Palmetto, Florida Family Lawyers

Sean William Tobaygo
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Florida Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

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James M Horne Jr
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Palmetto, FL Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
433 8th Ave W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Florida International University College of Law
James “Jay” M. Horne is a Bradenton native. He handles all the medical malpractice cases for the office. Jay and his team of medical professionals can handle any complex medical malpractice case. He has handled cases involving Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse (SUPC), misdiagnosis and misreading of MRIs and other diagnostic methods, which resulted in catastrophic injuries to the patient. In addition to handling medical malpractice cases, he practices personal injury/wrongful death and family law.
Robert Douglas Stein
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Palmetto, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(941) 201-1224 4418 Emerson Point Drive
Palmetto, FL 34221
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Medical Malpractice
St. John's University School of Law
With more than 20 years of Florida & NY City experience as an attorney, I am dedicated to fight for your legal rights. My family law practice includes divorce, adoptions and custody disputes. My personal injury experience includes complex litigation including a variety of medical malpractice cases.

My business law experience includes contracts, franchise law; commercial leases; sales of business entities; and bulk asset sales. I have further expertise in residential real estate sales.

My virtual office and traveling legal practice allow me to pass savings on to my clients. This winning combination has resulted in highly satisfied clients,...
Palmetto, FL Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(941) 749-1446 433 8th Ave W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Family, Divorce and Immigration
Palmetto, FL Family Law Attorney with 55 years experience
(941) 722-4105 1627 6th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Scott Alexander Martin
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(941) 748-4248 515 9th St. E.
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34208
Family, Divorce, Education and Estate Planning
University of Memphis
Edward Brian Sobel
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(941) 746-1203 4900 Manatee Ave W
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34209
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Emory University School of Law
For over 30 years Edward B. Sobel has provided specialized advice and representation for individuals involved in complex family law matters. Since 1991 he has been board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in marital and family law. His areas of practice include Florida and interstate divorce, jurisdictional issues, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, domestic violence, paternity, parent, nonparent and grandparent child custody and timesharing, and alimony and child support. Mr. Sobel appears in original and modification cases. He has represented clients in numerous appeals, with many published opinions. His office is in Bradenton,...
Paul Fleming Grondahl
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(941) 741-8224 3119 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Paul Grondahl is a Massachusetts native who has made Florida home for twenty years. He earned a business degree from Bryant University in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Miami in 1996. Paul is Vice-Chairman of the Manatee County Family Law Section and a member of the Florida Bar's Family Law and Trial Lawyers Sections. Paul began his practice in 1996 as a personal injury trial lawyer in West Palm Beach, where he spent many years trying cases on behalf of prominent insurance companies. He now utilizes that trial experience to represent victims of automobile and other...
John Dubrule
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(941) 209-1995 1023 Manatee Ave. West
Suite 310
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family
Boston University School of Law
I am a graduate of Boston University School of Law and have practiced in the area for over 35 years. I was formerly the Director of Litigation and supervisor of the Immigration Unit at Gulfcoast Legal Services.I have represented clients in all types of immigration matters, including family petitions, U-Visas cases, Removal of conditions, VAWA Self Petitions, Citizenship, Consular Processing, Application for Green Card, 601-A Waiver Applications, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal and Removal Defense.I also have experience filing immigration appeals in federal court.
i have been a speaker for AILA CFC annual conference and for FILIAA on immigration matters as...
Mark Andrew Nelson
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(941) 750-8592 2424 Manatee Avenue West, Suite 102
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Mark Nelson is a third generation Florida lawyer. He was born in St. Petersburg Florida and moved to Bradenton Florida in 1987. He represents individuals, small businesses and large businesses primarily in civil litigation matters. In addition to being a licensed Florida lawyer, Mark Nelson is a Florida Supreme court certified circuit court mediator.
Patricia Carroll Fradley
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(941) 750-8002 435 12th St. W., Suite 217
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
John Paul Fleck
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(941) 749-1832 1111 9th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Appeals, Business and Estate Planning
