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850 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
Tel: (772) 464-7700
Fax: (772) 464-7877

About Dean Mead Stuart

Dean Mead extended our presence along the Treasure Coast to a new location in Stuart in the Nexus at Stuart building. Known as the sailfish capital of the world, the City of Stuart is the largest of four incorporated municipalities in Martin County. Along with fishing and other water-intensive pleasures, Stuart is famed for its historic and pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Our attorneys have been established on the Treasure Coast for 33 years – handling matters for clients involving areas such as civil litigation, business litigation, estate planning and administration, probate, wills and trusts, tax, business law, entity formation, real estate development, financing, land use, zoning and site plan approvals, leasing, quiet title actions, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. View the list of representative experience provided by our attorneys in the Stuart office.

We understand the challenges that businesses and individuals face in today’s ever-changing economy. That is why our goal is to provide you with thoughtful and innovative legal solutions – in a timely manner – while meeting or, we hope, exceeding your expectations.

In our experience, the most successful legal solutions are the result of a strong relationship between a law firm and its clients. That is why we focus on fully understanding your business’ operations or personal objectives.

Meet the attorneys who provide legal services from our Stuart office

Dana M. Apfelbaum practices in the areas of federal income, estate, and gift tax law and family business succession planning. She counsels individuals in estate planning, with an emphasis on implementing the client’s objectives, asset protection and minimizing wealth transfer taxes. Ms. Apfelbaum also represents fiduciaries through all stages of probate, estate and trust administration. In addition, she represents businesses and business owners in all types of business and tax matters, including choice of entity, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, other general business matters, and succession planning.

Dennis G. Corrick practices in the areas of commercial real estate, zoning and land use, and general business law. He has experience in every element of real estate purchase, ownership, governance and sale. In addition, he assists clients in land use and zoning matters, permitting and licensing, and in agreements governing the use of property such as covenants and restrictions, commercial and agricultural leases, easements and licenses. Mr. Corrick has extensive experience working with issues unique to agricultural businesses and properties. These include conservation easements, grazing leases and matters related to water use and environmental permitting, as well as financing, sale and purchase of farms and ranch properties. He is a member of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry team, and works with other firm attorneys in litigation matters involving title disputes, and probate and trust matters where real property is involved.

W. Lee Dobbins is the Managing Shareholder for the Stuart and Fort Pierce offices. He practices in the areas of zoning, land use and commercial real estate transactions in the Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Stuart areas. He represents property owners in the acquisition and development of land, including negotiating complex purchase contracts, due diligence, financing, title issues, closings and obtaining zoning and land use and site plan approvals from the local municipalities. Mr. Dobbins has assisted clients in taking residential, commercial and mixed-use developments from the purchase of raw land through obtaining final development approvals. He also has experience in obtaining economic development incentive grants and tax abatements, resolving utility issues, concurrency, debt restructuring transactions and drafting, and negotiating complex commercial leases.

Brad Gould is a Florida Bar board certified tax attorney. He has served as a trusted counselor to businesses and individuals in the full range of corporate, tax and estate planning matters for nearly 20 years. His clients include closely held businesses, business owners and their families, individuals, trustees and personal representatives.

Brad’s extensive experience includes guiding business owners through all stages of the company’s life cycle, from formation and governance to mergers, sales and succession planning to addressing the various and complex legal issues that arise in a business’s day-to-day operations. He also counsels business owners on their relationships with their entities and other owners, and represents both businesses and individuals before the IRS in tax matters.  Additionally, Brad provides sophisticated estate and asset protection planning services, including preparation and administration of wills, trusts and prenuptial agreements. He also handles probate administration, as well as litigation involving estates and trusts.

Daryl J. Krauza focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, construction law and litigation, real estate litigation, quiet title actions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. In his practice, Mr. Krauza represents several financial institutions and title companies. In addition, he has litigated complex probate and trust matters, and he represents trustees, personal representatives and family members in controversies regarding wills, trusts and estates. As a former Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Krauza has extensive courtroom experience and has tried in excess of 100 jury trials.

Michael D. Minton is the Chair of the firm’s Agribusiness Industry Team and Solar Energy Team. He represents family businesses with an emphasis on generationally-owned agricultural businesses. He assists with their organizational structure, federal income, estate and gift tax planning and business succession planning. He offers his clients extensive experience focusing on tax issues related to agri-business, as well as water resource issues and new innovative uses of land for value-added propositions. Mr. Minton’s clients receive the benefit of his 35 years of experience in Florida agribusiness and interaction with agencies that regulate the utilization and optimization of their assets and business opportunities.

New Homeowner? Time to Get Your Homestead” written by Brad Gould
Can I Inherit Debt?” written by Dana Apfelbaum
Five Phases of the Business Litigation Lifecycle” written by Daryl Krauza
Five Tips for Buying Commercial Property for Your Business” written by Lee Dobbins

Directions to The Nexus at Stuart

From the South:

  • Take I-95 North to exit 101, FL-76 East
  • Follow FL-76 East to US-1 N in Stuart
  • Take US-1 N to Fork Road (immediately after the Roosevelt Bridge turn left)
  • You will see our fountain and 2-story building on the right

From the North:

  • Take I-95 South to exit 120, Crosstown Parkway
  • Follow Crosstown Parkway to Airoso Blvd. Turn right
  • At Port St. Lucie Blvd. Turn left
  • Follow Port St. Lucie Blvd. to US-1 South
  • Take US-1 South for 4 miles
  • Turn Right on Fork Road
  • You will see our fountain and 2-story building on the right

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