“Buzzworthy Businesses” with Troy and Aaron from Integrity Law

Each week on “Buzzworthy Businesses” our host, Jesse Stakes, talk to business leaders around Jacksonville who are doing great things in the community. Today, Jesse talks to Troy and Aaron from Integrity Law.

Integrity Law, P.A. is a full service law firm dedicated to giving back to the community and living up to the name. The firm prides itself on customer service and satisfaction.

To learn more about Integrity Law, please visit https://integritylawjax.com.

Short company description: Integrity Law, P.A. is a full service law firm dedicated to giving back to the community and living up to the name. Our service and reputation in legal services and real estate transactions will surpass your expectation. We offer free consultations! Our mission is To provide exceptional service to clients with a wide range of legal issues in a thoughtful and compassionate manner. We specialize in Adoptions, Paternity, Divorce, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business Law, Probate, and Estate Planning.

What makes your company unique?: Personalized Service. Client Complete Dedication.

How do you define success?: Based on our client’s success

What’s your favorite way to get involved in the community?:
We support many local community efforts such as:
-Jacksonville’s Top 30 Under 30 Award
-Strides For Pride 5K Run/Walk
-LGBT Community Award (Best Local LGBT Attorney)
-Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
-Jacksonville Bar Association
-Get Inspired 6K (Benefiting NFAN)
-Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association

“The Horse’s Mouth” with Troy Farquhar from Integrity Law

Welcome to “The Horse’s Mouth” with Tom McManus, a cool, unique talk show where Tom’s guests sidle up to his bar to discuss sports, business and life. Today, Tom sat down with Troy Farquhar from Integrity Law.

Integrity Law, P.A. is a full service law firm dedicated to giving back to the community and living up to the name. The firm prides itself on customer service and satisfaction.

To learn more about Integrity Law, please visit https://integritylawjax.com.

Short company description: The firm prides itself on customer service and satisfaction. As we discover your goals, we propose strategies, determine probable fees, and suggest actions to streamline the process with the goal of saving time and money. We are proud of our integrity and steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.

What is your specific field of law:
Personal Injury
Real Estate
Estate Planning
Business Law

“Ask The Attorney” with Sarah Sullivan from Three Rivers Legal Services

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Our attorney Aaron Irving had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Sullivan from Three Rivers Legal Services to discuss her role within the organization and the various ways Three Rivers Legal Services provides legal assistance, and the ways they are always looking to give back within the community.

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm providing free legal help with offices in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Lake City, Florida. They are dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and elderly, and to empowerment through preventive legal education. Three Rivers Legal Services provides free civil legal help to low income families in seventeen counties with three offices and a staff of 50, including 24 attorneys. To learn more, visit https://www.trls.org.

Aaron Irving Talks with Missy Davenport, JALA

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Our attorney Aaron Irving had the pleasure of sitting down with Missy Davenport from JALA to discuss her role within the organization, the various ways JALA provides legal assistance, and the ways they are always looking to give back within the community.

The mission of JALA is to provide high quality legal assistance to low income and special needs groups – to empower them to accomplish energetic and affirmative advocacy, all to alleviate the circumstances, incidents and causes of poverty and discrimination. To learn more, click here.

The Most Common Adoption Questions, Answered


The Most Common Adoption Questions, Answered


Adoption law is a tricky and complex— there are several different routes to choose from, each with its own set of complex rules and price points. Our attorney Troy Farquhar is helping answer some of the most common misconceptions surrounding adoptions.


  1. Adoption always costs a fortune and takes forever.

The kind of adoption you pursue will greatly impact the cost. If you adopt from the foster care system, there is often no cost to you and there are benefits you will receive from the state. Step-parent and family member adoptions are more expensive but usually can be done for under a few thousand dollars. If you are pursuing a private adoption, meaning you are adopting a non-relative, then the costs can escalate. Typical costs include home-studies, birth mother expenses, court costs, fees paid to social workers and attorney’s fees. Our office always offers a free consultation to prospective adoptive parents. We are also always available to assist birth mothers figure out their options.

2. The biological mother can come back at anytime and take her baby.

The birth mother can choose not to go forward with the adoption anytime up until she surrenders her parental rights. She cannot surrender her rights until either she has been discharged from the hospital or until three days after the baby’s birth, whichever comes first. As long as your attorney has followed the law and best practices concerning the birth parent’s consent for adoption, it’s not possible for the birth parent to revoke their consent to the adoption. If the proper procedures are not followed, then in some cases, a birth parent would have an argument for revoking their consent to the adoption. This is a complex area of law, so it is imperative you work with an experienced adoption attorney.   

