John C. Goede
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeFlorida, 1998
John C. Goede, has been a Naples resident since 1998 and is a founding shareholder of Goede & Adamczyk, PLLC. Prior to founding Goede & Adamczyk, PLLC, John had a boutique law firm that concentrated on community association law, real estate, estate planning, probate and corporate matters. During that time, John also founded Florida Universal Title, and has vast experience with title examination, title insurance, contract drafting and lease drafting which paved the way for his current real estate practice.
John’s community association law practice, is comprised of Cooperatives, Timeshares, Mobile Homes, Condominiums, and Home Owner Associations. John has been on the forefront of Association law and progressive in the collection of assessments and other financial obligations owed his Association clients. John is also responsible for record setting construction defect settlements for Associations after turnover. John also has extensive experience in drafting community association documents and amendments, which includes taking the project from design to completion, and assisting developers in all aspects of the sales and marketing.
John’s legal background includes experience in wealth planning and preservation has provided him with the ability to create estate plans for clients to meet their needs and expectations. John advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, including generational planning, asset protection and charitable giving. He works closely with his clients and their other advisors to create and implement personally tailored strategies to preserve assets and transmit wealth while minimizing transfer taxes. John advises both US based and foreign nationals on the appropriate use of trust, partnerships, LLCs and other vehicles to achieve their planning goals. John also counsels fiduciaries and financial institutions in connection with the administration of trusts and estates, including probate proceedings, state and federal gift tax return preparation and audits, and trust and estate accounting proceedings. In addition he advises individuals and fiduciaries in disputes involving Wills and trusts.
John also regularly consults on the formation of Florida entities. From the formation of a Florida corporation, limited liability company, partnership, professional entity, not for profit corporation, and sole proprietorship, John has significant experience in advising clients on choosing the best entity while providing strategy for the protection of assets (both business and personal) and tax liability. John also handles Business Mergers and Acquisitions, Buy/Sell Agreements, Corporate Transitions, as well of a wide range of general corporate matters for a multitude of local businesses.
John is very involved in the local community as well, and dedicates his time helping and giving back. He is currently a Board Member and acts as the Legal Counsel for the Naples International Film Festival, a 501(c)3 charity. The festival funds educational initiatives in the arts and film for students in southwest Florida. John was instrumental in securing their tax exempt status and provides comprehensive legal advice to the charity on an ongoing basis. Additionally, John is a member of the Executive Board and acts as General Counsel for the non–profit N.A.P.L.E.S. group. He serves on this small business focused not–for–profit and offers his time helping them solve their legal issues. Haven on Earth Animal Shelter also benefits from John’s legal experience with Charities. He also advises the charity on an ongoing basis and serves the Shelter in a pro bono capacity.
J.D., University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 1998
B.S., University of Florida , 1993
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
American Bar Association
Member Since: 1998
Member Since: 1998
Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section
Over the course of the past decade, John Goede has developed an outstanding reputation for providing sound advice to the real estate development community. The firm has been involved with the development of office buildings, mixed use projects, residential developments, retail projects, multi–family residential projects and industrial and warehouse properties. By getting involved early in the project, we typically are able to assist our clients in the due diligence phase of determining the feasibility of a project, providing the legal representation for the acquisition or sale of a project, as well as providing advice concerning financing, construction, and development of a particular project.
The firm has developed a reputation for representing numerous high–end home builders in Lee and Collier counties.
Over the years, the firm has developed exceptional relationships with a variety of other service providers in the real estate community. Thus, the firm is frequently in a position to recommend lenders, sources of equity, surveyors, environmental investigators, appraisers, architects, and engineers as well as other professionals that may be helpful in connection with a particular project.
John also owns Florida Universal Title, LLC, which is a title agent for Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Westcor Land Title, and Chicago Title. John is typically one of the more active attorneys in the greater Naples and Fort Myers area in connection with the issuance of title insurance, and is an approved title agent for virtually every major banking institution in Naples, Lee, and Charlotte Counties.
John C. Goede regularly advises landlords of office buildings and shopping malls and other commercial properties concerning their leasing needs. The firm also represents tenants in connection with their lease negotiations with landlords.
Associations and Condominiums
John’s law firm, from its inception, has represented a number of homeowner and condominium associations, including turnover from the developers. In addition, the firm has worked with a number of its clients in developing properties through the use of condominiums or Declarations of Covenants and Homeowner/Landowner Associations.
The firm takes a great pride in representing a number of major financial institutions in connection with their commercial and residential lending needs. Particularly, the firm is engaged in negotiating the appropriate documentation concerning securing assets such as real estate, personal property, stock, and other tangible and intangible property. The firm regularly serves as title agent, providing title insurance to these financial institutions in connection with such transactions.
Pro Bono Activities
Naples International Film Festival
Board of Director/ Legal Counsel
Haven on Earth Animal Shelter
Board of Director/ Legal Counsel