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Mediation in divorce can provide a more measured approach to minimizing expenses by using a neutral party to help both parties come to an agreement, outside of the courthouse.

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Brandon Legal Group, Tampa, Brandon

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

Vigorous client representation has been our guiding principle 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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Private Mediation v. Court Ordered Mediation

Contested dissolution of marriage, divorce, normally requires both parties to attend mediation prior to going to trial.

You may choose to have a court ordered mediator or you may choose to go to a private mediator such as Brandon Legal Group. The main difference between a court ordered, and a private mediator is their cost and their availability.

Court ordered mediators are traditionally cheaper than private mediators, but can also delay your case based on availablitiy. Typically we can mediate your divorce months in advance of the jam packed court system. We can also bring our years of experience (currently practicing) and understanding of family law into your matter and help create amicable results for all parties involved.

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Private Mediation before Divorce Filings

Choosing private mediation prior to filing for divorce can be a large money saver for couples who have come to the conclusion that their marriage is over.

This option is not for every couple however, but for those who have a good outline on how the breakup will occur and how their belongings and childcare will move forward.

These individuals may only have a few wrinkles to iron out and are more than capable of sitting in a room together to speak and finalize a resolution.

Some matters in Criminal, DUI, Bankruptcy, Estate planning, Personal Injury, VA Benefits, and Workers' Compensation may be referred to an outside attorney


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Case Study: Because legal issues rarely stand their own

A client of ours, a retired Air Force officer, came to the office needing advice on divorce.

While speaking with the attorney, he discovered that he was potentially eligible for veterans disability benefits.

Because Brandon Legal Group covers several areas of law we were able to offer additional legal advice to the client.

Other firms that practice in only one area, may not have been aware of his veterans benefit potential.

Once the divorce concluded, our client needed to have his will revised. Brandon Legal Group was able to assist with this as well.

All his legal needs were served at one location – Brandon Legal Group, PLLC

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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 ten 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 attorneys 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.


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 40 years of experience committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.


Litigation can be stressful and full of 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 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.

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.

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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

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Do I need to go to mediation?

Mediation can be an effective tool to assist parties with conflicted views to come to an amicable agreement.

If you are struggling to come to an agreement on only a few items with the other party, mediation may assist in coming to an agreement quickly and without the additional expense of attorney fees.

Mediation may also be mandated by the Court before going to trial in front of a judge.

Mediation is not for everyone, and sometimes the differences are too far apart, but in other cases it is an effective tool and can minimize the overall costs of a divorce.

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What happens after mediation?

What happens after mediation?
There are several possible outcomes following mediation.

One option if all terms are agreed upon between both parties is for both sides to file the appropriate paperwork and finalize their action.

However, if no agreement is made, you may choose to continue negotiating outside of mediation until an agreement is made, or decide that it is time to start preparing for a trial.

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How much does mediation cost?

Mediation costs are typically based upon a base rate for a specific time-slot and then hourly for the mediators time spent.

In addition, if you have an attorney, you would be responsible for their fees and time as well.

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