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Laurie Elise Baker
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(941) 747-0888 515 9th St E
Suite 100
Bradenton, FL 34208
Family and Divorce
Jason M. Melton Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationSt Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America
Attorney Jason M. Melton, is a founding partner of Whittel & Melton, LLC, a full service law firm. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, high-quality representation. We handle Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, Employment, Unpaid Overtime, DUI, Criminal, Brain Injury, Divorce and all Family law issues and other related legal matters throughout the state of Florida.
Allan Baily
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(941) 364-9997 46 N Washington Blvd, Suite 18
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Nova Southeastern University
Experience, Respect and Reputation in the community for over 19 years. Dedicated and Aggressive Trial Defense, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law/Divorce, Probate, Estate Planning and Guardianship cases. Member United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, July 17, 1998 Member United States Middle District of Florida, August 14, 1998 Member of Sarasota County Bar Association, 1998-2017 Founding Member and Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Sarasota/Manatee Graduated Nova Southeastern University, Juris Doctor, January 31, 1998 Associate Editor for Nova Southeastern University Journal of International & Comparative...
Leslie Wulfsohn Loftus
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(941) 444-7278 783 S. Orange Avenue
Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family and Divorce
The John Marshall Law School
Ms. Loftus offers a concierge approach to her clients. She begins with the assumption that each case calls for special handling, since no two family law cases are alike. After the initial consultation, she works with her clients closely, to provide them with a basic understanding of Florida family law proceedings. Ms. Loftus and the client are then able to work together to ensure that there are articulated, agreed-upon, legitimate and realistic goals. After the goals are established, Ms. Loftus provides her clients with a range of options designed to meet those objectives. She reviews the advantages and disadvantages of...
Robert Hoffman
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(941) 323-9547 1990 Main Street, Suite 750
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Criminal and Divorce
New York Law School
I am a practicing attorney with over twenty-seven years experience in Florida and New York. I currently actively litigating family law cases including modification of alimony, domestication of a foreign decree and dissolution of marriage cases. Additionally, I am appearing as local counsel for Plaintiff’s in debt collection, mortgage foreclosure and insurance subrogation cases. I previously served as a Child Support Hearing Officer/Magistrate for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Bradenton, Florida.
Richard Weissfeld
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 54 years experience
(941) 726-2101 1444 First Street, Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Originally from Buffalo, New York with an NY bar license still in effect, I have been living in Sarasota for the last 25 years. My Florida Bar license was obtained in 1978 and I have been practicing since then in the fields of personal injury and family law. I believe in settling cases with mediation when possible and saving clients both time and money whenever possible. I am a member of the Florida Justice Association and believe my motto of "Talk to a lawyer who cares " should be followed. My web page is www.divorcelawyersarasota.com where additional information including client...
Matthew Z. Martell Esq.
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Lakewood Ranch, FL Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(941) 556-7020 9040 Town Center Parkway
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Akron School of Law
I have 25 years experience in the legal field as a law clerk, judicial clerk, legal intern and attorney. Since 2000, I've had my own private law practice which has been a general law practice in the past. In the last several years, I have limited my practice areas to certain legal fields. Now approximately 95% of my practice is focused on divorce and family law.
William J. Sheslow Esq.
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St. Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Criminal, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Mercer University College of Law and University of California - Davis
Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Sheslow served as an Assistant Public Defender in Manatee County, Florida. Mr. Sheslow accumulated an impressive trial record while with the Public Defender’s Office. He was quickly promoted from a Misdemeanor to Felony case load in less than 10 months. Mr. Sheslow has tried over 20 cases ranging from DUIs and Domestic Batteries to life felonies. He has earned acquittals in serious cases such as firearms offenses and sex offenses. Additionally, Mr. Sheslow completed the National Criminal Defense Lawyers College held at Mercer College of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he learned from...
Christopher M. Klemawesch
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St. Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Criminal, Employment and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Mr. Klemawesch's practice includes all aspects of criminal defense and personal injury in both State and Federal Court.

Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Klemawesch worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida, where he tried over seventy-five cases to juries, including cases involving homicide, hate crimes, sexual battery, weapons charges, and many other areas. He was a member of the Vehicular Homicide Squad, focused on the investigation and prosecution of severe DUI cases involving significant injuries and deaths.

Before working for the State of Florida, Mr. Klemawesch worked at several Florida law firms, practicing...
Paul Michael McDermott
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(941) 225-2550 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34240
Family and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Paul M. McDermott, Esq., practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law. He has experience in litigation, mediation, and collaboration. After practicing law in Virginia for many years as a trial lawyer, he relocated to Florida and founded McDermott Law Offices, PLLC and now practices exclusively in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which includes Manatee County and Sarasota County.

Mr. McDermott is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is also trained in Collaborative Divorce Law, an emerging field within the Alternative Dispute Resolution realm focused on resolving cases with a "team" approach...
Gina M. Girardot Esq.
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Sean William Tobaygo
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(941) 404-8908 1266 First St.
Suite 9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Erin Kays Barnett
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(727) 525-0200 6501 First Avenue South
St Petersburg, FL 33707
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Stetson University College of Law
Eric William Neilsen
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(727) 350-3240 5795 Lynn Lake Drive S.
St Petersburg, FL 33712
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Consumer
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Principal Neilsen Law Group, P.A. www.NeilsenLawGroup.com We are a general practice law firm, with specialties in bankruptcy, family law, immigration, and general civil litigation. Often, more than one area of expertise is required to address a particular matter. With us, there's no need to hire a multitude of attorneys. We can provide you with comprehensive legal support allowing us to advocate for you in many areas of law. We are dedicated legal professionals well-versed in many specialized areas of law, bringing a diverse background to the table. This gives us an edge when dealing with complex legal matters.
Jeana Vogel
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(941) 538-6160 6151 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida Coastal School of Law
Whitney Clay Coyne
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(941) 953-5333 1620 Main Street, Suite #6
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Florida State University College of Law
Whitney C. Coyne received his Juris Doctorate from The Florida State University College of Law in 2001. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002 and during that time has had the opportunity to litigate thousands of cases.Coyne Law, P.A. is dedicated to zealously advocating on behalf of our clients. Attorney Whitney Coyne has been practicing in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for over 15 years. During that time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge to assist his clients with any situation or need that has arisen due to their legal issues. Mr. Coyne began his career as...
Christina Sandvoss
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Saint Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(727) 323-1500 535 CENTRAL AVE. SUITE #407
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Ohio Northern University
Robert G. Whittel Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
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St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationSt Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Cambridge and University of Florida Levin College of Law
An experienced trial attorney, Robert Whittel provides his clients with strong, disciplined, results-oriented representation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Robert graduated from both law school and the United States Merchant Marine Academy with honors, and served on the esteemed Florida Law Review. Before co-founding Whittel & Melton, a full-service law firm, Robert gained valuable experience in the court room both serving as a former prosecutor and representing large corporations in complex litigation and transactional matters. Robert is devoted to fighting for his clients’ rights. He handles all types of criminal...
Kelli Hanley Crabb
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Saint Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(727) 828-9919 5453 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
Family and Divorce
University of South Dakota
Ms. Crabb has focused her practice on family law matters, including dissolution, paternity, custody, step-parent adoption, etc. for over twenty years. Ms. Crabb is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and is co-chair of the Family Law Section. Ms. Crabb has accepted pro bono cases through the Community Law Program and has participated in their clinics. Currently, Ms. Crabb devotes much of her pro bono practice to acting as a guardian ad litem for children in dependency proceedings and/or in contentious dissolution or paternity matters. Ms. Crabb is a member of the Kanakaris Inns of Court (family law)...
William Matthew Kowtko
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(941) 227-4945 1800 2nd Street
Suite 882
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
I am a native of central Georgia until I moved to Florida in 2011. While in Georgia, I attended Georgia Institute of Technology for Aerospace Engineering and obtained my degree in Business Administration and Business Economics from Georgia State University. After graduating from Georgia State in 2010, I moved to central Florida to attend Barry University School of Law, starting August 2011. In summer of 2012, I began an internship for a criminal defense attorney in Orlando, focusing on white collar defense. By late 2012, I was gaining experience family law matters and made the decision to shift...
Paul Crochet
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St. Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(727) 828-9919 5999 Central Ave Suite 203
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals and Business
Stetson University College of Law
Paul Crochet is an Associate with the firm, practicing general Commercial and Civil Litigation and Appellate Practice. Paul attended the University of Central Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After completing his undergraduate degree, Paul earned his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, where he served as a member to the Moot Court Board. Paul won numerous awards while serving on the Moot Court Board, including winning the National Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Paul represented Stetson in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna, and also in...
Julie Ann Parker Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(941) 341-9774 551 N Cattlemen Rd
suite 106
Sarasota, FL 34232
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Wendy Doyle
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(727) 824-5727 1 Progress Plaza
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
St. Thomas University School of Law
Attorney Doyle-Palumbo is an experienced Divorce & Family Law & Personal injury Trial Attorney. Wendy represents clients in multiple jurisdictions in Pinallas County, Pasco County, Hernando County and Citrus County, Florida. Doyle, McCabe & Uccello offers two convenient locations to serve their clients in Tampa Bay, FL.

