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Planning for Unmarried Couples ─ Sarasota, Florida, Lawyers

Fergeson Skipper, P.A., is a boutique law firm that provides legal services for a vast range of clients throughout Florida. Founded in 1976, we are known not only for our high-caliber services, but also for our courtroom experience. Our firm handles legal matters in a wide range of practice areas, including estate planning, real estate law, business law, probate law, litigation and appeals, and more.

Advocating for Unmarried Couples in Estate Planning Matters

Unmarried partners are not yet afforded the same statutory rights as married couples in Florida. While these rights are not yet recognized by the government, a variety of instruments can help you designate a person to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to.

At Fergeson Skipper, P.A., our team of lawyers will represent your interests in establishing an estate plan that fits your particular needs. We will assist you in creating a comprehensive plan that addresses important matters such as:

  • Designating a person to make health care decisions
  • Division of your estate
  • Survivor benefits
  • Pension division
  • Custody or guardianship matters

Recognized Legal Services

We are recognized as one of the leading law firms in Sarasota, Florida. Our team of lawyers is recognized not only for its experience, but for the level of diligence and advocacy it provides. Our shareholders have been recognized by The Florida Bar as Board Certified** specialists in such areas as estate planning, wills and trusts. Additionally, we are proud to say that our firm has achieved an AV Preeminent rating* by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating for both legal ability and ethics.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification provides consumers with assurance in the selection of legal counsel. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. To be certified, lawyers must practice for at least 5 years, show substantial involvement in the area of law for which they are certified, receive a passing examination grade, be assessed by peer review, and meet continuing legal education requirements in the area of law certified.

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