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 across the state. He has practiced law for over 16 years, serving in both the public and private sectors. Slade lives in St. Petersburg, FL, working out of offices in both St. Petersburg and Sarasota. He is a proud member of and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Slade is continually building upon and further developing his diverse and extensive legal and managerial professional knoweldge and experience, and currently focuses on the following practice areas:

  • Guardianship (e.g., Incapacity Guardianship, Minor Guardianship, Guardian Advocate, Guardianship Transfer, Voluntary Guardianship, DCF Guardianship, Injunction for Protection Against Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, etc.)
  • Probate and Trust Administration (e.g., Summary Administration, Formal Administration, Caveats, etc.)
  • Estate Planning (e.g., Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, HIPAA Authorization, Living Will, Pre-Need Guardian, Revocation, etc.)
  • General Practice (e.g., Eviction/Unlawful Detainer, Record Seal/Expungement, Minor/Adult Adoption, Legal Name Change, Attorney ad Litem, Uncontested Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage, etc.)

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, 2021-2022
    • President-Elect, 2020-2021
    • 12th Circuit Representative, 2019-2020
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General Seniors vs. Crime Board
    • Board Member, 2012-2021
    • 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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