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David Michael Garten

Probate Attorney at West Palm Beach, FL

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1984
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2016

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016. See details

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Committed To Our Clients’ Success

The Law Office of David M. Garten, Esq., provides clients seeking high-quality legal representation in West Palm Beach and surrounding communities with experienced, trusted and innovative service. Attorney David M. Garten has established a reputation as one of the leading guardianship, probate and trust litigators in South Florida. For more than 30 years, our firm has protected the rights and interests of clients ranging from individuals to financial institutions.

Intelligent Advocacy · Personal Attention

Our firm’s philosophy is simple: to provide our clients with the highest caliber of legal representation at a reasonable cost. Clients will receive the quality of representation one would expect from a large firm combined with the personal attention you can only find in a small boutique law firm.

Mr. Garten handles matters ranging from complex multimillion-dollar will and trust contests to small disputes in the following areas:

  • Probate litigation
  • Fiduciary litigation
  • Guardianship litigation
  • Trust litigation
  • Powers of attorney litigation
  • Claims filed against an estate
  • Defending claims by the estate

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The Law Office of David M. Garten, Esq., accepts and encourages referrals from accountants, estate planners, attorneys and trust departments. Call or send us an email () to discuss your case with an experienced West Palm Beach probate and estate litigation lawyer. We look forward to speaking with you.

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David M. Garten, Esq.


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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Caring Trusts, Elder Law and Guardianship Attorney
After being victimized by several other attorneys regarding Trusts, Elder Law and Guardianship I did extensive research prior to finding a West Palm Beach attorney with the expertise and experience of David M. Garten, Esq. He was very responsive regarding scheduling and thoroughly knowledgeable in his field of law. He was always sympathetic and concerned to act in my best interest. His fees were reasonable and there was never a suspicion that his time billed was inflated. Hiring Mr. Garten actually turned out to be an extremely excellent value when at our first meeting he suggested he would, and actually did notify my insurers who ended up carrying a significant portion of my case with Mr. Garten's supervision. I now know how fortunate I was to have been represented by such a caring, compassionate, and expert attorney. I would never hesitate to encourage anyone needing the type of legal services offered by Mr. Garten to meet with him. Although it was very unpleasant going thru a lawsuit, David Garten’s advocacy made the situation a lot more tolerable. I will remain forever grateful for his services.
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Posted by Scott | July 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best balance of the best talents!
After my father passed away unexpectedly in 2019, I immediately began the work of acting as his personal representative. Unfortunately, my father had no legal Will which led to a contested estate. The estate attorney I hired initially was not interested in handling litigation filed by another heir, and recommended David Garten for the job. Calling David Garten was the best decision I could have made. David Garten is an expert in Florida State Estate Law. He is a litigation attorney who handles contested estates and defends his clients with zeal. He exudes the calm confidence and total professionalism of an expert in his field. There are none of the blustering or hyperbolic statements that you will find with unqualified attorneys who are just trying to get your business. David will never leave you with a false sense of confidence on any issue. David’s credentials are impeccable, and he is a regular contributor to Florida State Bar Association publications. David’s staff is top notch and well organized, a sure sign of an excellent attorney. I also found David and his staff to be approachable and easy going, not stuffy or hard to communicate with as some attorney’s offices can be. David’s work on my father’s estate was exemplary. He successfully negotiated settlements and diffused or won the unnecessary litigation brought against the estate. At one point David parlayed a pre-trial deposition into a settlement that enabled me to continue my work to close the estate without interruption. This is one of many examples of David’s expert handling of my father’s estate. David is very cost conscious and employs other Estate Attorneys to handle the more routine aspects of estate administration. You can rest assured that you won’t be gouged. David’s calm approach to angry opposing counsel, random unnecessary litigation, and wary nerve-wracked clients, was incredibly reassuring as we worked through various issues. I would highly recommend David Garten to represent you if you are the executor or personal representative of a contested estate. In fact, I would say that if relatives are likely to litigate after the loss of a loved one, skip the standard Estate Attorneys and call David Garten for the representation that you really need.
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Posted by Pat | March 9, 2016
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David M. Garten
I was living out-of-state when notified of my estranged husband's death. I needed to be advised and represented by an attorney who was familiar with Florida's state statutes for elective shares regarding the surviving spouse. My situation required a lot of special research. David made me feel comfortable and confident that everything was covered. He kept me appraised of the current status, even though there were time issues holding up our progress. Given the circumstances of my case, I felt David was attentive, personable and gave my case the required attention to detail needed. I was especially impressed with the follow up on David's part and his paralegal, Cheryl. At the conclusion of my case, they both made me feel like I would want to use there service again and/or would refer my family and friends to them. David and Cheryl, thank you again.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Suspension issued in FL, 2016
updated on 07/26/2016

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • Law Office of David M. Garten
  • 1984 - Present


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980


  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Probate CLE Committee
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Trust Law Committee, Probate Litigation Committee, Guardianship Committee
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Probate & Guardianship Practice Committee
  • Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Florida Bar, 15th Circuit Grievance Committee "B"
  • Former Chair
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


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  • Hundreds of articles of interest
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation
  • When the Fiduciary's Agent Errs Who Pays?
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  • Presentation
  • Client Under a Disability, An Ethical Dilemma
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  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Confidentiality of Attorney-Client Communications (From the Probate Lawyer’s Perspective)
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