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FAMILY LAW

Going through a divorce can be a trying experience, whether you’re on good terms with your spouse or not. Even if the divorce is mutually agreed on and the marriage is coming to an end on good…

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CHILD WELFARE

Florida Attorney and former DCF investigator Susan Chesnutt operates a child-welfare centered law practice in Vero Beach, and is ready to provide you with the legal advice you need…

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COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Like mediation, the Collaborative Process aims to resolve a couple’s differences in a family matter through voluntary settlement negotiations rather than through litigation in court.

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CRIMINAL LAW

Being charged with a criminal offense can have a serious impact on your life, especially if you’re found guilty. If you’ve been arrested and charged, whether it’s for a felony or a…

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Our Priorities

Here at the Chesnutt Law Firm, we strive to help our clients achieve the legal results that they are seeking and to provide professional legal assistance in a variety of family law and criminal law related cases. One of the main priorities at our family law firm is to ensure that each and every client receives the personal attention that their case deserves. For us, it’s not just about padding our settlement stats or trial record, it’s about making sure that you have someone you can trust and rely on to work for your best interests.

A Passion for Child Welfare

 

Susan Chesnutt has a unique experience, as she was taken away from her parents as a child and put into protective care through the Department of Children and Family Services in Florida. She has firsthand experience in the aftermath of these accusations and living what happens to children who are separated from their parents. It can be traumatic to be removed from the only home that you know and lose access to parents. Susan’s experience in the system has given her a passion for protecting children and protecting families.

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Team Work Makes a Difference

 

Our experienced lawyers work hard to help our clients reach their goals. We strive to create a strong, supportive team that is committed to doing the right thing for our clients. We’re ready to do what it takes to achieve the best resolution possible.

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Our Legal Services at The Chesnutt Law Firm

We provide comprehensive family law and criminal law services to clients throughout Florida. Our extensive experience and familiarity with Florida state law allows us to provide professional legal counseling in any matter concerning family law or criminal law.

