EDWIN M. BOYER is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney. He has practiced law in Sarasota, Florida since 1978. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1978 from Stetson University College of Law.
Mr. Boyer is Past-President and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a fellow in the Academy, a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the Academy, and is the past Editor of the NAELA QUARTERLY and the past Chair of the NAELA publications committee. In 2004 he received the NAELA Presidents Recognition Award for extraordinary contribution to NAELA. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the Florida Chapter of NAELA .
Mr. Boyer is past Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Certification Committee, past Chair of the Board of Governors of Senior Friendship Centers of Southwest Florida Inc., Past President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society of Manasota, Inc., Chair of the Florida Department of Children and Families Adult Protection Services Team for Manatee County, Florida, member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Attorney Generals Seniors vs. Crime, Inc., and Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Guardianship Foundation. In 1994, he received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 12th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Boyer served as a member of the State of Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Council for 12 years. In 2001, he was appointed to the Florida Lt. Governors Task Force on Affordability and availability of Long Term Care. Mr. Boyer presently serves on the Department of Children and Families Select Advisory Panel for Adult Protective Services and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. In 2008, Mr. Boyer was selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Center of Elder Law.
Mr. Boyer practices in the area of Elder Law with an emphasis on guardianship, estate planning and administration, advance directives, end of life issues, nursing home resident’s rights, and elder exploitation. He has reached Martindale Hubbell's highest rating as an AV® Preeminent™ Attorney, and he was named as one of Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine in 2009. Mr. Boyer has been named a Florida Super Lawyer annually since 2006. He is a co-author of the book Planning for the Elderly in Florida. He has written articles for the NAELA Quarterly, other elder law organizations and speaks frequently on Elder Law issues. Mr. Boyer is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University where he teaches classes on Trusts and Estates, Survey of Florida Probate and Guardianship and Alternatives in the Stetson Elder Law LLM program. In January 2010, Mr. Boyer was awarded the William Reese Smith Jr. Award for public service by Stetson University College of Law. In 2012, Mr. Boyer was named as the first Borchard Foundation Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in Elder Law.