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Carl Randolph Coleman

Estate planning Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Randy Coleman


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Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Estate planning, asset protection planning, wills and trusts, elder law, including Medicaid planning, advance directives, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, trust administration, design, drafting and implementation of various trusts, including irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable remainder trusts, qualified income trusts, qualified domestic trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, income only trusts for Medicaid planning

    45 years, 4,500 cases

  2. Probate
    25%
    Probate administration in all Florida courts throughout the State of Florida, including formal, summary and ancillary administration, probate litigation, contested wills, removal of personal representatives, undue influence, breach of fiduciary duty, and related matters.

    45 years, 425 cases

  3. Elder law
    15%
    Medicaid planning, wills, living wills, trusts, personal care contracts, income only trusts, Miller trusts, Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts, Qualified Income Trusts, Medicaid applications, Institutional Care Program applications, long term care planning, guardianships, and related areas.

    45 years, 350 cases

  4. Trusts
    10%
    Counsel, design, drafting and implementation of revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), special needs trusts, Medicaid qualified income only trusts, Qualified Income Trusts (QIT) for Medicaid eligibility, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, Qualified Domestic Trusts, domestic asset protection trusts, Living Trust administration, trust restatements and modification, trust litigation

    45 years, 2,400 cases

C. Randolph Coleman, has been a Florida lawyer for over 31 years, is a frequent lecturer and nationally recognized speaker in the areas of estate planning, financial planning, and asset protection. He co-authored The New Florida Trust Code, Lorman Educational Services, (2008), Trusts for Pets: Planning for Pets Under the Florida Trust Code, The Florida Bar Continuing Education Program (2008, 2005); Asset Protection Techniques in Florida, National Business Institute (2004); and authored Family Limited Partnerships in Florida (Chapter: “The Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning”), National Business Institute (2002); Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate in Florida (Chapter: “Protecting the Passage of Wealth”), National Business Institute (1997); Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Florida (Chapter: “The Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning”) National Business Institute (1995).  Mr. Coleman was the Florida Director of Asset Protection Planning for the Florida Physicians Association from 1997 to 2006, and is a member of WealthCounsel, LLC, a national association of estate planning and wealth preservation attorneys and lawyers.

Mr. Coleman and The Coleman Law Firm are listed in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, which lists only those select lawyers who have earned the A-V® Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have therefore been designated by their colleagues as pre-eminent in their field.

Mr. Coleman is a member of The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.  Mr. Coleman is a graduate of the University of Florida of (BSBA ‘72) and the University of Florida College of Law (JD, with honors ‘78), and serves on the Executive Committee of the UF College of Law Alumni Council.  He was a practicing certified public accountant prior to entering private law practice in 1978.

