Areas of Practice

Family Law

Family law can require extra care and consideration because of the emotional aspects involved in dissolving marriages, child custody and property division. When you are involved in a divorce, emotions and feelings can be deeply intertwined in every aspect of the case, and we fully understand these circumstances.

Divorce can be very difficult. You and your family can greatly benefit from the knowledge and experience of a Tampa divorce attorney. At Judd Bean Law, we are devoted to helping people just like you with legal issues related to family law. A skilled and experienced divorce lawyer will work with you to give you the options you need during this chapter of your life.

We have a philosophy about how we approach each type of family law case. We understand that this time could be one of the most stressful and traumatic times in your life and your family's lives. That is why we want to offer you the support, attention and consideration that you deserve. Our experience towards your case and our devotion to your satisfaction is second to none.

Judd Bean Law puts families at the pinnacle of it's priorities. We strive to keep our legal service fees affordable, our work product flawless, make it known that YOU are a tremendous priority to us and that our integrity to our clients and business partners is EVERYTHING. If you have an issue regarding ANYTHING related to family law, we can offer you experienced legal advice, support and full-service representation. We represent clients in both contested and uncontested divorces, understanding the importance of a cooperative approach such as mediation when necessary to save your time, money and sanity! We also offer personalized legal services financing plans that will align with your individual case and resources. Judd Bean Law has experience to plan ahead for issues and defenses that are likely to arise during your divorce or other family law case, such as child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, property rights, property division, the recovery of court costs and attorney's fees, etc.. In the event of divorce or a modification, we will analyze your particular financial situation to determine whether you may have the right to or may be asked to pay permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony or transitional alimony, as well as child support. The incredible business and personal experiences offered by Judd Bean Law foster an open and friendly environment that will help us empathize with you during this trying time in your life. You will not be judged or disrespected, and an experienced attorney will drive to YOU for the initial visit (at your home or another place where you feel comfortable). Our goal is to make you feel valued by us and that you can have an open communication relationship from our initial consultation through whatever direction your case takes us. Let our team join yours and we will immediately start establishing a game plan aimed at obtaining results that will bring ultimate happiness to you and your loved ones!

Why does Judd practice Family Law?

Why am I practicing family law? In family law, you can be more than a lawyer assessing and advising a client on their legal rights. Having been divorced myself, I know how important it is for a lawyer to guide you through one of the most stressful experiences in your life. To me, it is very rewarding to know I've helped someone through such a difficult time. I am a type-A people person working hard to create a comfortable, yet candid, environment for my clients. I strive to immediately build rapport with everyone who walks into my office, whether you are a multi-millionaire or someone who is less fortunate. My promise to you is to use my personal and legal skills to sort through your issues and develop a game-plan to help you get back to the things that matter. My goal is to develop a positive working relationship with you, so you feel comfortable sharing your story with me. One of the best feelings is to watch a client confidently walk out of my office with a solid strategy in their pocket and a big smile on their face.

Estate Planning

If you are like most Tampa-area Florida residents (Hillsborough County), you do not want to think about your own mortality. The stress and discomfort of discussing topics related to “when you die” is one of the reasons many Hillsborough County Florida residents put off creating a basic Florida estate plan. You have worked very hard all your life to build up your estate, but you may be unsure of the best way to pass your assets (homes, vehicles, boats, etc.), business and personal property (furniture, family heirlooms, jewelry, etc.) to your loved ones. Our goal is to educate our community residents so they understand the benefits of the Florida estate planning process. It is so important to have someone truly listen to your questions and concerns and walk you through the Florida estate planning process. Creating a basic Florida estate plan (Will, Trust, Health Care Surrogate, and Living Will) does not need be intimidating; in fact, it could provide you with a great sense of security because you know that your family will be secure and your assets will be distributed as you wish. Don't Wait Until It's too Late to Plan For Your Estate. The Time to Plan for the Future is Now.

Why does Judd practice Estate Planning?

