Frese, Hansen, Anderson, Anderson, Heuston & Whitehead, P.A.

A respected and valued member of the community since 1989.

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Firm Overview

Based in Melbourne, our practice is specifically geared toward businesses and business owners in central Florida that need assistance with matters such as business formation, business purchase and sales agreements, wills and trusts, tax issues, commercial litigation, and civil appeals.

In addition to these services, our attorneys also represent individual clients, families and business owners who have other types of legal needs, including litigation, real estate, insurance, estate planning, wills and trusts, probate and trust litigation, elder law and probate-related concerns.
Our services will be tailored to meet your unique needs. We will work closely with you and collaborate amongst ourselves to achieve your goals while minimizing costs and delays at the same time.
Main Office

Main Office
2200 Front Street, Suite 301
Melbourne  FL  32901

Phone
  • 321-984-3300
Fax
  • 321-951-3741
Estate Planning
Creating the Individualized Estate Plan
Frese Hansen: Estate Planning Lawyers for Central Florida:
No matter how large or small your estate may be - estate planning is important because it allows you to make decisions now that will ensure your property goes to who you want, the way you want and when you want once you have gone. It also saves money on taxes, court costs and attorney's fees, and it allows loved ones to mourn your loss without the burdens of unnecessary red tape and financial confusion.

At Frese Hansen, we have two attorneys on staff who have been certified by the Florida Bar as specialists in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts. Their expertise - combined with our focus on related areas of the law such as tax, business and real estate - enables us to handle a broad range of issues and individual needs, including:
-Wills and codicils
-Revocable and irrevocable trusts
-Special needs trusts
-Life insurance trusts
-Medical/health care directives
-Durable power of attorney instruments
-Estate tax planning
-Florida homestead planning
-Business succession planning
-Elder law and Medicaid planning
-Probate and estate administration

Have you recently relocated to Florida? If so, talk to us about your existing estate plan to make sure that it conforms to Florida requirements.

Estate Planning Essentials:
The two most important estate planning instruments - the tools that should be a part of every plan - are the durable power of attorney and the will. The first is for managing your property during your life, in case you are ever unable to do so yourself. The second is for the management and distribution of your property after death.

J. Patrick Anderson

Melbourne, Florida
Shareholder

J. Patrick Anderson was raised in upstate New York and moved to Palm Beach County, Florida with his family in 1971. Following graduation from Florida Atlantic University in 1980 with a degree in social psychology. Mr. Anderson worked as a counselor in a community mental health center and as a probation officer. He is married and has two daughters.

Mr. Anderson attended the Nova Southeastern University School of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he served as a teaching assistant, research fellow and editor of the school law review. Mr. Anderson received his law degree in 1987, magna cum laude, graduating 9th out of 212 in his class.

Following law school, Mr. Anderson, attended the graduate tax program at the University of Florida where he received a Master of Laws degree in Taxation in 1988. After graduation from the University of Florida, Mr. Anderson practiced law in Atlanta, where he advised small and medium-size companies concerning tax and corporate matters.

Mr. Anderson concentrates in the areas of pension and employee benefits and in corporate and business transactions. He also represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service. He has significant experience and training in structuring business transactions to most effectively use the tax laws and to reduce potential adverse tax ramifications to his clients.

Mr. Anderson is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and The Florida Bar. He is admitted to practice before all courts of both Georgia and Florida, before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and before the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Tax Section and Health Law Section of The Florida Bar. Mr. Anderson is Board Certified in taxation.

Areas of Practice:
-Pension and Employee Benefits
-Corporate and Business Transactions

Litigation Percentage:
5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Tax Law, Florida Board of Certification

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1987
-Georgia, 1989
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
-U.S. Tax Court

Education:
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1988
LL.M.

Nova University Center for the Study of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1987
J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Teaching Assistant
Honors: Research Fellow
Law Review: Nova University Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1985 - 1987

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 1980
B.A.
Major: Social Psychology

Representative Clients:
-Pro-Formance Electronics, Inc.
-USA Insurance Group, Inc.

References:
-Arthur Boland, First National Bank, Melbourne, Florida
-Karen Kirkland, C.P.A., Hoyman Dobson and Company, Melbourne, Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Marine Resource Council of East Florida, 1991 - Present
Member, Committee on Finance

State Bar of Georgia
Member

The Florida Bar
Member

The Florida Bar, Tax Section
Member

The Florida Bar, Health Law Section
Member

Past Employment Positions:
Rubin and Wildam, Associate, 1987 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities:
Adopt-an-Agency, Brevard County Legal Aid, 1994 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Alpha Delta
Education
  • Nova University Center for the Study of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Juris Doctorate , 1987
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    LL.M. , 1988

Laura L. Anderson

Melbourne, Florida
Shareholder

Laura L. Anderson was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She is married and has two daughters. She attended Florida State University, and graduated with honors in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. While in Tallahassee, Ms. Anderson was actively involved in numerous campus organizations, holding leadership positions in student government and her sorority, Chi Omega, and singing with the University Singers. She was honored to be tapped in membership to Gold Key and Pi Gamma Mu (leadership and academic honorary societies), and selected among statewide applicants to serve as an intern in the Office of former Governor Bob Graham.

Ms. Anderson returned to Alabama for law school, graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1986. While in law school she served as associate editor of the Law and Psychology Review. After graduation she spent one year in Montgomery, Alabama as staff attorney to Alabama Supreme Court Justice Janies L. Shores, the first woman in United States history to be elected as a state Supreme Court justice, and then went back to school, this time to the University of Florida, earning a Masters of Law degree in taxation in 1988.

Ms. Anderson practiced with an established law firm in Atlanta, Georgia for two years, assisting clients in tax and estate planning. In search of a better quality of life, Ms. Anderson and her husband, Patrick, left successful careers in Atlanta and moved to Brevard County in June of 1990. Since arriving in Florida, Ms. Anderson has limited her practice to the areas of estate planning, probate and guardianship law, with particular emphasis on Medicaid planning.

Ms. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors of various organizations including the Senior Resource Alliance, Brevard County Estate Planning Council, and the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida State Guardianship Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of The Florida Bar. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Ms. Anderson is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates.

Areas of Practice:
-Estate Planning
-Probate
-Guardianship Law
-Medicaid Planning

Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates

Bar Admissions:
-Alabama, 1986
-Georgia, 1988
-Florida, 1991

Education:
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1988
LL.M.

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1986
J.D.
Law Review: Law and Psychology Review, Associate Editor

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA, 1983
B.S.
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Gold Key
Honors: Pi Gamma Mu
Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association
Member

Alabama Bar Association
Member

Georgia Bar Association
Member

Florida Bar Association
Member

Senior Resource Alliance
Board of Directors

Brevard County Estate Planning Council
Board of Directors

Florida State Guardianship Association, Space Coast Chapter
Board of Directors

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member

The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section
Member

The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Member

Past Employment Positions:
Office of Former Governor Bob Graham, Intern

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Janies L. Shores, Staff Attorney

Fraternities/Sororities:
-Phi Delta Phi
-Chi Omega
Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Juris Doctorate , 1986
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    LL.M. , 1988

Gary B. Frese

Melbourne, Florida
Founding Shareholder

Gary B. Frese was raised in Brevard County; he has four daughters. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Florida and then attended St. Mary's University, where he graduated with distinction with a law degree in 1976. Mr. Frese practiced law in Texas for three years. During that time, Mr. Frese quickly focused on taxation as the area of law in which he desired to develop expertise, and in 1979 enrolled in New York University School of Law, one of the top-rated graduate tax law schools in the nation, where he earned a Master of Laws degree in taxation. Mr. Frese is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in both taxation and real estate.

Because there are tax issues in most commercial transactions and in the formation and operation of business entities, Mr. Frese is able to draw upon his experience and education in the fields of accounting and taxation to provide unique and invaluable insight in the areas of real estate acquisitions, development, sales and financing, and in the formation and operation of corporations, and other business entities. Mr. Frese also devotes considerable attention to the handling of tax-free exchanges and commercial finances, and in most other aspects of business law, including the negotiation and preparation of business contacts, partnership and shareholder agreements and a myriad of business-related transactions. His practical approach to business problems and transactions, while maintaining sensitivity to the economics and legal aspects of transactions, is considered by Mr. Frese's clients to be among his strongest attributes.

