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Long H. Duong

Probate Attorney at Gainesville, FL

5.0   104 reviews

About Long

Learn Long’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    70%
    Statewide Probate Practice - We assist clients with administration of the estates of deceased loved ones. From start to finish, we ensure that our clients are empowered to manage and distribute estate assets. Formal/Summary administration included.

    16 years, 800 cases

  2. Elder law
    10%
    The primary focus of our Elder Law practice is Medicaid eligibility for long term care. This is a very delicate area of the law. Our goal is to help clients preserve their hard earned savings in the face of enormous skilled nursing care costs.

  3. Estate planning
    10%
    We assist clients with incapacity and legacy planning while avoiding complication and unnecessary future expense. We carefully draft Last Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives among other important instruments.

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    We assist clients who need to establish a court-supervised guardianship over their loved ones. This procedure is for incapacitated adults or minors entitled to large sums of money (from settlements, etc).

STATEWIDE PROBATE REPRESENTATION

Our practice is heavily focused on Florida Probate, Estate Planning and Guardianship Law.  We file Probate matters *STATEWIDE* and represent clients all nationwide and beyond. We've handled over 800 probate matters from start to finish.

I enjoy the challenges of my practice areas. I try to keep my office as efficient as possible by using software and technology, both of which keep me focused and accessible to my clients.

I prepare all legal pleadings and estate documents myself and do NOT outsource to paralegals.

It is incredibly important to us that our clients understand their cases. Client service is at the forefront of my practice philosophy.  We are a tech savvy firm which translates into open communication with clients by phone, fax and email.

Learn more at WeProbateFlorida.com

 

Licensed for 17 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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LD Legal, LLC
11 NW 33rd Court
Gainesville, FL, 32607-2552

