We are a general civil practice law firm, with a focus on divorce and family law, estate and trust planning, probate, bankruptcy, and foreclosure defense.Example cases
1. We represented a wife whose spouse was cheating. He was the sole "bread winner" in the family, as she stayed at home to care for their two young children. When he moved out, he refused to pay child support, and told her his lawyer would make her life miserable if she tried to make him pay. We obtained a divorce for her, secured approximately half of the marital assets for her (including a portion of his retirement), and were successful in having him pay alimony, child support, and her attorney fees.
2. We represented two generations of a family in probate and estate planning matters. The widow of a man who died retained us to probate his will, which included bequests to his son and to the widow. The estate had assets of approximately $750,000. After gathering all the facts we realized that neither the widow nor the son had an estate plan. The son's minor daughter has cerebral palsy. In addition to ensuring the estate was properly administered, we prepared an estate plan for the widow. We also prepared a plan for the son and his wife, which included a special needs trust for the disabled daughter to ensure she would not lose any government benefits to which she is entitled when she receives her inheritance.
510 Vonderburg Drive
Brandon FL 33511
Typically we charge $100 for an initial consultation, which is applied to the ultimate fee if we are retained. However, those who mention NOLO when setting the initial consultation do NOT have to pay a consult fee. Also, we offer free seminars in areas such as bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, and family law.
Most of our cases are handled on a fixed fee basis. For example, the legal fee for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $1,500. In those cases where a fixed fee is not practical, we do offer hourly rates.
$200 to $300 per hour for attorneys; $100 per hour for paralegals.
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Evenings and weekends by appointment only.
Yes. Laura Godsey.
It depends on the type of matter. That is determined on a case by case basis.
Our firm works as a team on all cases. However, as a general rule, work on cases is is performed by the team member that is competent to handle the work, yet who has the lowest billing rate to the client.
We use alternative dispute resolution in every case that there is a reasonable chance of success in doing so.
Yes. In addition to being active in various community and service organizations, we provide free seminars to the public in areas of interest, such bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, family law, and estate planning. Also, we are active with senior citizens in our community, such as sponsoring social events at local assisted living facilities.
When describing our firm, the most commonly used words we hear are "professional" and "comfortable". This is not by accident. We understand that whatever issue our client has to see an attorney about, that issue is probably the most important thing going on in his or her life at that time, whether they are going through a divorce, bankruptcy, or some other legal matter. With this understanding, we ensure that all matters are handled professionally and competently. We also do what is necessary to put the client at ease, to ensure he or she feels comfortable in our office, in dealing with our attorneys and staff, and in the knowledge we are working toward the best possible outcome in their case.
Our clients like that we have a broad practice base. We find our clients like that our senior attorney has over 22 year of experience, in many areas of the law. That experience allows us to handle most legal matters for our clients without the need for referring them to other attorneys. However, for those matters we do not handle, we have a network of affiliated attorneys so our clients can feel comfortable their matters will be handled by a professional who is competent in the type of matter at hand.
Informed clients are good clients. Our attorneys and staff tag team our cases. We consider the client to be an integral part of the team. We encourage them to educate themselves to help as part of the team.
It depends on the type of document. We find that, typically, the amount of fees the client pays us to review self-prepared legal documents are in the same range as the fees we charge to prepare them.
It depends on the type of matter. Representing yourself almost never works out better than having a competent attorney represent you, and it typically ends up costing you more in the long run.
O. Reginald Osenton has practiced law for 22 years, and was the senior partner of Osenton & Adkins, LLP, in Logan, WV. After moving to Florida in 2004, he worked at other law firms before opening Osenton Law Offices, P.A., in 2008.
Our firm works as a team on all cases. However, as a general rule, work on cases is performed by the team member that is competent to handle the work, yet who has the lowest billing rate to the client.
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