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Tom Rutherford has over 35 years of experience in Central Florida in the following areas:

✓ Mediation:

Mediation is the process whereby the parties that are involved in a dispute over anything, whether big or small, can engage an expert trained in the art of bringing about a compromise and a resolution, in order to end the controversy. If done properly, the parties can always expect to improve their situation. It is a process where a trained, unbiased “middle man” can massage the differences between parties and can help make difficult issues appear to be resolvable and be made simple.

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✓ Business Law:

Every serious agreement needs to be memorialized. Otherwise, even honest people can disagree as to what was really intended. You are the best author of that agreement, but in many cases, you need the help of a lawyer to include ingredients that you may not have thought of. If you are owed a debt, we can help you get a judgment and attempt to collect on it. We can help you if you need to establish and maintain a Corporation (Profit or Non-Profit) or a LLC or a Partnership. In is important to operate your business carefully for many reasons, including IRS concerns.

  • Contracts
  • Business Sales
  • Corporations and other legal entities
  • Business Litigation

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✓ Litigation:

Courts are designed to help people bring a dispute to a close and to reach justice. Most of the time, it is important to have the assistance of an experienced attorney. Sometimes, in the smaller matters, an attorney’s guidance may be all that is necessary. Judges are committed to helping bring about a right and just conclusion, but it is important to include in your trial presentations, all the necessary things that assist in helping the judge do so.

  • Court Proceedings
  • Trials
  • Appeals

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✓ Personal Law:

These are very important documents wherein you set directions for your future course: Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will. You need to make your intentions known. We would be happy to spend time assisting you to draw up these documents.

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Simple Estate Planning

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✓ Real Estate Law:

Dealings in Real Estate can be a bit tricky. It always helps to check with an attorney who works in this area of the law as to how to approach a deal and what you may need in the form of Title Insurance and other considerations associated with the purchase or sale. We would be happy to assist.

  • General Real Estate
  • Deeds / Mortgages
  • Real Estate Closings / Conveyances
  • Leases / Options
  • Landlord / Tenant Relationships
  • Foreclosure and Foreclosure Defense
  • Real Estate Disputes

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