Mathison Whittles, LLP

Mathison Whittles, LLP

Founded in 1979, Stephen S. Mathison, P.A. provides timely and customized legal solutions for businesses and individuals, and is committed to building long-term relationships with our clients.

Firm Overview

When you entrust your case to our attorneys and capable staff, we devote our experience and attention to your case every step of the way, and are available for you 24/7.

Because of our reputation for delivering consistent quality and service we are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for our professionalism and ethics.

Our attorneys thrive on challenges, so why not let us do the heavy lifting? We can help you overcome your legal issues in:
-Business and corporate law
-Real estate and land-use

We support our community:
-Mr. Mathison is Chairman of the Board of PGA Corridor Association.
-Mr. Mathison is Chairman of the Palm Beach State College Investment Committee and an Executive
Board Member of Palm Beach State College Foundation
-Mr. Mathison is Legal Counsel to Hospice of Palm Beach County.

We are a client-centered law firm:
At Stephen S. Mathison, P.A., we love getting to know our clients. We provide you with a free initial consultation so that we can review the circumstances of your case and give you an honest appraisal of how we can help. For more than 33 years we have built our practice around providing our clients with tangible solutions and mutually beneficial long-term relationships. And as a result we have the distinction of serving and advising clients such as the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, Wachovia Bank, and John W. Galbreath & Co., and we are the approved attorneys for the Attorneys Title Insurance Fund, the Chicago Title Insurance Company, the Commonwealth Title Insurance Company and Fidelity National Insurance Company.
Main Office
Main Office
5606 PGA Boulevard, Suite 211
Palm Beach Gardens  FL  33410
  • 561-624-2001
  • 561-624-0036
A trusted ally of businesses across Florida
Running a business in Florida is hard work. An experienced attorney can be your best ally in growing your business while avoiding legal and financial pitfalls along the way. For the last 33 years, Stephen S. Mathison has advised individuals and companies on how to best organize and run their businesses. We provide clients with a full range of legal services related to:
-Commercial and civil litigation
-Business formation and advice
-Due diligence
-Financial investment counseling
-Contract review and development
-Breach of contract disputes
-Buy-sell agreements
-Shareholder disputes

Stephen S. Mathison, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens represents individuals starting their own businesses as well as business owners hoping to expand their operations. Whatever issues you have with your business, our firm possesses the knowledge and ability needed to help you achieve the best possible results.

Working together to build your business:
Stephen S. Mathison, P.A. is committed to the success and prosperity of your business. To meet your goals, our attorneys are dedicated to close collaboration with you so we can provide the most practical and appropriate advice given your specific business needs. By understanding your expectations and financial capabilities, our attorneys can better address your needs, including what corporate entity and tax structures to select and how best to limit your personal liability.

After your business is formed, our firm encourages all our clients to call us for assistance with any problems that may arise. We have advised clients on insurance coverage, investment strategies and corporate compliance issues, and we have negotiated and drafted contracts and buy-sell agreements. If litigation becomes necessary, our firm's attorneys zealously advocate for your financial interests in the boardroom or the courtroom.
Commercial Real Estate
Mathison Whittles, LLP will represent your Commercial Real Estate legal matters.
Commercial property sales transactions
Mathison Whittles, LLP will represent your Employment legal matters.
Estate Planning
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the attorneys at Stephen S. Mathison, P.A. can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:
-Filing the will with the appropriate Florida county probate court
-Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
-Finding and collecting assets
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Paying estate taxes
-Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring experts, when appropriate

Probate disputes:
Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. Our professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating disputes. That said, we assertively defend our client's beneficiary rights within the Florida probate court when doing so is necessary.
Real Estate
Whether you are buying a home, negotiating an office build-out or litigating an easement dispute, the attorneys at Stephen S. Mathison, P.A. are available to help.
By using our extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business, our attorneys are able to work with you to resolve all important real estate issues, including:
-Residential home sales transactions
-Commercial property sales transactions
-Homeowners associations
-Condominium law
-Landlord-tenant disputes
-Real estate contracts
-Eminent domain
-Zoning, land use and building permits
-Boundary and easement disputes
-Title disputes

Real estate litigation lawyers:
When facing the stress of real estate litigation, having an attorney with substantial knowledge about Florida property laws and civil litigation by your side can lighten the burden. Along with our dynamic courtroom demeanor, our attorneys possess more than 33 years of courtroom experience necessary to successfully litigate your real estate disputes.

Real estate negotiators:
When it is in your best interest to solve a real estate dispute outside the courtroom, our effective mediators guide negotiations toward equitable solutions. By retaining an experienced mediator to negotiate your contracts, you can often save unnecessary stress, time and money and feel confident you have made the most beneficial deal.

Smart legal assistance:
The firm's attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced lawyers who advise individuals and municipalities about the legal aspects of land use development and regulation. If you are currently involved in a land use matter, contact us for assistance with:
-Zoning and rezoning requests
-Zoning enforcement
-Flood plain issues
-Involuntary and voluntary annexations
-Conditional use permits
-Special use permits
-Mixed-use projects
-Subdivision plats
-Administrative appeals
-Annexation appeals
-Boundary disputes
-Zoning and subdivision ordinances
-Appearances before local public bodies and appeals of their decisions
-Quasi-judicial hearings

Stephen S. Mathison will assist and represent you if you have to appear before a planning board or a board of commissioners to present your land use development application. If you have variance issues or are making an administrative appeal, you should have legal representation when appearing before a board of adjustment. You may also want the firm's attorneys' assistance in seeking approval of preliminary and final subdivision plats and rezoning requests.

Concerning forced annexation, the firm's attorneys have represented individual landowners across the state, who have successfully sued their respective cities and towns to stop properties from being annexed.

Whatever the land use dispute, we have dealt with it and have often represented and argued both sides of the issues.
Wrongful Termination
Mathison Whittles, LLP will represent your Wrongful Termination legal matters.
Wrongful Termination

Stephen S. Mathison

ISLN: 905097853

Attorney Stephen Mathison has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell listing, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas:
-Real estate
-Land use and zoning
-Estate planning
-Corporate law
-Business and banking law

-Florida, 1983

-University of Florida, J.D., 1982
-University of Florida, B.S., 1979

Associations and memberships:
Palm Beach County and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member, Sections: Environmental, Land Use and Business Law).
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

Frederic T. DeHon, Jr

Of Counsel
ISLN: 907942571

Attorney Frederic DeHon is a certified public accountant licensed in Florida since 1980 and is BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas:
-Estate planning
-Taxation and tax planning
-General civil litigation

Florida, 1980

-University of Florida, J.D., 1979
-University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1976

Associations and memberships:
Palm Beach County Bar Association (Member, 1985 - 1994 and Vice-Chairman, 1987 - 1995, Sports Committee; Member, Special Needs of Children, 1987 - 1992); The Florida Bar (Member: Family Law Section; Tax Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Committee on Relations with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1981 - 1986; Clients' Security Fund Committee, 1986 - 1996; Family Law Section Special Committee on the Needs of Children, 1986 - 1988); Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Member, 1982 - 1983 and Chairman, 1983 - 1984, Committee on Relations with the Florida Bar; Member, Board of Directors and Chairman of the Taxation Committee, East Coast Chapter, 1984 - 1986).
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate , 1979