About Carol W. Wood

Carol W. Wood has practiced estate and trust law in Sarasota since 1988 and is AV-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. She was selected for the inaugural edition of Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2011. She is the 2011-2012 President of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, the first female Master Emeritus of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and a former chairperson of The Florida Bar Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “C.”

Carol graduated with honors from the State University of New York (College at Fredonia) in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was admitted to candidacy for a Master of Arts degree in English, having attained a 4.0 grade point average for her coursework. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1988. At Stetson, she was Notes Editor on the Stetson Law Review and winner of the Elizabeth M. Leeman Award. She is a member of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and has been a member of the Florida Bar and the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida since her admission to practice. She is a past Director and past Probate Section Chairperson of the Sarasota County Bar Association and a past Director of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

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Carol W. Wood enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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