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About Legally Modern Law Group LLC

Welcome to Legally Modern Law Group LLC. We founded this law firm as part of our mission to provide affordable legal services in Lakeland and Central Florida.

We’re also here to strive for a new model of law firm, one that is innovative, energetic, and effective without all the baggage of a traditional firm.

We get up in the morning because we love practicing law and believe in what we are doing. We have the discipline, drive, and determination to take your case where it needs to be.

We embrace complexity and challenges. We take pride in being personally available to our clients at Legally Modern Law Group LLC in Lakeland and Central Florida.

We’re not just another law firm. An arrest and prosecution for a crime is often terrifying and confusing. A divorce is one of the most emotionally draining experiences you may endure. Foreclosure of your home can tear the emotional and financial fiber of your life apart.

An immigration visa can seem overwhelming and complex. Many lawyers charge high fees and provide vague answers about the status of your case.

We strive to be different. Our goal is to fill a niche in the community, providing competent, affordable, and reliable legal representation. If you need to find a lawyer, give is a call.

Feel free to contact us to get a feel for the unique structure of our firm.

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Attorneys

Laura Vittetoe, Partner​

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Laura principally practices in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, and criminal law. She is an active member of the Florida and New York Bars and admitted to the Middle District of Florida and the founding partner of Legally Modern Law Group.

Laura practices criminal law in Polk, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties, working on serious felonies, drug charges, and misdemeanors, She has successfully defended hundreds of clients. Laura also practices extensively in family law, representing clients in a variety of timesharing disputes, child support actions, and dissolution of marriage actions. Laura is experienced in litigating high asset divorce cases, and understands the intricacies of such actions. A firm believer in sensible approaches to family law, Laura has been able to negotiate settlements in many highly contested and complex family law cases.

Laura graduated Cum Laude from Stetson University College of Law. Prior to law school, she earned her Master’s in English Language and Literature from Saint Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating with honors.

She earned her Bachelor’s in English from the University of West Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude.


William Anderson, Partner

Will HeadshotWill has many years of experience handling all levels of criminal charges, ranging from misdemeanors to murder and capital sexual battery throughout the state of Florida. Originally from Mississippi, he grew up in middle Tennessee before attending Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he majored in Psychology.

Following college, Will enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, while also attending Florida Coastal School of Law. In 2008, Will took more than a year off his studies while serving as a rifleman and radio operator in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in the USMC, Will maintained a security clearance, received multiple medals and awards, and also worked for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA.)

After graduating from law school, Will worked as a public defender in Tampa and as a court appointed attorney in Polk County. Will has also previously worked as a private criminal defense attorney throughout Florida. Will has handled, to varying degrees, thousands of cases. Will also handles both juvenile delinquency cases and high profile media cases. There is no case too large or small for Will to handle.

Will’s work has garnered him attention from several local and even international news organizations. Due to his hard work and often novel legal arguments, Will has been called upon to lecture to other attorneys and law students at both the Tampa Office of the Public Defender and Florida Coastal School of Law.

Will has devoted his entire professional life to defending individuals who have been accused by the government of committing crimes. Will promises to treat each of his clients and their families with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Will also promises to make himself readily available to his clients and their families and to aggressively and diligently defend each case.

Will spends nearly all of his free time with his two young daughters (both under the age of two) and his loving wife, also an attorney. On the weekends, Will and his family can regularly be found enjoying many of the sights and attractions in the Tampa Bay area. Will and his family are regular attendees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa.

 

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Our Practice

Legally Modern Law Group LLC Lakeland and Central Florida Practice Areas: How Can We Help You?

Criminal Law

Violation of Probation
Drug Possession
Criminal Defense
Criminal Record Expunges
Appeal
Immigration Issues Stemming from Criminal Charges
DUI

Family Law

Divorce, modification of support, time-sharing, paternity issues, termination of parental rights

Immigration Law

Visas, petitions, adjustment of status issues, deportation and removal proceedings

Consumer Finance Issues

Credit card debt, FCRA claims, TILA claims, and more
Foreclosure Defense
Counterclaims, modifications, short sales, and more.

