Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Spencer Eig

  • Division: Circuit Probate
  • Section: PMH 04
  • Court Location: Dade County Courthouse
  • Address: 73 West Flagler ST Miami, FL 33130
  • Phone: (305) 349-7105
  • Room: DCC 309
  • Judicial Assistant: Varela Wong, Yanet

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Probate Division


Judicial Assistant e-mail: yvarelawong@jud11.flcourts.org



All hearings must be specially set and are to be scheduled via courtMAP.  No Motion Calendar is held for this Division.

At the time of scheduling, if the "in-person" hearing type is selected, the hearing will be held at the Dade County Courthouse, Courtroom 3C; and, if the "Zoom" hearing type is selected, the hearing will be held via the Zoom platform, which is free to you.  A Zoom link will be created by the Court upon scheduling of the virtual hearing.  Parties may participate by video or by calling the phone number listed in the invitation.  Video appearance is required for any participant whose testimony is necessary so the judge can administer the oath.

The Zoom link for upcoming hearings may be found via the Virtual Courtroom Directory: https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Virtual-Courtroom-Directory

Self-Represented Persons:

Lay persons are required to follow the Florida ePortal instructions for e-filing and e-service of documents.  For more information on checklists, rules and statutes and approved forms, please refer to the 11th Judicial Circuit’s website and Probate Division site for further instructions.  For setting hearings, a self-represented person is also responsible for doing so via courtMAP.  The Clerk of Courts website should have information regarding Petitions for Summary Administration and for handling Small Estates.

If you resolve your matter prior to hearing, please cancel it by calling the judge’s judicial assistant.


As of September 1, 2020, filings of petitions with proposed orders in courtMAP must include established checklist certification forms as supporting documents with your submissions.   A list of existing checklists can be found on our circuit website in the Probate Corner, along with the corresponding Administrative Memorandum.  See https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Probate-Checklists.

The checklist certification forms must be filed through the ePortal and also uploaded as a supporting document to the petition through courtMAP. Failure to include the checklist certification form will result in summary rejection of your submission. 


Please submit courtesy copies via courtMAP immediately upon scheduling hearing.  Parties wishing to submit a response to a matter must e-file said response with the Clerk of Courts and submit the response via courtMAP to chambers, at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing date.


Please note that accounting fees will not be waived unless an affidavit of indigency has been filed with the Clerk of Courts.  The Clerk of Court will review the affidavit to determine if the petitioner qualifies.  The Clerk makes that determination.  If they find that petitioner does not qualify for indigent status, accounting fees must be paid.  Indicate in your petition whether the Clerk has made the finding.


Proposed orders with blanks for appointments by the Court (for minor settlement, etc., professional guardians, etc.) should be submitted first to the Judicial Assistant directly via e-mail at yvarelawong@jud11.flcourts.org.  From a wheel, the name of a person eligible must be obtained, then called by the Judicial Assistant for acceptance of the appointment, before the proposed order can be submitted on courtMAP.


If you are submitting an order on a Stipulation for Substitution of Counsel, you must submit the written consent of the client.  Additionally, the name and bar number of the substituted attorney must be included within the body of the proposed order.  On Motions to Withdraw as Counsel, you must use our form order found on our website under "Special Sets."


For any mental health matter, please call the Mental Health Clerk, Ms. Janet Salomon, for Section 04 at tel. (305) 349-7476.

A party seeking to obtain audio recording transcript for mental health proceedings, shall submit the Audio/Transcript Request Form in conjunction with the Prohibition Against Dissemination form, to the Administrative Office of the Court.  Said forms may be found and downloaded under "Special Sets."

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 1982
  • Juris Doctor, University of Georgia, 1985
  • Circuit Court Judge, 2005
  • Spencer Eig, P.A., 1999-2005
  • United States Department of Justice, 1989-1999
Soto, Bertila PMH 03 DCC 311305-349-7086
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial
  • Special Sets
  • Emergency Petitions

All proposed orders must be submitted via courtMAP, except for Mental Health cases.  The case manager will review your submission for accuracy and legal sufficiency, and either reject your submission if it fails review or forward it to the judge for signature.  For Mental Health cases, please e-mail the proposed Order, in Word, and e-mail to Judicial Assistant, copying all parties.

Do not submit proposed orders related to a hearing prior to that hearing taking place.

If the matter has been heard by the Court, include the words “post hearing” in the title of your proposed order.  That signals to the case manager that the Court has considered and ruled upon any issues during the hearing.

To check the status of a proposed order, please log on to courtMAP and access the workbench folder.  A list of all pending, approved and rejected submissions appear in the workbench folder.


To submit competing proposed orders, please e-mail the proposed order, in Word, to the Judicial Assistant and copy all parties.  The proposed order must list the submitter's name on the title of the proposed competing order.

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