I came to Brevard County in 1977 when my family relocated from Pennsylvania. After attending Gemini, Hoover, MCC, and Melbourne High I spent a decade in the Orlando area, returning home to Brevard County in 2004.
In addition to practicing law, I was a Professor of Law at Florida Institute of Technology teaching a core class to the Pre-Law Program majors and minors. This course is one of the first introductions for the students into the world of state and federal law.
I also am part of the Brevard Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program which provides child advocacy services at no cost to children in the Dependency Court system. It is an excellent opportunity for volunteers and I encourage everyone to consider becoming a GAL.
In my law practice I assist people and families with planning for events that may render them incapacitated or for their own passing. These plans can include a simple will package to transfer assets upon death, govern health care decisions, and power of attorney documents. Clients may also need a living trust, a life estate, or a Lady Bird Deed. More complex planning can involve trusts, the use of LLC entities, or combinations of several planning tools.
Because I offer a free review of a person's will I often hear, "But I don't have a will." I am happy to explain to those without a formal will that they do actually have a will but won't like it. Why? Because the State of Florida wrote it. Preparing the documents in anticipation of our own passing does not have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, spending a little on preparation will save your family many times that amount in fees, taxes, or costs when they administer your estate.
The possibility of incapacity is a consideration for everyone. Should you become incapacitated due to an illness, accident, or the aging process you need to have a plan in place. Who will pay your utility bills, your mortgage, or your insurance premium? What will happen to your children or your pets? Where can your family find your health care wishes and who should make health care decisions if you cannot? These are only some of the reasons you need to include planning for incapacity on your list of things to do.
Probate is not always necesary when a loved one passes away. However, if there are assets left behind by the deceased you should consult an attorney before any of those assets are used, transferred, or disseminated. A free consultation can be enough to answer all the pertinent questions and if a legal probate is required - I will assist you through the process.
I currently serve all counties in the State of Florida from my location in Central Florida (Brevard County).
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2014||12/20/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Book Award, Contracts II||Barry University||2012|
|Summa Cum Laude||Florida Institue of Technology||N/A|
|Attorney & Counselor at Law||Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Professor||Florida Institute Of Technology||2014 - 2015|
|Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Judge Hon. John Harris||Eighth Circuit Court||2013 - 2013|
|Elder Services Unit||State Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard & Seminole County)||2013 - 2013|
|Communications Director / Assistant Treasurer||Multi County Campaign for Public Defender Candidate||2011 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court||Board Member||2016 - Present|
|Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court||Member||2015 - Present|
|Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem||Volunteer Child Advocate Training Graduate||2014 - Present|
|Estate Planning Council||Member||2014 - Present|
|Florida Institute of Technology Pre-Law Advisory Board||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Brevard Neighborhood Development Coaltion||Volunteer||2010 - Present|
|Barry Law Review||You Need, I Need, We All Need to Plan for Incapacity||2013|
|Barry Law Review||Contracts II Book Award||2012|
|Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|Florida Institute of Technology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Barry Law Bar Exam Preparation Event||Florida Bar Examination Experience||2014|
|Introduction to the Law - Florida Institute of Technology||"My Journey To and Through Law School to The Bar"||2013|
|Introduction to Law Speaker Panel||"Should You Go To Law School"||2012|
|Elder Fraud / Contractor Fraud||Successfully voided the financing agreement and homeowner retained equipment installed at no cost.|
|Ejectment||Property was returned to Trustee without incident.|
|Dependency Case||Reunified child and mother.|
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