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William Howard Crawford

Wills and living wills Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   16 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%

    31 years, 600 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    20%

    31 years, 300 cases

  3. Family
    20%

    31 years, 100 cases

  4. Real estate
    20%

    31 years, 300 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    20%

    31 years, 100 cases

I am a founding partner with Thompson, Crawford & Smiley,which the 3 of us formed in 1993.  Since then, I have had the privilege and honor of representing many individuals and small businesses in a vast array of legal matters.  I handle both court litigation and transactional matters.  One of the things I pride myself on is the personal attention that I give to all my cases.  I strive to be as responsive as possible to my clients.

 

I am the proud father to 4 kids (3 of whom are now young adults) and have resided in Florida all my life.  Tallahassee since 1983 and Sebring prior to that.

Licensed for 31 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Thompson, Crawford & Smiley, PA

Reviews

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Posted by Hazem | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer Highly Recommended
I used Mr. Crawford for my personal bankruptcy case and he was ver professional, knowledgable, and available to answer all of my questions. He's very personable and really was instrumental in me obtaining all of my debt discharge. Also, I shopped around and he was the most economical of the lawyers that I have spoken to. You really get a lot of bang for your buck. I highly recommend using Mr. Crawford as he is very good at what he does. If you need a bankruptcy lawyer, do yourself a favor and call his office.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2015
Very pleased!
We retained Mr. Crawford based on an attorney recommendation, and we were very satisfied. We explained exactly what we wanted, and were given a plan of action. The outcome was almost exactly what we were hoping for.
Posted by Jeannie | November 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Creme de la Creme
Very professional. Mr. Crawford is very knowledgeable prompt in responding and respectful. I have been working with him since 2012. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I recently retained Mr. Crawford to help me though a very complicated bankruptcy case. From day one, he handled everything personally and was always available to answer what seemed like the hundreds of questions I had. His expertise, knowledge of the law, and attention to detail are the reasons my filing was successful. This was a complete 180 from the first attorney I had a consultation with, who did not seem interested in answering my questions or handling my case at all. I should have done my research from the beginning and started with Mr. Crawford. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Pleased Client
Mr. Crawford represented my in my Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. I was extremely impressed with his professionalism and availability. He was accessible and very knowledgeable about the process. I would highly recommend his service to anyone that is interested in any bankruptcy filings.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal counsel!
Mr. Crawford provided excellent counsel to me regarding my bankruptcy and foreclosure. This was a very difficult process and was a result of my divorce. I am very thankful for such excellent legal advise which really helped me transition through divorce and have a fresh start. Very pleased with the results I received.
Posted by Jenny | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Goes to bat for the little guy
Mr. Crawford is currently working on my company's behalf against a large US Corporation & a vendor which I used last Christmas. The impact of my losses ARE huge & Mr. Crawford understands the impact of my loss as a small business. I am very optimistic about my outcome. I have already referred Mr. Crawford to other friends & colleagues & will continue to do so.
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Posted by Don | January 16, 2015
Got the Job Done
William had a short period of time to review our needs, schedule court date and prepare for court hearing. He was on top of the issues and presented our case to the superior judge in a very organized and professional manner. He kept us informed and was always available to answere our questions.
Posted by Rebecca | January 15, 2015
Bankruptcy Made Simple
Filing bankruptcy was the last thing I had ever imagined (or wanted) to do in my life. After researching throughout Tallahassee attorneys, I knew Mr. Crawford was the one that I wanted to represent me from the moment I spoke to him. When I first called, he immediately took my phone call. I was a complete stranger and he guided me through the entire process - at no charge. He made this difficult and life changing event easy, stress-free and simple. He guided me through every step of the process - from start to finish - with the utmost concern, integrity and thoroughness. The entire bankruptcy filing went exactly as Mr. Crawford told me in my first conversation. I am so grateful for his expertise and guidance through this very emotional and difficult process. As a result of his professionalism and insights through the bankruptcy process I was able to get my life back and completely start over. Mr. Crawford is definitely the one that you want you to walk through the bankruptcy. He made the the financially difficulties and emotional process of filing bankruptcy liberating and hassle-free. Two of the best decisions I ever made were choosing Mr. Crawford as my legal counsel and making the decision to file bankruptcy. Mr. Crawford is defintely a gem in his field and the coach you want for guidance and support in the bankruptcy process.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2014
Stress Free Chapter 7
I was reluctant to file for bankruptcy because of complicated circumstances and fear of the outcome. Billy helped me to understand that it was the right thing to do. I also have a tendency to procrastinate. Billy guided me throughout the process as well as pushed me to get everything done on time. He acted more like a friend than an attorney. I am very appreciative that I found Billy and will continue to use him in the future for other life affairs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2014
EXTREMELY SATISFIED CHAPTER 7 CLIENT
I went to Mr. Crawford in December about filing Chapter 7 and he very quickly jumped on the case. We filed an emergency Chapter 7 before the end of the year. Within in a few days Mr. Crawford had everything set up and in order. He kept me informed the whole way through and guided me along the way. He is very knowledgeable of the process and it lead to a very easy and convient Bankruptcy for me as the client. It is unfortunate to have to take the Bankruptcy route but Mr Crawford made it a pleasant experience. I highly recommend Mr. Crawford to anyone seeking to file Bankruptcy.
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Posted by Todd | January 29, 2014
Prompt and Professional
