About Our Firm
BARNES WALKER, GOETHE, PERRON, SHEA & ROBINSON, PLLC, was established in 1995 at 3119 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, Florida, with two attorneys, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Walker and two staffers. Since that time, Barnes Walker has expanded to include eleven (11) attorneys, 34 staffers, and five (5) offices. The attorneys of our law firm have a combined experience of 215 years, and they practice in the areas of real estate sales and purchases, zoning & land use, homeowners and condominium associations, local government law, condemnation, wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, guardianship, elder law, business law, corporate, LLC, & partnership formation, business sales, business contracting, trademarks, contract disputes, creditor rights, employment claims, trust and will disputes, financial and securities fraud, real estate litigation, and claims related to business disputes. Our law firm and affiliated title company, Barnes Walker Title, Inc., have closed over 16,000 real estate transactions since the firms’ beginnings.
1. To provide our clients with the highest quality in legal services, personal care and attention, and professional advice.
2. To provide real estate brokers and bankers with quick, efficient, and thorough service in closing their clients’ real estate and loan transactions.
3. To provide the services of attorneys as closing agents at title insurance company rates for all real estate and loan closings.
4. To serve not only as our clients’ attorneys, but also as their personal counselors and advisors.
5. To speed the delivery and control the cost of legal services to our clients by maximizing and harnessing the benefits of the information technology revolution.
6. To continue our commitment and service to the community.
Areas of Service
The attorneys at BARNES WALKER, GOETHE, PERRON, SHEA & ROBINSON, PLLC, limit their practice to the following areas:
Real Estate Law. We assist clients with the purchase, sale, leasing, financing and refinancing of residential homes, commercial buildings, and acreage, as well as zoning, environmental and land use regulation, platting, subdividing, and other aspects of real estate development. BARNES WALKER is an agent for several of the country’s largest title insurance companies, and our experience includes the representation of hundreds of residential, commercial and agricultural clients in the sale and purchase of lots, homes, commercial property, and thousands of acres of agricultural lands. This experience allows BARNES WALKER to close virtually all types of real estate and loan transactions from start to finish in a quick, thorough, and efficient manner. BARNES WALKER currently handles more real estate closings than any other law firm in Manatee County, Florida.
Estate Planning & Probate Law. We guide clients through the preparation of wills, living wills, powers of attorney, trusts, estate planning, and the administration of estates. BARNES WALKER attorneys provide advice to their clients about the various methods of asset disposition; the appointment of personal representatives, guardians, trustees, and attorneys in fact; and the establishment of trusts.
Business Law. We help clients with the formation and merger of LLCs, corporations, general and limited partnerships, and other business entities; the acquisition and sale of business enterprises; the acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights; and the representation of clients in their ongoing business affairs. BARNES WALKER’s experience in these areas includes, but is not limited to, the negotiation and preparation of shareholder, partnership, operating, and noncompetition agreements and the obtaining of state trademarks, service marks and tradenames.
Litigation. In all areas of the firm’s practice, our litigation attorneys provide advice and representation for real estate litigation (foreclosure, landlord-tenant, quiet title, etc.), construction litigation, probate litigation, environmental litigation, governmental litigation, contractual disputes, and all other types of commercial and business litigation matters.
WHETHER you come to us for a will, property sale, litigation case, business purchase, or other matter, we believe that you, our client, should be aware of our Firm’s common philosophy in representing our clients.
FIRST, when we recruit an attorney to join our Firm, we look not only for a skilled attorney, but for a person without an ego, with practical judgment, with strong principles, and … with a sense of humor. We want a good lawyer, but a better person. We think we have succeeded in accomplishing this goal with all of our attorneys.
SECOND, we believe in preparation – doing our homework – before meetings, hearings, or finalizing agreements. We also believe in follow through, keeping you informed each step of the way, and making sure your case continues to move forward through our legal system. In other words, we know we have to work hard and be diligent to represent you properly.
THIRD, our goal is to use our skills, abilities, and past experience not only to protect and represent you in the present matter, but also to consider how our current recommendations and actions will affect you in the future, to ensure that today’s actions will not compromise tomorrow’s potential.
FOURTH, we believe in balancing the elimination of risk with our clients’ practical needs and realities. We recognize that, often, the more an attorney attempts to protect a client against all legal risk, the more complex and numerous the plans, procedures, entities, and documents necessary to create that protection can become. In turn, this can leave clients with more details to deal with, more fees and costs to pay, and more time and effort to expend. And, in reality, it is often impossible to eliminate the targeted risk completely. In fact, too much complexity and detail create other risks – the risk of mistakes and omissions – the risks that details will be missed, plans not followed, and procedures not implemented. This leads to our fifth belief.
FIFTH, we believe in minimizing legal complexity. Our goal is to identify present and future risks, weigh the probability of each risk occurring, attempt to quantify the losses that each risk could cause, and then weigh the cost of legal protection in all its forms – money, time, and effort expended. Our goal is then to tailor our legal plans, documents, and representations to protect you against the more probable and more dangerous risks with the simplest protections that are still adequate. We value simplicity because we understand and appreciate that you do not wish your business or your personal life to revolve around your legal affairs.
SIXTH, our job, as we see it, is to accomplish your goals and protect your interests, (1) as quickly as we can, (2) at a reasonable cost, while, (3) just as importantly, maintaining or improving your personal and/or business relationships with others, whenever possible.
SEVENTH, where legal rights or duties differ from possible moral obligations, our attorneys note the potential differences to you, and then allow you to use your own judgment. We respect the fact that moral obligations sometimes supersede legal rights, as when the two diverge.
EIGHTH, our fees are always measured against our efforts and results. In legal matters, actual, probable outcomes are always valued over theoretical, potential results.
NINTH, life is never a series of separate, distinct battles with situations that never repeat themselves, or with people who are always unrelated strangers. Life is a continuous series of interactions, some of which are conflicts, often with the same people or their associates, within the same business and social circles, in the same locality. In the long term, we believe that the creation of mutually beneficial outcomes – “win-win solutions” – for our clients and third parties is always better then the imposition of one-sided victories. Restraint and compromise; building or re-building trust; acknowledging respect for others; leaving a fair amount of rights, benefits, or money with the other side; and mutual problem-solving are often the best ways to represent you and lead to the best achievable results for you, our client.
TENTH, make no mistake, however. We believe you are entitled to: justice, … fairness, … respect, … equal rights and opportunities under the law, … the benefits of your deals and bargains, … and compensation for what is yours … in both your life and your livelihood. Thus, when you have been wronged, and the other side fails to make it right, we vow: never to compromise, … never to be swayed, … never to deviate, … and never to stop … until we have achieved the best obtainable results for you, our client.