I focus on civil litigation and criminal defense with concentrations in the areas of breach-of-contract and commercial transaction disputes, real and personal property issues, business torts, forfeitures of property by the state, criminal misdemeanors, DUI/DWI, multi-jurisdictional tax issues, landlord/tenant, business organization, and judgment collections. I also represents clients who have been denied Social Security disability or Veterans Administration benefits - I assist such clients with the appeals process, preparing their cases for hearing, and advocate for them before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
In 2004, I attended Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando where I graduated cum laude in 2007. At law school, I assumed leadership roles such as Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for which I received several awards including Volunteer of the Year. As director of the program, I managed and supervised all aspects of the program including training, volunteers, and operations. I continue to volunteer as a tax preparer for the local Phoenix VITA program.
After law school, I began my legal career by helping individuals resolve issues with the IRS as well as helping people accused of committing minor crimes and criminal traffic offenses.
My experience in tax is multifaceted and extensive. I have owned and operated a successful tax preparation business since 1995: New-Wave Services. As an attorney, I represent clients before the IRS and US Tax Court, in negotiations, collection due process hearings, and appeals.
In Florida, I worked at the public defender's office in Seminole County, Florida. I am adept in the area of criminal defense and provide zealous representation.
In civil litigation matters, I provide assistance to both plaintiffs and defendants in contract and real estate disputes. I also represent clients in eviction matters and debtor/creditor suits.
I owned and managed several multi-unit rental properties since 1993 in Florida and Arizona. I offer my landlord/tenant and real estate clients the special benefit of having experienced first-hand many of their issues such as tenant eviction, contractors, insurance issues, property tax, government, tax preparation, planning, property management, foreclosures, real estate acquisition, and much more.
As a business owner, I help new and existing business owners plan and incorporate. I am the owner of several businesses and I am able to provide the insight and advice new and existing business owners need to efficiently operate a successful and profitable business.
I am admitted to the state bars of Arizona and Florida and I am a retired member of the DC bar in Washington, DC. I am admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona and the US Tax Court.
I am a member of the Solo Practitioners Section with the State Bar of Arizona. I am also the Chairperson of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the Arizona State Bar, where I review rule modification requests and analyze potential unauthorized practice activities. The committee drafts recommendations and/or opinions, which they submit to the Supreme Court of Arizona for review and decision.
I am the principal owner of the Law Office of Frank Adamo where I currently handle Social Security disability reconsideration cases. I am also Chief Executive Manager of Mumford Realty Investments, LLC. Mumford is a real estate investment Limited Liability Company that invests in residential and commercial real estate and provides owner-financing to prospective buyers.
I am an advocate of service to the community. I volunteer extensively by providing free legal and tax assistance through programs such as the Volunteer Lawyers Program sponsored by Community Legal Service of Arizona. I also provide volunteer services to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, the Modest Means Program, Will for Heroes, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sponsored by the City of Phoenix.
Before becoming an attorney, I worked in the technology field as a computer programmer/analyst and software trainer. I have extensive business application experience in the areas of banking, credit card, manufacturing, government, and billing. Further, I have copious knowledge of computer software and network operations. I am highly skilled in computer architecture and design. As a software trainer, I utilized my excellent communication skills and charming personality to transfer the complexities of software operation to a simple and understandable form.
- Business Law
- Real Estate Law
- Landlord Tenant
- Foreclosure Defense
- Criminal Law
- DUI & DWI
- Domestic Violence
- White Collar Crime
- Tax Law
- Social Security Disability/SSI
- Appeals & Appellate
- Civil Litigation/Disputes
- Credit Cards Accepted
Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Amex.
- Contingent Fees
Typically, our contingency fees ranges between 25 to 40 percent of the settlement depending on the stage of the case.
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
All rates depend on the type and complexity of your particular case. Some services are offered on a flat-fee basis, such as DUI/DWI. Advanced deposits are required in most cases and are determined after initial consultation. Hourly rates vary depending on complexity and skill necessary. Retainers are non-refundable and earned upon receipt. Free consultations are available for all Social Security disability cases or matters taken on contingency. Generally for all other cases, I offer a 30-minute free consultation, either by telephone of in person, to hear the details of your case and provide you with an estimate on the cost of representation. However, we do not give free legal advice or answer legal questions - the free consultations are only to assess your case for the purpose of giving you an estimate of the cost of representation.
- English: Spoken, Written
- Florida A&M University College of Law
- J.D. / Law
- Honors: Dean's list. graduated cum laude.
- Activities: Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- University of Central Florida
- B.S. / Computer Science (1994)
- Committee Member
- Arizona State Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
- - Current
- Activities: The UPL committee analyzes rule changes to the rules and regulations governing the practice of law. We use the existing Rules of The Supreme Court of Arizona to determine whether the proposed rule change would result in the unauthorized practice of law.
- The Law Office of Frank Adamo
- Q. How do I contact the ninth circuit court to file a for an extension for me S S appeal
- A: Start with the Court's web site: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/. They have guides and forms there to assist you with requesting an extension.
- Q. Is a verbal agreement between two people enforceable. Amount being $9400.00 ?
- A: Generally, verbal agreements are enforceable, unless they involve one of several types of contracts listed here: Arizona Revised Statutes, section 44-101, then the agreement must be in writting. http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/44/00101.htm&Title=44&DocType=ARS. You may wish to consider an action in fraud, if applicable.
- Q. My ex fiance signed an agreement but it wasnt notarized. Two days later he said he changed his mind.
- A: Generally, notarization is not required to enter a binding agreement. Some agreements (oral agreements) which are binding do not even have a signature.
- Q. I am selling my house and the capital gain is $175,000. There is a judgement against me worth of $50,000.
- A: Yes. It is true. See ARS 33-1101. However, the "homestead exemption in identifiable cash proceeds continues for eighteen months after the date of the sale of the property or until the person establishes a new homestead with the proceeds, whichever period is shorter." ARS 33-1101(C). So, you must either spend it or use it to purchase a new home.