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7
Chapter 13

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Lakeland Financial Lawyer

Legally Modern Law Group LLC can help you stabilize your financial future

It’s no surprise that many hardworking Americans find themselves facing overwhelming debt due to medical bills, credit card bills, foreclosure fees, and other obligations.

With chaos and upheaval in the economy, it can be hard to know where or what can be done to keep your economic life safe.

Sometimes the best course of action may be to declare bankruptcy in an effort to either liquidate debts (Chapter 7) or reorganize those debts in a manner that makes it possible to make payments (Chapter 13).

Filing bankruptcy is not a decision to take lightly, but it’s also nothing to fee ashamed of.

Not only was it specifically written into the US Constitution, but in an economy where medical bills contribute to more bankruptcy filings than any other cause combined, you can begin to understand why contacting Lakeland Financial Lawyers Legally Modern Law Group LLC can be an important step in keeping your financial situation safe.

​Filing bankruptcy may also give you the peace of mind you need to move forward in life. After filing bankruptcy, the harassing calls will stop as well as wage garnishments, credit card lawsuits, and bank freezes.

Lakeland and Central Florida Bankruptcy and Financial Law experts Legally Modern Law Group LLC can help you. Call us today.

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Lakeland Bankruptcy Lawyer

We can provide the help you need to stabilize your financial future

It’s no surprise that many hardworking Americans in Lakeland and Central Florida find themselves facing overwhelming debt due to medical bills, credit card bills, foreclosure fees, and other obligations.

With chaos and upheaval in the economy, it can be hard to know where or what can be done to keep your economic life safe.

Sometimes the best course of action may be to declare bankruptcy in an effort to either liquidate debts (Chapter 7) or reorganize those debts in a manner that makes it possible to make payments (Chapter 13).

Filing bankruptcy is not a decision to take lightly, but it’s also nothing to fee ashamed of.

Not only was it specifically written into the US Constitution, but in an economy where medical bills contribute to more bankruptcy filings than any other cause combined, you can begin to understand why it’s an important tool to keep your financial situation safe.

​Filing bankruptcy may also give you the peace of mind you need to move forward in life. After filing bankruptcy, the harassing calls will stop as well as wage garnishments, credit card lawsuits, and bank freezes.

If you think bankruptcy is an option you should consider, feel free to give Legally Modern Law Group LLC of Lakeland and Central Florida a call. We provide flexible payment plans and are proud to offer you individualized and personal analysis of your financial problems.

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Foreclosure Defense

Foreclosure doesn’t have to destroy your life.

Foreclosure of your home can plunge you into uncertainty. We’re dedicated foreclosure defense attorneys. Having worked on both sides of the industry, we can help you take back your life. We know how banks work and how to stop them. Legally Modern Law Group LLC legal services are here for you.

If you are in foreclosure, there may be defenses that put you back on even standing with the bank. Many times the banks and loan servicers lead consumers on, promising loan modifications that never take place and urging you to default on your mortgage.

Other times, banks initiate harassing calls and cannot even show they own your loan and mortgage. They drag you through the mud, destroy your credit, and leave you at the whim of their attorneys, who rarely have any motive to work with you unless they’re pushed by an experienced foreclosure attorney.

Predatory lending to unsuspecting homebuyers has been prolific in Florida, often leaving entire neighborhoods filled with empty, vacant homes. Sadly, lenders often target minorities, those with modest incomes, large families, immigrants, and the elderly.

Since July 2013, new laws initiated by Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have made the situation worse for homeowners. Now, courts are extremely lender friendly and have a policy of pushing foreclosure sales through as quickly as possible.

Now, judges will quickly force homes through the foreclosure process. The goal is to simply close cases and get them of the court’s docket. Florida is accelerating the destruction of many homeowners’ lives, and many hardworking people see their dreams fade as banks foreclose their homes.

However, the basic due process requirements of the law require homeowners have a chance to present their side of the story and explain their defenses. Yet, too often, innocent homeowners are swept up in the machinery of the foreclosure process, and a default judgment is entered against them.

