Estate Planning / Probate – Walton County Bar Association
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Estate Planning / Probate

Beard, Amelia M. Hallenberg
McCalla Raymer, LLC

Mrs. Beard is the current president of the Walton County Bar Association and also served as the 2017 president.  Her practice includes real estate transactions and litigation, estate planning, business formation and collections.  She is licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia and lives in Freeport, FL with her husband and two sons.

Clark, Lacey Powell
Powell, Powell & Powell
(850) 682-2757

Lacey Powell Clark is an attorney with Powell, Powell & Powell in Crestview.  She devotes the majority of her practice to civil litigation, auto accidents, criminal defense, real estate, and probate and guardianship matters. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1991, and she earned her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1994, with honors.  She is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, an award signifying that her peers ranked her at the highest level of professional excellence.

(850) 689-1588

Cordle, Nathan R.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Nathan’s primary focus is commercial and residential real estate transactions, title insurance, and title curative work. Additionally, his practice area includes general real estate law, business and corporate entity formation, and estate planning. Nathan earned his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Alabama. During law school, Nathan served on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association, President of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Critzer, S. Scott
The Critzer Law Firm, P. A.

Scott graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After working as an engineer, he continued his education and graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993 and a member of The Florida Bar since 1995. He is past President of the Walton County Bar Association.

While his primary concentration is real estate law (residential and commercial closings, title insurance, short sale negotiations, and escrow services), he also provides legal advice in banking law, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, business law, probate-trust law and other civil matters.

12889 US Highway 98 W Unit 110A
Miramar Beach, FL  32550-3241

Davis, Mark D.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Mark Davis has been practicing law in Walton County for 28 years, both in private practice and as In-House counsel for the county.  His practice areas include governmental affairs, real estate, probate and general litigation.

Mark is a current member of the Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee of the Florida Bar and has previously served on the First Circuit Bench Bar Professionalism Committee and chaired The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1-B, First Circuit.  He is also an active member of the Walton County Bar Association.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Hawkins, John W.
The Hawkins Law Firm

I provide private client services for estate planning, business planning and asset protection, I am a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, and I am licensed in Florida and Texas. I was the Managing Partner of Matthews & Hawkins, P.A. (now Matthews & Jones, LLP) and Of Counsel before founding the Florida office of The Hawkins Law Firm in 2017. I graduated from the University of Texas (B.B.A), the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (M.B.A.) and South Texas College of Law (J.D). I am a member of the Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast and its President in 2008.

Helmich, Kevin M.
Beggs & Lane, RLLP
(850) 650-4747

Kevin M. Helmich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois, College of Law. In 1996, he moved his practice to Destin, Florida. In 2000, he was certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts & Estates. Mr. Helmich is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the Florida Bar. He is past president of the NW Florida Estate Planning Counsel and serves as a director of the Emerald Coast Estate Planning Council. Mr. Helmich is an equity partner of Beggs & Lane, and department head of the firm’s Wills, Trusts & Estates division.

Beggs & Lane, RLLP

Howell, Jr., William S.
William S. Howell, Jr., P. A.

Litigation Percentage

25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1984
Colorado, 1995
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1988


Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida – 1983

1727 S County Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Kerrigan, Jane E.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

After beginning her legal career in downtown Chicago, Jane Kerrigan relocated to Northwest Florida, with her husband Mike, to be closer to her family. Now a resident of Grayton Beach, Jane has firmly established herself in the community and has expanded her family to include three young children.

Jane has experience in many facets of the law, but she found her calling when she began assisting individuals and families in planning for their futures and the futures of their children and loved ones. Jane has a masters of law in taxation from the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

35008 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste 500
Destin, FL  32541

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

O’Rourke, Daniel C.
Matthews & Jones, LLP

Dan practices civil & commercial litigation, creditors & debtors’ rights, probate, construction, real estate, and land use – handling matters ranging from Covenants Not to Compete to construction liens & contract disputes, to federal real estate fraud trials – and Hyde Amendment claims – attorney fees for victims of bad faith federal criminal prosecutions before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Also a Certified Circuit & Family Mediator, and Qualified Arbitrator, he helps clients and counsel create practical and livable resolutions of disputes. Dan, a Knight of Columbus, previously was president of the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, and Okaloosa County Planning Commissioner.

Pleat, David B.
Pleat & Perry, P. A.
(850) 650-0599

Mr. Pleat, founding partner of Pleat & Perry, P. A., graduated from Duquesne University in 1981 (B.A.).  He attended law school at the University Of Baltimore (J.D. 1985) and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985.

