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David M. Goldman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC
4115 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-685-1200
Fax: 904-875-4081
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed in Florida Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (30%), Elder Law (20%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%), Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%), Criminal Defense (10%), Family Law (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney David M. Goldman is the founder and owner of the Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC, which has office locations in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. A highly versatile attorney and nationally recognized as one of the leading lawyers in his region as well as the entire country, Mr. Goldman provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout Duval and St. Johns counties, and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Elder law, guardianships and Medicaid crisis planning
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Probate and estate and trust administration
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Family law and divorce
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal and traffic ticket defense
  • Business law
  • Gun trusts, NFA trusts and Florida firearms preemption

Along with possessing over 12 years of legal experience, Mr. Goldman has more than 20 years of experience in business, and he has helped establish and manage several companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, marketing, retail and ecommerce. As such, he offers invaluable counsel to entrepreneurs and business owners about all aspects of starting, organizing and running their commercial enterprises, and he uses his business experience to better address their complex issues regarding business succession and asset protection.

In addition to his unmatched business acumen, Mr. Goldman has also established himself as an authority on elder law and estate planning, and he has published a guidebook regarding Florida probate along with maintaining legal blogs related to these legal areas as well as foreclosure defense, gun trusts and other legal areas. Moreover, he has conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on topics involving asset protection, business formation, marketing for legal practices and other subjects.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. Goldman holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received many other top awards and honors from his peers. He has also received "Superb", 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo as well as a 10.0 Lawyer Rating from Justia.

Mr. Goldman studied international law at the University of London, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2006 as a Dean's Scholar. He holds his license to practice in Texas as well as Florida, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

He is an active member of The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations, and he supports his local community through his involvement with various civic, charitable and religious organizations in his area.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Elder Law
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Bankruptcy: Consumer
  • 10%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Family Law
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests, Bankruptcy Law, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

White Papers

  • ATF Form 1 with instructions (2020) - Instructions and sample documents on the proper completion of a NFA Form 5320.1
  • ATF form for additional configuration of items restricted by the NFA - Updated 2021 (2021) - Discusses the importance of updating the ATF with additional configurations of firearms restricted by the NFA and how to properly inform them of changes to avoid violations of the NFA.
  • Completing a Tax Free Transfer using an ATF Form 5320.20 (2018) - Instructions and sample forms to help clients complete a successful transfer from an estate to a beneficiary of an item restricted by the NFA.
  • Florida Probate Handbook (2019) - This whitepaper presents a basic outline; no attempt has been made to address many of the legal issues that may arise during the administration of an estate in Florida. If you are looking for information on Estate Planning or avoiding Probate, this is not the correct resource for you.  You should contact a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer or and request information on Estate Planning in Florida.  You may also review the more than 700 articles on Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog. Persons entrusted with the responsibility of administering an estate should work closely with the estate’s lawyer and not attempt to administer an estate on their own. We believe that once you read this guide, you will understand the process and of what your Florida Probate Lawyer is doing. A Florida Probate Administration is the process in which a decedent’s assets are distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries.   Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the decedent’s assets; paying taxes, claims, and expenses of administration; and distributing assets to the beneficiaries. The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes. Florida has some unique rights and protections that are afforded to a homestead property.  The Florida Constitution protects one’s homestead from creditors and is among the strongest homestead protections in the country. If the homestead is not dealt with properly, it can lose these protections and become subject to the claims of creditors.  Florida courts require that an attorney be involved with a probate administration to help with proper filings and smooth administration of the decedent’s assets.  Because the court cannot give legal advice, it’s important to understand that in most cases in Florida the personal representative must be represented by an attorney to administer the estate in the probate court

About David M. Goldman

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida Bar Association, Member Since 2007
  • Texas Bar, Member Since 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Member Since 2007
  • Federal: Middle District of Florida, 2009
  • Texas Bar, 2014
  • Florida Bar, 2007

Educational Background

  • University of London, International Law, 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Notary, 2015
  • Notary, 2020
  • Texas Bar License, 2014


  • , Superlawyers Rising Star,, 2016
  • , Superlawyers Rising Stat, Superlawyers, 2015
  • , Superlawyers Rising Star, Superperlawyers, 2017
  • Level 20 Award for being one of the top contributors on AVVO in regards to answering legal questions., 2020 Avvo Top Contributor,, 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Law firm Marketing, Speaker, Probate for Young Lawyers, Law Students And Young Lawyers, 2018
  • Discussion about estate planning, elder law, and asset protection issues and concerns that arise when helping clients who own firearms without committing malpractice, Speaker, Estate planning for clients with Firearms, NFA and SC estate planning counsel, Lawyers, 2020
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Emerging Issues for Attorney Advertising Through the Internet , Speaker, Florida Coastal School of Law, Emerging Issues for Attorney Advertising Through the Internet , 2017
  • An article pointing our 6 areas of estate planning most planners do not consider because their software does not.  Today, it is important to understand your clients needs, not just the capabilities of your software.  Examples given in this article deal with the use of Gun Trusts, Pet Trusts, Digital Asset Planning, Asset Protection, Controling from the Grave, and a Life Plan., Author, The Future of Estate Planning: The Multigenerational Life Plan, Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, Texas Tech School Of Law, 2012
  • North Florida Council of Enrolled Agents, Asset protection and the Florida Limited Liability Company (LLC), Speaker, Using a LLC to avoid liability, North Florida Council of Enroled Agents, Accountants, CPA, Enrolled Agents, 2019
  • University of North Florida, Course on Aging, speaker, Protecting assets from risk of loss from nursing home, Elder Care Students, 2018
  • Spoke on using a dynasty asset protection gun trust to protect firearms for future generations., Speaker, Protecting your Guns from the Current Assault on the Second Amendment, NRA, NRA, 2013

Representative Clients

  • Concluded multi-year estate litigation amongst family members with successful Jury Trial and was granted attorneys fees., 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Donated free estate plans to schools to use as a fundraiser., 2020
  • Provided free Probate to low income clients, 2020
  • Ocean way Community Center - medical powers of attorney for lower-income clients, 2017
  • Solid Rock Church of Mandarin Living Will Project, 2016
  • Jewish Community Alliance Adult Services medical powers of attorney for lower-income clients, 2017
  • Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church medical powers of attorney for lower-income clients, 2014
  • Jewish Community Alliance Wellness Expo medical powers of attorney for lower-income clients, 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Avvo Top Contributor Award, 2020
  • Avvo Top Attorey 10.0, 2020
  • Avvo Top Attorney 10.0, 2019
  • Avvo Top Attorney 10.0, 2018
  • Avvo Top Attorney 10.0, 2017
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2016

Industry Groups

  • EPPN
  • Florida Bar
  • NRA
  • Texas Bar
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Office Location for David M. Goldman

4115 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone: 904-685-1200

Fax: 904-875-4081

Last Updated: 1/19/2021

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