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Zachary N, Altenbach, J.D.

Grady H. Williams, Jr LLM Attorneys at Law PA

Zachary N, Altenbach, J.D.

Grady H. Williams, Jr LLM Attorneys at Law PA

Zachary N, Altenbach, J.D.

Grady H. Williams, Jr LLM Attorneys at Law PA

Associate Attorney Zachary M. Altenbach, J.D., attended the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. As an undergraduate, he interned at a firm that focused on patent, trademark, and copyright law. After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued his legal studies at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. There he completed the Family Law Certificate Program and served as the Christian Legal Society President. After passing the Florida Bar he served as a law clerk practicing family law. In April 2014, he began working as an Assistant Public Defender through the end of 2017. Zach is a native Floridian who grew up in the beaches area. He knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career in law. He is a graduate of Fletcher High School. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in the Riverside area of Jacksonville.

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Assisting people with their elder law and estate planning needs with two offices conveniently located in Orange Park and Jacksonville.
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Asset Protection
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    Orange Park, FL 32073

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    Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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