If your home has been foreclosed on, there may still be a chance you can vacate a default judgment. Many times the homeowners were not given proper notice and did not even know what was going on. Sometimes, they were told there was nothing they could do by the bank, and they simply gave up.

Additionally, even if you want to just walk away from your home, under Florida law, you are still liable for any deficiency, and the banks may come after you personally for the deficiency. For example, the bank may sell your home for $125k and you may owe $250k, meaning the bank might sue you for the remaining $125k.

If you are facing foreclosure, it is imperative you seek a lawyer as soon as possible. With our flexible payment options and small office, we are able to give your situation individualized and specific attention at a reasonable price – we provide efficient legal services in Lakeland and Central Florida.

Our attorneys have worked for both major defense firms and plaintiff’s firms. We know how to give our clients excellent representation and affordable legal services. Call us today to see what Legally Modern Law Group LLC legal services are like. You’ll be impressed.

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Lakeland Criminal Lawyer

Get the Best Representation Possible

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need help from someone who takes the consequences of the charge as seriously as you do.

At Legally Modern Law Group LLC, the Lakeland and Central Florida criminal law firm, your freedom is our priority. We don’t allow possible defenses to lie dormant. The law is our passion, and our hearts are with our clients every step of the way.

We do not begin working on a case unless we can tackle it fully and completely. We play to win because we don’t take cases we don’t believe in.

It’s undeniable. The system is stacked against criminal defendants. You’re at risk of being a cog in a very superficial system.

That’s why we evaluate each case with incredible scrutiny. We are not afraid to explore every nuance and angle of your case. Our motto is to look deeper.

Lakeland and Central Florida criminal lawyers Legally Modern Law Group LLC look into every legal issue to make sure we have examined every factual and legal aspect of your case and can bring the merits of your defenses to the attention of the judge, jury, and State.

A criminal charge can affect your life on every level. We’re here to help you navigate your way out.

Contact your Lakeland and Central Florida criminal law specialists Legally Modern Law Group LLC to discuss your representation. We can help you explore payment options and, depending on your circumstances, payment plans do exist.

Our goal is to make your representation affordable. We believe no one should be denied access to competent legal representation on the basis of what they can pay.

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Lakeland Family Lawyer

Get the Support and Representation You Need

Lakeland and Central Florida’s Legally Modern Law Group LLCyers are reluctant family law lawyers. This is because we recognize the emotionally charged dynamics of family law, and are able to help clients attain closure and fair agreements as well as remove the emotional strain often involved.

Family law issues can encompass a wide range of proceedings, and can vary significantly in complexity and duration.

It is not uncommon for a parent of a timesharing agreement to have concerns regarding the fitness and care the other parent exercises when with their shared children.

In such cases, our Lakeland and Central Florida family law attorneys can help you sort out the issues through an effective modification action and help you protect your children from potential neglect, danger or abuse.

In other instances, a parent may need to file or respond to a paternity action but have no idea where to begin or simply want to make sure and respond to the legal issues involved.

Because a paternity action needs to establish very important legal rights regarding a parent’s relationship with a child, including the obligation to provide support and timesharing, a good lawyer is essential.

A parent may also be faced with an issue regarding the other parent’s involvement or absenteeism.

In such a case, a petition to terminate parental rights may have been filed or need to be filed. If you need to file such an action or respond to it, Lakeland and Central Florida law firm Legally Modern Law Group will provide the legal services you need to resolve the often tricky and heated issues such actions entail.

If you are facing a divorce, then a competent lawyer is essential in order to protect your legal rights and assets.

A divorce action once entered with respect to assets, support, parental responsibility, and timesharing is difficult and often impossible to modify depending on the issue. Therefore utilizing our legal services here in Lakeland and Central Florida can help you reach a result that provides closure and happiness moving forward.

Using effective and sensitive legal techniques, we will help you reach the result you need while getting the distance needed to normalize your life.

While it has become a benchmark strategy for many attorneys to drag children through the mud or use them as pawns in divorce, custody proceedings, modification, and relocation proceedings, we make it our commitment to avoid doing this at all costs.

