Protecting what matters most.
Getting divorced is like eating an elephant.
How do you do it? One bite at a time.
— AISLYNN THOMAS-MCDONALD —
Miami Probate Attorney, Family Law and More
While there are forms available to make your own will, this is a risky approach. Seeking advice from a probate attorney in Miami-Dade is the best course of action. Here at Thomas McDonald, we can offer you expert help and draw up a valid will. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing we will carry out your wishes after your death. You can also be confident that your will is valid under Florida law.
Hiring a talented family lawyer in Miami can make all the difference when going through a divorce. This is especially the case if you and your ex-spouse have large assets. Our team is highly experienced and can represent your interests to your best advantage. With help from our skilled custody lawyer in Miami, you can draft a parenting plan you will be happy with. You will also have the best chance of receiving any alimony.
Mediation is a dispute settlement process run by a trained third party, called a mediator. Pre-suit Divorce Mediation is intended to bring two parties together to reach a resolution in an attempt to avoid taking their divorce to court. Mediation is the pro-family approach to divorce because it is affordable, less time consuming, less emotionally draining, and can spare your family unnecessary heartache and scars.
Time Sharing Disputes
Florida no longer uses “custody” when regarding this legal matter. Rather, they use the word “time sharing” to refer to the time both parents will be sharing with their child. All in all, timesharing concerns the best interest of the child.
Domestic Violence Defense / Family Violence Attorney
Domestic violence is a very serious matter. If you’ve fallen victim to any form of assault, don’t keep quiet. We are here to help. Your voice is your strongest weapon and you can use it to bring justice against the person who has hurt you.
Adoptions (and Surrogacy Agreements)
In every adoption, our goals are: To insure that each child is adopted by a loving family that will provide the child with parents who are good role models and a permanent, stable, financially and emotionally secure home.
Collaborative Divorce Process
Collaborative family law is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other interdisciplinary professionals (mental health and financial advisors) in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve an amicable settlement amongst together.
In Florida, a paternity case is similar to a divorce case without property or alimony issues. Unmarried parents deal with the same child custody, visitation and child support issues as married parents who divorce. We represent both mothers who want child support payments, as well as fathers who want to have regular visits with their child.
Many people ask whether they should enter into a prenuptial agreement before getting married. For Florida residents, there are many non-adversarial reasons to enter into a prenuptial agreement.
Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
Creating a last will and testament is an important step to make sure your assets, or estate—the real estate, cash, and personal property that you own—are properly distributed after your death. After any major life change, like a new addition to your family or the end of a marriage, it is imperative to review your estate plan.
Loss of a loved one is a difficult time for family and friends. We have helped guide many families through these times. We will help you from the start to the end of the probate process. We will provide help you prioritize your tasks, organize the estate, and help you stay in compliance with our complex Florida probate laws.
Caring, Compassionate, Collaboration
Family disputes are a natural part of life and there is nothing shameful, or more difficult, than going through a difficult family experience – it is a privilege for me to walk alongside someone through that process and make it to the other side of promise and opportunity. The unique factors of every client’s story keep me engaged and challenged by this career choice.
I have affordable fees to preserve your assets, I care about client’s maintaining their emotional well-being, and client’s controlling their outcome with non-litigation options to resolve family disputes. Court intervention is the last resort, not the default option.
Understand client’s objectives and goals at onset of attorney/client relationship. Determine together what is best route to achieve the client’s objectives and work harmoniously toward reaching objective as effectively, efficiently and as caringly as possible.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us to embrace.
— JOSEPH CAMPBELL —
Professional Memberships and Associations
What our clients are saying…
Aislynn provided excellent legal advice and guidance. She is very intelligent, efficient in her work, and very personable. Aislynn helped me to overcome during the most difficult time in my life. She genuinely cared for me and my children. I am eternally grateful to have had her in my life.
My case was an especially tough uphill battle, but Aislynn refused to let me give up – or give in…three years later, on the eve of trial, we finally settled for far more than I ever hoped to receive. She strove to exceed my objectives.
Aislynn is as brilliant as she is beautiful. She offers her services to provide you with the utmost assurance you are now in the best of hands. Her perseverance, knowledge, and sincerity won my case!! Forever with much gratitude to her!!
Aislynn was the most amazing attorney I could have ever asked for. At one of the darkest and most traumatic times in my life, she not only handled my divorce with the utmost of professionalism, but also with a sincere concern for me and my future. Her timely response to all my questions was greatly appreciated and helped me understand my position throughout the proceedings. She always made me feel like I was her most important client! Forever thankful!
Charity and Board Participation
Areas of Practice
Family • Trial and Appellate Practice • Divorce, Child Custody/Time-Sharing, Marital Agreements • Adoption and Surrogacy Law • Collaborative Divorce/Family Law • Probate Administration & Litigation • Wills and Trusts • Guardianship & Elder Law • Family Mediation • TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders) and Domestic Violence • Pre-suit or Court Ordered Mediation • Educational Advocacy Consultant for 504 and IEPs