SmithLaw Attorneys

SmithLaw Attorneys

Firm Overview

Civil law with a major focus on bankruptcy. Other areas of expertise are civil litigation, personal injury, real estate, probate, guardianship, estate planning, and corporate representation.

Main Office

SmithLaw Attorneys
5391 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. N.
Suite 203
Sarasota FL 34240

Phone

(941) 202-2222

Fax

(941) 907-3040

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for bankruptcy, probate and injury cases.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes, for certain bankruptcy, probate and estate planning matters, we can do the case on a flat fee.

Hourly Rates

Call for details

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Marci Toomey

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English

Bankruptcy

Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification

Call us for free consult regarding bankruptcy, probate, estate planning or personal injury.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, where permitted.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We are a small office, so our entire office will be available to work on your file.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We use mediation in nearly all litigation cases.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

In some cases, yes.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We believe in achieving the best outcome at the least expense to clients. Example: We could litigate an injury case and recover $50,000 for a client, at an expense of $20,000, and a 75% success rate. Or, we could settle at $30,000 on expenses of $5,000, and a 100% success rate. In most circumstances, negotiating the settlement will be the superior option because it balances the risk, time, and expenses against the client's funds in a manner that best guarantees a recoupment.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We want our clients to be well informed and to understand the legal basis for our strategy. A well-informed client is usually in a better position to aid in the representation.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In certain limited capacities, yes, provided proper disclosure is made.

Christopher D. Smith

SmithLaw Attorneys

The principal attorney, Christopher D. Smith, has practiced law for over 13 years. He established his practice in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in 2005. Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

License

Bar Number: 605433
Florida, 2002

Education

Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., 2001

Harvard College
B.A., 1998

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