Jim Martin attended Georgia Tech, Stetson University, and Stetson University College of Law, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stetson and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson for over ten years and was inducted into Stetson Law’s Hall of Fame. Stetson is nationally ranked #3 in trial advocacy and #3 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report.

Jim has practiced estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, real estate, construction, business, corporate, LLC, employment, copyright, trademark, corporate, contracts, and nonprofit law and related litigation in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida for over 40 years.

He has the highest attorney ratings on Martindale, Avvo, and Super Lawyers, and he is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Attorney. He has advised clients in real estate sales and purchases, drafted hundreds of wills and living trusts, handled the legal aspects of all types of probate and trust estates, formed business corporations and nonprofit corporations, drafted and reviewed tons of contracts, and litigated probate, trust, real estate, and business disputes.

Jim Martin served for six years on The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee and served as chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association Probate Section, Real Property Section, and Business Law Section.

Jim enjoys writing books, articles, and forms for Florida attorneys:

  • Jim recently wrote five ebooks on real estate sales contracts, real estate leases, and forming LLCs, business corporations, and nonprofit corporations, which are available as free downloads below and as print paperbacks on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  • He wrote eight legal forms books for West Publishing, comprising over five thousand pages of legal forms.
  • His articles on Florida probate, wills, real estate, contracts, and business have been published in national and state bar publications and are available as free downloads below.
  • He writes a blog with comments on Florida wills, trusts, probate, estates, estate planning, real estate, and business law.

Education

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Stetson University, B.S. Mathematics
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D.

Ratings and Board Certification

  • Super Lawyers Top Rated Estate and Trust Litigation Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Martindale Hubbell and Lawyers.com AV Preeminent Rating
  • AVVO 10.0 – 9.9
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate Law

Awards

  • Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame
  • Stetson University College of Law Ben C. Willard Award
  • The Florida Bar Journal Writing Competition Award
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law and Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional Associations

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law (2009-present date)
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Prior Experience
    • Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar
    • Coordinating Committee on Technology of The Florida Bar, Chair
    • Probate Law Section of St. Petersburg Bar Association, Chair
    • Real Property Law Section of St. Petersburg Bar Association, Chair
    • Business Law Section of St. Petersburg Bar Association, Chair
    • Editorial Board, The Practical Lawyer, American Law Institute – American Bar Association

Community Organizations

  • Salvador Dali Museum, Inc., Trustee, Officer, Executive Committee, Attorney (1980-present date)
  • Prior Experience
    • City of St. Petersburg, City Councilman
    • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Councilman
    • Leadership St. Pete, Graduate
    • Leadership Tampa Bay, Graduate

Free Ebooks and Amazon and Barnes and Noble Paperbacks

Hardbound Books

  • West’s Legal Forms, Volume 29, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Florida Jurisprudence Forms, Legal & Business, Volumes 1 through 15 Supplements
  • West’s Florida Legal Forms, Volumes 1 and 2, Business Organizations
  • West’s Florida Legal Forms, Volumes 3 and 4, Real Estate Transactions
  • West’s Florida Legal Forms, Volumes 8 and 9, Specialized Forms
  • West’s Florida Corporations System

Articles

Speaking Engagements

  • Basics of Contract Drafting, The Florida Bar CLE Committee and Young Lawyers Division
  • Drafting Settlement Agreements (That Stay Out of Court), The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Construction Law Committee
  • Tips for Handling the Complex Real Property Transaction, ALI CLE
  • Getting to Paperless: A Lawyer or Law Firm’s Step by Step Guide, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • Tips for Handling the Complex Real Property Transaction, St. Petersburg Bar Association Real Property Section
  • Solo Practice Management Basics, Stetson University College of Law
  • Snakes in the Grass: Hidden Real Property Issues in Probate, St. Petersburg Bar Association Real Property and Probate Sections
  • Ten Tips for Handling Complex Probate, St. Petersburg Bar Association Probate & Guardianship Section
  • Drafting a Clear As-Is Agreement, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the As-Is Sale But Were Afraid to Ask, St. Petersburg Bar Association Real Property Section
  • Drafting the Settlement Agreement That Stays Out of Court, Presidential Showcase Program, Litigating with Power and Professionalism, American Bar Association Tort & Insurance Practice Section, ABA Convention, Chicago
  • Forming a Small Music Business: The Who Meets the Whys and the Wherefores, The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • The Lawyer’s Conscience: Professionalism and Ethics in Writing, The Florida Bar Convention
  • Writing the Contract that Stays Out of Court, The Florida Bar Convention
  • How to Write Letters Nonlawyers Will Read, The Florida Bar Convention
  • The Lawyer’s Conscience: Professionalism in Writing Contracts and Wills for a Mechanistic World, The Florida Bar Convention
  • Writing the Contract that Stays Out of Court, The Florida Bar Convention
  • Writing the Contract that Stays Out of Court, The Florida Bar Convention
  • Nonprofit Corporations in Florida, The Florida Bar Business Law Section

Courts Admitted To Practice

  • Florida:
    • All State Courts
  • Federal:
    • U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for 11th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact

If you have the need for a St Petersburg Pinellas County Florida lawyer, you may use the contact form below or call Jim Martin directly at 727-821-0904 or email him at jim@jamesmartinpa.com for a free initial consultation.

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