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 > Question: "Why would a legal client visit the Law Office of Diane Baltzelle McWhirter?"

Answer: Because she CARES.


Cares about her clients with guardianship, probate, estate planning or bankruptcy problems Advocates for her clients in the court system and in mediations.


Researches law and technology to maintain a cutting edge.


Expects excellence in her legal product.


Succeeds in her trial and law practice for almost 30 years.


Combining 30 years of litigation experience with 21 years experience as a Florida Su­preme Court certified mediator, Attorney Diane Baltzelle McWhirter expects excel­lence in her legal product.   A Florida native, Diane has served Central Florida through her law practice since 1983.

Diane Baltzelle McWhirter counsels her estate planning clients about the details of legal document preparation. She crafts the Durable Powers of Attorney for continuity in the Client's financial planning and instructs clients  about safeguarding their legal documents.

Diane McWhirter helps navigate the bank­ruptcy system for  those  clients facing finan­cial failure. She advises  clients through the adversarial process on request and assists the client in following the federal requirements of the complex bankruptcy system.


As a Florida Supreme Court certified me­diator since 1991, her mediation training includes skill development in facilitating agreements using complex negotiations. Certified in family, county and circuit court mediations by the Florida Supreme Court, she mediates in the Florida court system. She counsels a cost benefit analysis of each case to determine the cost of litigation ver­sus the expected financial outcome of the case.


AWO Lawyer Rating Guide rates Diane McWhirter's legal abilities as "Excellent". Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review Rating Sys­tem, rates her as "Distinguished" and "High­ly Rated" in both legal and ethical Standards. She graduated from Duke University and the University of Florida, Law School.

Diane Baltzelle McWhirter cares about all of her probate, guardianship, bankruptcy and mediation clients. She continuously strives for excellence in her legal work, and uses her experience, education, legal re­search and technology to help her clients


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 30%
    32 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    32 years
  3. Guardianship: 20%
    32 years
  4. Foreclosure: 10%
    6 years
  5. Family: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Diane B McWhirter, Attorney
1270 Orange Ave Ste C
Winter Park, Florida, 327894946


FLMember in Good Standing198306/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Bankruptcy Attorneys in FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Florida Supreme Court Community ServiceOrange County Bar Association2010
Outstanding ServiceOrange County Bar Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ownerLaw Office of Diane B. McWhirter1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary InternationalN/A2012 - Present
Central Florida Bankruptcy Law AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Elder law CommitteeChair2000 - 2002
Orange County Bar Association, Estate, Guardianship and Trust CommitteeChair1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
SW EstateThe charity received the gift without having the taxes deducted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarLegal Ethics Update2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1982
Duke UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo PractitionersProbate in a Nutshell2013
Probate Boot CampReopening Estates, When How and Why?2012
Probate Boot CampProbating Insolvent and Bankrupt Estates2012
How to Handle Difficult CasesProfessional Ethics Update2012