Why do I practice in Estate Planning Law? Estate Planning is an extremely important, confusing, highly personal and very misunderstood area of practice. As an attorney, my recommendation is that estate planning is essential to protect the assets you have worked hard for. I always get a huge thrill when people come to me to help them create solid estate planning documents that will ensure their estate is properly apportioned to individuals, non-profit organizations, etc., upon their passing. I am experienced at preparing and executing Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Limited Liability Corporations (LLC's). This helps avoid serious tax implications and protects your hard-earned assets. I am proud to have the legal skills and experience to help create these documents that can last a lifetime and give confidence that your estate will be handled according to your wishes when you pass. You are NEVER too young to start thinking about end of life estate planning. I frequently hear that estate planning is for retirees, older people, and folks in retirement homes or hospitals. However, all of us are aware you never know when your "number" is going to be called. Proper estate planning includes thinking about difficult issues that are rarely exciting and easy to understand. I understand that there are other things people want to focus on other than their estate. Thinking about end of life decisions is frequently a topic non-lawyers never think about. Hiring an attorney who will help you consider what Estate Planning document(s) you need is a huge step in the right direction. Choosing between a Will, Trust or Power of Attorney is seldom an easy decision. Many factors come into play and, ultimately, you can't go wrong as long as you choose one or the other. There are many books and programs that allow you to create your own Estate Planning documents, but there are many questions that cannot be answered by a book, website or computer program. Every person's situation is different. My legal advice to a younger couple would be much different than the advice given to an older couple. One of the main services Judd Bean Law offers is to professionally analyze your situation and give you guidance to decide what document will properly protect your assets. Then, prepare these documents, whether it is a Power of Attorney, Will, Trust, or formation of a LLC.

Marchman Act - Substance Abuse Intervention

What is the Marchman Act?

The Marchman Act is a law under Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes that enables family members to obtain help for a loved one who is unwilling to seek substance abuse services voluntarily. Through Florida’s Marchman Act, a civil court of law can issue an order that requires an impaired individual to enter into a drug and alcohol, assessment, stabilization and long-term treatment. The key to a Marchman Act court order is how a substance abuse impaired individual must comply with any drug and alcohol, assessment, stabilization and treatment, or face significant consequences for their failure to do so. Under the Marchman Act, a substance abuser cannot refuse help once a court order is issued. Staying sober and remaining in treatment are the only ways for the addict avoid sanctions by the court. The Marchman Act courts are designed and geared toward getting addicts help. The Marchman Act is CONFIDENTIAL; filings are not open to the public, so any treatment that is ordered is kept confidential and private.

Essentially, the Florida Marchman Act is a legal process whereby friends and family may petition the court to receive a confidential court-ordered substance-abuse assessment and extended treatment. You may be hesitant to seek involuntary alcohol or substance abuse assessment, but taking that step may save the life of someone you love.

Most importantly, the Marchman Act is an extremely effective legal tool to compel individuals, who simply refuse to enter into treatment voluntarily, enter involuntary and in-patient treatment for their substance abuse problem. Sobriety and FULL recovery are definitely realistic goals for everyone abusing drugs or alcohol. Don’t wait until it’s too late. The Marchman Act gives YOU, the friend or family member, the power to ACT on your loved one’s behalf.

What are the specific criteria for a Marchman Act?
  • Has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use; and EITHER
  • Has inflicted or threatened or attempted to inflict physical harm on themself or another


  • Is in need of substance abuse services and, by reason of substance abuse impairment, is incapable of appreciating the need for such services and of making a rational decision in regard to receiving services. However, mere refusal to receive such services does not constitute evidence of lack of judgment with respect to the need for such services.

Without the intervention of the legal system, the stress, tears and anger can build inside someone who is living in a nightmare with an alcoholic or addict. These bad emotions make it seem imminent that something terrible is going to happen to a loved one under the reigns of addiction (i.e., a DUI, job loss, incarceration, death, to name a few). Floridians are incredibly blessed to be able to employ the Marchman Act, if needed, to force treatment on a loved one’s drug abuse and/or alcohol addiction. The Marchman Act can provide a life line to a family member or friend who is dangerously addicted.

