Slade V. Dukes, Esq.


Areas of Practice:

Guardianship, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, and General Practice

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Slade (he/him/his) is a Florida native, having lived and worked throughout the state of Florida. He has practiced law for over 14 years, serving in both the public and private sectors. He is a proud member and active supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.

Slade relocated back to the southwest Florida region in February of 2019, where he continues to build upon and further develop his diverse and extensive professional and legal experience and offerings. Slade currently practices in the following legal areas:

  • Guardianship (e.g., Incapacity, Guardian Advocate, Minor Guardianship, Guardianship Transfer, DCF Guardianship, Injunction Exploitation Vulnerable Adult, etc.)
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning (e.g., Will, Trust, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directive, Living Will, Health Care Surrogate, HIPAA Authorization, Pre-Need Guardian, Revocation, etc.)
  • General Practice (e.g., Eviction/Unlawful Detainer, Landlord/Tenant, Record Seal/Expungement, Minor/Adult Adoption, Legal Name Change, DCF Dependency, Attorney ad Litem, Uncontested Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage, etc.)

Slade is an ethical, knowledgeable, and experienced legal and managerial professional. He is skilled at critical and analytical thinking and project development and management. Slade is keenly astute with assessing risk, averting issues, problem-solving, identifying paths of availability, and achieving outcomes.

Educational Background:

  • Stetson University College of Law, 2004 (Juris Doctor)
    • Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy
  • University of Florida Graduate School, 2001 (Master of Arts)
    • Certificate of Concentration in Political Campaigning
  • University of Florida, 1999 (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Santa Fe Community College, 1997 (Associate of Arts)

Licenses and Accreditation:

  • The Florida Bar, 2006-present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2007-present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2015-present
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney, 2015-present
  • Florida Notary Public, 2015-present
  • Florida Remote Online Notary Public, 2020-present

Community Engagement:

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
    • Association Member, 2019-present
  • Manatee County Bar Association
    • Association Member, 2019-present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
    • Association Member, 2019-present
  • The Thomas E. Penick Jr. American Inn of Court
    • Inn of Court Member, 2019-present
    • President, 2021-present
    • President-Elect, 2020-2021
    • 12th Circuit Representative, 2019-2020
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General Seniors vs. Crime Board
    • Board Member, 2012-present
    • Board Chair, 2015-2018
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Consumers’ Council
    • Council Member, 2012-2016

Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • American Bar Association Newsletter, Co-Authored “There is No Such Thing as Bullet Proof, Just Bullet Resistant: Measures for Minimizing the Potential for Fiduciary Financial Exploitation”, 2020
  • Fourth Circuit Pro Bono Committee & Jacksonville Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 2018
  • Florida Department of Children & Families, Teaming Up for Change Award, 2014

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