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Are you in need of legal support from an aggressive family lawyer who will fight for you? Are you looking for an honest and assertive criminal defense attorney to stand up for you?

When you need reliability, experience, and resilience, you can count on Gitlen Law Firm. Based in Stuart, FL, Attorney Richard Gitlen harnesses over 25 years of experience and represents clients in Florida, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

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Interstate Representation in Florida, Massachusetts, & Connecticut

Attorney Gitlen has represented clients across the United States. He is licensed to handle cases in Florida, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and represents clients in multi-state and interstate conflicts.

If you are visiting Florida, have a family member who is arrested in Florida, or a spouse who wants to relocate to or from Florida with children, Attorney Gitlen is ready to stand by your side. Attorney Gitlen also represents personal injury victims, families of those in will or probate cases, and much more.

Representing families & spearheading mediation in cases of divorce, child custody, alimony, & more.
Defending clients in cases of assault, battery, domestic violence, child abuse, & other areas of criminal law.
Protecting the last wishes of your loved one & fighting for what’s rightfully yours in estate & probate court.

Serving divorcing spouses to provide long-term solutions in a timely fashion.

As a special thank you to our veterans, we offer military discounts!

Facts About Attorney Richard Gitlen

Richard Gilten, Attorney at Gilten Law Firm in Stuart, FL

How will Attorney Gitlen’s experiences benefit you? Discover more!

Richard Gitlen has over twenty years of experience and extensive trial experience as a family law and criminal justice attorney. Gitlen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and then received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford. Afterward, he pursued a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at New York University.

Extensive Legal Education
Attorney Gitlen earned his Juris Doctorate of Law at Quinnipiac University. He practiced for five years as an FRLS Legal Aid Consultant/Safe Space for Battered Women and then moved on to work as a Martin County Special County Attorney for five years.

Powerful Experience Beyond the Courts
Gitlen is an active member of the following organizations:

  • Alzheimer’s Advocacy Association of Treasure Coast
  • Florida Cycling Association
  • Court Appointed Trial Lawyer for Abused Children (Hibiscus Center for Abused Children)

He also hosts a weekly radio show on WSTU in Stuart, FL, where he speaks on legal issues. Gitlen is a speaker on domestic violence in judicial conferences and is the President-Elect of the St. Lucie County Bar, as well.

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How a Personal Injury Case Is Handled by My Firm

What Is a Personal Injury?

When a person is injured due to another person or entity, you are entitled to financial compensation. Negligence, criminal activity, and recklessness may be the result of a motor vehicle accident where the driver of another vehicle is driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs. It could be the result of not paying attention to the road due to talking or texting on a cell phone, not obeying speed limits, swerving into another lane, not yielding or following road signs, racing with other cars, not watching out for pedestrians and bicyclists, running a red light, failure to stop at a stop sign, following too close to another vehicle, or road rage.

Being injured as a result of negligence, recklessness, or criminal activity does not alleviate the physical and emotional damage incurred. Financial compensation due to damages will provide some comfort in knowing that relief for personal injuries and loss of property may be provided for emotional distress of you and your family, medical costs for treatment of your injuries both present and in the future, permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and lost wages as a result of not being able to work.

An attorney will work for you by evaluating your damages and negotiating with insurance companies involved and lawyers defending the parties that caused the accident. Do not try to do this alone. Insurance companies have their trained attorneys to limit the funds that you receive. Your attorney will represent your interests in both negotiations, and if required, the court representation of your claims. I have 25 years of experience in this area of the law and will aggressively represent you in your claims with my personal attention in your case.

What Is Wrongful Death?

In Florida, Wrongful Death is dictated by Florida Statutes.

An attorney files a claim and lawsuit for damages resulting from the victim’s wrongful death as a result of negligent, reckless, or criminal activity of a person or entity. It is similar to a personal injury case in that criteria for compensation needs to be evaluated and the death needs to be proven due to the acts of another person or entity.

The survivors are entitled to make a claim for wrongful death. The survivors include the descendant’s spouse, parents, and dependants of the decedent for support or services. It includes adoptive brothers and sisters. It includes the child born out of wedlock of a mother and the child born out of wedlock of the father, if the father is responsible for the child’s support.

The action shall be brought by the decedent’s personal representative, who shall recover for the benefit of the decedent’s survivors and estate all damages. Each survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of death to the expected lifespan of the decedent. A surviving spouse may also recover for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of the injury. Minor children may also seek these damages.

How a Probate Case Is Handled By My Firm

What Is Probate?

When a person dies, a power of attorney is no longer in effect. When a person has a Will, the terms of the Will take over since the power of attorney no longer is valid. If the deceased has a Last Will and Testament, this document determines how the assets are distributed among the heirs. If there is no Will, the estate of the deceased is determined by the pertinent Florida Statutes and is termed intestate.

Through the court probate process, a deceased person’s assets are distributed to the heirs of the estate. In Florida, probate cases require the personal representative to have an attorney. The personal representative is designated in the Will. If there is no Will, the Court will designate the personal representative. In other states, the personal representative is commonly referred to as the Executor or Executrix, depending on gender.

In Florida, the probate process can be straightforward or contentious depending on the purported heirs and creditors. Creditor bills are not forgiven and the estate will be required to examine all of the creditors’ claims. Creditors must make a claim against the estate within 20 days after the Notice of Administration is filed with the Court.

There are many grounds for contesting a decedent’s Last Will and Testament. These issues may include Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Abuse of Power of Attorney, Lack of Mental Capacity/Undue Influence/Fraud, Lack of Formalities of the Construction of the Will, and many more.

It is important for family members or other friends of the deceased to know if there is a Will and who has access to the Will, when the Testator dies. A Will in a safety deposit should have a designation of who shall have access to the Will, as specified in the Will to avoid difficulties in obtaining the Will upon the Testator’s death. A Will is worthless unless there is knowledge of the existence of the Will and the location of the Will.

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Gitlen Law Firm
1896 NE Acapulco Drive
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957

Phone: 772-631-3988 
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