The probate and trust litigation law firm of Baskin Fleece was founded by Joseph W. "Jay" Fleece, III and Hamden H. Baskin III. It is located in the Feather Sound area of Pinellas County – half-way between the downtowns of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida.
Mr. Fleece is a native of St. Petersburg, where he has practiced his entire legal career. Prior to establishing BaskinFleece, Mr. Fleece was head of the litigation department in the St. Petersburg office of Holland & Knight, a national law firm.
Mr. Baskin is a native of Clearwater and practiced as a sole practitioner specializing in contested wills, estate, guardianship, probate and trust law litigation for 20 years prior to the establishment of BaskinFleece.
Mr. Fleece and Mr. Baskin come from well-known, multi-generational Pinellas County families with deep roots in their communities. Both are very well connected and networked not only within the St. Petersburg and Clearwater legal systems but throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Both Mr. Fleece and Mr. Baskin's primary focus in their practices had been in the wills, estate and trust litigation areas of law. In 2004 they decided to combine their extensive knowledge and experience to create a unique law firm that was focused mainly on contested wills, estate, trust and guardianship matters. Their philosophy was simple: leverage trial skills with the knowledge of probate and trust law to provide consistent, efficient and effective representation for their clients – resulting in positive outcomes.
The firm quickly developed a reputation as the “go to” firm in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas County and throughout the state of Florida for highly complex and contested matters such as post-death fights regarding wills, trusts and estates, or pre-death disputes which many times involve guardianships and litigation.