Orlando, FL – Lowndes is pleased to announce that long-time Estate Planning Shareholder Norma Stanley, who is also the chair of the Meritas U.S. Trusts & Estates Practice Group, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Meritas, which is a global alliance of independent business law firms at Meritas' annual meeting in San Diego, California. Stanley will serve in this role for a three-year term, and she will work alongside accomplished attorneys around the world to advance Meritas' global mission.

At the firm, Stanley advises clients on estate planning, federal tax, probate, guardianship and trust administration, and elder law. With more than 20 years of legal experience in wealth transfer, business succession, sophisticated tax, trust and estate planning, estate and trust administration and family office creation, Stanley represents a myriad of clients, including high net worth individuals and their families, beneficiaries of trusts, estates, personal representatives and trustees and small business owners.

Stanley is certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education. The certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Attorneys who become board certified are also evaluated as to their character, ethics and reputation for professionalism in the practice of law. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms in 90 countries, with a comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.  Firms become members by invitation only and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program.  Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction.

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH.SM www.lowndes-law.com