- Proven Success in Family Law & Personal Injury Law

With a wealth of proven success in personal injury law and family law cases, Wendy utilizes her skill in both negotiation and litigation in family law, divorce, personal injury, auto accident and wrongful death cases.

Attorney Doyle-Palumbo uses her experience and perspective to...
Angela Davis Tobaygo
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(941) 404-8908 1266 1st Street, Suite 9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Florida State University College of Law
I have been a resident of the Sarasota area for most of my life, attended Pine View School, and am fluent in Spanish. Upon obtaining my law degree, I knew I wanted to return to the Sarasota County area and started work immediately as an Assistant State Attorney in Sarasota County, where I worked as a misdemeanor and juvenile prosecutor for several years. Since leaving the prosecutor’s office, I have practiced in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, family law, domestic violence and criminal defense. My practice is focused on all aspects of the firm’s...
Kimberley A. Koester
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(941) 893-3449 1834 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Civil Rights, Health Care and Insurance Claims
Michigan State University College of Law
Kimberley joined Chapman Law Group in 2000 after spending several years handling complex Labor Relation claims. She focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice and Civil Rights (42 USC 1983) claims. Kimberley has successfully defended hundreds of claims brought on behalf of inmates within state and county correctional facilities. Over the years Kimberley developed an exceptional understanding of the interplay between Federal Civil Rights law and State tort actions such as medical malpractice. This knowledge enables her to quickly address the deficiencies of claims and promptly respond with the appropriate defense, often ending in immediate dismissal.
Elizabeth Ann Walch Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(941) 341-9774 551 N Cattlemen Rd
Suite 106
Sarasota, FL 34232
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Workers' Comp
Stetson University
Paul Knudsen
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St. Petersburg, FL Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(727) 873-0108 520 2nd Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Family and Divorce
Paul Knudsen was born in New Port Richey, Florida and resided there until eight years old. He then moved to Orlando where he attended Dr. Phillips High School. At 18, he went to The Florida State University on an academic scholarship. While at FSU, Paul received numerous Dean’s List Honors and is still an avid Florida State football fan. After his graduation from Florida State, Paul moved to Jacksonville and began attending Florida Coastal School of Law. In the Spring of his first year, Paul was invited to join the Moot Court Honor Board for his appellate advocacy skills....
Joseph W Lehn
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer
(941) 487-7100 2398 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Joseph W. Lehn is a New York native who now practices in Sarasota, Manatee,Charlotte and Lee County. Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of South Florida. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville. He received his LLM in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. Joe is the managing partner of Lehn Law, P.A with offices in downtown Sarasota and Port Charlotte, conveniently located on Tamiami Trail (41) by Toledo Blade. Joe is a...
Ryan Norman Singleton
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(727) 346-6050 3900 First Street North, Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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