Skiles provides legal counsel on Probate matters (helping people whose loved ones have passed away transfer assets from one name to another), Guardianship (assisting a loved one handle their affairs while in their greatest time of need), and Estate Planning (creating Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Healthcare Surrogates, Durable Powers of Attorney, etc). He brings a highly systematic approach to the practice of law, which is critically important when wading through the complex, and often bizarre, legal requirements associated with these areas of law.
Skiles earned his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Central Florida and his law degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida. Prior to law school, he held several sales and managerial positions before enlisting in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic. Currently, Skiles continues his military service as an Intelligence Analyst Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves. While attending law school, Skiles held a Federal Civilian position as an Army Reserve Unit Administrator, helping Army Reservists with administrative, pay, and life issues.
After law school, Skiles worked as an attorney with the Barrister Law Firm where he managed over 100 probate cases per year in addition to multiple trust, guardianship, estate planning, and other related matters. Skiles has assisted as a presenter during training for new Army Casualty Assistance Officers and has supported several military families through the probate process in their time of need.
The Central Florida area has boomed in the last 30+ years, creating a critical need for probate and estate planning for many people. Hundreds of clients have hired Skiles to assist them through difficult or exciting times.
Although most of his clients live in the Orlando area, he had dealt with satisfied clients from all over the world with pasts clients from the United Kingdom, Tailand, Poland, and Canada.
SKILES HAS PERSONALLY DEALT WITH CASES FILED IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING FLORIDA COUNTIES:
Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Columbia, Miami-Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Marion, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
Skiles is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association. He regularly attends events with the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law section of the Florida Bar. As a WealthCounsel member, Skiles keeps up to date on the important estate planning techniques. Skiles maintains his enlistment with The United States Army Reserves where he leads a team of Soldiers. Skiles is the current Vice President of the Central Florida Chapter of the Veteran’s Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) where he helps educate veterans about VA Loans and other services available to veterans to increase veteran home ownership.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Skiles is married and has two adult children and one grandchild! He has lived in the Orlando area for almost his entire life and enjoys the feeling of helping people who live in the community where he grew up. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, playing board games with family and friends, and playing golf. However, he’s yet to come close to needing to calculate a golf handicap.