Attorney & Team Profiles

Attorney Karen Keaton - Gulf Beaches Law

Karen S. Keaton is a shareholder in the law firm of Gulf Beaches Law, P.A., in Gulfport, Florida and has obtained a variety of diverse accomplishments. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University (1974); Juris Doctor degree with honors from Stetson University College of Law (1983); and a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Florida (1989). Karen was recognized by The Florida Bar as a Board Certified Tax Lawyer in 1995, and has been awarded an AV rating, the highest category, by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

She has held positions as Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching Estate Planning, and at St. Petersburg Junior College, now St. Petersburg College, teaching Financial Planning and Record keeping for Guardians. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the America Living Will Registry, an online storage database for immediately accessing living wills and health care surrogate forms in emergency situations.

In civic activities, Karen was a member of the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club, past President of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Suncoast, past Treasurer and Director of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Sunrise, past President of the Mid-Day Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg, and past legal advisor for the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Karen has marched as a majorette in the Awesome Original St. Petersburg Second Time Arounders Marching Band and holds a United States Coast Guard Master Captain’s license.

Denyse Kruse -Atty-Gulf Beaches Law


Denyse D. Kruse, Esq. is an associate attorney at Gulf Beaches Law, P.A. where she focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and elder law. Denyse received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota (2003) where she double-majored in Spanish and English; she graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, earning her Juris Doctor degree and a concentration in Elder Law (2016).

Denyse is the Vice-Chair of the Probate Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and she is an active member of the St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary Club where she serves as the club Treasurer. She is also a member of the National Care Planning Council, the Suncoast Estate Planning Council, the Penick Inn of Court, Better Living for Seniors, and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section of the Florida Bar. At Stetson University College of Law, Denyse served as President of the Elder Law Society, Editor of the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy, and an Ambassador. While a law student, Denyse was honored with the William Blews Pro Bono Service Award and the Unsung Hero Leadership Award. Denyse was also inducted in to Sigma Delti Pi, the Spanish National Honors Society in 2001.

Before attending law school, Denyse worked as a paralegal in the areas of probate and trust administration, and family law.