Welcome to Holden & Darby

Solving Your Divorce, Injury or Corporate Law Needs

When you’re seeking lawyers in Orlando and the surrounding area, you’ll have many questions. The law can be complicated. That’s why it’s wise to trust a firm whose lawyers received their law degree in Florida and have practiced in our state for decades.

At Holden & Darby, we work closely with clients to solve their divorce, injury or corporate law needs. Our highly trained group of professionals use their knowledge, experience, and a team approach to resolve complex cases through litigation and negotiation.

Experts in Florida Law

Our attorneys, Thomas Holden and Paul Darby, have more than 35 years of combined legal experience and have been serving citizens of Florida for their entire career, making them experts in Florida law. You can trust that our educated legal team will have no problems handling your family, personal injury or corporate law needs.

The attorneys at the law firm of Holden & Darby will make the legal process easy for you and will relieve you of the stresses that come with a lawsuit. We will ensure that your case is solid and well-represented, and we aim for nothing but the best possible end results. Our legal services include advice and advocacy for issues involving divorce, alimony, legal document creation and modification, business formation and litigation, medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury and more. We believe that good, working attorney-client relationships and dedicated legal professionals win cases and achieve positive results.

Serving Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Orange, Polk and Osceola Counties

We provide our services to residents of all counties in Central Florida, including Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Orange, Polk and Osceola Counties. Whether you live in Leesburg, Clermont, Eustis, The Villages, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Orlando, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Maitland, Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Winter Haven, Kissimmee, St. Cloud or right here in Tavares, we’d be proud to represent your best interests.

We also handle cases in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties.

If you or a loved one are in need of legal representation within the listed counties, please contact us by phone or email to schedule your consultation with a qualified attorney.


-Personal Injury Law
We understand that accidents happen on a daily basis, some of which may not be at the fault of the person injured. The lawyers at the law firm of Holden & Darby help victims recuperate what they have lost, and obtain the compensation they deserve.

-Corporate Law
Corporate law can be extensive and confusing to those with little experience handling it, and a litigation could have serious repercussions that negatively affect your company or business. That is why it is important to hire a professional corporate lawyer in order to protect your business from litigation and avoid long-term negative effects that could ruin your business.

-Family Law
The professionals at Holden & Darby dedicate their practice to aiding individuals and families with legal documentation and representation. We handle a variety of Family Law cases ranging from divorce to domestic violence/injunctions.


If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important to speak with a qualified divorce attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options and wishes. Our team at Holden & Darby will help you assess your family’s situation, and work with you to decide the best course of action. The first step towards getting a divorce in Florida is to file a document called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document outlines any claims that you have for things like custody, child support, alimony, and division of property and debts.

This depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. If the divorce is uncontested and the couple ends their marriage agreeably, then the process could take as little as four to five weeks. However, if a judge must get involved in a contested divorce, your case could last six months or longer. In counties where the courts are busy, it could easily take a year or more.

  • If you and your spouse have been married for 20 years or more, most likely things like child support and custody will no longer be an issue, since children will likely be preparing to or already have flown the nest. However, there are three major factors that still play a big role in long-term marriage divorces.
  • Alimony – The length of the marriage is an important factor when it comes to alimony. The longer the couple has been together, the more likely a court will order spousal maintenance for the under-earning spouse. These types of alimony are more likely to be permanent rather than rehabilitative.
  • Retirement – If a spouse paying long-term alimony can prove that it is reasonable for him to retire, then the court will usually adjust his alimony obligation downward. This means the income of the receiving spouse will drop, but it will also take a chunk out of the paying spouse’s reduced income.
  • Marital Home – Odds are, couples who have been married a long time have already paid off their home. This creates sizable and valuable asset, free of liens. When this happens, spouses close to retirement will not need to worry about paying a mortgage or refinancing the home. If the house is worth $300,000 or more, the spouse keeping it may have to take on a $150,000 mortgage to buy out the partner’s equity. Since this can often be an issue when each spouse’s income will soon be reduced due to retirement, many courts will award the house outright to one spouse, allowing the partner’s equity share to act as a one-time lump sum of alimony.

There are many kinds of accidents that can cause injury: defective products, slip and fall accidents, and car accidents. If you are ever injured in an accident, it is important that you call the police to report the incident and seek medical treatment you may need for any injuries sustained. It will also help your personal injury case if witness statements and contact information are gathered and the scene is documented with photos or videos as soon as possible after the accident. If you are physically unable to do this, usually the law enforcement officers involved will handle it. As soon as you are able, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case so that you can receive the medical and financial compensation you deserve.


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    Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.