We are able to help you reach modifications of child support agreements, time sharing, and resolve paternity issues. We also represent both fathers and mothers equally. We will help you navigate a divorce or other family law issue efficiently, competently and with respect.

If your looking for help or to better understand your options, give us a call to discuss your family law issue.

Find an Attorney You Can Trust With Your Family Law Issues!

Remember, you don’t have to let temporary changes such as a divorce, relocation, or a modification destroy your family. We will fight for you and your family. Let Legally Modern Law Group LLC legal services work in your favor.

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Social Security

Has DCF opened an investigation on your children or family?

Are you an interested party in dependency or termination of parental rights? Lakeland and Central Florida based Legally Modern Law Group LLC handles dependency and termination of parental rights and can help you fight for your children and your rights under the law.

If you are the middle of a DCF investigation or are a family member or parent in the middle of these proceedings concerned about the children involved, you will greatly benefit from an attorney skilled in the nuances of juvenile law; dependency and termination proceedings that is.

Court appointed attorneys are rarely, if ever, interested in maintaining communication or exploring the factsof your case, and many of our clients come to our office having never received a single call or update from their court appointed attorney.

Because so few attorneys practice in this area of law, it is very important to have one who has dealt with these cases and understands the details of juvenile law. Often times, case plans can be negotiated, investigations can be ended, and reunification can be attained.

Under other circumstances, you may be an extended family member, such as a grandparent, uncle, or aunt wishing to intervene or even a parent who is not the subject of the current investigation and needs to know what is going on.

It is usually possible to intervene with counsel to ensure the court is aware there are other family members with an interest and ability to care for the children. We can even file an adoption action to coincide with a termination of parental rights action.

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Lakeland Divorce Lawyer

The process of filing for divorce in Lakeland and Central Florida can be a painful and lengthy one. Even couples who agree to separate may end up in a sour battle over money and especially the children. Regardless of whether you and your spouse have a pre-nuptial agreement or not, complications can easily arise during the divorce proceedings. For this reason, it is in your best interest to work with a quality divorce lawyer in Tampa, Florida before trying to tackle to process on your own.

The Law Office of Legally Modern Law Group LLC is committed to providing you with expert legal advice and unparalleled support. Among many areas of expertise, Legally Modern Law Group LLC focuses on Marital and Family Law. Family Law is an area of law that deals specifically with family related issues, including divorce, child custody, adoption, legal guardianship, child support, alimony as well as many other factors.

In order to ensure the best outcome for your case, it is crucial to work with an experienced Tampa divorce attorney. Without a knowledgeable attorney, you may end up losing money and valuable assets, however, when you work with Legally Modern Law Group LLC you can rest assured that your case is handled with the utmost care.

Legally Modern Law Group LLC focuses on your individual needs and goals, representing you with the utmost professionalism and devotion. Legally Modern Law Group will commit fully to your case and work around the clock to ensure the timely resolution to your divorce. Legally Modern Law Group LLC will handle the completion of all legal paperwork, will represent you in court, and above all, will ensure that you walk away from the divorce with your rightful benefits, property and assets.

Legally Modern Law Group LLC are child support law experts, and will see to it that your children’s needs are met completely. Since children, especially young children, can be greatly affected by a divorce, it is crucial to always ensure their well-being. Legally Modern Law Group LLC will make suggestions and offer advice, always having your children’s best interest in mind.

For quality and affordable legal assistance with Marital and Family Law cases, contact the offices of Legally Modern Law Group LLC today.

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Parental Rights

Are you in dependency or termination of parental rights proceedings?

Are you a concerned family member or interested party in dependency or termination proceedings?

Sadly, the Department of Children and Families, often abandons common sense in favor of political pressure. And many otherwise normal families find themselves torn apart by shelter hearings followed by months and years of dependency proceedings and criminal investigations.

Although parents are entitled to an attorney as a matter of law if they are the subject of these proceedings, interested family members such as grandparents and extended family are not.

Even parents who have a court-appointed attorney, are often frustrated when they realize the attorney has little to no time for them. Many parents come into our office having never received a message or communication from their court-appointed attorney at all, and have no idea what is happening in their case.