Mr. Crawford has been my family's attorney since moving to Tallahassee 14 years ago. He and his staff have assisted us with a variety of legal matters over the years. Mr. Crawford is very knowledgeable , always courteous and prompt when working with us. I would recommend Mr. Crawford to anyone seeking trustworthy, expert legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2014
One Man's Experience with William H. Crawford, Esq. and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Proceedings
I want to extend my deepest thanks for all services provided on my behalf by William “Billy” Crawford, Attorney at Law. My case consisted of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was tied to a complex array of circumstances that culminated in severely overextending my capacity to meet my financial obligations. The origins of which beginning as early as 2005 and escalating out of control subsequent to the 2008 real estate crash in which I became irretrievably over-burdended by several mortgages/real estate investments that plummeted in value. Although left demoralized by an initial ill-fated attempt to personally negotiate a loan modification with one of the key lending institutions involved in my case, upon my initial consultation with Mr. Crawford, he quickly grasped my plight and set the wheels in motion with recommendations that conveyed a cogent plan of action. Much needed and appreciated at the time! Throughout the ensuing months, despite often left confused/frustrated/bemused, etc. by the legal and financial processes involved in a complicated Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Mr. Crawford remained unerringly "cool in the clutch" and provided spot-on legal advice as the momentum shifted to and fro, not to mention lending an unflappable, leveling influence at the darkest and most emotionally trying moments. Invariably, Mr. Crawford's explanations of complicated matters were clear and concise, he was never flippant, and he always conducted himself in a professional and business-like manner. I also deeply appreciated the fact that Mr. Crawford was quick to reply via email (if not by phone), and always made himself available with reasonable notice. His staff person was also easy to work with in terms of scheduling and in execution of her assigned clerical duties. It's also important to note that Mr. Crawford provided one-to-one counsel and never sent an associate or paralegal to perform his duties, despite working in opposition to a team of attorneys, backed by the considerable resources afforded by virtue of representing at least two corporate financial institutions who made efforts to contest my case. For example, he unhesitatingly devoted the time to personally attend the deposition of my CPA in order to gain a strategic sense of the approach the opposition would take in pursuing my deposition that was conducted the week following. In retrospect, compared to what I feared would eventually accrue outrageous sums in retainers and hourly fees demanded by many peers (particularly in light of the nature of bankruptcy cases and the limited funds available to hire a competent professional), Mr. Crawford's fees for the top-shelf services and personal attention he provided was an unqualified bargain and well worth the investment. If not limited by the very factors that landed me at his door in the first place and armed with the benefit of hindsight in regard to the time he invested and manner with which he handled my case from start to finish, I would not have been shocked to pay upwards of twice the amount he commanded. Undoubtedly, the impact this process has had on my life has been profound in all respects and with this tumultuous chapter mercifully all but concluded, I'm left exhausted. Yet, all to Mr. Crawford's credit, not without hope for a far, far more financially sensible and contented future. To put it another way, if my saga were book-worthy, I would have undoubtedly invited Mr. Crawford to co-author the work or, in the very least, be recipient of kudos/special tribute in its prologue. In sum, the process tried my every nerve and was one I'd not wish upon my worst enemy, yet it was a journey for which I'm thankful for entrusting Mr. Crawford as my chief confidant/adviser! With the sincerest respect and utmost humility, I remain most grateful for his assistance and would unequivocally recommend William Crawford's services to any one with similar needs.
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Posted by Cheryl | January 16, 2014
Trusted Adviser
Billy has been a trusted advisor to my husband and me over the past ten years. He has handled all of our legal needs from preparing our wills to negotiating real estate matters. Through it all, Billy was knowledgable and reliant, always available to answer our questions and or calm the nerves. I would (and have) highly recommend him to anyone seeking competent and caring counsel.
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Posted by Marty | January 16, 2014
Satisfied Client
I have used Billy Crawford on several occasions regarding Business Contracts and Wills. I always found him to be a pleasure to work with and knowledgeable. He handled my needs in a professional and timely manner and fees were reasonable.
Posted by Ian | December 4, 2013
Outstanding Professionalism
My wife and I met with William (Billy) to set up wills/living wills for ourselves. He and his staff could not have been more professional, honest, and easygoing with the process. I highly recommend Billy for anyone who is looking for an honest attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Thompson, Crawford & Smiley
  • 1993 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pennington Law Firm
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Research Assistant
  • FSU College of Law
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Legal Intern
  • Aurell, Radey, & Hinkle
  • 1989 - 1990
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Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Florida State University
  • BS
  • 1986

Associations

  • BNI
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best of Tallahassee
  • Tallahassee Magazine
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Legal Services of N. Fla.
  • 1995
  • Order of Coif
  • Florida State University Lawschool
  • 1991
  • Book Award- Workers Comp
  • FSU College of Law
  • 1990
  • Book Award- Oil & Gas
  • FSU College of Law
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Florida Foreclosure & Reposession
  • Florida Foreclosure & Reposession (Chap. 2)
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • BNI
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Bankruptcy
  • 1998
  • Foreclosure Seminar
  • Foreclosure
  • 1994
  • Bridge the Gap
  • Real Estate
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, experienced, personable, and has genuine care for his clients."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William (Billy) Crawford has been my mentor through law school and into my legal career. His thorough understanding of bankruptcy, business, and wills and estates, complement one another and help him seamlessly discuss them. His years in practice have enabled him to explain how the finer points of law often make the difference in getting a person to their desired result."
Bankruptcy and debt