Forrest J. Bass

Forrest J. Bass Attorney Wills, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate
Forrest J. Bass


Punta Gorda, Florida


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Trust Administration, Probate, Estate Planning, and Estate Tax Attorney

Logo for Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & EstatesForrest is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates and focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related tax matters.

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Awards & Recognition

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Distinguished Writing Award in Law, 2010 (presented by the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress)
  • Suzanne Armstrong Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Professional Conduct, 2009
  • St. Petersburg Times Award for Best Write-On Competition Paper, Stetson Law Review, 2008
  • Attorney Forrest J. Bass Rated Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars Logo

Professional Memberships & Admissions

  • Member, The Florida Bar
    • Member, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
    • Member, Tax Section
  • Admitted to practice: All Florida State Courts
  • Immediate Past President, Charlotte Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Charlotte County Bar Association


  • Federal Judicial Intern, Honorable Mark A. Pizzo, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa, 2009
  • Research Assistant, Dean Theresa J. Pulley Radwan, Stetson University College of Law, 2008-2009
  • Teaching Fellow, Stetson University College of Law Research & Writing Department, 2008-2009
  • Recent Developments Editor, Stetson Law Review, 2009


  • Boston University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.), Taxation, 2015
  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2009
  • Leadership Development Certificate
  • B.A., cum laude, Flagler College, 2006

Representative Work

  • Representation of individuals in the design and implementation of comprehensive estate plans, emphasizing transfer tax reduction, probate avoidance, and planning for incapacity.
  • Involved in trusts and estates requiring federal estate tax returns, federal spousal basis allocation forms, federal gift tax returns, and state estate tax returns.
  • Representation of fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates involving real property in multiple states, elective share claims and trust modification actions.

Community Activities

  • Board Member, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
  • Advisory Board Member, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
  • Member, Leadership Charlotte, Class of 2012