How can Judd Bean Law help?

Whether you have a sibling, cousin, mother, or any other family member or a close friend struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction, the Marchman Act is CRUCIAL to take action and intervene into your loved one’s life-threatening problems. YOU are our potential client, the petitioner, and the friend or family member that desperately wants to cease any further damage caused by drugs or alcohol. With the help of JUDD BEAN LAW, we will fight to get your loved one into a detox and treatment facility. Someone who is abusing prescription drugs, alcohol, illicit street drugs, or other substances that cause mind-altering effects, can and will cause serious and irreparable damage to their body (physically and mentally), employment, finances, family, strangers, etc. The virtually unlimited effects of substance abuse are overwhelming, causing you to think there is no chance of giving your family member or friend their life back through a recovery program. JUDD BEAN LAW gives much-needed hope and positive expectations to our Clients and their families, who are stuck in dreadful situations with a loved one controlled by drugs or alcohol. We give our Clients optimism by involving them first- hand as a “teammate” in their Marchman Act case; combining their knowledge and love with our legal skills and experience, to fashion the appropriate plan of action. We pride ourselves on teaching our Clients (family members and friends of substance abusers) how to be proactive in their familial and loving relationships with the substance abuser in their lives. Not only do we work together towards forming an intervention game plan under the Marchman Act to force loved ones into treatment, but we work tirelessly to change any dejected or dismal thoughts or attitudes clients have into trusting their Higher Power and maintaining a prayerful mindset.

So, What are you wating for? Don't put that phone call off any longer!

If your loved one is showing substance abuse signs and symptoms, such as experimenting with drugs or alcohol, lack of motivation, changing behavior at home, school or work, a poor self-image, a change in friends, manipulative or deceitful behavior, violent outbursts or hostility, lack of desire to take part in healthy activities, or the desire to hurt themselves or others, they are in serious danger and need to receive help as soon as possible. Don’t wait until their life is destroyed. Get them the help they need now. Plus, the Marchman Act can even help you get the treatment covered by insurance or help you find treatment plans that are structured to fit your ability to pay.

If this is happening in your family or circle of friends, you may feel scared, helpless and unsure about what to do. Watching a life being destroyed by substance abuse can be heartbreaking. You may want to help them, but don’t know how, or you may have tried to help, but were not successful. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact JUDD BEAN LAW now and let us get those bad emotions out of your head and protect your loved one’s life. We will immediately form a plan of action and begin to take positive steps towards the recovery of your “lost” family member or friend. This, in turn, will start to free your mind from stress and worry, stopping the endless speculation about what perils may come upon your loved one.

Don’t let a substance abuse dilemma linger! Be PROACTIVE! Immediate action is CRITICAL to address the perilous situation and provide intensive therapy to the substance abuser. Experienced psychologists and drug and alcohol abuse professionals will team together to figure out why your loved one is abusing drugs, address it, and help remind them how beautiful Life can be when their mind is not clouded with alcohol or drugs. Not only has the Marchman Act restored HOPE to countless Floridians in the grips of addiction, but it probably saved their lives as well. Do not be afraid to reach out to! Take this step now to free your loved one of the chains of substance abuse, and help them to start fresh on building a new life. Do not be afraid! Reach out now to JUDD BEAN LAW, where you will find a friend waiting to hear your story and ready to provide a game plan for your situation.

  • Family Law
    • Divorce
    • Child Support
    • Child Custody
    • Visitation
    • Paternity
    • Name Changes
    • Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements
    • Marriage Settlement Agreements
    • Any modification or other services
  • Estate Planning
    • Wills
    • Trusts
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Health Care Surrogate Designation
    • Living Wills
  • Mental Health Law
    • Marchman Act
    • Baker Act
    • Incapacity Cases