Reviews

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Posted by Katie | October 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
True no-pressure consultation.
In dealing with my mother’s estate (or lack thereof) I only needed a 15-minute consultation with Mr. Duong. His is true to his statement about finding out if probate is necessary or if alternative solutions are available. I was drawn to his matter-of-fact information on the website that didn’t have the slant of “you must do this fast, and you must have a lawyer.” The ability to speak directly with the attorney and not have to filter through a sales pitch or commitment was a pleasant surprise, and at no point did I feel “small” in making my inquiry. It was more like a neighbor giving the best advice they can to get you in the right direction. At the end of the call, I had a better understanding of the Florida estate system and a good idea of how my family needed to move forward. If my circumstances needed more elaborate care, I would reach out to Mr. Duong again. I greatly appreciate his time and how kindly he addressed my questions.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
N/a
I sent probate paperwork that I received for Mr. Duong to review. He contacted me and spent about an hour over the telephone going over each document. He took the time to answer my questions and listen to my concerns. I understood the relevance of the paperwork when the conversation was over.
Posted by Helen | July 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Informative and helpful consult
Mr. Duong was very forthcoming with information about ways to close my deceased mother's bank account. She had no will or beneficiary on her account and I was unsure of want routes to take without going through probate. Thanks to Mr. Duong I will file a disposition of personal property without administrator.
Posted by Don | June 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Very easy to work with, Long took the time needed to explain issues and answer our many questions. He made sure we understood what was happening before we moved on.
Posted by Thomas | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient, knowledgeable, and helpful attorney!
My wife and I worked with Long to draft our will and other estate planning documents. We never thought we had enough assets that we needed a will, but we thought we should meet with an attorney anyway after our son was born. Long took the time to walk us through exactly what documents we might need and why. His help has given us peace of mind! I would recommend him to anyone who wants competent legal counsel who takes the time to give you personal service.
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Posted by Kyle | January 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me through probate after father passed without a will
When my father died without a will I did not know what to do; I needed some form of summary executorship of my father's estate and I did not know where to begin. Until that point in my life I had never hired a lawyer. Heck, I had never heard the word "probate" before! I was lost. Long was with me every step of the way, willing to answer every question I had in the most efficient and simplest way possible. This was a godsend, especially since my father passed in Florida and I live in New York! If you are looking take your first step when it comes to dealing with the lose of a loved one whom didn't have will Long will put you on stable ground - I 100% recommend him!
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Posted by Erin | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic and Accessible
Long was very upfront about everything that I needed to get to him and everything he would handle for me, including a reasonable timeline for the process. He was very quick to return calls and emails. I felt incredibly well taken care of during an extremely difficult time after losing my father unexpectedly and not knowing how to handle things with his estate. Long made this process as painless as possible and I could not have chosen a better attorney to handle this.
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Posted by Brian | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and helpful
Long has helped us draft and update all of our necessary paperwork to prepare for our living wills, trusts, last wills, etc. Long has given us the confidence that in the event that something happens to us, everything will be taken care of.
Posted by Andy | September 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He helped my understand my options
I had a very good and informative conversation with Mr. Duong. He answered my probate questions without rushing and with clear answers that I understood. He put my mind at ease. I'm glad that I found him.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I had phone consultation and it set me in right direction
I had a phone consultation with mr Duong. And he set me in right direction for sure and helped me understand everything i was dealing with. I would recommend him for anything.
Posted by Erica B. | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made going through probate easy
My family has owned a Disney Vacation Club membership for years and I needed to clear the title quickly because of my Aunt going into assisted living. I found LD Legal, LLC and emailed regarding the free consultation. Mr. Duong called me the next day and was able to ease my concerns about going through probate in Florida while I reside in Maine. He told me all the paperwork that was needed and the approximate time frames for everything to be completed. Everything went smoothly and exactly as he said. He was WONDERFUL to work with, I would highly recommend him and if I ever need legal help in Florida he is the first person I will contact.
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Posted by Kyle | August 28, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personal, Professional, and Helpful
I heard back from Long a few short hours after I left him a voicemail. When we connected, he spoke to me in depth about my situation on the phone. Although my case was spread throughout two states (Virginia and Wisconsin), he was able to provide valuable insight into my personal options. He was incredibly professional and helpful, and was able to steer me in the right direction with a short phone call!
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Posted by Charlie | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Mr. Duong (pronounced "Young") prepared a complete Estate Planning package for me which included a Will, a Living Will, and a Revocable Trust. He is extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented. He answered all my questions thoroughly and in an easily understandable manner. The advice he offered was focussed on my specific needs and the process was smooth from start to finish. He is very friendly and down to earth and I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Maureen | July 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Choice
I live in Maine and my sister, who passed, lived in Florida, so It made sense to me to use an online law firm for her estate. Choosing Long H. Duong for my sister’s estate was one of the best business decisions I’ve made. He not only carefully and patiently counseled me on what to expect from probate, but was also generous with his time in answering questions about what direction I should take in other matters relating to the estate. He was very knowledgeable and efficient, answering emails the same day or the very next day. The probate was accomplished with ease and in good time. I am happy to give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Chad | May 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Probate Attorney
I live in California and needed probate assistance in Florida. I reached out to LD Legal and Long got back to me very quickly. I initially thought that I needed to go through the probate process for my father’s estate. Long provided excellent advice regarding the process and my options. It took some additional work on my part and some time to make decisions. Long was engaged, very patient and fair during my decision making process. I ultimately decided to not go enter the probate process and did not need the services of LD Legal. Regardless, I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Long and LD Legal to anyone.
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Posted by Sean | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He earned our trust and should have your trust too!
Long is a fantastic lawyer and his support staff is top notch. He took the time to answer our many questions during a difficult period. He made the complicated seem simple. He handled our probate, and did a wonderfully thorough job. Residing in NY, it was hard to trust someone in FL to handle our estate. He earned our trust and should have your trust too!
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Posted by Jim | February 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
I am situated in Canada and needed help with a probate issue in Florida. I contacted LD Legal and Long took the time to explain the process to me and was amazingly efficient through the whole procedure. Everyone at LD Legal is very easy to talk to and will address any concerns you may have in a timely manner. I am very pleased with the service they provided and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
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Posted by Kevin | February 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Painless Experience
Long guided me through probate, carefully explaining the options available to under Florida law. I live out of state but Long helped to make the process as easy and painless as possible. I really appreciated the phone discussions where he outlined everything clearly.
Posted by Katie | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience working with Long!
I hired Long to do a probate case that seemed complicated to most other probate. Long was fantastic! He was kind, prompt, communicated very effectively and so knowledgeable. He really cared about my case and worked so hard for us!! He’s the best!!
Posted by Judith | December 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate questions
I reached out to LD Legal with questions regarding whether I need to probate my brother's estate in Florida, since I am also probating in Michigan. Mr. Duong reached out promptly via phone. He reviewed my email with me to make sure he understood my issues. He spent time clarifying what my Michigan personal representative powers will allow me to do. Even though he determined I do not have to open probate proceedings in FL, Mr. Duong spent additional time suggesting further avenues of conversation to have with my Michigan attorneys. I highly recommend the firm.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • LD Legal, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rarick & Associates, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Tax Department Clerk
  • Becker & Poliakoff, PA
  • 2004 - 2004

