Why Jim Martin

Jim Martin knows real estate law. 

He grew up in California, Colorado and Florida, surrounded by citrus farms, cattle ranches, and new housing developments. 

The technical and complex has always intrigued him. So Jim learned engineering drawing at Georgia Tech, mathematics at Stetson University, and contract drafting and estate planning at Stetson’s College of Law. Then he went to work in private practice as a real estate, estate planning, and business lawyer. For over forty years.

During this time, Jim has represented all kinds of landowners: from homeowners to industrial landowners, and from small business owners to nonprofits. 

And he’s dealt with all kinds of real estate: from homes to medical offices, and from pristine waterfront property to environmentally damaged industrial land.

And all kinds of titles: from the everyday fee simple title to 99 year ground leases.

He’s been a title insurance agent and an approved attorney for the largest title insurance companies in Florida.

He’s seen real estate from the government’s point of view by serving as a St. Petersburg City Councilman and a Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council member.

And he’s the author of Florida Legal Forms — Real Estate Transactions published in two volumes by West Publishing.

And, finally, Jim Martin is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar.

Jim Martin knows probate and trusts.

When Jim Martin started practicing law, the concept of a living trust to avoid probate was new. Only a handful of lawyers in Pinellas County drafted trusts. And Jim drafted hundreds.

But even when there is a trust, probate is usually needed to clear claims of creditors. 

So, Jim became a member of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee and also served as chair of the Probate Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Jim Martin explains the law.

Jim writes articles to educate lawyers, such as these:

  • Tips for Handling the Complex Real Property Transaction, published in The Practical Real Estate Lawyer by the American Law Institute CLE
  • Ten Tips for Handling Complex Probate, published in The Practical Lawyer, by the American Law Institute — American Bar Association
  • I Want To Probate a Will in Federal Court, published by The Florida Bar News
  • I Want To Sign an Electronic Will, published in The Practical Lawyer, by the American Law Institute — American Bar Association
  • Is the Law of the Body a Body of Law, published by The Florida Bar News

And Jim has educated law students to become lawyers in his role as Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law…for over ten years (Stetson Law Hall of Fame induction).

Reach out to Jim Martin.


James W. Martin, Esq.

James W. Martin, P.A.

Attorney at Law

St. Petersburg, Florida

(727) 821-0904