Our Lakeland and Central Florida Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Attorneys are skilled and experienced in these actions, and can help you fight for your rights and the rights of the children to ensure that your family remains intact.

We can help you negotiate a case plan, deny the allegations, and even arrange an adoption in cases where a parent is unable to take care of the children but there is an interested family member or party available.

Many times, DCF is extremely secretive and refuses to communicate openly or frankly with anyone involved. Additionally, they often assert baseless accusations and crawl through parents’ pasts to find vague, ambiguous and unfounded mud to throw at that individual. While the need for reform is an urgent issue, don’t allow yourself to become another statistic of DCF incompetence.

It is very important you avoid talking to DCF without the guidance of your attorney. It is guaranteed that anything you say will be twisted and turned against you, and you will find yourself in front of a judge with unreal and ridiculous allegations being thrown at you.

This is not to discount the seriousness of true child abuse and neglect, and DCF’s goal is laudable, but in actuality, far too many families are the subject of political witchhunts to appease the powers that be, and these hunts have nothing to do with the welfare of the children.

In order to accomplish this goal, DCF will utilize any and every bag of dirty ticks in their arsenal, and they will make it as difficult as possible for you to have representation and to assert yourself in the action.They are a political machine with little to no interest in the child’s best interests.

Once an attorney is involved in the action, the tune will change. The allegations that DCF propounds can be challenged, and an attorney can force DCF to take a more reasoned approach.

Don’t allow DCF to twist the facts, inflict a veil of secrecy, and make your life a nightmare. Help is available at our Lakeland and Central Florida Office where our experienced DCF attorneys can outline your options and explore the facts of your case. We have reached extremly favorable results in the past, and while every case is unique, as one of a handful of firms that practice in Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights suits, we are here for you.

If you are an interested party such a biological parent, step-parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent who is not a party to the proceedings but concerned about the children, we are also ready to assist you and can help bring you to the attention to the court so you can help ensure the children are placed in your care either temporarily or through an adoption.

In addition, dependency and termination actions are often appropriate bases for requesting paternity actions or modification actions, and at points like this, it may be important to make sure the proper adoption, paternity, or modification actions are filed in family court.

Whatever your circumstances, give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

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Lakeland Immigration Lawyer

Get the Lakeland and Central Florida Legal Services You Need for Your Visa

If you or a family member have an immigration issue, question, or already know the type of visa or petition you wish to file, we’re here to help you navigate the process.

Perhaps more than any other field of law, immigration law is intensely fact-driven, nuanced, and unpredictable. It is an area of law that could not be more tricky, and for a lawyer unprepared for the unique challenges of immigration law, it can be a pitfall.

A good attorney will ask you questions to make sure he or she understands your issue and what course of action best suits your needs. A good attorney will also help you understand in clear terms what needs to be done and what type of process you are looking at.

Immigration law is one of Lakeland and Central Florida law firm Legally Modern Law Group LLC’s passions, and we’ve worked on many petitions, including asylum, certification of citizenship, adjustment of status, naturalization, adjustment to permanent residency (“green cards”), and marriage petitions.

If you have issues surrounding student visas, work visas, naturalization, financé visas, marriage visas, asylum petitions, or any other immigration concern, including deportation and removal issues, we are here to help.

At the firm of Legally Modern Law Group LLC, legal services we provide will help you navigate the process, and through our Lakeland and Central Florida immigration attorneys, we will help you accomplish your goal for an affordable price.

This field of law can often seem daunting and confusing, and because it is largely driven by policies taking place in Congress, it is often subject to change. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed.

Many people target immigrants to the United States for bigotry, abuse, and pressure Congress to enact harmful policies. At Legally Modern Law Group LLC, we can provide the legal services and representation you need to legally traverse US immigration laws and establish yourself in the United States.

We are able to successful resolve many issues relatively quickly. After your initial consultation, you will come away with a snapshot of your particular concern or issue and how we are going to work to resolve it. Perhaps most importantly, we stay with your throughout the process, helping you manage not only the initial filing but the entire application process.

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