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • King's College
  • B.A. Psychology
  • 1999
  • University of Florida
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Formal Administration (Probate)
  • All assets distributed after creditor negotiation and minor dispute between heirs < 7 months

Associations

  • ACEL (Alachua County Emerging Leaders)
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Florida Bar, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Vietnamese

Awards

  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • AVVO's Clients Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2012
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Publications

  • LD Legal, LLC
  • Understanding Florida Probate Law
  • 2012
  • Long H. Duong, P.A.
  • Understanding the Florida Probate Process
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida State Guardianship Association
  • The Florida Probate Process
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (20)
Endorse Long
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Long is a great probate and estates attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very, very knowledgeable about estate and probate work; and after retention, will immediately begin resolving the issues in your case. You can trust him for his legal ability and his character as a human being."
Probate Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Long for over seven years and feel that he is a great source of knowledge when it comes to probate and estate matters."
Probate Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Long is the most amazing lawyer in all he does. His reputation and sill are pinnacle in the field of probate and estate planning throughout the State of Florida. I would recommend Long to all attorney and clients needing estate planning and probate assistance."
Probate Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It has been my pleasure getting to know Long. He is a great lawyer I highly recommend him."
Probate Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Long Duong as a Florida Probate Lawyer. His answers on Avvo, as well as other legal websites, have been precise and accurate, demonstrating a wide ranging knowledge of Probate issues."
Probate Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Long is the go-to attorney in Florida for me. I've known Long for several years and his knowledge, professionalism, attitude and work ethic are all qualities that I admire in him. If you're looking for a Florida estate planning or probate lawyer don't even think of hiring anyone else until after you've spoken with Long."
Probate Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Long and I are both on many of the same listservs and are able to share our knowledge and ideas. I recommend Long Duong as an attorney for both probate cases as well as estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Long Duong for a few years now, and appreciate his professionalism, his knowledge, and his unique creative take on a variety of subjects. I would endorse this lawyer without hesitation for probate or estate planning cases."
Probate Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the last four years or so, I have had the pleasure of being Long's colleague on several email lists. Long consistently demonstrates his commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service. While I have not had any occasion to work directly with Long, it is clear to me that he places great importance on being an accessible and down-to-earth lawyer who provides top-notch legal work. I recommend Long for anyone who needs a Florida probate lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I trust Long Duong for Eatate Planning and Probate matters throughout Florida. Although I haven't had a chance to work directly with him on any cases, we have already discussed collaborating on cases that involve the intersection of foreclosure and probate work, and based on those discussions, I am impressed with his depth of knowledge. I look forward to working with him and recommend anyone with a Florida estate planning or probate question to contact him."
Probate Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known long for a couple of years from a legal listserve. His insight and opinions on estate planning are very helpful. I highly recommend him for probate and estate planning matters."
Probate Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Long for over a year and he has shown that he is detailed and caring about his client's interests in the probate process and in the execution of their wills and other estate interests. I have utilized his knowledge for my own practice and trust his opinion on many issues. Most of all, Long is clear on what he does know and what he doesn't which is a testament to an honest and forthright lawyer. But what he does know is immense."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Long through several email lists we are on together. Long is very knowedgeable and provides great insight into estate planning and probate matters. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for estate planning in his area."
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