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Suite 300
Vero Beach, FL 32960

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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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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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Katlin Sanders, Esq.

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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  • Avatar Angelina Shakur ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    The Chesnutt Law firm helped me get my life back! My cases were completely dropped! They were super nice to work with, always … More on top of everything. They never forget to keep you updated on things going on, VERY PROFESSIONAL. I *highly* recommend Katlin Sanders, she really is an amazing attorney. She gets the job done in a short period of time, and remembers to let you know everything along the way. If you ever have a case going on and need an attorney or just legal advice in general I would definitely say Chesnutt Lawfirm is your best, and should be your only choice!!
  • Avatar Jose Sarasola III ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    I'm grateful to have been recommended to work with James Popa. He handled my case professionally and efficiently with … More compassionate guidance.
  • Avatar Coltan Holmes ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    If you need someone to help you get divorced while making sure you are afforded every right possible to you, call Susan! … More She fought for me and my children! No one better firm to help Father's in the divorce process!!!
  • Avatar Susy Ponce ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    This was my first experience with The Chesnutt Law Firm. Susan is amazing! The staff is very easy to communicate with, very … More 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.
  • Avatar Shawn Elliott ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Susan Chesnutt is a beautiful soul and very talented at her profession. Vero is very lucky to have her not only in the legal … More system, but helping the less fortunate in the community through her work with local non profits. Would highly recommend her.

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Where compassion results in aggressive representation.
Christine Sanchez
Christine Sanchez
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 more
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Bob Turski
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 more
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
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 more
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Selina Wiggins
Honesty. Integrity. Professional. With Chesnutt Law Firm I got this and more. Treated first class and like I’m family.... Confident about my more

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Association Membership:

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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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!