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Matthew J Ausley

Matthew J Ausley

Good Life Legal Services
  • Collections, Family Law, Divorce ...
  • Florida
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Summary

Matthew J. Ausley and his team represent clients in litigation related to:
collections,
business,
real estate,
landlord issues,
divorce & custody, and
family law.

As Good Life Legal Services' founder, Matt brings nearly two decades of business experience to the team, and employs a common-sense, business-like attitude in his law practice. Matt has helped hundreds of clients to solve their legal issues and get back to living the Good Life.

As an entrepreneur, Matt has owned and managed three businesses; a pressure washing company, a collection agency, and now the law firm.

Matt’s career started as a manager of a finance company branch with a $10 million loan portfolio and over 800 customers. Next, he accepted a position with Sage pursuing advanced collections. In those endeavors, Matt earned several promotions and multiple awards for excellence in sales and leadership.

While in law school, Matt interned at Holland & Knight and with the Hon. Joel B. Toomey, a Federal Magistrate Judge. Matt also served as a Student Ambassador for the school and a Research Assistant to Professor Peter Marchetti, for Contracts and Bankruptcy.

Matt graduated cum laude with a certificate for legal research and writing and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2015.

On a personal note, Matt has a wonderful wife, Kristin, and two young boys. Matt chairs Safe Connections, a non-profit serving local children, and is a former chair the Niceville and the Fort Walton young professional organizations. Matt is an active member of Crosspoint Church, the Okaloosa and Walton County Bar Associations, and the Fort Walton & Niceville Chambers of Commerce. He enjoys hobby mechanics, working in his yard, and reading.

Practice Areas
  • Collections
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Landlord Tenant
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are by phone only, and last for 10 minutes. The purpose of a free consultation is for you to acquire some general information about your legal situation and decide whether you need representation. I do not give legal advise during a free consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Owner
Good Life Legal Services
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Partner
Anchors Smith Grimsley, PLC
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Attorney
The Critzer Law Firm
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Intern
U.S. District Court
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Intern
Holland & Knight
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Education
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
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Honors: cum laude
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Asbury College
B.A. (2004) | Business Management
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Awards
Above and Beyond Service
FCSL Student Ambassadors
Professional Associations
Walton County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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The Florida Bar  # 0117362
Member
- Current
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Okaloosa Bar Association
Member
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Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. I purchased a used car a month and a half ago. The check engine lite is on and it leaks oil. Can I return it?
A: The state of Florida has a “Lemon Law” which may apply in your situation. Essentially, you will deal directly with the car’s manufacture to have your car fixed or get your money back. You can find out more information on the process by going to the website of the Florida Office of the Attorney General. It is important that you continue to make your payments during the process if you want to protect your credit. You should also consider retaining an attorney to represent you in the process. It is possible to make a Lemon Law claim as a DIY project if you are very organized, willing to put significant time into researching and understanding the process, and can stay focused on following up and not missing any of the critical steps required to succeed with your claim. Good luck.
Q. What are your tips for buying a used car in Florida?
A: When buying a used car, one of the best things you can do is take the car to an independent mechanic and have them conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle, BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. Used cars are almost always sold in an “as is” condition. That means you get the car in whatever condition it is in, no warranty or guarantee. You can expect to pay $150 or so for a good inspection. However, this information is very valuable if it saves you from purchasing something with discoverable issues. You can also use that information to negotiate for a lower price. Even if you could negotiate a warranty on a used car, it would be very difficult to enforce that against an individual person. So, when someone says a car is in mint condition, that statement is meaningless. Have the vehicle inspected before you buy. That is the best way to minimize risk.
Q. We loaned $5500 to a bus assoc on 10/20/14 w/principal to be paid in full 4/20/15. They defaulted, what is our recourse
A: The first part is relatively straight forward and simple. You need to hire an attorney to file suit for breach of contract and obtain a money judgment against the company and the individuals if you had personal guarantees. Hopefully, your Note contained an attorney’s fee provision, so you can get your fees for obtaining the judgment. Once you have a money judgment things get a bit more complicated. Your attorney will have to begin the process of post-judgment collection. Usually, an attorney will conduct some discovery and identify key assets upon which you can levy. Once assets have been identified, your attorney will ask the sheriff to assist in obtaining them and selling them. If the company has bank accounts, your attorney can garnish those. Sometimes, these collections are quick and easy, sometimes they are difficult. But an experienced attorney will guide you through the process and should be able to tell you, fairly early on, how likely you are to recover fully. Good luck!
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Contact & Map
Good Life Legal Services *By Appointment Only*
1992 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Suite #1048
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Telephone: (850) 362-7228
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are located in the WorkSpace Suites building.
Good Life Legal Services *By Appointment Only*
13 Palafox Place
Suite #1048
Pensacola , FL 32502
Telephone: (850) 362-7228
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are located in the Cowork Annex building.
Good Life Legal Services
114 East Cedar Avenue
Suite #201
Crestview, FL 32536
Telephone: (850) 362-7228
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are located in the Courthouse Suites building.