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Mara Lynn Shaughnessy

Family Attorney at Brandon, FL

4.2   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Mara

Learn Mara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Assisting Clients in gaining a divorce without losing their grounding and personal respect.

    18 years

  2. Foreclosure
    Helping clients defend foreclosure actions and save their homes from foreclosure by their bank.

    18 years

  3. Probate
    We help guide a personal representative through the probate process with careful attention to assisting you through this difficult time.

    18 years

  4. Real estate
    We offer a wide variety of real estate law assistance. From assisting you with buying or selling a home to drawing up a lease, our offices represent your best interest.

    18 years

  5. Estate planning
    We offer estate planning for a vast array of clients. We can assist you in naming a guardian for your children in your simple will, or help you with asset protection to ensure that your assets are protected.

    18 years


Shaughnessy Law
618 East Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL, 33511

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Posted by Jeremy | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Partitioning of Real Estate
After several years of family dispute regarding inheritance/split ownership of my grandparent’s real estate, I hired Mrs. Shaughnessy to help me with my legal advice and partitioning real estate needs. Even though I live out of state, Mara and staff was always responsive and professional when I reached out for status updates. Very pleased with the final judgement and currently in the process of finalizing everything so I can move forward with its sale. Overall, great experience and highly recommend Shaughnessy Law.
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Posted by Joe | August 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law
We have to start off by saying the court system is not fair when it comes to dead beat parents. Child services took my children from their mother for various warranted reasons (drugs, abuse, neglect), things that we didnt even know they were going through because they we to scared to tell anyone. We were appointed a court appointed attorney which was horrible and after my first experience with my last lawyer we were very skeptical about hiring a new lawyer. Mara came recommended to us through a friend and I have to say it was the best choice we've made in this regard over the last 11 years. During this whole process of the court and child services giving their mother chance after chance to reunify, making us feel like we did something wrong, and forcing the kids to talk and see their mother when they didnt want to Mara stayed positive. She was there anytime we had a question, needed a meeting, or advice during this 2 year process. We are grateful to say that finally we have full custody, the kids have completed their therapy, and they are happy and doing well in school.
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Posted by Suzanne | May 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Family law
Mara was not only professional but also caring. She looked after the best interests of my children. Cannot thank her enough for her diligence to get what was best for all of us.
Posted by Nickie Cure | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Many well well closed deals, Best professional and caring advices! Will refer with confidence to anyone !!!
Posted by Tonya | October 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Mara assisted with a very challenging real estate issue. She went above and beyond to get my issue resolved!
Posted by Paul | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Not sure what you need here.
Handled my non-contestant divorce.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mara Shaughnessy review
Ms. Shaughnessy facilitated our amicable, uncontested divorce. She and her staff quickly disseminated any information to both parties (spouse represented himself with no lawyer) and advised on fair and equitable property division. She was also present at the final hearing to guide me through the court process.
Posted by t mac | March 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Mara Shaughnessy for my foreclosure modification case and was extremely satisfied with her and her staff's handling of my case. She had to file motions of Continuance over and over again while waiting on the bank to process my modification since each new court date( for summary judgment ) would come up without the bank returning an answer on the modification. It was VERY stressful waiting but Ms Shaughnessy really gave me a lot of confidence because of the way she was handling the case and the knowledge she had of the ins and outs. She took the worry away. And the key was that her and her staff were very prompt proactive and responsive. If I ever had a question I never had to follow up to get an answer. Some questions I didn't have to ask because they would send me an email before I got around to contacting the firm weeks out from an upcoming court date. She was frequently in contact with the banks attorneys which made things sooo much easier. I was kept in the loop as was copied in all pertinent emails wether involving the court or the banks attorneys. Great professionalism and great customer service that you just don't get these days. I would confidently recommend and refer this law office to ANYONE needing the types of service they provide. Oh and by the way, I initially shopped around and their rates were far from adding insult to injury like a few of the other consultations elsewhere did. I truly wish them all the best!!
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Posted by Throy | February 17, 2017
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Successful case with Mara in family Court.
