Baskin Fleece Attorneys at Law

At BaskinFleece, our firm's primary focus is on contested estate, trust and guardianship matters in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas County and throughout the state of Florida.

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Firm Overview

While we do have lawyers that engage in the important tasks of estate planning, wills and estate and trust administration, the vast majority of our cases involve contested wills, estate, trust and guardianship matters. That is what we do, and we do it well. We have handled a multitude of contested cases involving wills and trusts based on undue influence, lack of capacity, improper execution and even insane delusions. We have successfully defended fiduciaries who have been sued for breaching their fiduciary duties, and we have also successfully prosecuted cases against fiduciaries that have breached their duties of loyalty and impartiality to beneficiaries. As well, we have sued fiduciaries for failing to account for the estate or trust assets. We have represented beneficiaries, spouses, children, charities, creditors and anyone else who has had an interest in an estate or trust and found they needed legal representation. Not only do we have an intimate knowledge of probate and trust law, but we have the courtroom experience to effectively advocate for our clients' positions in probate and trust litigation. We have handled cases all over the state of Florida and even out of state. We know how to focus our pre-trial discovery to develop the facts that are needed to win. We know how to weave those facts with the law to tell a convincing story at trial to the judge or jury. We also understand the stress most clients endure when they are involved in litigation. While we like to try cases, sometimes an early resolution through mediation and settlement is preferred by the client or is in the client's best interests. Our clients' needs and desires are paramount in any probate, trust or guardianship litigation that we handle. Florida Probate Litigators Many lawyers tout themselves as "probate litigators," but few have the experience and depth of knowledge possessed by the attorneys at BaskinFleece in Clearwater.
Main Office

Main Office
13535 Feather Sound Drive, Feather Sound Corporate
Clearwater  FL  33762

Phone
  • (727) 572-4545
Fax
  • (727) 572-4646
Estate Planning
Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
BaskinFleece prides itself on its unique ability to handle all aspects of wills and trusts, including estate planning. Estate planning and private wealth transfer may sometimes involve complex tax planning, requiring the assistance of skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel. Wills, trusts and estate planning for most individuals, however, involves making decisions about who is to receive their property after death. BaskinFleece has the expertise to assist in estate planning for high-wealth individuals as well as for modest estates requiring only simple wills. The estate planning process should always include a thorough examination of not only the tax implications, but also the non-tax ramifications, which might include asset protection, and provisions for long-term healthcare needs. The typical "will conference" includes a discussion of Florida's new power of attorney laws, which are now very comprehensive and complex, as well as the advance directives for living wills, selection of a pre need guardian, and very importantly, a healthcare surrogate.

Hamden H. Baskin, III

Attorney

Hamden was born in Clearwater, Florida, and is a third generation lawyer. Hamden attended Florida State University, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in 1976, followed by his Master's Degree in Criminology in 1979. Hamden attended Oklahoma City University Law School, and graduated with Honors, in 1983, and after serving as a staff attorney, to the Honorable Patricia Robinson, First District Court of Appeal, he attended the University of Florida, where he obtained his Master's Degree in taxation, in 1985. Hamden's practice areas are primarily in the area of trust, estate litigation and fiduciary litigation, including Guardianship litigation, estate planning and probate and trust administration.

In 2004 he became associated with the Terry Schiavo case, where he served as trial counsel to Michael Schiavo for several years, appearing on numerous local and national news and information shows, including CNN and Scarborough Country to name a few. Hamden is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. He served as a Special Master for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, hearing cases under Florida's Baker Act, was appointed Special Prosecutor by Circuit Judge Thomas E. Pennick, to prosecute court-appointed guardians for criminal contempt. Hamden has extensive trial experience handling jury and non-jury trials, and has handled complex transactional corporate and commercial matters.

Hamden is admitted to the Oklahoma and Florida Bars, as well as the United States District Court, Middle District, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, U.S. Tax Court and the US Supreme Court. Hamden is a frequent speaker at Law Seminars, Bar Association meetings, and numerous other groups. He served as Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and currently serves on the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for John Hopkins - All Children's Hospital, and is former Chairman of the Board, and Current Trustee of Directions for Mental Health, Clearwater, Florida, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Clearwater, and is a member of the Dean's Executive Council, for the Oklahoma City University Law School. Hamden is a Master with the Barney Masterson Inns of Court, and has held numerous other voluntary positions, throughout the community.

Practice Focus:
Trusts and Estates Litigation, Fiduciary Litigation, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning; Business Law and Commercial Litigation

Noteworthy
- Inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) as a Fellow
- AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
- Oklahoma City University Law School -

Joseph W. "Jay" Fleece, III

Attorney

Joseph W. "Jay" Fleece, III is a principal in the Clearwater, Florida law firm of BaskinFleece and is a graduate of Tulane University and Stetson University College of Law. Mr. Fleece is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007 and as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010. Mr. Fleece's practice has focused on trust and fiduciary litigation for the past 33 years, and he has been involved in many complex cases throughout Florida, both at the trial and appellate levels, and has appeared as counsel in matters in California and South Carolina. Mr. Fleece has been active as a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Fleece is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Fleece has also been active in his community, having previously served as President of the Police Athletic League, PARC, Sunshine City Jaycees, and he has previously served on the boards of the local YMCA and Red Cross. Mr. Fleece is a former Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and a past Commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Currently, Mr. Fleece serves as Chairman of the Board of All Children
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Collen A. Carson

Attorney

Our job as lawyers is to understand our clients' needs and be able to deliver positive outcomes in their matters. It's not always enough to just be an expert in your field, but finding solutions and developing successful relationships requires hard work, creativity and good communication skills. The team here at BaskinFleece truly is a team, regardless of who is working on your matter, we have all levels of expertise to match the needs of our clients, and help each other in doing so.

