The Gufford Law Firm P.A.

The Gufford Law Firm P.A.

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4 employees
29 years in business

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Our practice is devoted to the practic of family law which includes, Divorce, Paternity, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Domestic Violence, Repreate Violence, Stalking, Adoption, Guardianship. Mr. Gufford has been an attorney since 1991 and has a very experienced staff of Paralegals and Legal Assistants. All staff has extensive experience in the Courtroom, Trial Preparation and Mediation. We are 10.0 Rated on and have over 86 Client reviews . Please see our profile at  the following link

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Both my staff and I enjoy the creativity involved in our work. No two cases are alike and particular attention must be paid to collecting the evidence necessary to prove up any particular matter. We have a very collegial atmosphere in the office and we are constantly shariing ideas with one another to achive the best results for our client. I especially enjoy working with experts such as forensic accountants, psycholgists, psychiatrists and private investigators. Lastly, I enjoy both mediations and trial. While we hope that cases will resolve at mediation and that vast majority do, some cases have to proceed forward to a trial. Cross examination is  the crucible of truth. Any lawyer can examine their own client on the stand. The real challnge is cross examining a witness that is part of the opposition's side of the case.     

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Stuart, FL 34994
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Initially, we detrmine if we can represent a client by asking them a few simple questions and performing a conflict check to ensure that we have not had any contact with the opposing party that would prevent us from taking  the client's matter on and that it is the type of case that we would be competent to handle. We then set the client for a free initial consultation that normally lasts about 1-2 hours. Assuming there is a good fit, we  then get the client on board  and go over initial instructions with the client in great detail and we enact a strategy for the resolution of the matter, whether that be mediation, litigation  and/or settlement efforts.   

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

University Of Florida- BA in 1988

Stetson University College of Law- Juris Doctorate - 1990

See also Honors and Awards below:

Client Distinction Award- Martindale-Hubbell

2014- 2015- Pro Bono Service Award

19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Comittee

2013 Pro Bono Service Award

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, Mr. Gufford bills at the rate of $300.00 per hour which is very much under  the hourly rates of other lawyers with his level of experience and reputation. Legal Assistants/Paralegals bill out at the rate of $100.00 per hour.  We bill in 6 minute increments and utilize the PC Law Legal Management Platoform for billing and overall case mamangement at a glance.  

How did you get started in this business?

Possessing an extensive history in law and business, attorney Joseph Gufford III currently serves clients from The Gufford Law Firm in Martin County, Florida. The former Chairman of the Martin County Bar Association's Family Law Committee, Gufford concentrates on family law and its subsections including divorce, child custody, guardianship law, visitation rights, paternity, prenuptial agreements, child support enforcement actions and spousal support. Family Law practice is very document intensive  and requires  a close examination of each party's assets and income. Joe Gufford has an extensive staff of experienced paralegals that  give him the ability to maximize his efforts on behalf of each and every client.   In many cases, the opposing party will intentionally hide assets or attempt to reduce their income to lessen their exposure to child support, alimony and equitable distribution.  Thus, having an experienced staff to sift through bank statements, Financial Affidavits and  Tax Returns is essential. Additionally, in some cases, it is necessary to  have the right experts to consult with  in order to achieve the client's goals. Whether it is a custody evaluator, a forensic accountant or a vocational assessment, knowing the right experts to call upon if often the key to success in complicated matters.

Other areas Joe Gufford, III practices in range from civil litigation,  probate, landlord/tenant disputes, business organizations and estate and probate law.

Before starting his professional life as a lawyer, Joseph Gufford attended the University of Florida and majored in Political Science and History. During this period, Gufford acquired a commission as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne School. Subsequently, he enrolled at Stetson University College of Law and commenced his career as a Clerk with Justin C. Johnston and Associates PA. In his first trial, he was successful at  assisting his client  in obtaining a multi-million dollar judgment against a manufacturer  of a defective heater.
Following the receipt of his Juris Doctor, Joe Gufford became an Associate Litigation Attorney with O'Brien & Hooper, PA. At the personal injury firm, he litigated against Cellular One in one of the nation's first AIDS discrimination suits. Later positions at Barber & Gufford; Gufford & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law; Grazi & Gianino, Attorneys at Law; and Brandt & Gufford, Attorneys at Law, enabled him to represent clients in civil suits, family law, and business litigation.

The holder of a “Superb” rating from, Gufford has written and presented on legal issues, such as changes to Florida statutes that affect custody and equitable distribution. Covered by the Martin County Bar Association (MCBA) for his pro bono work, Gufford has also obtained Pro Bono Service Awards from MCBA and Florida Rural Legal Services on multiple occasions. Pro Bono work is important  to Joe Gufford and he does as much of it as possible. All Pro Bono cases that Mr. Gufford handles are referred to him through Florida Rural Legal Services. 

Areas of Practice
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship
Litigation Percentage
  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1991
  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. - 1990
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
    • Major: Political Science
Published Works
  • Grandparent Rights- Temporay Legal Custody by Relatives
  • Should I Tell My Spouse or Significant Other that I am Filing for Divorce or Custody or that I Hired
  • What is the legal divorce process like?
  • Various Types of Florida Adoptions
  • Stuart Guardianship Lawyer
  • How to Find a Good Family Law Lawyer
  • The Changes to Chapter 61 of The Florida Statutes , Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committe, May 1, 2008
Honors and Awards
  • While attending UF, Mr. Gufford was the recipient of a full scholarship from the United States Army and earned numerous awards for his performance in the Army ROTC program. Unlike many cadets, Mr. Gufford was selected via a vigorous selection process to attend the US Army Airborne School . He successfully completed Airborne School and received the much coveted "Airborne Wings". Later, Mr. Gufford received his commission as an officer in the United States Army. Joe Gufford was also active in various student activities while at the University of Florida including being the President Pro-Tem of the Student Senate, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a Member of Kappa Alpha Order.
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Martin County Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Committee
  • Chairman of the Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Chairman, 2008 - 2009
Pro Bono Activities
  • 2012 Pro Bono Service Award 19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinator/ Martin County Bar Association
  • 2010 Board of Directors Florida Rural Legal Services
  • 2010 Board of Directors Florida Equal Justice Center
  • 2008-2009 Martin County Bar Martin County Bar Association
  • 2008 Outstanding Pro Bono Service award Florida Rural Legal Services
  • 2008 Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committee Chairman Martin County Bar Association
  • 1987 Airborne Wings US Army Airborne School

What types of customers have you worked with?

We have represented people from all walks of life. Some are wealthy,some are not. Regeradless, we tailor our representation to insure that whether you are rich or poor, you get the very best representaion possible. We have represented lawyers, professional athletes, politicians and Capatains of Industry or their spouses.  The lawyer cases are the most diffcult because you are typically dealing with someone who knows the law and thus, they can be your hardest critic.