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Neil Thomas Lyons

Probate Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2011
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Neil is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Florida. He resides in Sarasota with his wife Mary and their sons Luke and Dylan. He has been a Sarasota resident since 1995 and attended Cardinal Mooney High school graduating with the class of 1999. He attended University of South Florida and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, and further attended the University of South Florida for graduate studies earning his Master’s degree in Education in 2008. He attended Stetson University College of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2011.

While attending law school, Neil was invited to present an original theory of the evolution of modern legal systems at the 2011 Socio-Legal Studies Conference at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom. The topic of his presentation was selected for publication in a collection of essays entitled Law, Justice, and Miscommunications: Essays in Applied Legal Philosophy, (Vanderplas, 2011).

Neil has been a member of the Florida bar since 2011, has been practicing in the area of elder law since 2014, and has previously practiced in the area of commercial insurance coverage specifically for construction defect disputes.

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Posted by Donna | December 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Grateful
Neil was a beacon of hope to our family when our options appeared to be limited. Throughout the entire process he was genuine, respectful, patient and walked us though each step of the way. His calm and empathetic demeanor and offered so much emotional support
Posted by Charles | May 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation in Petitioning for Guardianship and Related Unlawful Detainer Action
I hired Neil to assist me in petitioning the court seeking guardianship for my mother. Neil did an excellent job in representing me throughout the process. More importantly, Neil explained the process, the milestones, the possible roadblocks, and how we would handle them. After successfully being appointed guardian, Neil assisted me with filing the initial inventory and plan. Finally, he represented me in an unlawful detainer action to remove a dead-beat relative from my mother's house. Excellent work, excellent counsel, excellent advice.
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Posted by Laura | December 9, 2021
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The best experience with an attorney I have ever had!
I had Neil Lyons help me with a guardianship situation that I had been to three attorneys before him. They all told me it was complicated and would take a while. Neil resolved this issue for me quickly and in one court date! I give him a five-star rating because he was friendly, knowledgable, and diligent about resolving my matter for me. You will not be sorry you hired him!
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Posted by Sarah-Beth | February 15, 2021
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I live in NH and my elderly grandparents moved to Florida several years ago where we do not have any friends or family. Unfortunately, they both developed dementia, and when we became concerned that something was wrong, the authorities removed them from their home and they were hospitalized due to some medical issues. They then ended up being placed into separate nursing homes! Around this time, my mother, their POA, died from cancer leaving nobody able to get any medical information about them or make any decisions on their behalf. Both nursing homes told the family that they would work on getting a guardian in place, however, this never happened. It was clear that we needed to take their guardianship into our own hands. By the time I met Neil Lyons, I was exhausted, scared, confused, and grieving the loss of my mother. Neil handled this complicated case with dignity, compassion, and urgency. I have dealt with several other lawyers and I have never been treated with the level of professionalism and empathy as Mr. Lyons has shown me. He is always there when something comes up about my guardianship, and he is diligent at returning my calls and emails. Neil Lyons helped me to pick up the pieces, reunite my grandparents, and make sure that they get the care they will need going forward. I am forever grateful and highly recommend Mr. Lyons for any guardianship needs!
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Posted by Steve | June 17, 2019
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Mr. Lyons has been very helpful to our family, guiding us through the management of my mothers care. He has consistently shown a real interest in navigating us through all of the complexities of caring for an aging parent. I would recommend him to anyone needing help with older family members provisions.
Posted by Anne | April 16, 2019
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Strong Advocate
I have worked with Neil Lyons on several cases; he has represented me as a professional guardian. He is a very strong advocate for the clients and a pleasure to work with. He is knowledgeable in his field. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Gary | February 12, 2018
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great responce
Mr Lyon was extremely helpful and actually took the time to review and explain. Not just respond with, "hire a Lawyer", like others did.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Boyer & Boyer, P.A.
  • 2014 - Present


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of South Florida
  • Masters
  • 2008
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Section Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida State Guardianship Association (Gulf Coast Chapter)
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - Present
  • Thomas J. Penick Elder Law In of Court
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 2015 - 2017

Honors and Awards

  • President's Pro Bono Service Award
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2019
  • Gold Pin - Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Community Service Award
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Gold Pin - Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2017
  • Gold Pin - Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Quarter
  • Legal Aid of Manasota
  • 2016
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2011
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  • Verderplas
  • Autopoiesis: Evolution, Assimilation, and Causation of Normative Closure, in, Law, Justice and Miscommunications: Essays in Applied Legal Philosophy
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Guardianship Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Neil for many years and have worked with him on cases involving family law and guardianship. I've also referred several of my clients to him for elder law matters and they are always happy with the services he provides. Neil is intelligent, an excellent attorney, and he cares deeply about protecting his clients' best interests."
Probate Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil has been a pleasure to work with on what could have become a contested probate matter. Thanks to his diligence and professionalism, we are working amicably toward a resolution."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil is an excellent attorney, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Neil is intelligent, funny, and an overall great guy. His skills and knowledge in the Guardianship arena are top knotch, and I would enthusiastically recommending his services to anyone in need of a Guardianship or Probate Attorney."
Guardianship Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Neil for a number of years and know him to be a fine, intelligent, and honest attorney. Neil is a superb attorney who is diligent in his representation of his clients. I have worked with him on several cases and have been very impressed with how he handles himself both in and out of the courtroom. I endorse him without reservation."