Mara's experience was illustrated on levels of very high caliber at my case hearing which was a case of great complexity but even so was no match for her skill-set. Mara and her team was of very tactful professionalism and high punctuality both in responsiveness and in the handling of document preparation and filing with the court and they made themselves available and accessible for consultation, advise and clarifications whenever it's needed. On case preparation everything needed to achieve a successful outcome was well put together and in an organized fashion and most importantly the presentation was well executed in court, reflected in the result of success on my behalf. Mara's composure as an attorney was that of comfort and confidence and throughout her handling of my case in family Court it was clear that she truly cares about her clients as her work was clearly within my family's best interest. She is an excellent attorney!!!
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Posted by Stephanie | June 29, 2016
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Great Results!
I really enjoyed working the Mara Shaughnessy! She was quick to help me resolve my real estate issue! I highly recommend using her if you need help!
Posted by Kenneth | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mara Shaughnessy, client review.
I had the great fortune of working with Ms Mara Shaughnessy today in a complicated family law matter. It is my distinct pleasure to report that; despite only having two days to prepare, Ms Shaughnessy delivered top notch results. She is kind, conscientious and dedicated. I would never have believed that the results she achieved would be possible, given the circumstances, but her hard work and commitment were without a doubt in my mind, the determining factor in my having success. Kudos and thank you to her and her entire staff
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Posted by Lyndon | August 17, 2015
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Fabulous Job
I would highly recommend Mara for any required legal services. She handled my case to my full satisfaction. She is an extraordinary attorney.
Posted by William | May 16, 2014
Great Legal Services from Mara Shaughnessy!
Over the years we have had the opportunity to use Shaughnessy Law to prepare routine but important legal documents. Mara prepared our trust document and it was done professionally, on time, and accurately. Since that time we have had the need to update it and again, everything was great. We have steered some friends there and they have had a similar, great experience.
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Posted by Bob | May 13, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Mara is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. She is honest, knowledgeable, hard working and most of all has integrity. Mara told me the truth even if it meant less legal billing for her. She wanted the best and most economical outcome for me. This is a quality rarely found in attorney because most really want to bill as many hours as possible. Get an attorney you can trust who will have your best interest in mind. I will use her in the future as I also need a trust and will redone.
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Posted by Carmen | May 13, 2014
Mara Shaughnessy was very professional and efficient, she kept me up to date on everything that was being done, not only she was very professional she understands her clients personal feelings. I will recommend her to everyone. She handled my Divorce very prfessional she was able to get me everything I asked for. I recommend her everytime. Nice to know that there are still attorney's out there that gets the job done and cares for their clients needs.
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Posted by Tiger | May 13, 2014
Great Attorney!!!!
Mara has represented me for both personal and business reasons and has gone above and beyond her call of duty every time. She is a well rounded attorney that always has your best interest's front and center.
Posted by Jonie | March 30, 2013
Saved my home
I hired Mara to help me with a loan modification. I had worked with my mortgage company for almost a year to try to save my home. Every time I called them it was the same story. They would claim that I did not submit all of the paperwork...Lies. Mara took over the case because I was too frustrated to deal with them anymore. I now have a lower mortgage payment and can stay in my home. I can't say enough about what she did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2013
Very Helpful
I have used Ms. Shaughnessy for several of my legal needs. I have always found her to be prompt and responsive to my questions and concerns. I would recommend Ms. Shaughnessy.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2011
Really understood my legal problem
I have used several attorneys in the past. When I moved here it was important for me to find an attorney that could help me with the purchase of my home. Mrs. Shaughnessy assisted me and the purchase was flawless. Can't thank her and her staff enough.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2011
A Sincere Thanks
Going through a divorce is never easy, but Mara genuinely helped both legally and emotionally. She kept me informed every step of the way and helped make a trying time easier for me.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shaughnessy Law
  • 2006 - Present


  • Barry University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2005
  • University of South Florida
  • Bachelor
  • 2000


  • Rotary Club of Fishhawk Bloomingdale
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Young Lawyers Division, Florida Bar
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Division, Florida Bar
  • 2006 - 2009
  • General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section, Florida Bar
  • 2006 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Mediation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this mediator. Attorney Shaughnessy helped reach a mediated settlement agreement with a calm and positive demeanor. Thank you."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara has a diverse practice and is knowledgeable in various areas of the law. I recommend her highly, as she's a great advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shaughnessy is a professional attorney with exceptional advocacy skills. I endorse her and recommend her highly."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a top notch attorney and is dedicating to bettering the lives of the clients she represents."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Brandon Family Lawyer Mara Lynn Shaughnessy
Mara Lynn Shaughnessy
Family Attorney
Brandon, FL
Licensed for 18 years