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Jose Sarasola III
Jose Sarasola III
12:58 26 May 21
I'm grateful to have been recommended to work with James Popa. He handled my case professionally and efficiently with... compassionate guidance.read more
Coltan Holmes
Coltan Holmes
19:51 25 May 21
If you need someone to help you get divorced while making sure you are afforded every right possible to you, call... Susan! She fought for me and my children! No one better firm to help Father's in the divorce process!!!read more
Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt
20:53 10 May 21
So far so good 👍
Susy Ponce
Susy Ponce
16:01 17 Mar 21
This was my first experience with The Chesnutt Law Firm. Susan is amazing! The staff is very easy to communicate with,... very professional and efficient. They answered all of my questions. Susan is smart,kind, and understanding. She guided me in the right direction. I highly recommend this law firm. I couldn’t have done it without them.read more
Shawn Elliott
Shawn Elliott
01:58 07 Feb 21
Susan Chesnutt is a beautiful soul and very talented at her profession. Vero is very lucky to have her not only in the... legal system, but helping the less fortunate in the community through her work with local non profits. Would highly recommend her.read more
Nicole Hernandez
Nicole Hernandez
16:25 28 Aug 20
Brilliant, professional, compassionate and a fighter. Susan and her staff are the best. I'm very grateful to them.
Dawn Taylor
Dawn Taylor
16:17 17 Mar 20
I wasn't sure what to expect or what I was doing when I originally when to the Chesnutt Law Firm, however meeting with... Ms. Chestnutt and Joanne they listened carefully, explained my options as well as made sure I understand each option and potential outcome and where I stood. It was very comfortable and made it easy to work with them through the process. I was informed each step of the process, there were no surprises and the outcome was better than expected. The office staff also was so professional, confidential and polite. Very thankful they were on my side.read more
Bob Turski
Bob Turski
17:49 10 Mar 20
Exceeded my expectations!In transitioning the experience of an ever changing world, I seek professionals not only for... their experience, but also their ability to understand my personal situation.The Chesnutt Law Firm is a tightly woven network of highly professional attorneys and staff professionals who walked me through a difficult process, coaching and reassuring me every step of the way.I knew Susan Chesnutt was the right attorney for me the moment I met her, and I appreciated her and her staff keeping me in the loop about filed papers and every little step that needed to be handled to move our case forward to absolute success.I wouldn't hire anyone else.If you want a great criminal and family law attorney, hire this firm.Highly recommended!You are in good hands with Chesnutt Law!”Bob T.read more
B*NaStYNuGGz
B*NaStYNuGGz
22:37 01 Mar 20
Amazing to say the least. Susan Chesnutt and her staff will fight for everything you want and deserve. I hired her for... a family case and seven with a open criminal case she got me the outcome we were looking for. She was a pitbull n the court room and would hire her any chance I I would ever need a lawyer.read more
Andy the roofer And co
Andy the roofer And co
13:13 12 Feb 20
No other attorneys out there can compare to professionalism and service out there. She was there for the best rights... that my daughter could have. She treats every client personally and works very hard to protect families out there. If your looking for a good family attorney give them a call you will not be disappointedread more
Deborah Kirkman
Deborah Kirkman
17:59 10 Feb 20
I hired the Chesnutt Law Firm to help me adopt my grandson. I had wasted six months with a previous attorney, who was... happy to take my money, but did very little in return and basically told me I didn’t stand a chance with my case. My case was somewhat unique, and Susan, Katlin, Brianna, and Joanna had to get creative with the way it was handled. They were always very professional and worked hard to get positive results for me. The adoption was finalized within one year of when I hired them, and I couldn’t be happier!read more
Susanne Smith
Susanne Smith
14:44 30 Jan 20
I am so happy to have had Susan, Joanna and staff standing up for me and my rights. I had a very difficult dependency... case that Susan found precedent for both grandmothers to jointly adopt our grandson. We are both happy to raise this child together legally. I'm sure we wouldn't have had this outcome without the help of our lawyers. Thank you again Susan!read more
Craig Balzafiore
Craig Balzafiore
20:53 07 Dec 19
I have been through 3 different attorney’s in the last 8 years and I never had a chance with either one of them.... December 5th 2019 was different Susan Chesnutt and her awesome team just gave my girl a chance to thrive and be raised the best way I know how. I can’t express how thankful I am for what you and your team have done for an amazing 10 year old girl. Susan just know that last week you and your team literally gave my 10 year old daughter a fighting chance to grow up to amazing woman.❤️❤️ Katlin sanders and Brianna sat side by side with me during mediation and when I found out afterwards how old Katlin was I was blown away!! She is extremely smart and very calm and confident!! I was very impressed!!read more
Ashley Oleskewicz
Ashley Oleskewicz
14:04 24 Oct 19
Amazing what you did for my cousin and her kids! I went with her last night to watch her son play football for the... second time ever. At the end of the game he looked over at her smiled and waved. Maybe it meant a little to someone, but it meant a lot to her. I haven't seen her this happy in a long time. Thankyou for giving her, her smile back!read more
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Susan Chesnutt
2020-04-11T22:49:21+0000
Where compassion results in aggressive representation.
Christine Sanchez
Christine Sanchez
2020-03-26T20:08:57+0000
Fortunately, my family did not need a lawyer due to charges being dropped but I would recommend anyone to Susan! She... was professional in every aspect and completely straight forward. You can tell this is her passion and will go any length for her clients. Even on the weekends out of business hours she was in contact with me. I’ll forever be grateful for her compassion.read more
Bob Turski
Bob Turski
2020-03-10T17:51:09+0000
Exceeded my expectations!In transitioning the experience of an ever changing world, I seek professionals not only for... their experience, but also their ability to understand my personal situation.The Chesnutt Law Firm is a tightly woven network of highly professional attorneys and staff professionals who walked me through a difficult process, coaching and reassuring me every step of the way.I knew Susan Chesnutt was the right attorney for me the moment I met her, and I appreciated her and her staff keeping me in the loop about filed papers and every little step that needed to be handled to move our case forward to absolute success. I wouldn't hire anyone else. If you want a great criminal and family law attorney, hire this firm.Highly recommended!You are in good hands with Chesnutt Law!”Bob T.read more
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
2020-03-01T22:28:43+0000
I hired Susan Chesnutt for a family case. She was referred by a different law firm. They told me she was a pitbull and... is very passionate about her work. She fought tooth and nail for me in trial and I was very pleased with my out come. She is not afraid to fight for you even against the judge lol. She knows when to be quiet and knows when to be heard. Thank you for everything.read more
Selina Wiggins
Selina Wiggins
2020-01-22T22:25:41+0000
Honesty. Integrity. Professional. With Chesnutt Law Firm I got this and more. Treated first class and like I’m family.... Confident about my future.read more

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Florida Bar Association
St. Lucie County Bar Association
Indian River County Bar Association
Indian River County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Our Expertise

Family Law      •      Child Welfare      •      Collaborative Process      •      Mediation      •      Criminal Law      •      Personal Injury

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COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE

As of Monday June 1, 2020, we will be open to the public but by appointment ONLY. Appointments will be strictly adhered to in order to ensure limited occupancy and social distancing. Anyone entering our building will be required to sanitize/wash hands and maintain safe distances for their safety, as well as our staff. High-touch and common areas will be sanitized frequently after each use. Masks will be available but in limited quantities; therefore it is strongly encouraged that you bring one with you. Walk-ins will NOT be accepted at this time or until further notice. As always, we appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you!