3. What are the cost differences in private and public adoptions?

I think of a private adoption as when the adoptive parents are adopting a child outside of the foster care system and when they are not related biologically or by marriage to the child. These adoptions typically involve costs for home-studies, birth mother expenses, social worker expenses, court costs and legal fees. When I hear “public adoption,” I assume you are referring to adopting a child out of the foster care or dependency system. Those adoptions are typically free in the State of Florida. Therefore, the cost differences are substantial. However, it is not possible to say exactly how much different because the costs of a private adoption have many variables, mostly dependent on birth mother expenses.

4. All birth mothers are all irresponsible teenagers.

I would correct anyone I heard say this. In the first place, not all birth mothers are teenagers. Secondly, a birth mother facing an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy has options. Deciding to place a baby for adoption is almost always an emotional and difficult decision. I think someone contemplating adoption does so because they think it is in the child’s best interest. Considering the needs of the child over one’s own needs is about as responsible as one could get.

5. Why do I need a lawyer for an adoption?

Adoption laws are complex. An experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in this area is a must.

4 Personal Injury General Assumptions


4 Personal Injury General Assumptions

There are many grey areas, best practices, and common misconceptions about personal injury cases. Our attorney Troy Farquhar is answering four common statements to help clear some confusions.

1. I have insurance, so don’t need an attorney for my case.

If you have been injured in an accident by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Typically that compensation will be through an insurance company: the at-fault insurance company, and, if you have uninsured motorist coverage, sometimes your own. The insurance company exists to make money, and they do that by paying out as little as possible in claims. You can go it alone, but having an experienced personal injury attorney who knows the system will greatly impact your settlement results.

2. People who file personal injury lawsuits are just greedy.

Sure, there are some frivolous injury claims. The outrageous examples tend to stick out and influence people’s overall perception of the system. But, if you’re the innocent person dealing with medical bills, lost time from work, pain and suffering, and loss of the ability to do fun activities that you used to do— then you know you aren’t being greedy when you’re seeking fair compensation.

3. I only have minor injuries, so it’s probably not worth talking to a lawyer.

What might seem like a minor injury at first, may not be so. Many injuries to the connective tissues in our bodies, what are often called “soft tissue injuries” do not completely heal for a long time, if ever. So, even if you don’t think your injury is serious, it’s not a bad idea to get checked out by a doctor. As for whether or not you should see a lawyer, consultations in our office are always free and there are no costs to our injured clients unless we get you compensation for your injuries.

4. I have plenty of time to file a lawsuit if I want to do it later.

You have 4 years from the date of injury to file your case in Florida. I would not be so concerned about the length of time between being injured and filing your case. What does concern me is how long after your accident before you seek treatment. In Florida, in order for your treatment to be covered by your insurance, you must seek treatment within 14 days. Also, if you do file a claim against insurance for pain and suffering, the longer you waited to treat your injuries, the more suspicious the insurance company will be that you really were not hurt. So, if you are injured, seek treatment immediately and contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.


If you’d like to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, schedule a free consultation here.

7 Probate Law FAQ’s

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Probate Law Common Questions and Misconceptions

The area of Probate Law can leave many family members with questions. At Integrity Law, we are here to walk you through each step and guide you along the process. Here are answers to common Probate questions and misconceptions to help you through the process.

  1. Is it true that if I die the government gets everything? 

    No.  In fact, certain assets are protected and are considered exempt properties from certain creditors.  Certain creditors must file a statement of claim against the estate (with the exception of Medicare, not Medicaid.)  Creditors that no not file a claim within a specific period of time are barred.

  2. What’s the benefit of having an attorney if my loved one did not leave a will? 

    The probate process is not always cut and dry.  The attorney will not only be able to streamline the process but, he or she is also able to determine which creditors have priority over others (if any exists).

  3. Will probate costs deplete my loved one’s estate’s assets? 

    Fees in probate matters are strictly governed by law.  Attorneys are paid a certain amount depending on the size of the estate.  A family may pre-pay an attorney or the attorney can be paid out of the estate. 

  4. Does probate really take years?

    Not at all.  It depends on the type of probate (Summary vs. Formal).  Summary can sometimes be accomplished in a couple of months.  A Formal generally takes 9 months to a year.

  5. What happens to assets that are not probated? 

    There is not rush or timeline in which a probate has to be opened.  It really depends on how quick a family member either needs property transferred or needs the case assets.

  6. Can I avoid probate if my loved one has a will? 

    This depends.  A will serves as a “catch-all” for assets that have not already been pre-distributed.  Sometimes there is no need for a probate even if the party has a will.  Our goal is to avoid probate if possible but, making sure that if one is necessary the terms of the will dictate distribution.

  7. Will the oldest child always be the executor of the will? 

    A party may designate anyone (except someone with a felony record) as an administrator/executor.  The party designated may receive compensation for management of the estate.

If you have specific questions about your current situation, we’d love to answer them for you. Our goal is to guide our clients through the legal process while preserving as much of the assets for those left behind. We are here to help you through the court system to settle your loved one’s affairs. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, click here.