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Anya Van Veen, Esq.

Anya uses her depth of experience in probate, trust, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation to achieve the best possible results for her clients.

Anya was raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. Anya’s parents are both educators and immigrated to the United States as young adults to pursue their academic goals. As a result, Anya grew up with an emphasis on learning and an interest in the world around her.  Anya moved to Southern California to attend the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she obtained a B.A. in Human Development and Minors in Linguistics and History. While at UCSD, Anya was a member of the rowing team, and excelled academically.  After graduating from UCSD, Anya moved to St. Louis and attended the top 20 law school at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she served as a judicial clerk in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and spent a summer living and working in Nepal.

After graduating from law school, Anya took both the California and Florida bar exams, and is admitted to practice law in both states.  After spending several years practicing civil litigation at the international law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP’s Boca Raton office, Anya made the move to a small probate and trust litigation boutique firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Clark Skatoff PA.  At Clark Skatoff, Anya spent over 11 years gathering the breadth of knowledge and insight into the nuances of probate, trust, and guardianship litigation that she brings to Barner & Barner. Anya enjoys the strategic side of the law, and believes that thoughtful preparation and clear communication are the building blocks to achieve the best results possible for her clients.  Anya stays involved in local and state bar associations, and is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Appellate Practice sections of the Florida Bar.

Anya routinely handles appellate matters, and is often called upon to assist other firms with their probate, trust, and guardianship appeals.  Published examples of Anya’s appellate successes include:

Honigman v. Honigman, 268 So. 3d 138 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019) (successful defense of final judgment in trust litigation action challenged on judicial estoppel grounds).

Boren v. Rogers, 243 So. 3d 448 (Fla 5th DCA 2018) (writ of certiorari granted quashing protective order precluding production of trust documents necessary to establish standing).

Slobodow v. Rose Newman Revocable Trust, 226 So. 2d 845 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017) (successful defense of final judgment in trust litigation action regarding beneficiary status and judicial modification of trust).

Woodward v. Woodward, 204 So. 3d 582 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) (Obtained reversal of summary judgment in trust litigation on grounds that neither res judicata nor laches barred the action).

Weiser v. Weiser, 137 So. 3d 545 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014) (successful defense of appeal seeking to overturn guardianship order on due process grounds).

Mariani v. Mariani, 125 So. 3d 222 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013) (obtained reversal of summary judgment in trust litigation involving entitlement to receive discretionary distributions from trust).