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    2400 S.E. Federal Highway
    Fourth Floor
    Stuart, Florida 34994



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    Nikki Melby is top notch. None better for the mature client. Very pleased. Impeccable grasp of senior needs and more.

    — Tyrone Monte

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    I initially contacted Ms. VanValkenburgh with thoughts that my divorce would not fully go through and to redo legal paperwork I did through an online company. Unfortunately, the marriage was indeed headed to a full messy divorce. To say I w...
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    They are good lawyers expensive but they know the law & try and explain and help in any way they can !! Florida laws suck !

    — Cheryl Ordyke

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    I have an elderly parent in Stuart, she needed medicaid help and a year later a divorce. I have been the contact person throughout both issues and cannot say enough in high praise of their performance as counsel and equally people who cared...
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    — Thomas Listermann

October, 2022 - Jessica VanValkenburgh, a partner at our firm, and Loren Esposito, one of our associate attorneys, recently attended the MCBA Judicial and New Member Reception put on by the Judicial Relations Committee of the MCBA and the Professionalism Committee. Jessica is the co-chairperson of the Judicial Relations Committee. The event was held at the Stuart Yacht & Country Club.

MCBA Judicial

October, 2022 - McCarthy, Summers, Wood, Norman, Melby & Schultz, P.A. was a proud sponsor of the Palm City Presbyterian Church’s Fall Festival! 🍂

The fall festival had approximately 1,500 people attend. It was a huge success and McCarthy Summers was honored to sponsor it. Our new attorney Loren Esposito, Esq. and her children had a blast at the fall festival which included carnival games, a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, free food, and a trunk or treat.


October, 2022 - Welcome our new attorney, Ross Alagna! His areas of law will be Guardianships & Probate Litigation. We are thrilled to have you Ross!

Ross C. Alagna, Esq.

October, 2022 - We welcome our newest associate attorney, Loren Esposito, Esq. Ms. Esposito will be working with the Trust & Estates Department of our firm.

Loren Esposito, Esq.

October, 2022 - Nicola J. Melby attended the annual Special Needs Trust conference hosted by Stetson School of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 12th through the 13th and attended the Special Need Alliance annual meeting hosted in St. Petersburg on October 14th.  

July, 2022 - Here is an interesting article from one of our partners, Nicola J. Melby, Esq. -

January, 2022 - Congratulations Robert Summers for being chosen by your peers as a "Top Lawyer" in Martin County.  Check it out on page 49 of the Stuart Magazine

January, 2022 - Congratulations Jessica VanValkenburgh for being awarded the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Award.

Jessica VanValkenburgh

January, 2022 - Congratulations Nikki Melby for becoming a member of the Special Needs Alliance.

Nikki Melby

June, 2021 - We are proud to announce that Jessica M. VanValkenburgh has become a shareholder with our firm.  Congratulations, Jessica!

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January, 2021 - We are proud to announce that Nicola J. Melby, a partner at our firm, has been selected by Thomson Reuters as a "Super Lawyer" for 2021. Congratulations, Nikki!!!

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December, 2020 - One of our attorneys, Donna McMillan, was featured this month in The Florida Bar Elder Law Section's publication of "the Advocate". Mrs. McMillan wrote an article regarding "Use and limitation of the MMSW in Determining Capacity".  

You can read the article here:  drm-eldr-2021-winter-xxviii-no1-3.pdf 

Donna McMillan

November, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that David A. Lewis Esq., has joined the firm.  Mr. Lewis holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida.  He received his J.D. from the Florida International University College of Law.  His practice is concentrated in the areas of Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation.  Mr. Lewis is admitted to the Florida Bar, and is a member of the Martin County Bar Association, Young Professionals of Martin County and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

David A. Lewis

November, 2020 - Margaret E. “Peggy” Wood, AEP, a shareholder in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Department, delivered a Zoom presentation about Estate Planning and Probate and Trust Administration. For more information, contact Ms. Wood at (772) 286-1700.

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November, 2019 - Here's one of our partners, Margaret E. "Peggy" Wood, with her daughter Julia, attending the Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees event this past weekend. Our firm are sponsors for this event.

Peggy Wood

October, 2019 Here is one of our partners, Margaret E. "Peggy" Wood, giving a presentation at the Treasure Coast Justice Association. "Little Shop of Horrors: The Intersection of Probate and Personal Injury".  For more information, click here.


June, 2019 - Some pictures from the Martin County Realtors of the Treasure Coast's recent golf tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity (June 6, 2019). Our firm is proud to have been sponsors of a "Halfway House" for this event.

September, 2018 - One of our attorneys, Donna McMillan, is giving this presentation next Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. Check it out here.


August, 2018 - Margaret E. (Peggy) Wood, Esq., an attorney in the firm's Trust & Estates Department, attended the Treasure Coast Children's Museum's Shipwrecked Party with her husband, Michael Abruzzo.  Ms. Wood, who has served on the Museum's Board of Directors since 2014, is the incoming President.

August, 2018 - Need Help?  Certified Elder Law Attorneys have the answers.  Nicola J. Melby, CELA*, a partner at our firm, can help you with your Elder Law issues.

June, 2018 - The Firm is proud to announce that Margaret E. “Peggy” Wood, a member of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Department, was awarded the 2018 Leader in the Law Award for the Martin County Chapter of FAWL.  The award is given to an attorney in recognition for being a positive role model for peers, making meaningful contributions to the legal profession and the community, and advancing the cause of women.  Peggy received the award at the FAWL Annual Awards & Installation Gala in Orlando.


January, 2018 - 
We are pleased to announce that Margaret (Peggy) Wood, Esq., an attorney in our Trusts and Estates Department, has been elected to the position of Secretary of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast.  Ms. Wood was also selected to serve as a member of the Y’s Governing Committee.  Congratulations!

January, 2018 - ROBERT P. SUMMERS SELECTED TO THE 2018 FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS LIST - We are very proud to announce that one of our partners, Robert P. Summers, Esq., has been selected to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Additionally, Mr. Summers has been selected for the past five years for this prestigious honor.

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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