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Vincent Lyon was born and raised in Oklahoma, but he has lived all across the USA. Florida has been his home since November of 2012.His two passions are history and animals. He went to college to study animal science but changed to earn his degree in history with a focus on Medieval and Renaissance history and then earned a Master's Degree in Museum Studies. He worked in the museum industry for a few years before deciding to return to school and earn a law degree. Vincent graduated in 2004 and practiced law in the Washington DC area for 8 years before moving to Palm Coast. He worked for the Chiumento firm for nearly 7 years where he found his home in probate and guardianship law. He now runs his firm focusing primarily in those areas, while keeping his hand in various related areas of the law. He and his wife of 25 years live in Palm Coast with their two dogs and two cats, and they foster rescued kittens. Vincent's community involvements include past president of the Flagler Bar, past president of the Rotary Club of Flagler County, current member of the Board of Directors for the Palm Coast Historical Society and the Board of Directors for the Flagler Humane Society.
When someone lacks the capacity to make life-altering decisions for themselves, a guardianship may be necessary for someone else to step in and help them. The legal right to make decisions in the place of another, who is incapable of making those decisions is transferred through Guardianship. The disability could be a legal one, such as not being old enough, or it could be a mental or physical disability. If a minor, for instance, inherits money or is the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, they most likely will need to have a guardian put in place to manage that property for them. The good thing is, once they get old enough, the guardianship goes away. Sadly, many guardianships do not go away, because they are put in place for someone with a persistent or progressive condition such as Alzheimer's type dementia. The person suffering no longer has the ability to manage their affairs, but because they are legally an adult, the court has to step in and transfer their rights to manage their affairs to another. Guardianship is a complex process that requires the assistance of an experienced guardianship attorney. In fact, the law requires a guardian in nearly every case to have an attorney. Personal Attorney Lyon would be happy to answer any of your guardianship and elder law questions.
We all think we know what a will is. They come up on detective dramas on TV and in Nancy Drew novels. But the law is very strict when it comes to a will. The reason for this is that the person who can explain any discrepancies or ambiguities is no longer living. In every case in short, a will is a piece of paper, created according to very specific rules, that directs what happens to a person's property after they die. A properly created will has the power of the courts to enforce it. As such, it is very powerful and needs to be taken very seriously. If you are a resident of Florida, you have a will that the state legislature wrote for you. It is a one-size-fits-all bit of legislation. But as we all know, one size never fits all. The legislature doesn't know you, or your family, or your wishes. An estate planning attorney like Lyon Law can help you prepare a will that will stand up in court and that will achieve what you want it to achieve for you and your family.
Simply put, probate is the legal process for transferring title to property after the previous owner has died. If someone dies owning titled property - any property that requires written proof of ownership - then probate will be needed to change the legal title to the new owner. Probate property includes such things as real estate, vehicles, trademarks, shares in a corporation, etc. Probate is a court process that can be costly and time consuming. There are ways to avoid probate, and reasons you might not want to avoid it. A probate attorney can guide you through that process. Whether a person chose probate, or their estate required it, the probate process is defined by the laws of Florida and can be quite complicated. It is best to have an experienced probate attorney to assist you, and in most cases the law requires a personal representative (a.k.a. executor) to be represented by an attorney. Make an appointment for a consultation today if you find yourself involved in a probate estate.
LEGAL PRACTICE AREAS
Estate Planning Lawyer
Power Of Attorney
A power of attorney is
a legal document delegating authority from one person to another. In the document, the maker of the power of attorney (the “principal”) grants the right to act on the maker's behalf as that person's agent. What authority is granted depends on the specific language of the power of attorney.
Estate planning is
the process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death. An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries and flexibility for the individual prior to death.
A Florida will contest is
a challenge to a will.
It involves going to court, the probate court, and making a claim. This claim is often in the form of a court-filed document called a Petition. In that Petition, you set forth your case on why the will is not valid.
Responsible for the collection of trust income, payment of all trust bills, and preparation of distributions to trust beneficiaries.
A guardian is
a surrogate decision-maker appointed by the court to make either personal and/or financial decisions for a minor or for an adult with mental or physical disabilities. After adjudication, the subject of the guardianship is termed a "ward."
A Florida will contest is
a challenge to a will. It involves going to court, the probate court, and making a claim. This claim is often in the form of a court-filed document called a Petition. In that Petition, you set forth your case on why the will is not valid.
Rotary Club Of Flagler County
Immediate Past President
President - July 2021 - June - 2022
Flagler County Humane Society
Member of the Board of Directors
Palm Coast Historical Society
Member of Board Of Directors
Community Cats Of Palm Coast
Foster Home For Displaced Cats
Palm Coast City Council
Representing District 2 Palm Coast
Flagler County Bar Association
Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast
Member of Board Of Directors
Since 2015 - 2020
Chamber Of Commerce
2016 - 2017
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Caring about his clients is Vincent Lyon's business. Lyon is not only an excellent attorney, but he takes the time necessary to understand his client's needs. Vincent is a master of the law. He fought against the corrupt Palm Coast County commissioners and protected my rights with my dog. He continues to fight for me on other legal issues. He doesn’t drain your pocketbook. He discusses things with you before he does them. I only wish he could handle different branches of law because then I would never use anyone else! Mr. Lyon is not only an excellent attorney, but he cares about his clients.
~ Dawn Of Palm Coast