Mr. Frese has been very involved with the Founders Forum, an entrepreneurial assistance organization. He was on its Board of Directors from 1991 to 2001 and served as President in 1996 and 1997. Mr. Frese is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of a locally based community bank.

Mr. Frese is admitted to practice before the court in Florida and before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit. He frequently lectures to civic groups and college classes and in seminars on topics related to taxation and real estate transactions.

Areas of Practice:
-Real Estate Acquisitions, Development, Sales and Financing
-Formation and Operation of Corporations and Other Business
Entities
-Tax-Free Exchanges
-Commercial Finances
-Business Law
-Negotiation and Preparation of Business Contracts
-Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
-Business-Related Transactions

Certification/Specialties:
-Board Certified in Taxation, The Florida Bar
-Board Certified in Real Estate, The Florida Bar

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1978
-Texas, 1977
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1978
-U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1983
-U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1984
-U.S. Tax Court, 1984

Education:
New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1980
LL.M.
Major: Taxation

St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1976
J.D.
Honors: With Distinction

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1974
B.S.
Major: Accounting

Representative Clients:
-Mercedes Homes, Inc.
-Atlantic Mortgage Services, Inc.
-First Business Bank
-H&H Builders, Inc.

References:
A. Scott Huff, CLU, A Professional Insurance Company, Inc., Melbourne, Florida
Charles W. Hoyman Jr., CPA, Hoyman, Dobson & Company, Melbourne, Florida
Robert Kush, CFO, Mercedes Homes, Inc., Melbourne, Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Founder's Forum, 1991 - 2001
Board of Directors

Founder's Forum, 1996 - 1997
President
Education
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    Juris Doctorate , 1976
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    LL.M. , 1980

Gregory S. Hansen

Melbourne, Florida

Gregory S. Hansen was born and raised in Kansas. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1985 after graduating from The Florida State University College of Law. Mr. Hansen has one daughter. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Kansas State University, cum laude.

After moving to Brevard County, Mr. Hansen was appointed Assistant State Attorney of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, for Brevard and Seminole Counties, where he served from 1985 until 1989. During his tenure as an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Hansen was lead counsel in well over 100 felony jury trials. His most recent assignment before entering private practice was Chief Trial Attorney for all of the major drug prosecutions in Brevard County. In this position, he distinguished himself in handling the prosecution of complex criminal conspiracies.

Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Hansen has drawn upon his extensive jury trial experience by representing plaintiffs and defendants in handling hundreds of personal injury litigation cases. Mr. Hansen's easy demeanor enables him to quickly establish requisite rapport with clients, witnesses and, most importantly, jurors, which is a vital personal quality in a successful personal injury trial practice.

Mr. Hansen has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1993. He is a contributing author on the subject of wrongful death claims in a professional practice manual published by The Florida Bar. Mr. Hansen is admitted to practice before the courts of Florida, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit.

Year Joined Organization:
1989

Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury -- Defense
-Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1993

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1985
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990
-U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education:
Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1984
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Kansas State University
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Accounting

Past Employment Positions:
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Brevard and Seminole Counties, Assistant State Attorney, 1985 - 1989
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1984
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Stephen P. Heuston

Melbourne, Florida
Shareholder

Stephen P. Heuston was born and raised in the state of Washington. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant for various members. In his last position with the House of Representatives, he assisted the member with economic, budget and tax issues, including the complete revision of the United States Internal Revenue Code in 1986.

Mr. Heuston entered the George Washington University National Law Center in 1986 and received his law degree in 1989. While attending the National Law Center, Mr. Heuston was selected as a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics and his Note was chosen for publication.
Following law school, Mr. Heuston practiced for three years with the Washington, D.C. office of a Baltimore law firm and worked in that firm's Trusts and Estates department in the areas of probate, tax and estate planning. Mr. Heuston married a Vero Beach native and was easily persuaded to move to Brevard County, Florida in 1993, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Mr. Heuston is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. Mr. Heuston practices solely in the areas of the administrations of estates, trusts, and guardianships, estate and tax planning, and taxation of decendents' estates. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Florida and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of The Florida Bar and the Brevard County Estate Planning Council. Mr. Heuston is a member of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Corps of the Salvation Army.

