Rental Property Woes?


A word from Ashley Gartman…

Owning and managing a rental property can create many legal issues.  One of the most important parts of owning a rental property is the prevention of problems before they occur.  A landlord can better accomplish this by using a comprehensive lease that specifies the rental terms and obligations/duties of both the landlord and the tenant.  Hiring a lawyer to draft a detailed lease that is specific to the subject property and the landlord is a vital component to successfully operating a rental property.



Out of the Mouths of Paralegals

Statutes of Limitations and finding the ‘happy medium


So often we meet new clients who fall into one of two very specific groups: people who procrastinate and people who panic.

When faced with a legal problem, the procrastinators tend to wait until the very last-minute (or beyond) to deal with the issue, to seek the assistance of an attorney, or to respond within a deadline.  Many times this poses a problem for the attorney, who could have had more options to mitigate the issue for the client if they had only brought it to the attorney sooner.  When served with a lawsuit, a response must be made within the stated deadline (typically 20 days in civil law), so addressing the issue quickly is very important.

On the other end of the spectrum is the ‘panic’ camp; as soon as they become aware that there is a problem or even that there might be a problem, they become very upset, contact an attorney, and insist that it be resolved immediately, often by filing a lawsuit without pursuing other (often much less costly) options to resolve a dispute.  An attorney can help find those options, help negotiate or mediate a resolution, and if one cannot be reached, can file suit in a timely way.

There is a Statute of Limitations (deadline to pursue claims) detailed in the statutes for every different type of claim (contracts, personal injury, for example).  It is important to seek legal representation in a timely way if you have a claim to pursue or defend, so that your attorney can have adequate time to do the best possible job representing you.  On the other hand, it is important to give adequate time when faced with a potential legal dispute to allow emotions to settle down and to take the opportunity to find a logical, agreeable solution to a dispute short of litigation.  Somewhere in there is the ‘happy medium.’  Our attorneys can help you find it.

Words from Shari

“Sometimes people think hiring a lawyer to review or draft a contract is an unnecessary expense.  In reality, it is much, much more expensive to hire a lawyer once a dispute over a contract arises, sometimes months or years later.  What could have cost roughly $500 to $3,000 (to review or draft a contract) could cost $10,000 – $50,000 or much more if you have to go to court over it.  In the end, it usually saves you a lot of money and hassle to have it reviewed before you sign it.”

Go Huskers!


Meet Shari Thieman-Greene:

Shari was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in the Midwest.  She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, on scholarship, and University of Nebraska – Lincoln, School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1998.

In October of her third year of law school, she made the choice to move back to home town Albuquerque after graduation.  She was blessed to find a wonderful job there, and enjoyed her first five years as a lawyer there.  In 2002, she met her now-husband of 12 years, who was in the military, who was transferred to Northwest Florida, which is how she landed in sunny Navarre, Florida.  She loves living near the beach.  Shari and her husband have a young son (1 ½), which keeps them busy.  Time permitting, Shari enjoys biking, jogging, and swimming.  She has a devotion to animals, especially her dogs.  Shari and her husband are actively involved in their church.

Shari’s passion in the law revolves around litigation.  Not every case needs to be litigated, but avoiding it, preparing for it, prosecuting it, defending it, and even working the appeal of a case fascinates and energizes Shari.  “Litigation is usually not good for my clients,” she says.  It can be very expensive and time consuming, so she works hard to balance the interests of her clients with her passion for litigation.

Shari has always been active in professional organizations, and was the President of the Escambia~Santa Rosa Bar Association in 2010-2011.  Some of her other community involvements include being the current President of Santa Rosa Crime Stoppers, and being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Lector at church.

If you have any questions or comments, please use the comment section on this blog.  Would love to hear from you!

*Reminder- we cannot give legal advice on this blog.  Feel free to set up a consultation by calling (850) 936-9385.

Welcome to Our Practice

Thank you for taking the time to check out our new blog. This is a space we will use to connect with you and share a few of our legal thoughts. Please note this is solely for the purpose of connecting with consumers. None of the information posted is legal advice.

Allow me to introduce our attorneys to you.

Shari Thieman-Greene

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • COA/HOA Representation
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1998
  • Texas, 2001
  • Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2004


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D. – 1998
  • Creighton University
    • B.S.B.A. – 1990
    • Honors: Blakeney Scholarship; Creighton University Centennial Scholarship
    • Major: Finance

Sean J. Seely

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning/Business Planning
  • Probate, Estate Administration, Trust Administration
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • General Civil and Commercial Litigation 0/0
  • Personal Injury/ Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2014


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. – 2009
    • Law Review: Business Review, 2008 – 2009
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
    • B.A. – 2006
    • Major: Political Science / Pre-Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association, 2014 – Present
  • Inns of Court, 2014 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Services of North Florida, 2010 – Present

Ashley M. Gartman

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law & Construction Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Real Property Litigation
  • Contract & Commercial Litigation
  • Business Formation & Business Litigation
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2015


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. – 2015
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
    • B.A. – 2012
    • Major: Pre-Law / Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, Member
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, Young Laywers Division, Member
  • Okalossa Bar Association, Member
  • Okaloosa Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member
  • Pensacola Inns of Court, Member


***Stay tuned for blogs from our attorneys.