Our History

Each day we see the positive difference a strong estate plan makes, and the waste and vulnerability not having a plan can cause. Our work protects not just the assets of an individual, but also their dignity.

Gary Fernald, Attorney-at-Law


Based in Clearwater, Florida, attorney, Gary Fernald, consults on all matters relating to estate planning, trusts, probate, guardianship and elder law. Since 1988, Gary has provided cost-effective and personalized legal services to his clients in the Tampa Bay area.

A testimony to dedication of the team, paralegals, Cheryl Rice and Cheryl Watson have worked with Gary for 20 and 25 years respectively. 


We help individuals and families set up estate plans, trusts, and wills, and handle all aspects of probate and guardianship. We also work with professional guardians, local and state agencies, and other attorneys in the event that their clients need support within our area of expertise.


We provide legal assistance in estate planning, trusts administration, wills and probate, elder law, medicaid planning and guardianship. Learn more.


For the last thirty years, Gary and his team have become a sought-after legal resource to individuals, families, state authorities, and guardians. With an excellent reputation among judges and professionals in the field, Gary Fernald has the most established caseload of any independent attorney in the Pinellas County area. Learn about his dedicated and accomplished team.

Meet Our Team


Whether you need a consultation about what services would best suit you, or if a specific need, such as assigning a power of attorney, petitioning the court as a guardian, or drawing up an estate or healthcare surrogate plan, we can help. Call today.


Everyone needs an accurate and carefully administered estate plan, no matter their age or family status. We will help you plan your estate.

Our clients know that their loved ones and assets are protected from costly court costs, and their wishes are properly carried out.

We establish a wide variety of trusts including living trusts (revocable and irrevocable), testamentary trusts, special needs trusts and Medicaid income trusts. We provide ethical and reliable trust administration services for minors, charities and other beneficiaries.

Having served in the field of guardianship services for a combined 50+ years, our team at the law offices of Thompson & Fernald is one of the most prominent and experienced in Clearwater.

If you have questions about any aspect of elder law, as an individual, attorney, state government official, or guardian, we are here to consult.

Have questions about how to prepare for nursing home care, and healthcare costs in the older years? We will help you put a plan in place.

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