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Michael S ('Mike') Hagen

Real estate Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

4.9   18 reviews

also known as Michael Hagen, Mike Hagen

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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    50%
    Residential, Commercial & Business sales transactions (closings and title insurance, deeds, contracts, buyer & seller representation, leases, FSBOs).

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Trusts, wills, durable (financial) power of attorneys, health care directives, living wills, ladybird deeds, complete estate planning packages, flat fee arrangements available.

    21 years, 300 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    Covering all of SW FL. Summary administration, ancillary administration, formal administration, contested estates. Compassionate and prompt attention to all cases.

    21 years, 200 cases

  4. Tax
    10%
    Property tax consulting & appeals for Lee County, FL (Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita, Ft. Myers Beach, Captiva. Former Lee Co. Property Appraiser Attorney (1994-2003). Valuation contests, exemptions (agricultural, homestead, back tax issues.

    30 years, 1,500 cases

HAGEN LAW FIRM: PROVEN REAL ESTATE & ESTATE PLANNING STRATEGIES IN SW FL SINCE 1985.

   Hagen Law Firm's mission since 2003 is providing PROVEN Real Estate Law and Estate Planning Strategies in SW FL. Our  attorneys and skilled support staff work utilize a team approach. Each team member has a particular practice focus. Real estate closings and title insurance, buyer and seller representation, estate planning, probate and real estate issues are Hagen Law's emphasis.

   Michael Hagen served as the Lee County Property Appraiser's attorney 1994-2003 and continues to practice property tax consulting and appeals. He owns TaxCuts1, Inc., SW FL's leader in appealing $2M+ valued property tax assessments of commercial and upscale residential properties.

   Hagen and his staff endeavor to always provide creative, reliable, cost-effective legal services for each of their many valued clients.

Photos and videos

Hagen and Reagan (and friends)
The Hagens, Father and son, 1984 Stetson Law graduation
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Location

