Practice Areas

Cody & Linde, PLLC handles cases involving business litigation, probate and trust administration, fiduciary, trust, probate and guardianship litigation and estate planning and elder law. The Firm regularly represents clients in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Naples.  The Firm also has some cases in different parts of Florida.

Estate Planning

Did you know that everyone in the state of Florida has an estate plan?  Part I of Chapter 732 of the Florida Statues is your estate plan if you have assets titled in your name and do not have a will.  For some people this is acceptable.  However, for many of us, failing to plan is inadvertently creating a mess upon your death.

 

Guardianship Administration and Litigation

Adult guardianship begins with a determination concerning whether a person is fully or partially incapacitated.   The reason for this is that if the person has capacity, then they can do what they want to do much to the chagrin of their children sometimes.

Attorneys at Cody & Linde, PLLC provide legal services to individuals who need to have a loved one declared incapacitated, individuals who have been accused of lacking capacity, and to private and professional guardians who need to administer an ongoing guardianship.

 

Probate and Trust Administration

 

Matthew A. Linde, Esq. spends a significant part of his practice dealing with simple and complex probate issues.  Mr. Linde has practiced probate law for many years.  What is probate?  Probate (also known as estate administration) is a process where assets that are owned in the name of a deceased person are transferred to the proper beneficiaries as determined under Florida law.  Probate can be testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will).  The process involves admitting a will to probate, appointing an administrator, noticing potential creditors, paying proper claims and distributing assets to the proper beneficiaries.  There are many issues that can arise in probate and that is why you need someone involved who knows the process.

Probate Litigation and Will Contests

If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit to set aside or challenge a will, you need an attorney who knows what he or she is doing.  Matthew A. Linde is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney, and an expert in Wills, Trusts and Estates.  

Matthew Linde has many years of experience litigating probate and trust disputes.  Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization.

 

Elder Law

Elder law is defined by the Florida bar "legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives; lifetime planning; family issues; fiduciary representation; capacity; guardianship; power of attorney; financial planning; public benefits and insurance; resident rights in long-term care facilities; housing opportunities and financing; employment and retirement matters; income, estate, and gift tax matters; estate planning; probate; nursing home claims; age or disability discrimination and grandparents' rights. The specialization encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. Elder law clients are predominantly seniors, and the specialization requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting these clients." Fla. Bar. R. 6-20.2.  As you can see elder law involves the interaction of many areas of law, which is why you need an expert. 

Trust Contests and Trust Litigation

If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit to reform or void a trust, you need an attorney who knows what he or she is doing.  Matthew A. Linde is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney and expert in Wills, Trusts and Estates.  Matthew Linde has many years of experience litigating probate and trust disputes.  Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization.