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October, 2017 - We are proud to have been supporters of this years Walk to End Alzheimer's 2017, held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, FL. Thanks go out to Peggy Wood, attorney at our firm, for manning our booth at the walk.

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October, 2017 - The recent MCEPC symposium was an excellent event.  One of our partners, Nikki Melby, was a keynote speaker.

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September, 2017 - McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. is proud to be the Gold Sponsor for the Third Annual Martin County Estate Planning Council Symposium.  This year, it is October 17, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at The Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart, FL.  Check out the image below for more information on how to RSVP.

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June, 2017 - We are pleased to announce that two of our attorneys, Margaret (Peggy) Wood and Jessica VanValkenburgh, have both been elected to the Martin County Chapter of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers for 2017-2018.  Ms. VanValkenburgh is now a member of the board, and Chapter Representative for State FAWL.  Ms. Wood is Secretary, for the second year in a row.  Congratulations!

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June, 2017 - ROBERT P. SUMMERS SELECTED TO THE 2017 FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS LIST - We are very proud to announce that one of our partners, Robert P. Summers, Esq., has been selected to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Congratulations, Mr. Summers!

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March, 2017 - Our latest group photo.

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March, 2017 - Here is Peggy Wood, attorney at our firm, giving a presentation regarding probate and estate planning at the Meadows Community Affairs Day. This event was on March 18, 2017.

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March, 2017 - Here's Donna McMillan, Attorney at our firm, at this years Kane Center Parkinson's Health Fair. This year's fair was held on March 10, 2017.

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February, 2017 - One of our attorneys, Jessica VanValkenburgh, is shown here at the Law Day Fair at the Kane Center in Stuart, FL. The fair was today, February 10, 2017, and was to offer free legal advice to the community.

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December, 2016 - We are proud to announce that our law partner, Michael J. McNicholas, has been elected Circuit Court Judge for the 19th Circuit.

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September, 2016 - We are pleased to announce that one of our attorneys, Margaret (Peggy) Wood, has just been formally elected as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.  Congratulations!

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July, 2016 - ROBERT P. SUMMERS SELECTED TO THE 2016 FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS LIST - We are very proud to announce that one of our partners, Robert P. Summers, Esq., has been selected to the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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June, 2016 - McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. is pleased to announce that one of our partners, Nicola J. Melby, who is Certified as an Elder Law Specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation, has just been appointed to the Board of Directors of that certifying organization. Mrs. Melby’s term on the board will be three years.  Congratulations!

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May, 2016 - Michael J. McNicholas, partner at our firm, assisted in a mock trial with students from Anderson Middle School on May 19, 2016.  The students were participating in a live (although fabricated) criminal trial where the Principal was charged with stealing the toupee of the Assistant Principal Mr. Flanagan. Mr. McNicholas was acting as the "judge" in this case! The students did a fantastic job, and really grasped how our legal system works.

April, 2016 - Here's Nicola J. Melby, a partner at our firm, talking to seniors about "ElderSmarts" at the Fort Pierce Council on Aging facility.

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March, 2016 - Nicola J. Melby, partner at our firm, was chosen for the 2016 Women of Distinction Award in the category of “Business Professional”, by Soroptimist International of Stuart, Florida.  A nominee for the Women of Distinction, according to the award application, is described as someone who “demonstrates high ethical standards personally, is a recognized role model, has a strong sense of community responsibility and is outstanding in her contributions within Martin County.”   The Soroptimist International of Stuart is dedicated to enhancing lives of women and their families in the community. The organization provides community service in the area and helps to promote friendships and networking.  We heartily congratulate Mrs. Melby on her accomplishment.

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February, 2016 - One of our partners, Kenneth A. Norman was recently quoted regarding The Frances Langford Foundation entrusting $7.7 million dollars to the Martin County Community Foundation. In his capacity as Board Chairman of the Martin County Community Foundation, Mr. Norman stated:  "The Board of the Martin County Community Foundation and I are honored by this demonstration of trust and faith by the Trustees of the Frances Langford Foundation.".  Learn more here - https://yourmccf.org/

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January, 2016 - We are pleased to announce Jessica M. VanValkenburgh, Esq., has joined the firm. Ms. VanValkenburgh holds a B.A. (Cum Laude) from Hardwick College. She received her J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from the Barry University School of Law. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of Commercial and Residential Real Estate; Real Estate Litigation; Title Insurance; Mortgage Law and Loans; Foreclosures and Workouts; Commercial Lending; Construction Law; Civil Litigation; and Business Acquisitions and Sales.

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December, 2015 - We are proud to announce that our firm has been selected by Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Ranked Law Firm for 2016.

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October, 2015 - One of our partners, Nicola J. Melby, was recently a presenter at the first ever Estate Planning Symposium, offered by the Martin County Estate Planning Council.  For more information, click here.

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September, 2015 - One of our partners, Kenneth A. Norman, serving as a board member of the Martin County Community Foundation, was at a recent mixer with the Martin County Estate Planning Council. For more information, click here.

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