Pleat & Perry, P.A. was founded in 1995 with the goal of providing top-quality legal services in many  different areas. Our lawyers’ success has brought us to cases throughout the United States, but we remain primarily in service with offices in Destin and servicing the surrounding communities of Destin including Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Santa Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach Florida, Niceville, Crestview, Freeport, Walton County, South Walton, 30A, and others throughout the Florida panhandle.
4477 Legendary Drive, Suite 202
Destin, FL  32541

Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P. A.
(850) 650-4402

Slaman, Amy P.
Beggs & Lane

Beggs & Lane
4405 Commons Dr E Ste 102
Destin, FL 32541-3538
Young Lawyers Division:
Law School:          University of Miami School of Law, 2011

Real Property, Probate Law

Young Lawyers

Practice Areas:
Estate Planning

Probate and Trust Litigation

Real Estate

Federal Courts:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Beggs & Lane website

Von Hoene, Susan

Ward, Lori Ellen
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

For over 20 years, Lori Ellen Ward’s practice has been focused on residential real estate closings, but she also advises clients in the areas of general real estate matters, commercial and residential real estate development, business formations and transactions, probate and estate planning.  She is the current Vice President of the Walton County Bar Association and also serves on both the Florida Bar Law-Related Education Committee and Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1B.  Lori lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband, teenaged son and daughter, 1 dog and 2 cats

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

Watson, Franklin H.
Watson Sewell, PL

Since 1997, Mr. Watson has practiced law in a boutique law firm environment. His practice is dedicated to business and real estate law, integrated estate planning and their related fields.

His real estate practice includes representation of clients as to a wide variety of transactions such as the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of residential lots, homes, subdivisions, multifamily developments, shopping centers, hotels, resorts and commercial office buildings. He also represents clients in personal property transactions such as those involving the purchase and sale of stock, limited liability membership and partnership interests, negotiable instruments, businesses and business assets. Mr. Watson’s finance experience includes both borrower and lender representation in the initiation, modification, purchase, sale and workout of secured and unsecured loans.

Mr. Watson’s practice in the area of integrated estate planning marries the client’s needs of life planning with death planning in order to protect their estates so as to provide for themselves as well as their loved ones during and after their lifetime.

Mr. Watson has supervised in the development of over thirty-five residential and commercial developments, providing legal representation in the acquisition, retention and financing of large tracts of land for the development of master planned communities, the disposition of finished lots to end users, investors and merchant builders, and has represented many clients in the development of apartment, office, retail, and hotel properties.  He also represents landlords and tenants in lease transactions involving residential and commercial space.
University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Concentration: Real Estate and Banking

University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business
Masters of Business Administration
Concentration: Finance

Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts
Concentration: History & Philosophy
Professional Experience:
Watson Sewell, LLC, Attorneys at Law, ATTORNEY
Seagrove Beach, Panama City Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Franklin H. Watson, P.A., Attorneys at Law, President
Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

1st National Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

W. Wade Wallace P.A., Attorney at Law, Attorney
Destin, Florida
F.N. Wolf & Co., Inc., Account Executive (Stock Broker – SERIES 7 & 63 Licenses)
Charlotte, North Carolina

Alabama Small Business Development Center, Management Consultant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Marvin’s Building Materials & Home Centers, Human Resources Consultant
Trussville, Alabama

The University of Alabama Executive MBA Program, Graduate Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The University of Alabama Department of Economics,
Finance, and Legal Studies, Graduate Research Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Johnstone Adams Bailey Gordon and Harris, Attorneys, Law Clerk
Mobile, Alabama

Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk
Charlotte, North Carolina
Licenses & Memberships:
Florida License to Practice Law
Alabama License to Practice Law
Florida Real Estate Agent License
Florida Bar Elder Law Section
Florida Bar Environmental Land Use Law Section
Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7 General Securities Representative (inactive)
Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law License (inactive)

Watson Sewell, PL
5410 E County Highway 30A Ste 202
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-6589

Watson Sewell, PL's Website

Weinstock, Michael D.
Michael D. Weinstock, P. A.

795 East John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Michael D. Weinstock, P. A.

Wheeler, Andrew D.
The Wheeler Law Firm, P. A.

Andrew D. Wheeler attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate of law in 2002. Over the past twelve years, Andrew has represented over 2,000 clients in cases involving family law and probate litigation, and counseled clients on elder law rights, long-term care planning and general estate planning. Andrew believes clients desire representation from attorneys who have a thorough understanding of their specific legal issues. Therefore, after beginning his career as a general practitioner, Andrew focused his career on these specific areas of law. He continues to concentrate on those areas today.

Andrew regularly interacts with the public by speaking to groups of people on elder law topics, including long-term care planning and techniques to avoid probate litigation. In 2012, Andrew began teaching seminars on adoption law through the National Business Institute, providing guidance to other attorneys on proper procedures to secure adoptions of children.

While attending law school, Andrew was active in numerous legal writing opportunities, won awards for legal writing and was selected as a member of the Cumberland Law Review. Andrew was then accepted to the Cumberland Study Abroad Program and attended Durham University in Durham, England. While completing a variety of courses that focused on transactional law and business principles, Andrew worked as a research assistant and intern for Chief Magistrate Judge John Ott in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Andrew is married to Regina Wheeler, with whom he has a son, and the family resides in Miramar Beach, Florida. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Destin and is active in the local chambers of commerce.

Walton County Office Address:
12889 US Highway 98 W, Unit 110A
Miramar Beach, FL  32550

The Wheeler Law Firm, P. A.

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