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Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel

Siegel Law Firm - Chase Bank Building - Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate...
  • Florida
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Graduate of Georgetown Univ. Law Center, both J.D. and Taxation Masters, Vanderbilt University and Sarasota High School, Mark practices primarily in the areas of commercial law and litigation, estate planning and probate, probate litigation and real estate and real estate litigation. If interested, please contact our office for a consultation.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
Additional Practice Areas
  • Civil and Commercial Court Cases
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Sarasota Bar Association
- Current
Florida Bar Association
- Current
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. (1986) | Masters of Laws in Taxation
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Vanderbilt University
B.A. (1980) | Economics - Business Administration
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Debate Team
Superb Rated
9.7 / 10.0
Professional Associations
Sarasota Bar Association
- Current
Florida State Bar # 382736
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning, Sarasota, FL
Association of Caregivers
Gave presentation to caregivers about estate planning issues affecting their clients.
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Siegel Law Firm
Legal Answers
65 Questions Answered

Q. How do I obtain money from a relative who refuses to give it to me?
A: Is finishing what this person told you to do a condition expressed in the will? If not, a good start might be a demand letter, from you or a lawyer. If you still are not paid, depending upon the amount of money involved, you could open a probate case, assuming that one was not already opened. If it was, you or your lawyer could file appropriate documents in the case demanding payment.
Q. Bus. partner died in November. No will. No family. Bus. over 1 million in debt. Need to close. Can I w/o judge approval?
A: One would need more facts to provide you with a useful answer. Are there business assets that you would use? Did the other shareholder personally guarantee the debt? Did you? Where there other assets owned by your former business associate? As you may suspect, perhaps the best and most prudent course of action would be to open an estate.
Q. Does your company help with legal advice about probate matters
A: Certainly. Where are you located?
Q. I need to get “administration papers” (per the mtg co) in order to handle my deceased sister’s home/mtg.
A: I agree with the prior answer that the cost depends upon the size and complexity of the estate. However, if there is a home involved, the estate is usually larger than $75,000.00, which is the limit for summary administration. Plus, in a summary administration, there is not a personal representative (executor), so you may not get 'administration papers'. The fee quoted below most likely does not include filing fees or costs. Just the clerk of court filing fee for a regular probate (not lawyer's fees) is $400.00. The other thing to consider is that once you file probate papers, the court will want you to finish the probate, not stop once you get letters of administration, which is probably what the mortgage company is asking for. My fees for a regular estate are $1,500.00, plus costs, for a relatively simple estate.
Q. I'm doing a confidentiality agreement for my company. Does the jurisdiction clause need to be a county or state?
A: Among other things, the agreement can state in what county or Federal District Court a lawsuit relating to the agreement must be brought.
Q. I had a sales contract with a closing date of December 20th 2017. I assigned that contract to an individual for a fee
A: There may be more relevant facts than are included in your question. Why did the contract not close? Were there issues with the weather, property condition or title? When was the assignee ready to close? How’s the lien actually been filed? Assuming that there are no other relevant facts, you may have a case for intentional interference with contractual relations or possibly slander of title.
Q. I opened business checking account before incorporation effective date, how big of a problem is this?
A: Not a big problem at all. Just adopt a corporate resolution ratifying and accepting the pre-incorporation actions of the principals.
Q. I'm in Florida. Need advice. How do I go about handling a summons I need to respond to for a debt collection please?
A: Quite simply, you have 20 days after service to file a response with the court to avoid having a default entered against you. If you take appropriate steps, you should be able to defend or settle the case. Wage garnishment can be avoided.
Q. I started a LLC with 2 more partners (I own 51%). I was taken out of the business and bank account without my permission
A: Of course, their actions seem to be improper. You should contact a business litigation attorney right away, if not sooner. Depending upon the documentation in your possession, you may be able to go to your bank and freeze the account. Nonetheless, in view of the events as you have described them, unfortunately, it looks like litigation is likely unless they respond appropriately to a demand letter.
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Chase Bank Building
240 N Washington Blvd
Suite 450
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 373-0066
Fax: (941) 373-0099