If you need help with an elder law or wills, trust and estates issue the following explains why you should call us today at 239-939-7100!

  • Matthew A. Linde, Esq., B.C.S., CELA, is one of only about five (5) attorneys in Florida (out of over 88,000,000 and rising) who have attained Board Certification (Board Certified Specialist) by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and in Wills, Trusts and Estates and have been nationally recognized as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.  State (Florida and other states) and national (ABA approved) certification programs are the only programs that you can trust to carefully test an attorney's competency and carefully evaluate an attorney for professionalism.  Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of an attorney's competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization. Do you want somebody who is an expert in elder law and in wills, trusts and estates?  If so you want to hire Matthew A. Linde.
  • Robin D. Merriman, II, Esq., is an exceptionally intelligent attorney who is quickly developing into an outstanding probate and trust litigator.  Other attorneys who meet Mr. Merriman in the court room for the first time are often unpleasantly surprised at how well versed he is in the law and the specific facts of the case.  Further, since he has been practicing approximately a little over five years, his billing rate allows Mr. Merriman to litigate issues that may otherwise be cost prohibitive. 
  • Mr. Linde (and by January 2019 include Mr. Merriman) has a separate degree (Master of Legal Letters or LL.M. in taxation).  Mr. Linde has prepared hundreds of tax returns.  Even if you have a small estate you need to be aware of income tax issues.  For example, most attorneys do not know that in the last year of an estate, the deductions flow through to the beneficiaries.  Thus, you may only $100.00 of estate income and $5,000.00 of attorney’s fees, but if you file an estate income tax return in the last year of the estate, the $5,000.00 fee becomes a deduction a beneficiary can use on his or her income tax return.  Mr. Linde is an experienced tax attorney who will recognize these issues in your estate planning probate or trust issue.  Unlike most wills, trusts and estates attorneys and the few local attorneys (currently 9 others in Fort Myers) who are also board certified in wills, trusts and estates, Mr. Linde along with Mr. Merriman spend a significant amount of time litigating trust and estate issues. Thus, they are aware of the issues that can arise with improper drafting of estate planning documents and improper administration of a probate or trust. Further, if you have a contested issue, you do not have to go to another attorney who may not know anything about the nuances of wills, trusts and estates issues.
  • In one sense, the law is kind of like a glacier.  If you look at the law on a day to day basis, it appears not to change.  However, if you look at the law from year to year, the law is constantly moving and changing.  Thus, attorneys who seek to provide outstanding service must take steps to keep current with changes in the law.  The lawyers at Linde Law Group continually seeks to broaden his knowledge of the law and attends many legal seminars every year to stay current on the ever changing law.
  • The attorneys at Linde Law Group are are all well connected to the local community.  We are not going anywhere.   
  • All attorneys at Linde Law Group charge a fixed fee for estate planning documents. Further, for new estate planning clients, the attorneys will meet with you for free for twenty minutes and then give you a fixed price to prepare your estate planning documents.
  • While the attorneys at Linde Law Group do not market their services based on price, their hourly rate is generally lower than attorneys with similar qualifications and experience. Further, the attorneys at Linde Law Group have several support staff working for them. Thus, they do not spend time billing you for issues that can be delegated to someone who can perform the service for a lower rate or for no charge.  We can often significantly beat the price of similarly qualified attorneys in Naples. 
  • Attorneys at Linde Law Group are covered by a seven figure malpractice insurance policy.  You would be amazed at how many attorneys practice without any insurance.  In fact you should always ask any attorney you are considering hiring whether that attorney has malpractice insurance.  If the attorney does not, then that attorney is probably not very successful and has no assets to protect - would you want to hire someone like that?
  • Matthew A. Linde has several wins (with published decisions) at the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeals.  Thus, in the event the trial court judge makes an error in ruling on your case, Mr. Linde understands what needs to be done to get that decision overturned at the court of appeals.
  • Matthew A. Linde has recently been nationally recognized and attained the status of a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.  As of August 1st, 2016 there are only 479 CELAs in the United States and only a few like Mr. Linde who are also Board Certified in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates. More about CELAs can be found here: http://www.nelf.org/



For additional information please contact an attorney at Linde Law Group today at 239.939.7100

Matthew A. Linde