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Licensed for 44 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1978
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Coleman Law Firm, L.C.
5011 Gate Parkway, Bldg 100, Ste 100
Jacksonville, FL, 32256
The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC
4 Office Park Drive
Suite 300
Palm Coast, FL, 32137
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Posted by Irvin R. Clark, Ed.D | July 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Job!
The level of service and responsiveness from Attorney Coleman is INCOMPARABLE! I am totally satisfied withe the EXTREMELY TIMELY in getting documents prepared by the Coleman Law Firm! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Irvin R. Clark, Ed.D Very Satisfied Customer!
Posted by Claire Berger | February 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Irrevocable Trust
We sought out an attorney to prepare an irrevocable trust for my mother. Mr. Coleman was detailed in his explanation and understood exactly what was needed. His staff was also very responsive and polite. The trust he created needed no edits and was done in a very timely fashion.
Posted by Kimberly Jennings | March 21, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and comprehensive
I only reached out in email (I didn't actually hire) but his response was timely and comprehensive. I'll be reaching out to him again to further discuss my legal situation.
Posted by Joe | October 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
help with Dad's affairs
I'm very pleased with Mr. Coleman's help regarding my dad's affairs. My dad is 94 years old and I have power of attorney for him. I needed to set up an LLC for him and I wanted to get it done in a short period of time. Mr. Coleman had the LLC in place within a week. Even more impressive was the patience and respect that Mr. Coleman showed toward my dad. I really appreciate all that he and his staff did to help me and my dad.
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Posted by Kathryn | October 12, 2014
A great professional in business development
Randy worked with me when I established my first LLC. He also reviewed my franchise agreement and took the time to explain different aspects of it in terms I could understand. I later hired him to help with another LLC in which he developed a buy-sell agreement that we executed 5 years later with ease. Randy is a true professional and a delight to work with.
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Posted by STEPHEN | October 9, 2014
A REVIEW FOR CARL RANDOLPH COLEMAN
WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO CARL RANDOLPH COLEMAN FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. HE HANDLED OUR SET UP WITH OUR TRUST, WILL AND LIVING TRUST ETC. WE FEEL SO CONFIDENT WITH ALL HE DID FOR US... WE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM TO OTHERS.
Posted by Dave | October 9, 2014
Strong Recommendation for Randy Coleman
Randy Coleman is simply outstanding. He has been our corporate lawyer for approximately 10 years and is one of the most professional individuals we have ever had the privilege of working with. No matter what our needs, be it tax law, business issues, estate planning, or asset protection, he always has the answers. The man is a class act. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a business or tax attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
Very knowledgeable attorney
I've worked with Randy Coleman and his team for a number of years. He handles my personal estate and asset protection planning, and is a trusted professional I recommend to clients of mine who need his services. Randy is extremely well-versed in his craft. In recent years he has begun building a team of professionals which I view as very helpful for additional expertise and ability to meet client service needs. I've had the opportunity to get to know his team of professionals and am impressed and comfortable working with them or referring to them as well. I entrust Randy's skills for all of the more complex asset protection situations I see. His membership in the Wealth Counsel has demonstrated to me that he remains abreast of all the most current updates in the estate planning and asset protection world.
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Posted by W | October 8, 2014
We are more than pleased.
We needed to have our wills reviewed on the recommendation of our financial planner. Our attorney of long standing would not write the Trusts that we requested so we went to Mr Coleman. He had us fill an extensive questionaire so he could devise a trust that met our needs. It was refined over several visits so we would be comfortable signing the documents. Not only have they proved valuable, but the cost was less than the plain wills our "family friend" had prepared..
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Posted by James | October 8, 2014
Professional, Honest and Reliable Representation!
I have had the great fortune to work with an exceptional attorney and law firm for several years. Randy Coleman and his staff have always provided the best legal services and advice driven from the many years of experience on both simple and complex business and personal matters. I truly could not think of a better attorney to rely upon. I will always continue to use Randy Coleman for our legal matters.
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Posted by charles | October 8, 2014
Randy Coleman a quietly competent lawyer who leaves his clients feeling comfortable and confident .
Our experience with Randy Coleman and the Coleman law firm has been most helpful in organizing our estate planning affairs. A number a living trust as well as a"Special Needs" trust have been created and constantly updated as our family needs have changed. We have found his knowledge of both federal and state law impressive. His ability to explain complex issues in a manner that a laymen can understand is very comforting. All in all both he and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, and have proven to be responsive to our every request. As a result we have recommended Randy to a number of our friends. All of whom now feel as we do. That the Coleman Law firm is a knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy law firm, as well as a pleasure to deal with.
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Posted by Brad | October 8, 2014
Great LLC creation
Randy's (Carl's) work on our three LLC's years ago creating them, the Articles of Incorporation and Organizational rules that go with them help us survive a challenge against us this past year with flying colors. Without his careful planning the other lawyers would have been able to hurt us significantly. He really cares about making sure his clients are well protected.
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Posted by Wilbur | October 8, 2014
Best Attorney in Jacksonville
Randy is the only attorney that I would ever go to. He is always there when we need him and knows what the current laws are. Our entire family uses him and always will.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Coleman Law Firm, PLLC
  • 1991 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Coleman, Cosby, Lipscomb & Bounds, PA
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Coleman Law Firm
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Partner
  • Finley Kumble Wagner Heine Underberg Manley
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Associate Attorney
  • Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole
  • 1978 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with Honors
  • 1978
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • Jones v. Jones
  • Client prevailed on appeal, reversing trial court
  • Fouts v. Bowling
  • Client prevailed on appeal, reversing trial court
  • Vareka Investments NV v. National Life Insurance Company
  • Client prevailed on appeal, affirming trial court
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Associations

  • Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Governors, Small Business Center Advisory Board
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Jacksonville Women's Business Center
  • Advisory Board, ATHENA Panel
  • 2009 - 2012
  • The Florida Bar
  • Animal Law Committee
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Florida Physicians Association
  • Program Director - Asset Protection Planning
  • 1997 - 2006
  • American Association of Independent Investors
  • President
  • 1994 - 1997
  • The Florida Bar
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • 1992 - 1995
  • University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council
  • Executive Committee
  • 1992 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - 2009
  • The Florida Bar
  • Real Property Probate & Trust Law, Tax, Business Law, Elder Law
  • 1978 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Lead Counsel, Estate Planning and Probate Administration
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 25 Estate Probate and Elder Law Blogs of 2011 - Winner
  • LexisNexis
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • 2008
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
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Publications

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Animal Law
  • Trusts for Pets under the Florida Trust Code
  • 2008
  • The New Florida Trust Code
  • Creditors' Claims, Third Party Claims, Asset Protection
  • 2008
  • Asset Protection Techniques in Florida
  • Asset Protection Techniques in Florida
  • 2004
  • Family LIimited Partnerships in Florida
  • Family Limited Partnerships in Florida
  • 2002
  • National Business Institute
  • Protecting the Passage of Wealth
  • 1997
  • National Business Institute
  • The Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Florida
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • The New Florida Trust Code
  • The New Florida Trust Code
  • 2008
  • The Florida Bar Annual Conference
  • Trusts for Pets, Providing for Companion Animals Under the Florida Trust Code
  • 2008
  • Gainesville Society of Financial Professionals
  • The Impact of the New Bankruptcy Act on Asset Protection Planning
  • 2005
  • Asset Protection Techniques in Florida
  • Asset Protection Techniques in Florida
  • 2004
  • Family Limited Partnerships in Florida
  • Family Limited Partnerships in Florida
  • 2002
  • Penn Mutual Premier School
  • 419 Multi-Employer Welfare Benefit Plans
  • 2000
  • Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate in Florida
  • Protecting the Passage of Wealth
  • 1997
  • Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Florida
  • The Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Florida
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Coleman is an expert in his field. He is very knowledgeable in the areas of law he practices and finds creative solutions for his clients."
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