Hagen Law Firm
5290 Summerlin Commons Way
Ste 1003
Fort Myers, FL, 33907

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Maridel | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good attorney
Michael (Mike) Hagen gave me an apt same day and helped my mothers' with her needs in every way. He even reminded her of something she didn't even think of, and the price was very reasonable. The whole staff were very nice and pleasant. We are definitely going to hire him again for the other stuff we talked about.
Response from Michael Hagen June 20, 2017
Thanks for those kind words Maridel. It was a pleasure working with you and your mother and we'll be on standby to assist you again. Sincerely, Michael Hagen
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sense of urgency
Mike assisted our daughter in a real estate transaction immediately after she gave birth to her first child who was born with some physical challenges. He was firm with the things that needed to be done while exhibiting genuine sensitivity to her situation. There were some issues discovered during the inspection process which had to be addressed within a specific time span. Mike made sure that all parties involved understood the consequences of letting the time run out. His gentle but firm daily email reminders to both buyer and seller were appreciated by all. Nice job, Mike!
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Response from Michael Hagen January 24, 2018
Thank you D for that recommendation...what a pleasure to work with you and your family!!
Posted by Nicole | December 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
After doing tons of research into real estate attorneys in the area, I was referred to Mike Hagen by several firms and read the excellent reviews here, so I had full confidence my house closing would be handled expertly, and from start to finish that's exactly what happened. Throughout the hectic process of selling my dad's house, I was impressed that Mike was easily available to calmly answer my questions, was always professional and friendly, and was correct at every turn. I knew I could trust him with every step of the process! Jennifer and Janet were friendly and helpful, and Judy did an expert job managing the title company side of things and was a pleasure to deal with. Would easily recommend this firm to anyone - it made this process so much easier for me. Great job!
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Response from Michael Hagen December 22, 2021
Thank you sincerely Nicole for your kind comments, it was a pleasure assisting you in this important sale and I am pleased that we were able to successfully navigate the several "hiccups" along the way. M. Hagen, Hagen Law Firm
Posted by Mark E | July 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our 2 Generations are using Mr Hagen.
I am pleased to write a positive review for people who deserve it. Too often we have plenty of negative things to say about those serving us but don’t often take the time to say positive things on those who serve us well. Mr. Hagan has taken care of our parents estate planning now for years and two years ago is taking care of our estate planning. He is thorough experienced and balanced. If you like a smaller office and attorney group with “personal” service- this law firm is for you.
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Posted by Theodore | November 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% success with Mike reducing our property taxes
We have been a client of Mike Hagen for several properties that were taxed higher than they should be for various reasons. In each case, Mike's experience enabled him to develop an approach for each property that reduced the value based upon his evidence. Mike has the knowledge and experience for cutting property taxes.
Posted by Jay | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXPEREINCE IS WHAT COUNTS
Hagen law firm has the experience and know how to help you in all areas. I have used them in many real estate matters and they have been superb. Mr. Hagen and his staff know the in and outs of Florida real estate along with contractural law that protects their clients like me from the many pitfalls that await them if they are not careful. You can place your full trust in Mike Hagen and his staff.
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Response from Michael Hagen August 9, 2018
Thank you Jay for the many opportunities over the years to work with you and Mrs. M. on these important transactions.
Posted by Casey | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Hagen is the best lawyer you can have.
My family has used Mr. Hagen on several occasions and there is no finer lawyer. He and his staff exceeded our expectations.
Posted by Bill | November 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Approach
I have had the opportunity to work with Mike and his team on several cases and I recommend him highly. In addition to being easy to work with, his body of experience and no nonsense approach is a great combination when you need to get important things accomplished.
Response from Michael Hagen March 25, 2017
Thank you for those kinds words and for the ongoing opportunity to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
Probate
I do not live in Florida and I needed an attorney to execute a Summary Administration. They were very helpful and was able to help me with what I needed.
Response from Michael Hagen June 3, 2017
Thank you. We are glad to have successfully concluded this probate for you.
Posted by Steve Daria | June 5, 2014
Great Real Estate Attorney
Mike has helped our real estate firm as well as clients with their real estate law needs. He is very responsive and fair. I would recommend him to anyone who needs real estate law services in Florida.
Response from Michael Hagen September 27, 2014
Steve is an excellent real estate broker. I appreciate his comments.
Posted by Mike S. | January 15, 2014
We would definitely hire Mike Hagen and his firm again!!!
We would definitely hire Mike Hagen to do our real estate legal work again. In fact, we are still using him now!! My wife and I hired Mike Hagen to represent us through a complex situation that involved many different legal matters such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, attempted loan modifications, short sales, as well as a mediation with one of the multiple lenders involved in this matter. Mike was able to handle all of these matters and was great to work with. He explained in detail the nuances of each situation; and more importantly listened to our concerns as each situation presented itself.
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Response from Michael Hagen February 11, 2014
Thanks for those comments, it's nice when a plan comes together!
Posted by John | January 13, 2014
Very pleased client
I have known Mike Hagen for almost 25 years, and have used his services several times. Every time without exception he and his staff knock it out of the park!!! I would recommend Mike Hagen any day of the week!!!
Posted by chris | May 15, 2008
Chris Hansen, VP Operations - Priority Marketing
We have had opportunity to use Mike several times in business, real estate, etc. will great results. I can wholeheartedly recommend him without reservation. His character, integrity and service is superior.
Posted by Doug | May 13, 2008
Found a great attorney with Mike Hagen.
I've known and worked with Mike several times over the past decade. I always find him to be a man of integrity and compassion. He is a very sincere person with a passion to help any way he can. He has appeared very knowledgeable in all areas that I have dealt with him in. I would personally recommend Mike to anyone seeking legal council.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2008
Always in trouble...
Having used Mr. Hagen many times in the recent past, I would highly recommend his services. He has always proved to be a very honest and considerate person, as well as a person of good character and integrity. His staff is also very professional and extremely efficient in legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2008
Mortgage Loan officer
I was pleased with Mike's service to me on a personal level and I have recommended him already on recommended Mike on several occasions... Robert
Posted by Darla | April 29, 2008
Mike Hagen is excellent..
I have had the pleasure of Michael Hagen's excellent legal assistance. I have had several occasions to call on his legal expertise. Even though there have been times when what I needed was somewhat outside of what he would consider his legal specialty, he has risen to the occasion so thoroughly. I have found that he deals with my concerns compassionately, and with sincerity as if they were his own. Legal issues are so much more often than not a time of difficulty in a person's life, and the need for someone that you feel is identifying with your problem to the point that they will represent you like it is THEIR own case to win or lose is ultimatly what is key in being successful. Too many lawyers look upon clients as a paycheck. Mike is always willing to go the extra mile. There truly is something to be said for that kind of integrity. I would recommend his services with the highest regard.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2013
Honest lawyer
Was honest about the details of foreclosure/bankruptcy case and did not charge me for more than the services that he could provide.
Response from Michael Hagen June 18, 2013
Thank you for your positive comments-it was a pleasure to meet with you!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hagen Law Firm
  • 2003 - Present
  • Owner
  • TaxCuts1, Inc., property tax consultants
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lee County Property Appraiser
  • 1994 - 2003

