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Weldon Law Group — Immigration, Estate Planning, Family Law, & Criminal Defense in Duval County — Fighting for Our Clients

Any day outside of the legal system is a good day. However, it’s simply unavoidable at times. Judicial and administrative tasks — ranging from criminal charges to immigration — have to be handled a certain way under American law. Unfortunately, these processes are often complex and confusing. This is why many people seek legal assistance in such situations. If you fall into this category, an immigration, criminal defense, estate planning, and family law attorney in Duval County may be able to help

At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, our team of legal professionals strives to meet the legal needs of our local and surrounding community. We don’t offer services for every potential issue of law, but we do work in a variety of different areas. Rather than trying to take any case that comes our way, our attorneys focus on what they’re experienced in. This is why you can trust that you’ll work directly with a legal professional who’s knowledgeable and dedicated to helping. Contact us today for a consultation.

How We Can Help You

Whether you need a Duval County lawyer for immigration, estate planning, criminal defense or family law, the legal team at Weldon Law Group is ready to assist. In fact, we’re actively accepting cases in the following practice areas:

How We Can Help You

Whether you need a Duval County lawyer for immigration, estate planning, criminal defense or family law, the legal team at Weldon Law Group is ready to assist. In fact, we’re actively accepting cases in the following practice areas:

Should You “Take a Deal” or Speak With the Police?

If you’re arrested for a crime, police may not always interview you. In certain situations — such as DUI or simple assault — they may simply take you to jail. However, what if they do start asking questions? More importantly, what if the prosecuting attorney offers you a plea deal if you agree to plead guilty or “no contest”? In any of these situations, it’s best to speak with a Duval County criminal defense attorney before doing anything.

The simple fact is that police and prosecutors want a conviction, and they want it quickly. This helps explain why well over 90% of cases never go to trial. By speaking with police, you’re making it more difficult to mount a defense. By making a deal with prosecutors, you’re going through the system on their terms. Either way, this can lead to penalties you shouldn’t have to face. That’s why it’s always wise to speak with an attorney first.

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Why Is Estate Planning So Important?

When many people consider estate planning, they think that a last will and testament is enough. Strangely enough, even some of these people don’t have a valid will in place. Unfortunately, a lack of estate planning can prove disastrous. For instance, dying without a will can result in the courts assigning an administrator in probate to disperse your assets. If this happens, Florida law will have control over decisions that should’ve been yours.

Of course, Florida estate planning goes far beyond creating wills. What happens if you’re in an accident and can't tell doctors your treatment decisions? What if such an accident prevents you from making financial decisions on your own? What happens if a disabled loved one needs care, but leaving them money would make them ineligible for government benefits? In any of these situations — and many others — having an estate plan in place is essential.

Meet Our Attorney
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Ian Weldon
Founding Attorney

Attorney Ian Weldon is an accomplished attorney in Jacksonville and the founder of Weldon Law Group, PLLC. He brings over 18 years of legal experience to his private practice, where he assists clients with all types of complex immigration law issues, criminal defense matters, divorce and family law cases, and estate planning and probate proceedings. With every case, Mr. Weldon works tirelessly to help his clients navigate the legal process. Because he went through the immigration process with his wife, who is Peruvian, he is very sympathetic to those navigating this complex and ever-changing system.

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How Can You or a Relative Legally Come to America?

The Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants to the United States. Unfortunately, the reality is far from this simple. If you’re not an American citizen — or if your family members do not hold legal status — you no doubt understand the complexities of immigration law. Even if you or loved ones meet all necessary qualifications for residency, backlogs can turn what should be a straightforward process into a years-long struggle.

However, having an immigration attorney on your side can help. Many people don’t realize that there are a variety of paths to citizenship available for immigrants. Even those who would otherwise be ineligible to have residency in the United States may qualify for a waiver. The immigration system in America is complex, so you need a legal professional on your side who can help navigate it.

Why Choose Us?

If you’re seeking a Duval County lawyer for family law, immigration, estate planning or criminal defense issues, there are plenty of law firms to choose from. How can you know you’re making the right choice? At Weldon Law Group, we know it’s important to find a legal practice that can meet your needs. Here’s why we think we’re the right choice:

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Extensive Experience

Founding Attorney Ian Weldon has over 20 years of experience in law. He has spent this time assisting clients with a variety of legal issues. His legal experience also includes over a decade spent in the Public Defender’s Office. He leads a legal team with extensive knowledge and dedication.

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Local Experience

Experience is one of the most important things to look for in a lawyer, but even more importantly, you want to find someone with local experience. This indicates that they understand relevant law and have important connections to assist in your case. For an immigration, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning lawyer in Duval County, Weldon Law Group is your top choice.

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Industry Recognition

Our law firm and top legal professionals have gained recognition throughout their industry. Founding Attorney Ian Weldon is a member of various legal organizations. He's also been named as one of America's Top 100 Trial Lawyers and has a Superb Avvo rating for criminal defense.

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Community Recognition

Our law firm understands that serving our community is a responsibility. Our Founding Attorney has been in the Jacksonville area since 1995 and actively involved in the community. This is one of the many reasons why we’ve earned the respect and trust of local residents.

