Founded in 2009 by attorney Geoff Hoatson, the Family First Firm has served hundreds of Central Florida families with their legal needs through all stages of life.
We are a boutique law firm dedicated to helping our clients protect themselves, their families, and their legacy through wills and trusts, advanced directives, Medicaid qualification, Veteran’s benefits, and probate. We pride ourselves on our non-traditional approach which focuses on our clients’ experience – you’ll never feel like “just another client” here. As our client, you will not be an interruption of our work, you become the purpose of our work. Whether rejoicing in the birth of a child, planning for your golden years or celebrating the life of a loved one, we’re by your side. At the Family First Firm, it’s our privilege to protect you, your family, and your future.
Growing up in Central Florida as the son of a physician I remember conversations about lawsuits; about a family colleague who had been named in a suit and lost everything; about suits that could occur from automobile or private property accidents. My family felt they had an increased exposure and after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Economics I applied to Law School with the focus of helping others live without fear.
The year before law school, it happened to me. I was sitting at a red light and when it turned green I took my foot off the brake in time to gently tap the car in front of me. Doing the right thing, I followed the driver to a parking lot and we determined that there was no damage. The driver suggested we exchange insurance information and not involve the police. I naively agreed. Three weeks later I received a demand letter for $88,000 from her attorney. The case ultimately settled for $5,000 but I learned a lesson the hard way.
This experience helped guide my choice to attend Emory University School of Law, not only because it was a ‘Top Twenty’ school but because of its faculty and reputation in the field of estate planning and asset protection. Protecting families and their legacies includes asset protection and as such I focused on this and related specialties before returning to Florida. While I’ve had the opportunity to handle estate and asset protection planning for numerous people in high risk occupations, anyone can be faced with potential liability just by driving on our increasingly dangerous Central Florida roads. We also focus on protecting our client’s assets from nursing homes and long-term care. Despite what you may have heard, it’s never too late to discuss protecting yourself and your legacy.
The Family First Firm was established in 2009 with the goal serving our local community. We are proud to have helped countless families achieve their goals and gain peace of mind by protecting everything they hold dear. We’d be honored to help you too.
Carole is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Seminole State College Legal Studies program. Prior to joining Family First Firm, she spent over three years at an Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in Lake Mary, Florida. She spent nearly ten years with Southwest Airlines. During her tenure at Southwest she received one of the company’s highest honors after planning a Thanksgiving meal for several hundred service members. Carole was a cast member on the reality TV show Airline during the 2004-2005 season. She is married to a Marine and the mother of five children. During her spare time you may find her at many of the local comedy open mic shows.
Kate is originally from New York, where she attended Columbia University in New York City and worked in outdoor advertising. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband, three kids, and beloved Weimaraner, Cooper. Kate is also an avid photographer, frequently taking pictures of her family and friends on the weekends. She loves to travel, dance, and eat good food!
Marian is originally from Winter Park, Florida and a graduate of Circle Christian School. She drives a 1972 antique Ford pickup, that you can hear from a mile away. For over five years she volunteered at Freedom Ride, a non-profit organization on Lee Road that helps the disabled through Hippotherapy on horseback. Marian is also a competitive Irish Dancer and is placed top 10 in the Region. She is currently studying to become a dance instructor.
Michelle is originally from Boston, Massachusetts but moved to Central Florida in 1992, where she has resided since. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating on Health Services Administration and Social Sciences. Michelle is always helping someone! In particular, she loves helping the elderly community. She provides families with professional guidance and heartfelt support. Michelle is passionate about serving others and has dedicated her career to doing just that. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her hubby, her beautiful daughter and her chocolate lab and golden retriever, Buddy and Rusty.
Sarah is a graduate of Seminole State College with her Associate of Arts degree and is currently attending Rollins College to obtain her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She wishes to pursue a career in Mental Health Counseling. Sarah is a first generation Colombian and travels back to Colombia every year to visit family. She loves to travel and has visited countries such as Norway and Iceland; Iceland being her favorite country and a place where she left her heart.