Many times I can draw on my additional expertise and leadership experience from being affiliated with a variety of community and civic affiliations. Currently I'm the Vice President of the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council. I'm also involved with the Suncoast Estate Planning Council, the Furman University Planned Giving Advisory Board, as well as the Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Clearwater at Feather Sound.

From estate planning, to guardianship administration, to litigation - BaskinFleece has the depth and experience to find a solution for your project. What's more, I understand how to balance intelligence, creativity, and high-energy in a way that can help you achieve a positive outcome.

Practice Focus:
-Estate Planning
-Corporate Law
-Probate and Trust Administration
-Guardianship Administration

Noteworthy:
-Super Lawyer Rated (2013) Rising Star
-Held a strong leadership role in the Young Lawyers Division of the Clearwater Bar Association as a Past President, Treasurer and Secretary and currently a board member.
-Ms. Carson was an integral part in writing a grant to the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar Association seeking a grant to start an "Interview for Success" program in Pinellas County, Florida. Ms. Carson's team, through the Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, won top grant funding.

Education:
-Furman University, B.A., 2003,
-Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D., 2006,
-Boston University, LL.M., Taxation, 2007

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 2007

Professional Memberships:
-St. Petersburg Bar Association (Probate and Guardianship; Young Lawyers Section)
-Clearwater Bar Association (Probate and Real Property Section; Young Lawyers Division)
-American Bar Association (Tax Section)
-The Florida Bar (Tax Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law)
Education
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2006
  • Boston University
    LL.M., Taxation , 2007

Raleigh W. Greene, IV

Attorney

Education:
-University of Florida, B.A.
-University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with Honors

Practice Areas:
-Trust and Estate Litigation
-Fiduciary Litigation
-Guardianship Litigation
-Guardianship Administration
-Probate Administration
-Trust Administration
-Estate Planning
-Commercial Litigation
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law

Professional Memberships:
-American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section; Young Lawyer's Division)
-St. Petersburg Bar Association (Probate and Guardianship Section; Young Lawyer's Section)
-Clearwater Bar Association (Probate and Real Property Section; Young Lawyer's Division)

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 2011
Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, with honors

Jeffrey A. Eisel

Attorney

Education:
-University of Florida, B.S., 2004
-University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with Honors, 2011

Practice Areas:
-Trust and Estate Litigation
-Fiduciary Litigation
-Guardianship Litigation
-Guardianship Administration
-Probate Administration
-Trust Administration
-Estate Planning
-Commercial Litigation
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law

Professional Memberships:
-American Bar Association
-St. Petersburg Bar Association

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 2011
Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 2011

Joseph W. Fleece

Of Counsel

Education:
-University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1953
-Stetson University, J.D., 1967, replaced LL.B. conferred, 1956

Practice Areas:
-Probate
-Estate Planning
-Estate and Trust Administration

Professional Memberships:
-St. Petersburg Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Senior Lawyers Division)
-American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Senior Lawyers Division)
-Florida Bar (Executive Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1976-2008; Chairman, Trust Law Committee, 1984-1993).

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1956
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1968

Professional Honors and Distinctions:
-Recipient of the William S. Belcher award for service to hospital, 2003
-Board Certified by The Florida Bar of Legal Specialization and Education; Wills, Trusts and Estates
-Prior to joining Baskin Fleece, he was a partner at the St. Petersburg office of Holland & Knight LLP.

Community and Civic Affiliations:
-Rotary Club of St. Petersburg
-Suncoasters
-Centerbanc Savings Assn, (formerly St. Petersburg Savings & Loan Assn.) - Past Chairman, Board of Directors
-St. Petersburg Yacht Club - Past Commodore
-St. Petersburg University of Florida Alumni Club - Past President
-Gator Booster, Scholarship Club and the University of Florida Foundation Advisory Council
-All Children's Hospital - Past Trustee and Chairman
-All Children's Hospital Systems - Past Trustee and Chairman
-Suncoast Estate Planning Council - Member, Board of Directors
-St. Thomas' Episcopal Church - Former Vestryman and Chancellor
Education
  • Stetson University
    Juris Doctorate, 1967, replaced LL.B. conferred, 1956

G. Penfield Jennings

Of Counsel

Education:
-Lehigh University, B.A., 1963
-Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1966

Practice Areas:
-Wills
-Estate Planning
-Estate Administration
-Trusts
-Real Property
-Trust Administration
-Elder Law
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Taxation

Professional Memberships:
-Clearwater Bar Association
-The Florida Bar (Member: Condominium and Planned Development Committee, 1979-; Elder Law Section, 1995-; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1980-; General Practice Section, 1980-)
-Financial Planning Association

Bar Admissions:
Florida 1966

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