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Victor Ramsey Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Winter Haven, FL

4.2   5 reviews

also known as Victor Smith Law Group PA

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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The attorneys at Victor Smith Law Group have over 60 years of combined legal experience. We are dedicated to aggressive representation in all types of civil litigation. Our practice areas include personal injury, guardianship issues, estate disputes, business litigation and family law. Our family law practice covers divorce, child custody, child visitation, division of assets, financial support disputes, estate planning and wills & trusts.

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Jeffrey Burry has been practicing civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law and divorce over 11 years, and has represented clients in complex family law, business and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts in Florida.

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Victor Smith Law Group, P.A.
55 Fifth Street NW
Winter Haven, FL, 33881

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Posted by Lora | March 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five Hearts for VS
I have been privileged to share both courtroom and community time with Victor Smith. He is aggressive and always on his A Game while working. But it's what he offers others through community involvement that truly identifies his character. Thick skin + Huge heart = Class Act
Posted by Alex Torres | December 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law attorney!!!
I went through a very highly litigated divorce and Appeal for 3 years. I had two previous attorneys and in comparison with Victor Smith with his associate Jeffery Burr they are the best family attorneys duo in Central Florida hands down. In comparison with my previous 2 attorneys, the degree of communication, their level of preparation and professionalism from Victor Smith and Jeff Burry was incredibly superior to my previous attorneys. I owe my life to Victor and Jeff. I have been with them 2/3rds of my litigation/divorce and appeal, they accomplished incredible results. They also represented me as an appellee and also won the whole case. I will always be in gratitude to the two greatest attorneys in Central Florida Victor Smith and Jeff Burry. Thank you !
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Posted by Pascual Goicoechea | August 21, 2014
Pascual Goicoechea; USA (Ret)
All: Mr. Smith and his professional team of Jeffrey Burry and Cynthia A, resolved what I had come to believe could no longer be fixed or righted. Fourteen years earlier I had employed another attorney to finalize a divorce settlement. Not known to him (I) at the time was the fraud, forgeries, and deceit employed by the ex-wife at the time. Within a week of my retirement from the military, the ex again approached the trough off greed to further satisfy perceived welfare, except this time she was 'discovered'. She again employed the same tactics of 14 years earlier, hiring/firing a total of seven (7) attorneys (cumulative) for both proceedings, up to the point the attorneys in her city had 'all been used before.' She ended up using a fellow some 60 miles away. This above explanation is needed to explain why my proceedings, in both instances, were drug out over a period of time. It costs a bit. None of the costs associated with this were the fault of counsel, but rather due to the lunatic tendencies of someone else, and my poor judgment of decades earlier. Mr. Smith and his team found, fought and resolved what I was after; clear finality, a stop to the stalking and total peace of mind....from a mind that is obviously still not. Like one does not look forward to a cancer doctor for the removal of a cancer, or an orthodontist for jaw reconstruction, or an accountant to answer (your) door when the IRS boys are on the other side, or a complicated legal problem is at ones' trough, an adage of my dad's comes to mind, 'son, the best cost a nickel more'. He was not referencing Del Monte or Libby's green beans. Without a doubt, my wife and I would use the services of Mr. Smith and his team for any future law issues. We feel confident however, it will not be to revisit what he recently put to rest. Mr. Smith and his team are honest and professional.....above all, all have become friends. Pascual
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Posted by JessicaSowell | March 16, 2014
Best Lawyer Ever
Mr.Smith is one of the best attorneys in Polk County. Mr.Smith has handled numerous cases for my family and I,ranging from family law to criminal law. I wouls recommend Mr.Smtih to somebody any day!He and his father did 2 divorces in my family.
Posted by Grace | September 21, 2013
Do Not Hire This Lawyer!
I needed a divorce attorney two years ago and Mr. Smith was recommended to me. I went to see him and hired him -- he is very personable, but as I learned the hard way, personality isn't what counts when one hires an attorney. For months, he "handled" my case, but in reality, did absolutely nothing except bill me for outrageous amounts of compensation. I admit I erred in sending him many emails, outlining my position and trying to keep him informed about what was happening with my spouse. In the end, just before we were to go to mediation for alimony, he informed me that he thought I was "being unfair to my spouse" because of the amount I requested. I am 74 years old and retired. My Ex was a professional and still working and earning a sizeable salary. I had no resources or income, and had paid Mr. Smith $20,000 to this point in time -- for nothing! The $20,000 I paid him represented half of my total savings. At this point, I fired him -- how could I trust a lawyer who thought I was being unfair to my Ex? My new attorney completed my case, mediated a fair amount of alimony (actually higher than what I had requested from Mr. Smith), and kept her fees down to less than $2000. All during my association with Mr. Smith, I let him know how concerned I was because of the fees he charged and the lack of anything happening. He just kept doing next to nothing and charging me. I should have realized what was going on much sooner, but I was in such a frightened and confused state of mind because of the divorce at my age, that I didn't question him as I should have. I trusted him, and that was a huge mistake. In the end, I paid him $20,000 for a 10-minute hearing which accomplished nothing except being told to mediate the alimony, and then was told by Mr. Smith that "I was being unfair in my request." I would not recommend this attorney to anyone for any reason.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • VICTOR SMITH LAW GROUP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • Frost van den Boom & Smith
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Straughn Turner & Smith
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Smith Law Group
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 1998
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of West Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Adams v. Adams, 340 So.3d 551 (2022)
  • Rowe v Schmidt 89 S 3d 1101 (Fla 2nd DCA 2012)
  • Petition Granted, order quashed
  • Baker v. Baker 2010 WL 1874402 (Fla 2nd DCA 2010)
  • Lower court order reversed and remanded
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Associations

  • The Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • Board Review Committee on Preferred Ethics
  • 2022 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • Discipline Review Committee
  • 2022 - Present
  • 10TH CIRCUIT PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEE
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee The Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • 10th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Inn of Court (Willson)
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Polk County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar YLD
  • Board of Governors, Sergeant at Arms
  • 2010 - 2012
  • 10th Circuit Pro Bono Award Comittee
  • Chairman
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Young Lawyers Division Florida Bar
  • Chairman Bylaws Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Young Lawyers Division Florida Bar
  • Executive Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Florida Bar Foundation
  • YLD Liaison
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Polk County Family Law Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Polk County Family Law Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board of Governors
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Polk County Family Law Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Academic Excellence Family Law
  • Nova Southeastern Univeristy Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1998

Publications

  • INSIDE THE MINDS STRATEGIS FOR FAMILY LAW IN FLORIDA LEADING LAWYERS ON WORKING WITH CLIENTS, CREATING AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY, AND HANDLING COMPLEX CASES- ASPATORE
  • NEW CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING ATTORNEY'S FEES, PLEADINGS,AND DISCLOSURES IN FAMILY LAW CASES
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Young Lawyer Division CLE
  • Discovery Nuances
  • 2013
  • Basic Corporate Law 2010
  • Moderator
  • 2010
  • Ethical Collection of Attorney fees
  • Ethical Collection of Attorney fees
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Victor for more than a decade and watched him litigate both with me and against me. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about Family law and takes great time with clients to make certain that they understand the process. Highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Victor Smith has been a friend of mine and frequent adversary for many years. I have had the pleasure to watch him turn into one of the best family law attorneys in the State of Florida."

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Winter Haven Divorce and separation Lawyer Victor Ramsey Smith
Victor Ramsey Smith
Divorce and separation Attorney
Winter Haven, FL
Licensed for 24 years