About Norton Hammersley
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Established in 1988, the law firm of Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. offers the highest-quality personal service for individuals and businesses.
With a wide range of practice groups and talented, ethical and dynamic attorneys, Norton, Hammersley offers the best of both worlds by utilizing extensive legal resources and knowledge in servicing each of its individual and business clients.
With over 25 years of Sarasota Law Practice experience, Norton Hammersley, a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, is comprised of 10 attorneys and four main practice groups: real estate, business and tax law, trial practice and dispute resolution, and estate planning/administration and asset preservation. The firm also has an energetic, talented and knowledgeable group of paralegals and staff to assist clients with their individual and business needs in the most cost-efficient manner.
Our Law Practice Areas
Business & Tax Law
Norton Hammersley’s business and tax law practice provides expert planning and advice to our individual and corporate clients. Our attorneys assist our clients in all aspects of their business, including the selection and formation of entities under which to operate, preparation and review of agreements, sales, purchases and mergers of businesses, obtaining financing and funding for businesses and employee relations.
In addition, our attorneys provide ongoing counseling relating to business operation, including officer liability, corporate formalities required to maintain liability protection, licensing and trademark issues, shareholder relationships, executive employment, employee vs. independent contractor classifications and employee-incentive plans.
The attorneys at Norton Hammersley plan for, identify and address state and federal tax issues and represent clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue.
Real Estate Law
Norton Hammersley’s real-estate practice group provides comprehensive legal representation to individual and corporate clients in the acquisition, development and sale of residential and commercial real property, leasing and financing of single-family homes, multi-family projects, residential subdivisions, hotels, office buildings, condominiums, shopping centers and other real-property developments throughout Florida. The firm is well positioned to assist its clients with real-estate transactions, including closings, tax-deferred exchanges, construction development and land-use matters, mortgage transactions, and serve as agent for several state and national title-insurance underwriters.
The attorneys at Norton Hammersley have extensive knowledge and experience with various lending and secured transaction matters, loan workouts, venture-capital financing and international banking matters, and regularly assist borrowers, commercial lending institutions, community banks, credit unions and holding companies in various loan and banking transactions.
Estate Planning, Estate Administration & Asset Preservation
Norton Hammersley’s estate planning, estate administration and asset-preservation practice assists individuals in pre-death planning for the distribution of assets prior to and at death. We assist personal representatives and trustees in carrying out their duties to creditors and beneficiaries.
Our estate planning and administration services include preparation of last will and testaments, trusts, irrevocable trusts such as insurance and charitable trusts, powers of attorney and living wills; tax-planning services, including the analysis of methods for reducing income and estate taxes and preserving family assets; business succession planning and asset protection planning; legal services and counseling requested by personal representatives, trustees and family members in settling estates and in the administration and distribution of trusts; and tax services in connection with the preparation of federal estate-tax returns and representation during audit.
Trial Practice &
Norton Hammersley’s trial practice and dispute-resolution group represents local, regional, national and international clients including real-estate developers, large corporations, insurance companies, contractors, financial institutions, small businesses and individuals.
Our litigation attorneys handle complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, construction litigation, real-property matters, estate and trust disputes, probate litigation, property-tax disputes, creditors’ rights litigation and lending law matters. We offer significant experience and skill in all aspects of dispute resolution, including negotiations, pre-suit resolution, mediation, trial, arbitration and appeals in all Florida state and federal courts.
Our attorneys utilize state of the art technology and well-trained paralegals to efficiently work through difficult multi-party matters and complex claims to achieve the best possible results for our clients.