Practice Areas

practice-areasOur law firm’s practice areas are closely interrelated. For example, John Simmons has been a member of RPPTL – the Florida Bar’s largest practice section-since admission to the Bar in 1983. The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section covers three of our four practice areas – Real Estate, Estate Planning (wills and trusts) and Probate. Examining real estate titles and issuing title insurance requires a strong understanding of wills, trusts and probate.

Likewise, practicing estate planning and probate requires a keen understanding of title insurance law. Part of trust planning typically includes deed transfers to the Trustee. The practice area of business entities (such as LLCs) is a perfect complement. LLCs can be a good option for asset protection and estate planning.

Estate Planning

Depending on the client’s needs and goals, Estate Planning typically includes the preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills, and the designation of a health care surrogate, among other documents. We also assist clients in retitling assets as appropriate for their plan.

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Probate and Trust Administration

We are available to assist any of the various interests in a decedent’s estate or trust. This includes personal representatives, trustees, spouses, children and other beneficiaries. We can also protect the rights of creditors of the decedent. We can assist you in complying with your fiduciary duties as a personal representative or trustee.

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Real Estate & Title Insurance

Our law firm can represent Buyers or Sellers on real estate transactions. We can draft or review contracts, serve as the Escrow Agent to hold the contract deposit(s) in our trust account, service as the closing agent and issue owner’s and lender’s title insurance. We can advise on homestead issues, clear title defects, prepare and record deeds, and other real estate services.

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Small Business Matters

Our legal services include assisting clients with various aspects of their LLCs, corporations and partnerships. We can assist with compliance, buy/sell transactions, asset protection, succession planning and estate planning options.

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