Areas of Practice:
-Administration of Estates, Trusts, and Guardianships
-Estate and Tax Planning
-Taxation of Decendents' Estates

Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1993
-Maryland, 1989
-District of Columbia, 1990

Education:
George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1989
J.D.
Law Journal: George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, Member, 1987 - 1989

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1982
B.A.
Major: Business Administration

Published Works:
United States and Romanian Trade Relations: Development and Use of Most-Favored-Nation Trading Status, 22 George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics 379, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships:
District of Columbia Bar
Member

The Florida Bar, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
Member

Brevard County Estate Planning Council
Member

Salvation Army, Melbourne Corps
Member, Advisory Board

Past Employment Positions:
-Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, Associate, 1989 - 1993
-United States Senate, Legislative Assistant
-United States House of Representatives, Legislative Assistant
Education
  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

Erika J. McBryde

Melbourne, Florida

Erika J. McBryde was born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Brevard County. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she served on the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.

During law school, Ms. McBryde clerked with the Central Legal Staff of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth's intermediate appellate court. Having a strong interest in the arts, she also served as the manager of legal services during her third year of law school for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a legal arts organization providing pro bono legal services to artists and cultural nonprofit organizations in the greater Philadelphia area.

Ms. McBryde joined the firm in August 1999 to assist the litigation department with legal research and writing before passing the Bar. Her ability to quickly understand complicated legal issues and to concisely and clearly articulate legal arguments has led her to the areas of civil litigation and appellate practice.

A member of The Florida Bar, Ms. McBryde is admitted to practice before the courts of Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation and Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 2000
-New Jersey, 2000
-Pennsylvania, 2001
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2002

Education:
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D.
Law Journal: Temple International and Comparative Law Journal

University of Pennsylvania
B.A.
Honors: Philip E. Goldfein Class of '34 Shakespearean Prize
Major: English
Education
  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate

Allan P. Whitehead

Melbourne, Florida
Shareholder

Allan P. Whitehead was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. His military family lived in many locations until settling in Kissimmee, Florida in 1970. He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a B.A. in English. After college, Allan joined the Navy and served as a Naval Aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat. After his tour of duty, he attended Marquette University Law School and graduated with high honors. His first position after graduation was as an associate in the business/commercial litigation department of a large law firm in Tampa; Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker. From there, Mr. Whitehead became a partner in the Melbourne law firm of Mosley, Wallis & Whitehead. Allan joined the firm in December, 1999 as a commercial litigator.

Allan's practice is focused primarily in the area of commercial and business-related litigation. His technical training makes him perfectly suited for complex litigation, such as securities fraud, unfair competition, land use/condemnation, construction defects, and a whole host of other complicated commercial and business lawsuits. Mr. Whitehead's calm and confident demeanor is a result of being extremely thorough in case preparation and very knowledgeable in courtroom procedure.

Allan is licensed to practice in Florida and Wisconsin, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Coffee, a Federal Judge on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Allan was also honored for selection as a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society.

Allan is married and has three sons. He has resided in Brevard County since 1991.

Year Joined Organization:
1999

Areas of Practice:
-Commercial and Business-Related Litigation
-Complex Litigation
-Securities Fraud
-Unfair Competition
-Land Use/Condemnation
-Construction Defects

Bar Admissions:
-Wisconsin, 1990
-Florida, 1990
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990
-U.S. Federal Court, 1990

Education:
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Honors: With High Honors

University of the South, Sewanee, TN, USA
B.A.
Major: English

Honors and Awards:
Member, Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society

Past Employment Positions:
Navy, Naval Aviator

Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, Tampa, FL, Associate, Business/Commercial Litigation Department

Mosley, Wallis & Whitehead, Melbourne, FL, Partner

Hon. Judge Coffee, Federal Judge, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Law Clerk
Education
  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    With High Honors

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