McDermott Law Offices, PLLC

McDermott Law Offices, PLLC We provide legal representation in marital and family law matters including divorce with a focus on Mediation, Litigation and Collaborative Law

Marital and Family Law Firm located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Marital and Family Law Firm located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Mission: Providing compassionate and effective legal representation to clients facing divorce, child custody and other family law matters in Manatee and Sarasota, Florida.

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COVID-19 Update: Our office is open during the pandemic to assist with your family law needs. Consultations are available over the phone and you can contact us via email as well. We are receiving questions from parents about the status of parental responsibility, timesharing and visitation during the pandemic. The short answer is all court orders, settlement agreements and parenting plans remain in full force and effect. On April 2, 2020, the Chief Judge of Florida's 12th Judicial Circuit issued Administrative Order 2020-9.12 that states: "The Court expects all parties to continue to adhere to all final judgements, temporary orders, settlement agreements, or other orders of the Court awarding parental responsibility and/or decision making and/or time-sharing. The Governor's Executive Order 20-91 does not restrict or prohibit time-sharing. Executive Order 20-91 does not excuse parents of their obligation to comply with time-sharing and other provisions in their parenting plans, which includes transportation. Should one parent be unable to exercise time sharing due to COVID 19, that parent must immediately notify the other parent, by whatever means available, so that alternative means of contact may be arranged."
COVID-19 Parental Rights and Responsibilities

COVID-19 Update. Our office is open during the pandemic to assist with your legal needs. We are receiving questions from parents about the status of parental responsibility, timesharing and visitation during the pandemic. On April 2, 2020, the Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit issued Administ...


Happy Saint Patrick's Day from McDermott Law Offices ☘️ May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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McDermott Law Offices is growing and looking for a qualified Legal Assistant for its Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota, Florida office. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of this great community.

Start up Marital and Family Law Firm seeking a Legal Assistant to join our team! This is an opportunity for someone looking to work in a small firm atmosphere with potential for salary increases as the firm grows.


I recently helped reunite a mother with her young son after the father attempted to wrongfully withhold him from her. Custody cases can be very emotional, but the law was on our side and I was glad justice prevailed.


I am now certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator. A mediator is a neutral party that helps opposing parties settle family law cases quickly and privately and avoid the high cost of protracted litigation.


McDermott Law Offices, PLLC has now opened a new office in Sarasota, FL. We will continue to have offices in Dallas, TX and Virginia Beach, VA. Please Like Us if you like us.


At McDermott Law Firm, our motto is "pursuing justice with integrity." This means we zealously pursue justice for our clients to the fullest extent of the law and act with integrity along the way. In short, we believe how you win matters. If you've been injured, we can help.


Personal Injury Protection (P.I.P.) coverage is an important part of any auto insurance policy. In Texas, insurance carriers are required to offer you at least $2,500.00 in coverage, but many people decline this coverage to save money on their premium. If you are in an accident your P.I.P. coverage will IMMEDIATELY pay you "dollar for dollar" any medical bill incurred up to your P.I.P. limit, even if your health insurance already covers it. This coverage is helpful for times when you need cash flow urgently to pay bills, deductibles, or have lost wages due to injuries from the accident. Moreover, recovering compensation for bills and injuries through the insurance claims process can be a long and arduous process. Without P.I.P. Coverage it could be months or years before you receive any financial relief. Finally, P.I.P. Coverage is available to you regardless of who is at fault in the accident. This means you get paid as fast as you can submit your bills to your carrier without any consideration as to who was responsible for the accident. I would recommend $10,000.00 in P.I.P. coverage on your policy to protect you and your family. Don't be left empty handed!

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Do you have adequate "uninsured/underinsured" motorist coverage? Do you even know what that is? Check your auto insurance policy cover page (declaration page) for a list of your coverage amounts. Don't find out the hard way that your underinsured. Many people buy auto insurance policies with only the minimum coverage limits required by law to "save" money on monthly premium payments. But what happens when someone hits you who is uninsured or underinsured (i.e., their minimal policy won't cover all of your injuries or damages)? Your "savings" may quickly transform into a mountain of debt and steep regret. If an uninsured driver causes your accident, your policy will be the one covering your losses for property damage and bodily injuries. I recommend a minimum of $100K in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to protect you and your family. Check your auto policy declaration page today!


Due to increased demand, we are pleased to announce that the McDermott Law Firm has expanded practice areas and is accepting immigration law cases. We are glad to assist you with applying for your green card, religious visa, citizenship and more...


Welcome to the McDermott Law Firm, a professional limited liability company, located in Dallas, Texas. Our firm focuses on Personal Injury law including Auto Accidents and other negligence cases. We serve clients in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident you need to know your rights and we're here to help you.


6151 Lake Osprey Dr Ste 300
Sarasota, FL

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00


(941) 225-2550


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Paul M. McDermott, Esq. is the founder and managing partner of McDermott Law Offices, PLLC, a Florida Marital and Family Law Firm. His office is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is also a specially trained Collaborative Divorce Law attorney. We advocate for all of our clients in various settings including negotiation, mediation and litigation. We offer personalized service and customized strategies for your case that will accomplish your objectives in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

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