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Geoff Hoatson is a long-time resident of Central Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree. While at UCF, Geoff graduated in three years with a Bachelors of Sciences degree from the College of Business with an emphasis in Economics and was invited to become a member of the esteemed Burnett Honors College.  That focus on economics gives Geoff a solid foundation for both family and estate matters in which finances are often a major consideration.

Upon graduation from UCF, Geoff attended Emory University School of Law, which is ranked as one of the top 20 law schools in the country by U.S News and World Reports.

After graduating from Emory, Geoff returned to Central Florida where he worked with a local firm before founding the Family First Firm.  Initially, Geoff practiced law in the “traditional” way – billing hourly and preparing the same documents and pleadings as everyone else.  However, he realized something wasn’t right.  After careful reflection upon his values and goals, he decided to make a change.  Instead of focusing on the “billable hour”, Geoff began charging flat fees on all of his cases.  He concluded that people want to know – up front – exactly how much their case or estate plan is going to cost.  Geoff wanted each client to feel comfortable calling or e-mailing him knowing that they wouldn’t receive a bill the next week.  There’s never any billing surprises here.

After the birth of his daughter, he began revising his own estate plan and realized that there was a gap in the traditional estate planning documents.  He started focusing on filling that void and helping families protect their children through every phase of their lives.  This is where he is today – helping families protect their children and assets – whether it be from divorce, creditors, or the tax man.  Geoff is a lifetime counselor and adviser to many Central Florida families and would be honored to be yours as well.

Geoff is admitted to the Florida Bar and is a member of Florida Bar Section of Family Law Attorneys. Additionally, he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  He is a member of the Seminole County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association.

On a personal level, Geoff plays and composes music on the piano, is a rabid football fan, enjoys finding new and delicious restaurants around Central Florida, and adores spending time with his wife and daughter.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
  2. Elder Law: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lawrence G. Walters

    Geoff is a colleague and friend. His firm has established a solid reputation in family, estate, and elder law. His conscientious and assertive approach to the practice of law has earned him the respect of the Central Florida legal community. His clients are fortunate to have him on their side.


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  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer for being a top-notch attorney in the community.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

Family First Firm

1059 Maitland Center Commons Blvd
Maitland, FL, 32751


FLMember in Good Standing200809/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Place - YLS tournamentOrange County Bar Association2014
Client Choice AwardAvvo2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and FounderFamily First Firm2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyA. Anthony Giovanolli, P.A.2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2015 - Present
Hospice of the Comforter FoundationBoard Member2014 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Volie A. Williams American Inn of CourtMember2012 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Seminole County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Redacted v. RedactedMy client won the ability to relocate with her children
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Central FloridaBusiness Administration / EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Recent Developments in Advanced Healthcare DirectivesAdvanced healthcare directives2015
Provide and ProtectEstate and charitable planning2015
Florida Conference Association of Seventh-Day Adventists Annual MeetingEstate Planning2015
Northwestern Mutual Education SeminarEstate Planning in Today's Economy2013