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Burke Blue is pleased to welcome Kellianne Barkley as an associate attorney with the firms litigation department.  Ms. Barkley brings valuable experience in general litigation along with experience in personal injury claims, real property and construction disputes and insurance disputes.  Ms. Barkley received her joint J.D./MBA degree from Samford University while attending Cumberland School of Law and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from The University of Alabama.

Thinking of buying and/or selling property?  Here at Burke Blue we have experienced real estate attorneys and closing team ready to assist you with your real estate needs.  Click video to learn more.

These days, families spending so much time together, relationships can be strained, tensions can run high and you may feel there is time for a change.  When this time comes, you need a Family Law Firm you can trust and that will provide you one-on-one attention.

Business owners for some time now have been feeling the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and are uncertain on what to do.  Click video to learn more.

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At Burke Blue we are committed to serving your Real Estate needs.  During this time, if you are a home owner or real estate investor, you may feel COVID-19 has put a stop to buying and/or selling real estate.  Click on the video to learn more.

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Burke Blue is pleased to welcome Jessica Stewart as an associate attorney with the firm’s litigation department.  Ms. Stewart brings valuable experience in civil litigation and will be involved in assisting the firm’s Civil Litigation Department.  She also brings her family law experience to Burke Blue, and will assist in the Family Law Department.  Ms. Stewart received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Psychology from Auburn University.

Burke Blue is pleased to announce that Graham Clarke, Board Certified in Marital and Family Law since 1996 and a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator since 1997, has joined the Firm effective August 1st.  Graham brings his 40+ years of experience, specializing in Family Law, to truly make Burke Blue “The” Full Service Law Firm in the Northwest Florida.

Call us today for assistance with your divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, modification, retirement or pension and profit sharing issues, family law mediation or any other marital or family law issues.  Appointments can be made at our Panama City Beach office (16215 Panama City Beach Parkway) or our Panama City office (221 McKenzie Avenue). 

Call today for an appointment 850-769-1414 

For the past 45 years, Burke Blue has operated throughout the Northwest Florida region. These decades of rich history have led us to opening new law office buildings, expanding our efforts and growing our team.

Since our founding in 1973, our firms practice areas have also grown dramatically. We know include specialties such as real estate law, business law, wealth management, and more! With each of our top trained attorneys experienced in a wide range of fields, we’ve created a group that is able to tend to every client’s needs, and provide expert legal advice appropriate for each case that is brought to us. 

While we have experienced exponential growth in our team, facilities, and client base over the years, our inclusive management style and dedication to values of integrity, collaboration and professionalism has set us apart from other firms. We maintain the foundation of commitment that we were founded upon, and deliver on our promises to our clients. 

You can learn more about our history here.

When it comes to Real Estate Law, there are many areas in which having a legal expert on your side can make a big difference. At Burke Blue, our highly trained attorneys can help assist you in several capacities regarding Real Estate law.

1. Development and Construction

Development and Construction are a common part of the real estate process that often see contractual disputes, which in turn can generate many potential liabilities. Issues can include title disputes, construction defects, and more. Maintaining a relationship with reputable attorneys like our’s can help you avoid such disputes when possible, and when the do arise, make sure you are prepared to deal with them quickly and professionally. Our litigation attorneys ensure your rights are always protected. 

2. Commercial and Residential Contracts

Commercial and Residential Contracts are another common area where attorneys are asked to step in. This is due to the fact that real estate is often an enormous investment, therefore any contract dispute that may arise can severely affect the value of that investment. Contract litigation is a complex branch of law that requires the skill of experienced professionals like us. Businesses and individuals need protective legal representation when they are participating in matters of contractual stipulations, including purchase agreements, commercial leases, and more. Having an expert attorney to help you through the process helps minimize risk significantly when it comes to these types of disputes.

3. Eminent Domain

If you are a landowner facing condemnation, then chances are you have several issues to consider.  Government entities must comply with strict legal standards when exercising their eminent domain powers and must provide owners with just compensation for their losses. This is where having an experienced lawyer can come in handy. With our attorneys’ help, we can protect your owners rights during condemnation and ensure you receive full and fair compensation.

4.  Landlord/Tenant

It should come to no surprise that the landlord/tenant relationship is an all too common area of legal conflict. These conflicts are often the result of loose or unclear terms drafted in tenant contracts. An experienced Burke Blue attorney can help resolve these issues and avoid them altogether by working with landlords to create clear, comprehensive lease agreements that comply with applicable laws.

5. Foreclosures

Foreclosures have become an increasingly common issue in recent years, and subject to more regulation. For lenders considering foreclosure as an options, we provide knowledge and expertise to help ensure all legal requirements are met. We can also help protect your rights as a homeowner during the process of foreclosure.

6. Condo and Homeowners Associations

When it comes to the rights of either party in condominium or homeowner association disputes, Burke Blue attorneys can litigate protect either party’s rights. From issues of interpretation and application of a covenant or restriction to a dispute over enforcement of an assessment, we have the experience and knowledge to effectively and competently handle your case.  

When it comes to Real Estate Law, you’ll find there are many situations where having and expert legal attorney at your side can make the difference in the success of your case. Call today to meet with us (850)-769-1414.

If you’re going through a divorce can be an extremely overwhelming process. Many clients come to us with questions, including what the divorce process looks like. Here are the typical steps of what to expect from your divorce case:

1. Retain Family Law Attorneys

The first step in any divorce process should be finding a good attorney for your party. This will help ensure you are taken care of each step of the way and stay organized throughout your divorce process. 

2. Filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Typically, the next step in the divorce process is when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This petition outlines and sets forth the reasons for the divorce, and what relief the spouse is requesting from the Judge.  

3. Petition Response

Following the filing of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the other spouse will then file a response to the Petition. In some situations, this response can also include a Counter-Petition, which submits an answer to the initial Petition as well as what relief they are requesting in return. 

4. Financial Document Exchange

At this point in the divorce process, both parties are required to exchange any financial documents with on another.

5. Hold Temporary Hearing

Once Petitions have been filed and all financial documents have been exchanged, a temporary hearing between the two parties is held to decide which specific issues need to be resolved while the divorce is going on. This could include deciding who gets to stay in the marital residence, temporary custody arrangements, etc.  

6. Address Other Relevant Issues

At this time, both parties should engage in any other discovery which may be relevant to issues involving division of property or issues pertaining to children involved. 

7. Mediation

Mediation is a process in which both parties come together with their attorneys and a neutral third-party to attempt negotiations among themselves for a resolution to the case. Almost all divorce and family law cases must be mediated prior to proceeding to a final hearing, and many are settled at mediation.

8. Final Hearing

In the event that a settlement is not able to be reached during mediation, the parties will proceed to a final hearing, where a Judge will decide the terms of the divorce. 

You don’t have to stress or feel overwhelmed when it comes to your divorce case. Our team of highly trained attorneys here at Burke Blue are here to help guide you and provide you with expert legal advice throughout the entire process. Learn more here or call us today at (850) 769-1414.