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Mary Vlasak Snell


Mary Vlasak Snell is a partner in the Fort Myers Office of Pavese Law Firm practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration; and business law.

Mary is a long time member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary, and an Allocations Team Leader.  Mary is also a former chairperson of Bishop Verot and St. Francis Xavier School Boards; a Finance Committee Member with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; a Sustainer Member with Junior League of Fort Myers; a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc.; and a Reading Pals Volunteer. 

Representative Experience

  • 33 years of experience assisting clients with their estate planning needs.
  • Administration of domiciliary and ancillary estate in Lee County and numerous Florida counties.
  • Represents local banks in review of trusts, wills and power of attorneys; and estate and guardianship pleadings.

Estate Planning

Provides a full spectrum of services to individuals, families and businesses for estate planning and wealth transfer, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Drafting wills, trusts, durable power of attorneys, health care surrogates, living wills, designation of pre-need guardian
  • Assist with transfer of assets to trusts
  • Counsel clients regarding probate avoidance techniques
  • Appointment of guardians for minors

Probate and Trust Administration

Providing individuals and corporate fiduciaries with probate and trust administration services including:

  • Initiating and administration of a probate proceeding, including the preparation of court documents
  • Guidance and assistance with minimizing taxes and protecting assets
  • Distributing assets to named beneficiaries

Business & Corporate

Counseling clients through all stages of business formation, development and growth, including, but not limited to the following: 

  • Advising clients on entity formation including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
  • Preparation of Bylaws and Operating Agreements
  • Drafting Buy-Sell and Redemption Agreements

Practice Areas

  • Business & Corporate
  • Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court Middle District
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District
  • The Florida Bar
  • Member of the Business Law Section
  • Elder Law Section
  • Taxation Section
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section


  • University of Miami, Tax LL.M. Program
  • Nova University Center for the Study of Law (now known as Nova Southeastern University), J.D.
  • University of North Florida, B.A.

Bar and Professional Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Lee County Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Lee County Bar Association Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
  • President Award, Junior League of Fort Myers