E. Steven Lauer

Attorney in Vero Beach, FL
Steve Lauer was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the valedictorian of the 1970 graduating class of Cocoa High School in Cocoa, Florida. He attended Duke University where he was the recipient of the Burlington Industries Scholarship for Management Science Students. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as a member of the AB Duke Scholarship Selection Committee. Steve graduated from Duke University in 1974 with high honors and a degree in Management Science. Upon graduation, Steve took the North Carolina Certified Public Accountants exam which he passed in 1974 on the first seating. He worked briefly as a Public Accountant for Dobson, Jones and Bjerning in Merritt Island, Florida on both audit and tax projects. In 2000, he became a North Carolina certified public accountant (CPA). In September of 1974, Steve enrolled in the College of Law at the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, he served as both a legal research and legal writing instructor and graduated with honors in 1976. Steve practiced for eight years in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a "tax boutique" firm. His practice included all aspects of taxation, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax controversies, tax audits, retirement plan design, drafting and planning and other general tax matters. He was admitted to practice before the Tax Court in 1979 and was admitted to practice for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida in 1980, the Eleventh and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in 1981. In 1983 Steve became Florida Bar Certified in Taxation with the first group of lawyers in Florida to be certified as specialists. In 1985, Steve moved to Vero Beach, Florida and opened a small law office which specialized in Wills, Trusts, Estate and Taxation. During the next 24 years, he practiced by himself, with a small local firm, and with a regional firm. In 1994, Steve became certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trust and Estates. Steve was a Director and Treasurer of the Riverside Theater, a Director, President and Volunteer-of-the-Year of the American Cancer Society. He has also been active in the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, Florida as a Deacon and a member of the Endowment Committee. Steve served as a Director, Secretary, Treasurer and President of both the Young Lawyers Division of the Broward County Bar and the Indian River County Bar Association. He is active in the Rotary Club of Vero Beach as a member and President and a Director and Secretary of the Vero Beach Rotary's Charity Foundation.
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Areas of Law

  • Wills
  • Living Trusts
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Probate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate
  • Taxation
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Contested Wills
  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trust Planning
  • Inheritance
  • Living Wills
  • Real Estate
  • Successions
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Probate Taxation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Appeals
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Associations Law
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Business Estate Planning
  • Business Formation
  • Business Trusts
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Closely Held Business Estate Planning
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Closely Held Business Law
  • Closely Held Business Taxation
  • Family Business Law
  • Joint Ventures
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Professional Practices
  • Small Business Law
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Commercial Real Estate Development
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Conveyancing
  • Corporate Law
  • Closely Held Corporations
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Contracts
  • Corporate Control Contests
  • Corporate Dissolutions
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Corporate Fiduciary Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Formation
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Corporate Organization
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Corporate Planning
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Corporate Successions
  • Corporate Tax Controversies
  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • S Corporations
  • Small Business Corporations
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Entertainment Contracts
  • Entertainment Law
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Advance Directives
  • Conservatorship
  • Elder Guardianship
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Guardianship
  • Guardianship Administration
  • Incompetency Proceedings
  • Dependent Adult Abuse
  • Mental Disability Law
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Lease Finance
  • Office Leasing
  • Shopping Center Leasing
  • Mortgage Law
  • Commercial Mortgages
  • Mortgage Finance
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Defamation
  • Libel and Slander
  • Libel Defense
  • Media Libel
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Charitable Giving
  • Charitable Trusts and Foundations
  • Nonprofit Organizations Law
  • Nonprofit Tax Law
  • Private Foundations
  • Public Charities
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • International Probate
  • Property Law
  • Personal Property
  • Personal Property Leasing
  • Land Sales
  • Land Acquisitions
  • Land Trusts
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Brokerage Law
  • Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Exchanges
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Real Estate Investment Taxation
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • Real Estate Partnerships
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • Real Estate Tax Assessment
  • Real Estate Taxation
  • Real Estate Title Examination
  • Real Estate Title Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate Finance
  • Residential Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Waterfront Development
  • Accounting Law
  • Ad Valorem Tax
  • Criminal Tax Audits
  • Employment Tax
  • Excise Tax
  • Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Tax Controversies
  • Federal Taxation
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Generation Skipping Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Individual Taxation
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Like Kind Exchanges
  • Local Taxation
  • Personal Property Taxation
  • Property Tax
  • Property Tax Abatement
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Property Tax Assessments
  • Sales and Use Tax
  • State Income Tax
  • State Tax Controversies
  • State Taxation
  • Tax Appeals
  • Tax Audits
  • Tax Deferred Exchanges
  • Tax Evasion
  • Tax Fraud
  • Tax Law
  • Tax Litigation
  • Transfer Tax
  • Trusts and Estates Taxation
  • Tax Shelters
  • Tax Planning
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Decedents Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Estate Planning for the Elderly
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • Estate Settlements
  • Family Trusts
  • Family Wealth Transfer
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Retirement Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust and Estate Collections
  • Trust Law
  • Unclaimed Property
  • Wealth Planning
  • Wealth Preservation

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Experience & Credentials


Managing Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1977, Florida
1979, U.S. Tax Court
1980, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

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  • Law School Attended

    University of Florida
    Class of 1976
    with honors

    University Attended

    Duke University
    Class of 1974
    magna cum laude

    Birth Information

    Born in 1952
    St. Louis, Missouri, May 14, 1952

    Associations & Memberships

    Indian River County (President, 1998-1999, President Elect, 1997-1998, Vice President, 1996-1987, Treasurer, 1995-1996, Secretary, 1994-1995; Member, Board of Directors, 1993-1997), Broward Cou... More


    (Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates and Tax Lawyer, Florida Bar Board Of Legal Specialization And Education)

    Representative Cases

    Michigan Tech Fund v. Century National Bank, 680 F. 2d 736 (11th Cir. 1982).

    Contact Information






    Send email to E. Steven Lauer

    Office Information
    E. Steven Lauer
    Managing Partner
     3426 Ocean Drive,
    Vero Beach, FL 32963


    E. Steven Lauer, P.A., Attorneys at Law (Vero Beach, Florida)

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