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Michael John Belle

Real estate Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   18 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    50%
    I maintain a diverse Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County real estate practice. Our attorneys are experienced in handling real estate closings, refinances, issuing title insurance and all aspects involving real estate purchases and closing. We handle complex real estate issues, including purchase and sale disputes, construction claims, eminent domain, landlord-tenant disputes, claims involving adverse possession, prescriptive easements, quiet title and other issues relating to real property

    32 years

  2. Foreclosure
    25%

    27 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    20%

    27 years

  4. Landlord or tenant
    5%

    32 years

BECAUSE IT MATTERS.

The Law Office of Michael J. Belle maintains a diverse Sarasota , Manatee and Charlotte County real estate practice. Our attorneys are experienced in resolving complex real estate issues, including real estate purchase and sale disputes, commercial real estate, construction claims, eminent domain, landlord-tenant disputes, claims involving adverse possession, prescriptive easements, quiet title and other issues relating to real estate and real property.  We take pride in facilitating real estate closings and provinding title insurance while ensuring that clients understand the process and the documents involved with the transaction.

Licensed for 32 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Michael

Michael John Belle
2364 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL, 342376114

Reviews

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Posted by Kenneth | June 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Home Sale In Sarasota Florida
We have used Michael Belle for multiple home purchases and sales over the last ten years . He and his staff have been a pleasure every time to work with . He and his staff are true professionals ! I highly recommend Belle Law for all of your real estate transactions !
Posted by Richard | March 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A trusted real estate attorney.
We have used Michael Belle for five real estate transactions and many consultations. He has always provided expert advice and has been available at any time we needed his help. We have recommended Michael Belle to both family and friends and have only heard compliments from their experiences. The office staff is as professional as Mr. Belle and they are prompt and courteous to respond to any questions or concerns. We would highly recommend Mr. Belle to anyone who needs a real estate attorney. Richard and Donna
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Posted by Kathy | August 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Services
I recently purchased a lot and Mr. Belle's office facilitated the closing for me. They were professional, friendly and responsive to any questions that arose. I would recommend this firm for any real estate needs.
Posted by Ann | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Office
I just completed a real estate transaction with the office of Michael J. Bell. I was thoroughly pleased with their professionalism, courtesy and efficiency. Everything was done in a timely manner and I would definitely recommend them.
Posted by Debra | September 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Closing
This was the most efficient closing I have ever been through. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful Michael is very personable and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Joan | August 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our Closing
Michael Belle is the consummate professional. He is a very sharp and knowledgeable attorney. Attorney Belle was very engaging and spent time guiding us through the closing process while providing us with valuable information. We never felt rushed and he made our interaction comfortable enough for us to be able to ask questions throughout the process. This was the least nerve-racking closing we have ever had; we are extremely pleased with the calm, smooth process that we were afforded by Attorney Michael Belle and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mark | July 27, 2018
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Michael and staff know their stuff
I really enjoy working with Michael and his team. They are thorough, communicative and get the job done. Any questions get answered promptly, and they understand the real estate closing process and pitfalls when things aren't done correctly. They take the time to make sure all of our information is accurate and the clients are protected. I highly recommend Michael Belle.
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Posted by Jesse | July 24, 2018
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closings
I have used Mr. Belle's office for multiple closings. Both for my own personal business, and for my customers. All of my closings have been very smooth and efficient. I find his staff and him, to be very professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate. From my customers, I have received nothing but rave reviews for him and his staff for their efforts put forth.
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Posted by Warren | July 24, 2018
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Superior Real Estate Attorney
I have brokered over 2000 Real Estate deals in my two decades as being a Real Estate Broker in all that time I have not met an attorney as knowledgeable and accessible like Michael & his team - He is the first attorney I recommend to my clients. He finds and deals with small fires long before they turn into major issues.
Posted by Kathy | July 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Attorney
As a full time Realtor my business depends on professionals my clients can count on. Michael Belle and his team have made the real estate closings stress free for my buyers and sellers whether this is their first real estate transaction or one of many. Always willing to explain the details, my clients feel that they have had the best representation.
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Response from Michael Belle July 24, 2018
Thank You.
Posted by Marlene | May 4, 2015
