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Charles “Cary” David

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Phone: (352) 354-2654

1731 NW 6th St #A5
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Charles “Cary” David is a founding partner of Florida Probate Law Group. His Gainesville, Florida based law firm works with hundreds of families each year to administer the estates of deceased loved ones or secure guardianships over family members in need of support.

In addition to serving the general public, Attorney David’s practice is is focused on mastering the intersection of probate and personal injury law and works with plaintiff’s counsel across the state to facilitate wrongful death and child injury settlements.

In choosing this niche, the founders of Florida Probate Law Group have made it their mission to collaborate with personal injury attorneys to eliminate nagging probate and guardianship issues that were delaying and jeopardizing prospective settlements. Mr. David is proud to have since fostered relationships with many leading plaintiff’s firms and to have facilitated millions of dollars in settlements for clients from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.

In addition to uncontested probate matters and his work with plainitff’s lawyers, Mr. David occasionally handles high stakes trust and estate litigation involving allegations of fraud and abuse of power. In 2018 and 2019 Mr. David notably represented 18 members of musician Bo Diddley’s family in their quest to wrestle control of the rock and roll legend’s music rights from the maligned talent management team which had controlled Bo’s business affairs during his lifetime and hijacked the estate after his death. Mr. David successfully returned control to the family and recruited record industry veteran Kendall Minter to serve as the new Trustee of Bo’s intellectual property.

Bo Diddley’s family gets OK to hire new estate trustee

The proud father of four daughters, Mr. David enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and playing sports in his freetime. Mr. David is a proud member of Florida Justice Association and frequent contributor to the Trial Lawyer’s Email List. Mr. David regularly authors blog articles and resources to assist injury lawyers in navigating issues related to wrongful death estate administration or child injury guardianship requirements.

Qualifications

Diligent, knowledgeable Florida probate attorney experienced in estate administration, estate planning, guardianship, and wrongful death settlement support. Creative and resourceful litigator who takes pride in achieving client objectives.

Education

J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2010
Cum Laude
G.P A.: 3.32; Rank: 7/81

B.A., University of Florida, 2007
Cum Laude, Political Science
G.P.A.: 3.79

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Florida Bar

Legal Experience

Florida Probate Law Group Gainesville, FL
Attorney 02/12-present

  • Consult with clients in the wake of tragedy, develop rapport, and identify legal issues
  • Administer estates for the maximum benefit of clients, avoiding creditors through superior understanding of Florida law
  • Prosecute and defend civil actions on behalf of estates
  • Research and apply the full weight of the law for clients’ benefit at trials, hearings, and depositions
  • Work closely with plaintiff’s firms to expedite wrongful death and child injury settlements
  • Create estate plans to protect client assets and ensure long-term care expenses do not evaporate a lifetime of hard work

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. Gainesville, FL
AmeriCorps Attorney 09/11-02/12

  • Advocated for indigent parties in eviction and unemployment proceedings
  • Studied case law to gain an upper hand for tenant defendants against corporate plaintiffs
  • Hosted legal workshops to provide expungement services to Alachua County residents
  • Recruited, trained, and supervised a team of law student volunteers from the University of Florida to assist in legal workshops
  • Developed a medical/legal resource partnership between Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. and HealthStreet at the University of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa, FL
Tampa Division 08/10- 12/10
Judicial Intern for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich

  • Evaluated motions submitted by parties in federal litigation and advised the judiciary of the relative merit of arguments
  • Conducted legal research in the areas of constitutional law, contract law, multiparty litigation, and criminal law
  • Drafted proposed orders ruling on complex issues of constitutional law

United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida Tampa, FL
Criminal Division 01/10-04/10
Legal Intern

  • Assisted in federal drug trafficking, tax evasion, and Medicaid fraud prosecutions by analyzing theories of culpability in novel criminal cases
  • Developed legal and factual bases to charge potential defendants suspected of defrauding the government through unconventional means
  • Identified admissible evidence to convict potential defendants under United States law

Russo & Russo P.A. St. Petersburg, FL
Law Clerk 05/09-01/10

  • Communicated with state prosecutors to request reduction and dismissal of clients’ criminal charges based on improper police procedure
  • Drafted correspondence to highlight weaknesses in potential prosecutions
  • Conducted factual investigations in personal injury cases by visiting accident scenes and identifying witnesses
  • Prepared motions, orders, and affidavits
  • Interviewed witnesses, victims, and clients

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Norwalk, CA
Hardcore Gang Unit 05/08-07/08
Law Clerk

  • Participated in capital crime prosecutions by collaborating with prosecutors to analyze legal problems and formulate trial strategies
  • Assisted with jury selection in felony cases
  • Observed victim and witness interviews
  • Created visual evidence presentations for use at trial
Publications
  • Charles David, “Minor Personal Injury in Florida: When is Court Approval of Settlement Required?”
    May 2015 – Courtapproval.com
  • Charles David, “Wait! Don’t Pay That Medicaid Lien From Your Client’s Wrongful Death Settlement!”
    November 2016 – Courtapproval.com
  • Charles David, “What in the World is a Medicaid Set Aside?”
    July 2016 – Courtapproval.com
Presentations
  • Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar – Virtual CLE presentation
    March 2020
    Abstract: Attending plaintiff’s attorneys are instructed regarding the role of incapacity guardianship proceedings for clients in cognitive decline, or with traumatic brain injury. Attorney David explains the process of petitioning for guardianship, arranging for examining committee, and administering a tort case on behalf of a ward.
  • Florida Guardianship Conference -Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel – Jacksonville, FL
    July 2017
    Abstract: Professional guardians learn how estate administration and estate planning may be required during the course of guardianship administration. Attorney David explains the role of professional guardians in creating estate plans and initiating probate proceedings for their wards.
  • Estate Planning Workshop – The Atrium, Gainesville, FL
    October 2016
    Abstract: Attendees are counseled regarding estate planning instruments and their usefulness, the effect of failing to plan for the future, and the benefits and detriments of entrusting loved ones with powers of attorney and health care surrogacy. All attendees receive complimentary will.
  • DUI prevention Lecture – Multiple venues, Gainesville, FL
    March and April 2014
    Abstract: Attendees (college students) are warned of the consequences of a DUI conviction. Accompanying the attorney presenter is an individual charged with DUI to relay the hardships imposed by their poor choices.
Skills
  • EnCase Computer Forensics I Certification
  • Westlaw Advanced Legal Research Certification
  • Lexis Advanced Legal Research Certification
Achievements
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in the area of Criminal Procedure
  • Eagle Scout
Client Reviews
★★★★★
I was very happy with her response to my questions and concerns about Florida probate. I am in Ohio and was not familiar with the process but they cleared everything up for me and made me feel comfortable going through the probate process with my loved ones will. Roger
★★★★★
Honest and straight forward assessment of complex case. My case span both federal and state issues, as well as civil case of fraud which maybe criminal fraud. He told me what he could do, what his limits of scope were and what my best/safest position should be and gave me an outline of how to get there. S. Todd
★★★★★
The world of probate can be fairly daunting for one who has little to no experience. Between trying to figure out what to file and when to file, there is also the where. I was quite relieved to have Nadine and Cary to guide me through the court process. Michael O.
★★★★★
I highly recommend using this law group for your Florida probate needs, and in particular, Charles David. He explained clearly what my 91 year old aunt would need to do in order to sell property that was in hers and her late husband's name. Patti T.
★★★★★
Florida probate law group,was very helpful in answering the many questions that I had concerning my situation their input was very appreciated thank you. Shirley M.