Legally Modern Law Group St Petersburg Bankruptcy Lawyers

Bankruptcy FAQs

Legally Modern Law Group St Petersburg Bankruptcy Lawyers
Here are Legally Modern Law Group we are experts at bankruptcy law and the legal proceedings that can help you get your family’s financial problems under control. But bankruptcy is not a solution for everyone. Here are some FAQs about bankruptcy that may help you decide if bankruptcy is a viable option for you and your family. Legally Modern Law Group can help you decide – apply for a free consultation today!
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Laura Vittetoe Esq.​


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

Laura is currently accepting clients in Polk, Pinellas,Osceola, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando, Highlands, Hardee, and Hillsborough counties, representing clients in a variety criminal defense and family law 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 cases.

Laura also serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

After graduating with honors from Stetson University College of Law, Laura worked for the civil rights department at the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations and later as an associate attorney for Gallagher & Associates.

Prior to law school, she attended  Saint Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating with distinction for her thesis. She lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband and daughter.

Erin McLean Hardister, Esq.

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Erin M. Hardister is a native of North Carolina. As a military brat, she’s always had a passion for service and giving back to the community. Mrs. Hardister received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology and Concentration in Law & Society from East Carolina University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School and successfully completed the Family Law Certification Program. During law school, she served as Vice President for the Family Law Society and as a clinician in the Family Law Clinic representing individuals unable to afford legal services.

Mrs. Hardister began her career as an Assistant State Attorney. During this time, she successfully prosecuted a variety of criminal cases. A portion of her tenure was spent in the domestic violence unit where she prosecuted acts of domestic violence and advocated for victims of these crimes. As a former prosecutor, she understands the seriousness of being charged with a crime, and the need to have an aggressive, compassionate, and reliable attorney.

Mrs. Hardister currently handles family, criminal, and auto accident cases in Hillsborough and Pinellas County.


Hillsborough/Lakeland/Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer

We can provide the help you need to 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  liquidate debts (Chapter 7).

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 us a call. We provide flexible payment plans and are proud to offer you individualized and personal analysis of your financial problems.


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 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 St. Petersburg.

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.


Tampa Family Lawyer

Get the Support and Representation You Need

Legally Modern Law Group, LLC of St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg 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, St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg 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.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense lawyers are on your side

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorneys

A criminal defense lawyer, also known as a defense attorney, is a lawyer specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers
are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.
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Our Practice

Practice Areas:

Criminal Law

Driving While License Suspended
No Driver’s License
Theft offenses
Violation of Probation
Drug Possession
Aggravated Assault
Criminal Record Expunges

Family Law

Paternity issues
Termination of parental rights

Personal Injury

Auto Accidents


Chapter 7


Tampa Financial Lawyer

Legally Modern Law Group, LLC St. Petersburg 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 in St. Petersburg is not a decision to take lightly, but it’s also nothing to feel 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 St. Petersburg Financial Lawyers at Legally Modern Law Group 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.

St. Petersburg Financial Law experts Legally Modern Law Group, LLC can help you. Call us today.


Tampa Divorce Lawyer

The process of filing for divorce in St. Petersburg 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 of St. Petersburg 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 Divorce Lawyers of St. Petersburg 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.


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?

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 St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg Office where our experienced DCF attorneys can outline your options and explore the facts of your case. We have reached extremely 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.