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Evelyn Watts Cloninger

About me

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. 



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Guardianship: 20%
  4. Elder Law: 15%
  5. Contracts: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Megan Cloninger Sladek

    I endorse this lawyer. Having known this attorney the past 35+ years of her career, I can say without reservation that she's a great person to have on your side. She introduces a hefty dose of common sense where technicalities can sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be. If you need to get the job done legally and sensibly, check in with Evelyn Cloninger.


    Megan Sladek Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Po Box 620337
Oviedo, FL, 327620337

Cloninger & Files

Attorneys at Law
1519 West Broadway
Oviedo, FL, 32765-6576



FLMember in Good Standing197606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished 4.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Businessperson of the YearGreater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce1986
Equity Jurisprudence Award (highest grade in class)American Jurisprudence Publishers1975
Municipal Corporations Award (highest grade in class)American Jurisprudence Publishers1975
Real Property Award (highest grade in class)American Jurisprudence Publishers1974
Damages Jurisprudence Award (highest grade in class)American Jurisprudence Publishers1974
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner law firmCloninger & Files1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Florida Real Estate CouncilMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Seminole County Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
The Florida Bar, Real Estate and Probate SectionMember1976 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Greater Oviedo Chamber of CommerceFormer Member of Board of DirectorsN/A
The Ryan Foundation (for abused women and children)Director and Legal Counsel1988 - 1993
Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church of OviedoTrustee1978 - 1988
First Baptist Church of Oviedochurch organist and pianist1976 - 1988
Publication nameTitleDate
The Oviedo Voice NewspaperWeekly columnist 2006-20082006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLaw/JurisprudenceJD - Juris Doctor1976
Florida Southern CollegeHistory and Social Sciences/Magna cum laude graduateBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guardianship vs. Power of Attorney? Know the Facts....Differences in Powers of Attorney and Guardianships2009
Estate Planning WorkshopEstate Planning Issues To Consider2004