For over three decades, Tom has assisted individuals, businesses and organizations with their legal management and legal services needs. With a burgeoning practice primarily devoted to estate planning, asset protection and trust and probate administration, The Edwards Law Firm, with Tom at its helm, has evolved in the last decade to include such vital elder law issues as Medicaid planning, VA planning, guardianship and more.
Tom earned his Juris Doctor from The Florida State University College of Law in 1980. After working as an associate at a small law firm, Tom gave in to his entrepreneurial side and started his own law practice in Northeast Florida. What began with one office, one attorney and no support staff has grown into three locations, two attorneys and a team of excellent and professional support. Tom is a member of The Florida Bar and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar; the American Bar Association and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association; and, the Jacksonville, Clay County and St. Johns County Bar Associations. From 2009 thru 2012 Mr. Edwards served on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and previously served on the Academy’s Education Advisory Board. He remains an executive member of the Academy. Tom is admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of Florida, the United States District Court – Middle District of Florida, the United States Tax Court and the United States Claims Court.
Perhaps most important, Tom and The Edwards Law Firm team believe in education. Education is key. Not only does Tom continue his own legal education, garnering nearly 40 hours each year in legal courses specific to estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law, Tom believes in educating the public. Through his monthly seminars, Tom and The Edwards Law Firm provide a relaxed and open forum for those individuals who want to have a plan for and protect their future and the future of their loved ones. With his extensive experience in family law, civil and commercial litigation, business planning and real estate law, Tom is able to assist clients with their special legal, business and, most important, family needs.
Tom is married to his wonderful wife Melissa and is the proud father to two beautiful and successful daughters, and also the proud grandfather to four grandchildren.