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Our Areas of Practice We are equipped to meet your legal needs
Estate Planning & Tax
Our Vero Beach estate planning and tax lawyers are dedicated to assisting individuals and families with personalized estate planning solutions.
Estate planning and tax is a significant part of our firm, and we offer a broad range of services in this area. We work with our clients to design and implement plans to minimize taxes, preserve family wealth, and carry out each client’s specific goals in accordance with their final wishes. Our Estate Planning & Tax Group is the largest practice group of its kind in Indian River County, and each member has a graduate law degree in either taxation or estate planning. By combining our tax and estate planning experience, we are able to provide our clients with a level of estate planning sophistication that rivals any in the country.
Real estate is a cornerstone of the Treasure Coast community — and real estate law is a cornerstone of our firm.
Gould Cooksey Fennell’s widely recognized real estate practice is a reflection of our years of commitment to the service of real estate matters on the Treasure Coast. By enhancing traditional services to respond to the Treasure Coast’s growth and economic development, we have broadened the scope of the firm’s legal services to address the specific needs of a sophisticated and dynamic client base.
Personal Injury & Medical Negligence
When you experience a sudden and traumatic injury or loss due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to have the right people on your side. If you or someone you love is a victim of personal injury due to no fault of their own, choosing the right attorney could be one of the most important decisions of your life.
Gould Cooksey Fennell has nearly 60 years of experience fighting for those seriously injured as a result of the negligence of others. Drivers, employers and medical practitioners are held to certain standards, and our attorneys are ready to take action when their negligence results in serious injury or death.
Will & Trust Disputes
Cooksey Gould Fennell’s attorneys take pride in using their experience in complex estate and trust litigation matters to assist our clients.
We cater to clients’ needs by offering a broad range of services in this area, routinely representing clients in will contests, trust contests, elective share disputes, and fiduciary misconduct cases. Our experienced trial lawyers work closely with our team of estate planning lawyers to handle all kinds of controversies involving trusts and estates. The unsurpassable collaborative partnerships between these two teams ensure that the client gets the best representation possible in any estate or trust litigation matter.
Business & Construction Litigation
When it comes to business and construction litigation matters, it’s important to know you’re working with seasoned attorneys who have your best interests at heart.
Gould Cooksey Fennell’s attorneys have years of experience examining all facets of business and construction law to guide the litigation process. The business and construction litigation attorneys provide skilled representation in state or federal court, and are trained and experienced in handling even the most complex cases. The Commercial Litigation Group’s goal is to protect our clients’ interests in the most aggressive, but practical and cost effective way possible.
The lawyers in our Corporate Group are committed to a high level of personal service in every transaction, and they are responsive to our clients’ individual and highly specialized needs.
We provide personalized service and advice in connection with all types of business transactions, including entity formation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, employment contracts and financing. Several lawyers in our Corporate Group have advanced legal degrees in taxation and regularly represent clients in structuring business transactions to minimize taxes.
Labor & Employment
The attorneys at Gould Cooksey Fennell are dedicated to providing superior legal services to business owners and governmental entities.
We provide preventative strategies for your business or government designed to prevent a claim or lawsuit before it is filed. In that regard, we have significant experience in working work with businesses and government to craft policies that carefully consider the needs of all parties, as well as providing on the spot advice to employers before they make important decisions, such as hiring or discipline. However, when litigation is initiated our attorneys are skillful at vigorously defending our clients with the goal of getting them out of the court system as soon as possible, and with the best possible result in a cost efficient manner.
The Truth is in the Numbers Good work that is worth sharing
$150 Millionrecent personal injury
verdicts & settlements
100% of Estate
Planning Attorneyshold Masters of Law degree in
Estate Planning or Tax
$515 Millionin total real estate
closings since 2013
60 Yearsserving the legal needs
of our community
#1only firm with primary office
on the Treasure Coast listed
as "Best Law Firm" by
US News & World Report
“I would like to thank you once more for your diligence, thoughtfulness and caring manner in carrying out our family’s estate. You have our utmost confidence and gratefulness as you proceed forward.”Estate Planning Client
“You are the best for all of your efforts – I feel fortunate to have had you on my side! Our closing wouldn’t have happened otherwise!”Real Estate Client
“I wish to thank you for the outstanding job you and your staff did with my lawsuit. I could not ask for any better support than I received.”Personal Injury Client
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