Responsive and Knowledgeable
I called Mr. Belle for advice on a pending sale of my Florida property. He called back in a very short period of time and he gave me some great advice. He was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I will not hesitate to use his services going forward.
Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by Glenn | April 13, 2015
Thoughtfully Responsive
I have worked with Michael on many occasions and have found that Michael will listen to the entire conversation intently and respond thoughtfully and creatively. In my opinion he will tell you how it is, I have witnessed Michael personally service clients well beyond the typical attorney client relationship. His homespun New England manner is very engaging and I am highly recommending Michael Belle
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Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by Lyman | March 25, 2015
President of Charter Club timeshare
Professional and knowledgeable and caring! Has done superb legal work for our 2,750 owners for more than twenty years that I have been president of the board and hired him to do all of our legal work. He is also a very pleasant person which is not all that common for hard working lawyers. You can trust him to represent your organization a, all times.
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Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by John | February 1, 2015
Client since 1999
I have been a client of Michael since 1999 when we purchased our first house on Longboat Key, FL. I became a Florida Realtor in 2006 and continue to refer and use his Firm to close properties for my clients. His staff is professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. All of my closings are completed on time and on budget. Most of my clients are from out of state and appreciate the level of communication and service he provides to lead them thru the real estate closing process. Many continue to use him once they come to Florida as full time residents. He has taken many calls helping navigate the turbulent Florida real estate market, as well as being accessible for all legal questions that I have whether they be personal or professional. I know I will get a straight answer to make an informed decision.
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Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by Hector Arturo | January 31, 2015
Excellence
Michael in my opinion is the best Attorney in the area in his field, not only he provides a great service but also is a caring person, very professinal,always thinking outside the box, great knowledge of the law and has a great support team. SIMPLE THE BEST
Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by Shellie | January 23, 2015
Saved me $20,000. in a possible deposit dispute
I would highly recommend Michael Belle. During the search for my home purchase I found a house that was being sold by the owners and had an attorney friend that was going to help them. I am a realtor and have dealt with owners selling their own property so I had no reservation moving forward. Everything was moving along fine until the home did not appraise. At that point I was no longer able to move forward with the purchase and the sellers attorney tried keeping my $20K deposit! It was a horrible situation because the sellers attorney was not performing as the contract clearly states. Michael Belle was able to make several accurate points and finally the sellers attorney gave in after it was clear that we were going to move forward on the points that Mr. Belle set forth. I ended up finding another house with in a couple months and am so happy. Mr. Belle's office handled the closing perfectly with not one challenge.
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Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Posted by Wendy | January 23, 2015
Real Estate Transactions
As all realtors know the most difficult part of our job is "getting the deal closed". For 20+ years Michael Belle has helped me through hundreds of closings. I can always depend on Michael to provide the best possible service to me and most importantly my clients.
Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
Thank You.
Posted by Dirk Stroh | January 23, 2015
Law service
I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Belle and his staff on a real estate closing. Mr. Belle and his staff is very knowledgeable and thorough. My clients felt the closing went very smooth, and commented on how professional everyone was. I enjoyed working with Mr. Belle and would not hesitate to refer others to him!
Response from Michael Belle July 23, 2018
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michael J. Belle, P.A.
  • 2002 - Present

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Westfield State College (Westfield)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Real Property Section
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I believe this lawyer well represents his clients and has high standards."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as an excellent and professional member of the bar. His work and dedication to clients is most commendable. I recommend him without qualfication."
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Micheal Belle is a bright, articulate and well-seasoned attorney. His breadth of knowledge of foreclosure matters and defenses is absolutely top-notch."
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is extremely knowledgeable in matters regarding mortgage securitization and foreclosure."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike epitomizes the word professional."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Put simply , Mike is top notch . Over several years I've had occasion to refer him to numerous persons in need of his services , and not once have I received any negative feedback . Mike runs a quality office and provides quality services . Respectable ; reputable ; knowledgeable. He's a credit to the profession ."
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for many years, most recently as one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the area of foreclosure law. He has given a significant amount of his time to the Court system to assure that all Borrowers are provided with due process of law in foreclosure actions."
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