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The Journey to Becoming Partners

Over the years, as a sole practitioner, Mary Lou began looking for someone to possibly join her and one day become a law partner. As the years went by, both Mary Lou and Maria were on their own paths practicing law. They had met in the early 2000s and got along very well. Maria regularly referred clients who were doing an adoption to Mary Lou, and each interaction built upon the last in forging their relationship.

Fast forward to June 2017 when Maria reached out to Mary Lou about having lunch together one day. That lunch changed everything! By that August, Maria had joined the practice with Mary Lou.

When you ask them, “When did you know this was really going to work?” They both answer, “Immediately.”

Becoming Law Partners

When considering becoming partners, there are many areas that need to coincide beyond the knowledge and skill within practicing law. Some of those include: 

  • Partners with complementary traits and compatibility 
  • Partners who positively challenge each other 
  • Partners who are reliable and have integrity
  • Partners who respect each other

The Lucky Day

With Maria on board, those important areas just mentioned were firmly in place and reinforced the strength of their work together. As “luck” would have it, that ultimately led to announcing their partnership on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2021. The firm became Wagstaff & Pitelis, P.A., and their passion for helping families in the community continues.

Wagstaff & Pitelis, P.A. | Largo | Pinellas County | Family Law

Together, they are experienced and passionate advocates for families in the challenges of life such as divorce and custody, the planning stages of life such as wills and estate planning, and the exciting seasons of life such as marriage and adoption. For all of these areas of law and more, Mary Lou, Maria, and their team are here for you and your family.