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20+ years of experience in probate, guardianship and trust litigation. Call for free consultation.Adrian Philip Thomas handles probate litigation matters, including will contests and undue influence
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1993||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2010|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2009|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2008|
|Shareholder||Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.||2000 - Present|
|Associate||MacLean and Ema||1993 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Associtaion||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2007 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Broward County Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|In Re: Estate of Ferdinando D'Amico||Won|
|Willis v. Couch||Won|
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|Action Line, a publication of The Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section||The Right to Know: Advice Regarding Notice of Probate to Disinherited Relatives||2007|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2000|
|Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Administering the Estate Effectively and Managing the Inventory||2010|
|Featured Speaker||Celebrity Estate Plans -Trials and Triumphs||2009|
|Continuing Legal Education||Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important||2008|
|Continuing Legal Education for Paralegals||The Probate Process from Start to Finish||2007|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Foundations of Estate Administration Defined||2006|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Litigating the Case in Probate Court||2006|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Rights of the Surviving Spouse||2005|
Posted by Sarah
The Law Offices of Adrian Thomas handled a very complicated and difficult probate case for my family. The outcome was outstanding due to the hard work, knowledge, and excellent skills of Adrian Thomas, Michele Thomas and their team of legal professionals. Due to the complexity of our case it did take several years to resolve but without the assistance of Adrian and his team we would not had such a good outcome. I recommend them highly. It is good for potential litigants to keep in mind that it does take time to resolve cases, you have to be flexible and it is not inexpensive. Adrian was very honest with us throughout the process and his strategy was right on. We were able to achieve a much better resolution than if our family had not sought the assistance of such a great legal team. We are grateful to have found such a knowledgeable and dedicated law firm.
Posted by James
My case involved a brother who exploited my elderly mother stricken with dementia by undue influence, improper exercise of durable power of attorney (DPOA) fiduciary authority, altering a JTWROS deed to have my mother’s interest quit claimed to himself with full assistance of one of Florida’s largest law firms who represented both my mother and brother which clearly presented a conflict of interest. After retaining two different local attorneys initially, the second attorney filed a complaint whereby statute I had no standing to bring suit (only a PR can bring suit and this case had to be dismissed) resulting in a dead end position for my case. After questioning his inability and ineptness he filed motion to withdraw as counsel. The opposing large law firm used tactics to skirt the law by filing counter complaints using false allegations to the extreme legal limits if not beyond. It was during my initial consultation with Adrian lasting two hours that I realized I was finally in the right place because he demonstrated an exceedingly high level of comprehension, asked meticulous questions and then provided lightning fast legal responses. As a result he immediately laid out what strategy we should follow. Adrian said “this will be your last stop because if we can’t prevail no other firm will either”. It says volumes about capability and confidence. Adrian quickly realized it would require a new counter claim to defeat the motion to dismiss. It was risky and our only option in order to neutralize their ability to dismiss. The objective was to put us back in the offensive to continue and it was a brilliant and creative move. I received a call the second day after I hired the law firm from associate attorney Sean who had already reviewed all the filings, read my ten page historical narrative, chronology of events and conferred with Adrian to determine the next step and strategies. From this point I felt confident for the first time. If one has capabilities like Adrian then it goes without saying he hires only top notch staff to represent his firm and certainly Sean filled the bill. Sean was always available to take my calls during or after hours, respond quickly to emails, ability to patiently explain legal terms and the intent of the actions and the pros and cons of anticipated results. Weekly round table staff meetings were held for the purpose to discuss the various cases and progress, new strategies, etc. Every step of the way Adrian was involved and his associate attorneys would always confer with him on approaches along with all proposed filings being reviewed prior to transmittal. Adrian’s firm uses timing to their advantage to optimize results legally and financially. For the next nine months through tedious scrutiny of new discovery and numerous financial and medical subpoenas the opposing counsel relents and agrees to mediation. Adrian’s firm works effectively to minimize the costs to the client, is personally involved with the client’s best interest and emotions, and uses the optimal strategies to obtain a monetary settlement by paying attention to the overall cost (i.e., cost benefit analysis towards monetary recovery). Existing law partner Robert Trinkler another highly knowledgeable and motivated attorney at month ten takes on the project and doesn’t charge for his time to come up to speed on the case which at this time completely filled one drawer cabinet from front to back. During mediation Robert’s goal was to obtain the optimal money award in which he demonstrated a skillful and offensive position not allowing the other firm to settle on anything they proposed. For twelve grueling hours even at the risk of having the mediation spill over into day two Robert successfully prevailed. Although it was grueling long journey lengthened and complicated by two other firms Adrian’s firm came through. Don’t make the same mistake I initially made….make Adrian Thomas’s law firm your first and last stop.
Posted by Steven
I hired Adrian to help me with my parent’s estate. Adrian and his firm and the service they provided me were 5-stars all around. He was very knowledgeable about my case and that helped me out great deal. Before I spoke to Adrian, I spoke to a couple of other attorneys about my case. I WAS SO CONFUSED!!!!! When I spoke to Adrian, he made my case very easy, if I had a question I could always email him or call him and he would respond fast. Adrian always kept me informed and up-to-date about my case which allowed me to stay on top of my case. I recommend Adrian to anyone who has an estate problem that needs to be litigated, you will not be disappointed.
David Wolf, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Adrian Thomas is an excellent attorney who combines intellect, work ethic, and compassion to provide stellar representation for his clients. We have worked on several complicated matters together and the results have exceeded the expectations of the clients. If you need an attorney in a battle related to guardianship, trust, or probate litigation, Adrian Thomas will help you navigate through these troubled waters to get the justice you deserve.
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