The practice includes elder law; all forms of real estate law, including development, zoning, contracts, title insurance, closings, and any type of issue regarding real property. Further, we handle guardianships, trusts, and estates/probate, including litigation pertaining to those types of cases. In contrast to many law firms which are willing to do probate, trust or guardianship work only if they are uncontested, Cloninger & Files enjoys a reputation for handling the more complex and difficult cases, many of which require the intervention of the courts.
This law firm is small, providing personal attention to our clients, many of whom seem "like family" to the attorneys and staff here and are treated as such. Staff members enjoy Ms. Cloninger's great respect and affection as though they were a part of her family, for they have worked with her for many years.
We are located in Oviedo, just outside of Orlando, within a few miles of the University of Central Florida, and can handle matters anywhere in the State of Florida.
Evelyn Cloninger is managing partner of the firm, has raised four accomplished daughterss (two of whom also have law degrees) and enjoys her six toddler grandchildren. She is an experienced church organist/pianist, serving as organist for First Baptist of Oviedo from 1976 through 1989 and continues to share her keyboard skills with friends at weddings, funerals, parties, and other occasions, when asked and her schedule permits. Presently a member of First United Methodist Church of Oviedo, Mrs. Cloninger is an experienced litigator. Clients seek her out as much for her honesty,integrity. and forthrightness as her demonstrated legal skills. Her primary source of business is word of mouth--the recommendation of satisfied clients who enjoy the personal attention they receive at this firm.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1976||06/17/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished 4.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Businessperson of the Year||Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce||1986|
|Equity Jurisprudence Award (highest grade in class)||American Jurisprudence Publishers||1975|
|Municipal Corporations Award (highest grade in class)||American Jurisprudence Publishers||1975|
|Real Property Award (highest grade in class)||American Jurisprudence Publishers||1974|
|Damages Jurisprudence Award (highest grade in class)||American Jurisprudence Publishers||1974|
|Partner law firm||Cloninger & Files||1976 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Central Florida Real Estate Council||Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|Seminole County Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|The Florida Bar, Real Estate and Probate Section||Member||1976 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce||Former Member of Board of Directors||N/A|
|The Ryan Foundation (for abused women and children)||Director and Legal Counsel||1988 - 1993|
|Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church of Oviedo||Trustee||1978 - 1988|
|First Baptist Church of Oviedo||church organist and pianist||1976 - 1988|
|The Oviedo Voice Newspaper||Weekly columnist 2006-2008||2006|
|Stetson University College of Law||Law/Jurisprudence||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Florida Southern College||History and Social Sciences/Magna cum laude graduate||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Guardianship vs. Power of Attorney? Know the Facts....||Differences in Powers of Attorney and Guardianships||2009|
|Estate Planning Workshop||Estate Planning Issues To Consider||2004|