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.

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
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.
The Wheeler Law Firm, P. A.
Wyrough, Jr., William E.
Wyrough Law Firm

Attorney William Wyrough is the founder of our Miramar Beach law firm. He brings more than 20 years of legal experience to each matter, and he is committed to helping clients find the best solutions for their specific circumstances. A dedicated Christian and family man, he enjoys raising his two young boys with his wife.

Wyrough Law Firm
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