Brandon Legal Group,
​​Business / Civil Law


​Experienced legal counsel for your Family ​Law, Personal Injury, Criminal, Estate ​Planning and ​Business Law needs.

Our Promise

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Providing enthusiastic legal counsel with
confidence, integrity, and
compassion.

Vigorous client representation has been our guiding principal since our start in Brandon in 2008. Our entire mission is built around one thing, protecting our clients' interests’ legally in Tampa Bay and throughout the state of Florida. From Divorce & Family Law to Criminal Defense and from Business & Civil Litigation to Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation, our team of experienced trial attorneys are ready to protect you.

Our attorneys work diligently to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care and respect for your time and of course, your wallet. We truly believe that each client deserves the highest quality representation possible, and we provide personal attention at each stage of the legal process.


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With These Business and Civil Law Services

Sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, INC are all types of business entities.  Which one should you choose for your company when you legally create it.  Each type has far reaching implications on taxation, operations, and what you are personally responsible for if sued.

​Many people believe that their friend and they will live in business bliss forever, but what if it doesn’t?  An operating agreement spells out who owns what and how things will be divided should they go south. 

Handshake agreements and even verbal agreements can be enforceable.  But how much is it going to cost to enforce the agreement? Who will pay for the enforcement of the agreement?  Too many times we hear of business owners doing business without a properly written contract that spells out the responsibilities of each party​.

The purchase of a home is one of the biggest decisions in most peoples lives.  It is extremely important to understand your contract and addendums so that you are aware of your responsibilities during the purchase or sale and during the ownership period with the HOA
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​Business ​​Formation

Forming a business is an exciting time and requires many important decisions.  One of the most important is the type of business entity you choose to operate under.  Entity types are far reaching from a sole proprietorship where you personally bear responsibility for any and all occurrences.  Types of partnerships can divide responsibility between individuals to varying degrees.  It is possible to form a corporation, .INC, in which a new legal entity or being is formed.

Entity type will also dictate how you are taxed.  LLC’s typically have passthrough taxes and will be entered on your personal taxes where .INC corporations face double taxation.  It is extremely important to meet with an attorney and your tax professional in order to assist with making these critical decisions.


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Business Operating Agreements

Operating agreements should be in place for any and all businesses.  This is the document that spells out ownership percentages, how income will be divided and distributed and how the company will wind down when and if that time comes.  It calls for the proper procedures on stock sales and purchases and whom may make financial decisions or bind the company in contract negotiations.
Business Contracts andDisputes

Did you ever notice that corporate contracts tend to be much longer than the two sentence small business contracts you receive.  We hear from way too many small business owners regarding their customers and nonpayment for services. Inevitably, the owner wants to get paid (for good reason) and they want the non-paying customer to pay for their legal fees.  Many times we learn that the contract was a handshake which definitely did not outline who would be responsible for paying the parties legal fees should a dispute occur. We understand that paying a couple thousand dollars to have contracts and documentation written seems like a lot.  But when you think about it over the life of the business, how many tens of thousands of dollars can this small initial investment save you?
homeowners association disputes
Real Estate Contracts and HOA Disputes


Purchasing a home is a big ordeal for many people.  It is most likely the largest purchase one will ever make in their lifetime.  This purchase comes with many possible pitfalls despite ‘caveat emptor’ or ‘buyer beware’ attitudes and laws changing.  It is important to know who you are beholden to and the possible rules regulating your property. HOA documents and covenants can be lengthy and tricky to read.  One wouldn’t want to purchase a property in a community hoping to do short term rentals or Airbnb if the minimum rental period is one year. Breaking this rule and continuing to do as such could allow the HOA to impose fines and ultimately take your home. 
Case Study:Because legal issues rarely stand their own
Our client owns a pest control/lawn care business.  He had applied for a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture for the pest control application.  

Due to certain delays, he received fines for operating his business before everything was approved.  
We were able to get the fines reduced and to expedite the processing for his licenses, so he could continue to operate with accruing extra fines.
Business Disputes
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Debunking Attorney Myths
It's too expensive to call an attorney.​

​At Brandon Legal Group, your initial consultation is free.  Personal Injury cases are offered on a contingency fee basis meaning there are no out of pocket expenses unless there is a financial recovery in your favor. In other matters, if you think an attorney representing you is too expensive, imagine living without seeing your children or spending the next 10 years in prison…

Having an attorney makes you look guilty.​

You may be great at a lot of things, but when is the last time you were lead counsel in a criminal matter?  Every individual has a Constitutional right to experienced legal counsel no matter the magnitude of the matter.  In many instances, the Court may prefer working with experienced Counsel rather than a layman as all litigating parties will be held to the same legal standard and process.

Lawyers just complicate the process.​

Experienced attorney’s should foresee pitfalls in your case and reduce the chances of last-second surprises that delay or disrupt the finalization of your legal matter.   Attorneys know the process, know the nuances of varying judges courtrooms, and can provide you with the proper resources to make the best decisions in your matter.
WHO WE ARE
Full service law firm serving the greater Brandon and Tampa area.

