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George L. Metcalfe - Vero Beach, FL

2770 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32960

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Vero Beach Marital and Family Law (Contested Divorce, Property Division, Alimony, Uncontested Divorce) Lawyer

Overview

What's Important in Marital and Family Law

"In times of family crisis, personal attention and communication are priceless."

Client opinions matter and experienced divorce Attorney George Metcalfe is committed to giving each client the attention that he or she deserves. New clients will see their phone calls are returned personally and promptly as George devotes time to teaching clients what is important in family court and to directing efforts that achieve the best outcome...

What's Important in Marital and Family Law

"In times of family crisis, personal attention and communication are priceless."

Client opinions matter and experienced divorce Attorney George Metcalfe is committed to giving each client the attention that he or she deserves. New clients will see their phone calls are returned personally and promptly as George devotes time to teaching clients what is important in family court and to directing efforts that achieve the best outcome. Together, the client and attorney are able to weigh the risks, costs and likely outcome.

High Quality Legal Representation

Family law considerations may be overwhelming to new clients. George explains in simple and understandable words how to craft a property settlement which promotes careful consideration of business and investment valuations and proven and successful strategies to maximize asset structures, understanding debt and realized income and ultimate tax efforts after divorce. Whenever possible, George values and encourages win-win settlements which encourage cooperation when possible. In matters regarding children, George encourages cooperation between parents and procedures to assure accountability in parenting decisions especially those involving relocation requests and in matters where jurisdictional issues may affect outcomes. The firm seeks out and maintains excellent working relationships with financial and valuation experts in public accounting and in real estate and business interests and appraisals.

Weighing Costs and Benefits of Litigation

The firm does not encourage litigation when a settlement can be achieved, but it will not recommend settling a case if such settlement provides unfair results to the client. Although he is a capable and experienced litigator in court, George's first effort is to settle matters in mediation and in non-adversarial manners. Reaching resolution in a cost-effective and expeditious manner is more important than harmful and expensive trials where the client's future is determined solely by a judge. Winning and losing in trials to George is based more on the client, including consideration of cost, stress, future ramifications and satisfaction for the client. Not considering personal ramifications of decisions during divorce is costly. Less eventful matters of family law help the whole family heal and encourages resolution in a private office, not in a public arena.

About George L. Metcalfe

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Practice Areas

  • Marital and Family Law (Contested Divorce, Property Division, Alimony, Uncontested Divorce) 70%
  • Adoption, Shared Parenting and Timesharing (child custody), Child Support, Paternity
  • Prenuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements, Restraining Orders
  • General Civil & Appellate Matters (including taxation limited to related family law matters) 30%

Litigation

  • 90%

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Affiliations

  • Indian River County Bar Association
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association
  • Friends of Rupert J. Smith Law Library, Vice President
  • Juvenile Justice Attorneys Association – Miami, Florida
  • Supreme Court Historical Association
  • Family Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Miami Dade Bar
  • American Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Contract Law, 1999, Barry University
  • Lecturer, Family Law and Florida Civil Practice, Florida National College, 1997 to 2020
  • Guest lecturer on Child Welfare in Foster Care, Judge Edelstein, Coral Gables, Florida October 2000 - University of Miami School of Law
  • Guest lecturer to University of Miami Law Students. Termination of parental rights, Adoption and Federal Limits on Children's Stays in Foster Care
  • Speaker for Justice Teaching Program of the Florida Bar in Ocala, Florida, 2010 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder of The Law Clinic at Rupert J. Smith Law Library, 2018 to 2022
  • Volunteer, Cuban American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project

Past Positions

  • Partner at George Lambeth Metcalfe, P.A. Since 1988., Law Clerk, Associate, 1985 - 1988
  • Senior District XI Counsel for Foster Care at Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services (HRS), 1990 to 1991, Law Clerk, Appellate Division
  • Associate attorney and Law Clerk to Senionr Partner Cecyl L. Pickle, Esquire at Peters, Pickle, Niemoeller, Robertson, Lax and Parsons, 1985 to 1988, Senior Attorney, 1990 - 1991
  • United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, Law Clerk, Appellate Division, 1985
  • Marketing Specialist, General Development Corporation, Miami, Florida, 1982 - 1983

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    Major: Graduate Tax Program - 2014-2015
  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    J.D.
  • University of Miami, 1984
    M.B.A. Concentration in International Marketing
  • University of Miami, 1985
    M.A. Speech Communication
  • University of Miami, 1981
    B.B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: President’s Honor Roll & Dean's List
    Major: Finance
  • Ransom-Everglades School, Coconut Grove, Florida, 1977

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

2770 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32960

Achievements

Honors

  • Pro Bono Publico Service Award “For the Public Good”, Florida Rural Legal Services, 2021
  • Pro Bono Service Recognition, Florida Bar, 2010
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated: Very High Legal Ability and Very High Ethical Standards
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated: Gold Client Champion
  • Justia - Lawyer Peer Rating 10.0
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers 2020 (Top 5%) – The American Registry

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