business Institute (NBI) – Course on Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide, Jacksonville, Florida. Topics – Key laws and client intake/goal setting and transfers during life and inter-vivos trusts.

CLE – March 19, 2018 – National Business Institute (NBI) – Course on Probate: The Probate Process from start to finish., Gainesville Florida. Topics – Initial Filing in Probate Court and Estate Timeline and Law of Intestate Succession. 

CLE – October 04, 2018-October 05, 2018 – National Business Institute (NBI) – Course on Probate: 30 Steps to Perfect Probate. Orlando, Florida. Topics – Probate Process Overview and First Steps and Executor Strategies.

CLE – February 27, 2019 – ProLawCLE – Course on Estate Planning: Draft Estate Planning Documents with these Practical Techniques.

CLE – August 16, 2019 – National Business Institute (NBI) – Course on Probate: The Probate Process from start to finish., Jacksonville Florida. Topics – Filing and Estate in Probate Court and Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative in Probate.



Paige Poole Poechmann, Esquire

Paige has been practicing law in Florida since 2006.  Paige was born in Jacksonville, Florida and has been a Florida resident for most of her life.  She spent the bulk of her legal career in her family’s law firm in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where she practiced estate planning, probate, family law and divorce, real estate law, business law, and general civil litigation.  She joined the Judy Ann Smith Law Firm in February 2019 and shares the values of attorney Judy-Ann Smith of helping people resolve their legal issues and minimizing conflict while simultaneously protecting and advocating for her clients.

Education:

Florida State University, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Geography, double major in Environmental Studies

University of Maryland School of Law, 2004
Juris Doctor

Bar Membership

Supreme Court of Florida Certificate of Admission, 2006

Court of Appeals of Maryland Certificate of Admission, 2004

Professional Leadership and Community Involvement

Paige is a past events chair and member of the Nassau County Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Robert M. Foster Inn of Court. She was President of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Society and won a national environmental law negotiation competition in 2003.  She enjoys rock climbing with her daughter, practicing yoga, playing the piano, and reading.



Leslie Gonzalez, Legal Assistant

Leslie Gonzalez has served as the Legal Assistant for the Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm since April 2017. She is a primary point of communications for clients, and assists the legal staff with researching information for the case, drafting letters and documents, and maintaining communications with opposing counsel, judges, and court personnel. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Florida and is fluent in Spanish.

 



Jennifer McGee, Paralegal

Jennifer was born and raised in New Jersey. After a successful career in Administrative Management, she graduated from Rutgers University in 2017. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship to Florida Coastal School of Law and relocated to Jacksonville, where she is currently attending law school with an expected graduation date of May 2020. Jennifer joined the Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm in April 2019 and is excited to learn from an attorney with the values and integrity of Judy-Ann Smith. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching her children in competitive sports, coaching cheerleading and spending time with her grandchildren.

Education

Rutgers University, 2017
Bachelor of Science in Labor Relations and Employment

Florida Coastal School of Law, currently attending

Juris Doctor

Professional Leadership and Community Involvement

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Society; Member since 2018; Secretary, 2018-2019 

American Family Law Inn of Court; Member since 2019

2019-2020 Recipient of the Dr. Chester A. Aikens Scholarship which is awarded to students who can demonstrate an accomplished and diverse career path prior to beginning their legal studies.