When you place your legal matter in the hands of our experienced Brandon legal group attorneys, you are placing it in the hands of professionals with over 80 years of experience committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Our​
Philosophy

Litigation can be laden with emotion and uncertainty, we pride ourselves on providing enthusiastic legal counsel with confidence, integrity, and compassion. Our attorneys are committed to providing you with unmatched support and attention. We will listen carefully to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and work with you to help you overcome any obstacles. We will aggressively represent your rights and best interests through each step of your case so that you receive the best possible legal outcome.
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Meet Our Attorneys

Ingrid Hooglander Brandon Attorney
Ingrid
Hooglander

In 2008 after gaining years of experience under the watchful eyes of her predecessors, Ms. Hooglander opened her own private practice that has grown into what Brandon Legal Group is today.

Her weight lifting and Kick Boxing training contribute to a reputation as a "force of nature" in both her personal life and her presence in the court room.


David Faulkner Brandon Attorney
David
Faulkner

Prior to joining Brandon Legal Group, David was an FBI Special Agent assigned to the Public Corruption Unit in Miami.  Today he uses that "other side of the fence" experience as a practicing lawyer with over two decades experience representing clients in federal and state criminal cases.

Mr. Faulkner also represents clients in various types of family law cases and has a Florida Class C Private Investigator License.


Luke Mattson Brandon Attorney
Luke​
Mattson

Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence.

Mr. Mattson might look like he’s all business, but you'd be surprised to discover the incredible fun loving attitude he brings to the practice.  When outside the courtroom, Mr. Mattson can often be found watching Lightning games or riding his bike around downtown Tampa.

Donelle White Brandon Attorney
Donelle
White

Ms. White was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and has been a Brandon resident since 1993. Since graduating from Temple University, she has concentrated on Personal Injury, VA Disability, and Workers’ Compensation cases.

When she has the time, Ms. White enjoys finding her way to the golf course, and working with various organizations around the area including the Brandon Junior Women’s Club, and the American Cancer Society.

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Ingrid is a gifted attorney with significant subject matter experience in family law matters.  She has a ton of experience and is an expert in this practice area.  She is a hard worker and puts clients first.  She is able to gain exceptional results for her clients.  Without hesitation I endorse Ingrid.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Brandon Law Office Q & A

Can you help me form a company under Florida law?
 


The kind of permits, licenses, and registrations you will need to operate is dependent about what kind of business you are in. The following are examples of different documents you may need to operate your business:

 

  • Sales Tax License
  • Zoning Permits
  • Sellers Permit
  • Health Department Permits
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Brandon Family Lawyer FAQ 2

Can you assist me with a lawsuit that has been filed against my company? 


Being served with a lawsuit can be a traumatic experience. 


Calling an attorney immediately will start putting the necessary information in your hands quickly as your response to the suit is time sensitive and requires your full attention.


Find an attorney who is both knowledgeable and makes you feel assured that they will be walking through these experiences together. It helps if they are willing to take the steps to help you learn and possibly provide mitigating steps so that you do not find yourself in this position again.


Brandon Family Lawyer FAQ 3

Can you review the contracts I have for my customers?


Contracts are a highly important part of your business. They dictate the way in which customers, vendors, and employees interact. The contract should outline what happens if either party fails to fulfill their requirements as stated in the contract.


The number one thing we hear from our potential clients is this: XYZ did not pay for the services rendered and I want to sue them for the money and I want them to pay for my legal fees. Inevitably, the first question from our attorneys will be, “What does the contract say”? It is better to have them reviewed now than when the fate of a $20,000 contract is dangling in the wind.

​Brandon Legal Group

​Easy To Find And Convenient Hours

Hours

Monday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Tuesday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Wednesday    ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Thursday        ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Friday              ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Saturday         Closed 

Sunday            Closed

(Closed Daily from 12 - 1 PM for lunch)
OFFICES

Brandon Office
A full service law firm
1209 Lakeside Drive
Brandon FL, 33510

Available by appointment

Wesley Chapel Office
27524 Cashford Circle # 102
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544


Lakeland Office
122 E. Main St # 249
Lakeland, FL 33801


Tampa Office
5401 W. Kennedy Blvd #100
Tampa, FL 33609




THE BLG DIFFERENCE 

​Our skill sets allow us to provide many legal services to our clients and to resolve complex legal issues that are often intertwined. We are able to leverage our internal resources to keep cases in-house. Without the need to outsource a matter, we have the opportunity to find a more efficient resolution.

Brandon Legal Group is a full service Tampa Bay trial law firm that represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Our ultimate goal is to protect your rights and pursue the best available legal outcome. With more than 85 years of combined legal experience, BLG is well qualified to pursue the best legal outcomes for clients of varying needs.


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