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One Stop for Your Legal Needs

Our law firm cannot handle every legal need that arises. However, our legal professionals do have varying experience that allows them to assist in most cases. We establish relationships with our clients that transcend individual cases and issues. This is why so many of them continue to come to us with all their legal needs.

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Free Consultations

At Weldon Law Group, our criminal defense, family law, estate planning, and immigration lawyers in Duval County don’t believe people should have to pay just to learn about their legal options. That’s why most of our potential clients are eligible for a free consultation. Contact us today to learn more.

Why Choose Us?

If you’re seeking a Duval County lawyer for family law, immigration, estate planning or criminal defense issues, there are plenty of law firms to choose from. How can you know you’re making the right choice? At Weldon Law Group, we know it’s important to find a legal practice that can meet your needs. Here’s why we think we’re the right choice:

What if Your Florida Family Law Issues Seem Uncomplicated?

If you’re involved in a contested divorce, child custody battle, or another family law dispute, it may be obvious that you need the assistance of a Duval County law firm. Taking on these issues alone can lead to unexpected and potentially devastating outcomes. However, what happens if your issue seems straightforward? For instance, hiring an attorney may seem unnecessary when two former partners agree on everything in a divorce.

Unfortunately, many people find out the hard way that even amicable situations are not always simple. For instance, Florida law may bar certain agreements you’ve made with your ex partner. A judge may also decide that the decisions made by the parties involved are not in the best interest of their children. This is why it’s important to speak with a family law attorney in Duval County even if you think the issues you’re facing should be simple.

By simply averting common mistakes, you can avoid making your family law issue more difficult than necessary.


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Contact a Jacksonville Immigration, Criminal, Estate Planning and Family Law Attorney Today

The legal system is a complex thing. Whether you’re defending yourself against unjust charges or merely trying to update a child custody agreement, everything has to be done right from the start. Even the simplest of mistakes can leave you facing unnecessary difficulties. Unfortunately, Florida law often makes such issues more complicated than they need to be. However, a team of experienced attorneys can often simplify things.

At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, we strive to help our clients secure the best outcomes in their situations. If you’re seeking an attorney in Duval County for criminal, immigration, family law or estate planning issues, our team is ready to help. We’re only a 10 minute drive from Riverside Park, and we’re less than half a mile from Jacksonville City Hall. We’re also just 15 miles down Interstate 95 from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

Our Duval County law firm is here to assist. Contact us today by calling (904) 204-3420 to schedule your confidential consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most in-depth legal resource online cannot answer all your questions. Regardless of the specifics of your circumstances, every case is unique. However, the following are some of the most common questions our Duval County attorneys hear from clients. These can help you establish a basic understanding of the issues you’re facing.

Can a DUI charge lead to prison time?

If you’re charged with driving under the influence, there’s a solid chance that you’ve already spent some time in jail. If it’s your first DUI charge, those days behind bars before you made bail will likely be the only time you’re incarcerated. However, this isn’t always the case. Even a first offense can lead to six months in jail.

Do I need a will if I don’t have many assets?

Even if you don’t have many assets, it’s still important to have a will. Otherwise, the state will choose an administrator to handle your estate. This can result in your loved ones potentially not having access to funds that could help pay for final medical expenses, burial costs, and more. It’s even possible that family heirlooms could be lost.

What if my family member is ineligible to enter the United States?

Under certain circumstances, a person may be deemed ineligible to enter the United States. This can be a devastating situation — particularly if you’re trying to bring a loved one into the country. However, there are certain situations where a Waiver of Inadmissibility can be approved. You should speak with a Duval County attorney to see if you qualify.

Can I just download the forms online for a Florida divorce?

In today’s modern era, you can find almost anything online. In fact, you’ve probably found a few do-it-yourself websites if you’re currently going through a divorce. However, going this route can be problematic. Boilerplate forms will not account for the unique circumstances of your situation, so it’s best to have a Jacksonville family law attorney review your case.

How long do I have to pay alimony after divorce?

Florida law allows for both temporary and permanent alimony arrangements. This means that a person could end up paying spousal support until their ex gets gainful employment, or they may have to make payments for the rest of their lives. Speaking with an experienced lawyer can help you understand what you’re facing and how to secure a better outcome.

Can I get a green card if I’m here illegally?

Entering the United States illegally makes things difficult. However, an undocumented status in the country will not necessarily disqualify you from getting a green card. As with all issues in the legal system, outcomes will be situational. You may qualify to file for lawful residency in the country, so speak with an immigration lawyer in Duval County who can help.

Why is Medicaid planning an important asset protection strategy?

Did you know that yearly medical expenses climb to more than $11,000 once person turns 65? Imagine saving up your entire life for retirement — only to have medical costs quickly eat it up. Unfortunately, having a certain level of assets could make you ineligible for Medicaid. However, asset protection strategies can safeguard your monies and properties while maintaining eligibility for Medicaid.

Can my criminal record be expunged?

Florida does allow for criminal records to be expunged or sealed, but not everyone will qualify. In some cases, a person may qualify for one but not the other. Various factors can affect eligibility — including the charge itself, the disposition, and whether probation is completed — but a Duval County expungement lawyer can help you better understand your options.

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