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Midyett v. Wilkinson, 128 So.3d 807 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).
  • Affirmed.
  • McWherter v. Smith, 993 So.2d 1031 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008).
  • Dismissed.
  • Fiddlesticks Country Club v. Wilkinson, 704 So.2d 528 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997).
  • Affirmed
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Associations

  • Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association
  • Realtor/Broker
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • All FL state courts
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1985 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2017
  • CCIM
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Calusa American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • FL Circuit Mediator certification
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Book Award-Professional Responsibility class high grade
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1983
  • Am Jur Book Award Real Property II
  • Stetson Univ College of Law
  • 1982
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Publications

  • FL BAR CLE-Family Law Section
  • Home is in foreclosure-now what?
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • C.I.P. Monthly meeting
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • 2016
  • FL BAR Real Estate-Family Law-CLE
  • Foreclosures
  • 2015
  • August 2015 Meeting
  • TRIM Notices and Property Tax Appeals
  • 2015
  • Commercial Investment Professionals monthly meeting
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • 2014
  • CCIM Seminar
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • 2014
  • CIP seminar
  • FL Property Tax Appeals
  • 2013
  • CCIM seminar
  • FL property Tax Appeals
  • 2013
  • The Fund Annual 2012 Conference
  • FL Property Tax Appeals
  • 2012
  • IAAO 2003 Annual Conference
  • Do We Always Need The 3 Approaches To Value?
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (32)
Endorse Michael
Real estate Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a pleasure to work with and represents his clients with the utmost professionalism and ability."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside with Mr. Hagen for an extended period of time in the co- representation of the Lee County, Florida, Property Appraiser. Mike has demonstrated a wide array of talents and his diligence shines brightly in everything he does. I have found Mr. Hagen to also be extremely professional and ethical in all of his dealings in and out of the courtroom. I would hire Mr. Hagan if I needed an attorney to handle a real estate matter for me in Southwest Florida. Mark"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I work exclusively as a Mediator, and have had the privilege of working with Mike on numerous occasions.He maintains the highest ethical standards, is extremely knowledgeable, and is always fully prepared. More importantly, Mike fully understands that being "right' on the law is not as important as obtaining a practical, cost effective result for his client. As such, he never allows his ego cause him to lose sight of his primary objective, which is to obtain a good result for his client. I have referred friends to Mike in the past, and will continue to do so in the future, because I trust him to have his client's best interest at heart, and am confident that he has the knowledge and experience to accomplish his objectives."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is honest, reputable and personable, and he has strong morals that back up his qualities. I have no qualms whatsoever referring clients to him for real estate matters or cases that my firm does not handle in our practice. Mike is a credit to the profession and he gives lawyers a good name. He loves to help people in the office and outside the office in all aspects and manners of helping people."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike and I met as opposing counsel on several cases through the years. He was always efficient in getting to the real issues in the case. I now refer clients to him as I know he will treat their cases with the respect and the legal efficiency they need. I would retainer him for his legal services if I was in need."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hagen on several legal issues over the many years of our respective legal practices. His professionalism and personality are only outweighed by his legal competence."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an experienced real estate attorney. That's whom you want to go to for your legal advice when it comes to real estate transactions."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have experience working with Mike since 1996 and he has always been an attorney of the highest professional, legal and ethical standards. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an excellent lawyer with tremendous knowledge and skill. He is honest and practices with integrity. I trust Mike and so will you!"
Real estate Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike is an experienced real estate attorney both in transactional and litigation matters. He was in-house counsel for many years with the Lee County Property appraiser and has a sub-specialty with disputes involving property valuation and ad valorem taxation issues. I have always found that Mike puts the interests of his client's first and whether its a transaction or litigation he is moving the matter forward to achieve the best result for his client.He is very cordial and easy to work with as well."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I absolutely endorse this lawyer's work. We initially met as opposing counsel, and it was such a wonderful experience. As opposing counsel, he is polite, ethical, reasonable and knowledgable. As a fellow attorney in our community, he is someone I am proud to refer business to. Mike is very competant in the fields he practices in, and he treats his clients with courtesy and respect."
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