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For over 30 years our firm has assisted individuals, families, and businesses in our local area. We are locally owned and operated and helping people in our community is our utmost goal. We take a genuine interest in our clients, understand their objectives, and meet or exceed their expectations. We dedicate ourselves to these values: For our clients, we will work hard, provide superior legal services on a timely, effective, and efficient basis, and maintain the highest standards of professional integrity.
Our experience in criminal and family law matters makes us uniquely suited to address cases where those two distinct areas of the law may overlap. Call us at (850) 434-8000 or email us to discuss how we may be of assistance.
Nearly anyone can get married and start a family on their own, but certain procedures affecting the responsibilities of family life are governed by state and federal laws and must be pursued through the legal system. While some family law matters may be handled without counsel, processes such as divorce, child custody, guardianship, financial support, paternity, modifications, and alimony just to name a few, often require the expertise of a skilled attorney.
The decisions you make now for yourself and your family will have a resounding effect for years to come. It is very important to understand the repercussions of any family law proceeding you undertake. Our experience will help you understand possible outcomes that will assist you obtaining your short and long term goals.
Criminal Law broadly refers to state and federal laws that make certain behaviour illegal and punishable by fines or imprisonment. Criminal cases are charges pursued by prosecutors for violations of the criminal statutes. It is understandable that if you or a loved one find yourself the subject of a criminal charge you would like it to just go away. Misdemeanor and felony charges don’t just go away and they should be taken very seriously as they can have long term if not permanent affect on you future. Serving several years as a state of Florida prosecutor I know the intricacies of the legal system and have the experience to navigate the waters. Whether you are dealing with an Infraction, Misdemeanor, or Felony; as a part of your team we work with you to achieve the best possible outcome based on the evidence at hand. Give us a call at (850) 434-8000 or request a consultation to discuss your case in more detail.
While Domestic Violence is a criminal offense, when a family and children are involved it may also have ramifications within Family Law. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one party to gain or maintain control over another. Domestic violence occurs regardless of the gender, religion, age, race, sexual orientation, or education of the parties involved. Previously referred to as “wife” or “spousal” abuse; domestic abuse now recognizes that victims include children, unmarried partners, cohabitants, and other family members in addition to spouses.
Domestic abuse takes many forms including abuse that is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological. Abuse includes threats, stalking, cyberstalking, and includes both directly harmful acts and manipulative or controlling acts such as preventing a person from seeing a doctor, forcing them to use drugs or alcohol, preventing them from accessing their financial assets, or keeping them from attending work or school. Please call (850) 434-8000 or email us if you feel that you are a victim of Domestic Violence.
Wills are perhaps the most common and well-known form of estate plan. A valid will allows a person to designate how his or her estate is distributed and otherwise managed upon his or her death. In most circumstances, a person who creates a will can feel secure in knowing that the will’s instructions will be honored. On the other hand, a person who passes away without a will runs the risk of a court or other estate administrator making decisions that do not reflect the person’s wishes and intentions. Unfortunately, the failure to create a will can lead to disputes between family members, and even to expensive lawsuits and the ruining of relationships.
Probate is the court-supervised process of gathering a deceased person’s assets and distributing them to creditors and inheritors. The best thing you can do for your family is to make arrangements for how your property and money will be distributed. There are generally two options for this: a will and a trust. It’s important to have a basic understanding of the probate process to make sure your assets are allocated in a way that honors your wishes. Every will goes through probate, which is the court-supervised process of sorting and administering a person’s will. In the event that there isn’t a will, the probate court will distribute property and assets according to the applicable laws of each state.
Call (850) 434-8000 or email us to request a consultation to discuss your estate planning needs.
We all need a little help from time to time, some of us more than others. Children and the elderly may need help when making big life or legal decisions. A “guardian” is someone who is chosen or appointed to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship is often over a child or an individual who has become incapacitated through age or disability.
Guardianship litigation can be very complicated and the stakes are usually quite high. Well experienced in Guardianship Law, we can provide the legal guidance necessary with your guardianship case. We have successfully represented many individuals in Guardianship matters. Call us at (850) 434-8000 or email us to schedule a consultation to discuss how we can be of help with your case.
Most decisions of a state or federal trial court (or an agency) are subject to review by an appeals court, including decisions regarding almost all types of civil cases. Whether the appeal concerns a judge’s order or a final judgment entered by a jury, an appeals court reviews what happened in proceedings for any errors of law. If the court finds an error that contributed to the trial court’s decision, the appeals court will reverse that decision. The lawyers for the parties submit briefs to the court and may be granted oral argument. Once an appeals court has made its decision, the opportunity for further appeals is limited.
Call us at (850) 434-8000 or send us an email for a consultation to discuss your appeal.