Probate, Trust & Guardianship Litigation
The Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. is a nine-attorney, 16-member boutique law firm concentrating its practice in probate, trust and guardianship litigation.
After many years and hundreds of cases, the attorneys have learned that the facts are always the same in a general sense, but have infinite variety as to the particulars. “There is always an elderly person, usually alone, and a predatory relative, friend or caretaker who takes advantage of the loneliness, dependency and infirmity of old age,” says Adrian Thomas, founder and senior partner.
Florida’s large elderly and affluent population has created a hotbed for abuse and subsequent litigation. “We understand that while clients are best served by first attempting to negotiate an honest, fair and prompt resolution to a dispute, it often becomes necessary for an estate attorney to litigate in order to preserve and protect a family member’s personal rights and assets or a client’s inheritance,” says Dan McGowan, a partner at the firm.
Probate, guardianship and trust litigation are developing areas of the law in Florida. Adrian Thomas has been practicing law for almost 20 years and has represented more than 800 clients in estate-related disputes, both prosecuting and defending, with a wide variety of causes of action. “We have a breadth of experience unique to a boutique firm, and our attorneys have varied backgrounds that make them exceptionally suited for our area of concentration,” says partner Robert Trinkler.
The firm has attorneys with backgrounds in estate planning, uncontested probate and guardianship, law enforcement, nursing, and guardianship advocacy, all of which play an important role in cases involving exploitation of the elderly.
Founding partner Adrian Thomas is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell and was voted among Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has a Master of Laws in estate planning from the University of Miami and has been a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Thomas is of counsel to Angelo & Banta, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and to Weins Frank in Berlin, Germany.
The Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. is located on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While a considerable percentage of the firm’s cases are in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa, it handles cases across the state and represents clients from around the world.
Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.
SunTrust Center, Suite 1050 | 515 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 | (800) 249-8125