Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.
Liz C. Messianu is a partner in Wicker Smith’s Miami office with over 21 years of experience practicing in the areas of probate-estate planning, guardianship administration and litigation, estate and trust administration, real estate transactions and wealth preservations for individuals. Mrs. Messianu handles all aspects of estate and trust matters, including probate and trust administration, representing beneficiaries in our courts, with a strong emphasis on litigation involving probate matters, estates, trusts, and contested guardianships. She represents individuals in a variety of contexts, including as heirs, personal representatives (executors), trustees, beneficiaries of estates and trusts, incapacitated persons, their families or guardians, spouses and intestate heirs. She has successfully resolved will and trusts contests as a result of vague language, fraud, duress, contradictory instructions, lack of capacity and undue influence, among other factors. Mrs. Messianu represents individuals, as well as professional guardians, in protecting individuals retain their liberty and their assets from dissipations at the hands of others.
Mrs. Messianu maintains a special interest is her continued representation of the vulnerable in our community – children, the elderly, and those who are marginalized, on a pro bono basis.
In 1996, Mrs. Messianu earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University with a major in finance and minor in international business. She then continued her education at the University of Miami School of Law where she graduated with a Master of Laws in 2001.
Prior to joining Wicker Smith, Mrs. Messianu was a partner of two regional law offices for more than 15 years handling matters in guardianship administration and litigation, and estate and trust litigation.
Mrs. Messianu has been admitted to practice in the State of Florida since 2001. She is fluent in Spanish and is an active member of the Florida Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Dade County Bar Association, and the Miami-Dade Probate Bar Association. In addition, she is licensed with The Fund. In her spare time, Mrs. Messianu enjoys traveling.