Linda Hartley provides compassionate guidance to families in all areas related to the transfer of wealth by helping them navigate the complexities in both the estate planning and estate administration phases.

Linda’s practice is primarily devoted to estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration, post-mortem tax planning, and trust and estate disputes.

Linda enjoys working with families to achieve a variety of estate planning objectives, including multi-generational transfer of wealth, succession planning for closely-held businesses, charitable planned giving, and life insurance planning, and modification of irrevocable trusts. She also works with family members and professional fiduciaries through the probate and trust administration process after a death and the related post-mortem tax issues. Her clients include several regional and national banking establishments.

Linda is active in both professional activities and the community. She is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Hillsborough County and Florida Bar Associations. She is a past president of the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council, served as a trustee on the Board of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and is a past board chair of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.


  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2023)
    • Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyer (2009, 2019, 2020)
    • Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers (2020)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2004-2005; 2009; 2011-2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2024)
    • 2019 Tampa Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
    • 2016 Tampa Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year

Credentials & Experience


University of South Florida, B.S., 1989

Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1992, cum laude: Stetson Law Review, Editor

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Court Admissions

All Florida State Courts

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • University of South Florida Women in Leadership and Philanthropy
  • American Red Cross, Tampa Bay Chapter 
    • Past Chairman of the Board
    • Planned Giving Committee
  • Bay Area Legal Services: Planned Giving Committee
  • Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council: President  
  • Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
    • Trustee
    • Professional Advisory Committee 
  • The Florida Bar: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section


News & Insights

Articles & Publications

  • "The Power of 4: Peace of Mind for Now & Later." Presenter, Women Connected, The Bank of Tampa, March 2012.
  • "Understanding Your Estate Plan." Presenter, 2012 Women's Investment Series, The Tampa Bay Trust Company, February 2012. 

Board Certified by the Florida Bar

Board Certified in Wills Trusts & Estates

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