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13153 North Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 115, Tampa, Florida 33618-2410

Joseph R. Kalish



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He has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

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  • Florida, 1974


  • St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, J.D.
  • University of South Florida, B.A.

Biographical details

Joseph R. Kalish graduated from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, received his B.A. degree from the University of South Florida in 1968 and his J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1973. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974 and has practiced in a multitude of areas of law for more than 42 years.

The firm has achieved the highest rating for legal ability, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. Martindale-Hubbell is the most recognized attorney rating system nationwide. The rating is the product of an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Florida Bar. Martindale-Hubbell explains that an AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the Bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating. The AV rating identifies a lawyer with very high preeminent legal ability and is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.

Real estate
Mr. Kalish has more than 42 years’ experience serving clients in the Tampa Bay area. He specializes in real estate, probate, wills and trusts. At the present time, a major portion of Mr. Kalish’s practice is defense of mortgage foreclosures and assisting clients with short sales and mortgage modifications. He can assist in affording you time to reinstate your mortgage, modify your mortgage or short sell the property. In some cases, the lender is required to modify the terms of your note and mortgage, thereby enabling you to keep your home. Although it may sound too good to be true, you may actually have defenses and counter-claims against your mortgage company that could assist in preventing foreclosure. If you are served with a lawsuit, you generally have only 20 days to respond to the complaint/lawsuit, and therefore, you must see an attorney immediately if you wish to defend the foreclosure action. If you are beyond the 20 days, you still may have defenses that may be raised and, therefore, it is essential to contact an attorney immediately.

In addition to the above, if you need the assistance of a qualified real estate attorney in Florida, then Joseph R. Kalish. P.A. can help. He advises individuals and businesses. In the process of refinancing, selling or purchasing real estate, these efforts include reviewing and preparing purchase and sales agreements, title searches and other necessary tasks to reduce the potential risks inherent in real estate transactions. Whether you are purchasing or selling your home, he can help take the mystery out of the transaction and make sure you have enough information to make informed decisions about your sale or purchase. He can also assist in negotiating favorable terms in the selling or purchasing of property. Joseph R. Kalish’s extensive experience in real estate can provide the answers you need to resolve the concerns you have in these areas. Mr. Kalish is also a title insurance agent and can handle your closings here in the comfort of his office.

Mr. Kalish also represents clients with regard to probate matters. Probate is the court process used to determine the validity of a will and oversee the payment of creditors and distribution of estate assets to beneficiaries. Even if there is no Last Will and Testament, the estate still must go through the probate procedure. Mr. Kalish is experienced in this area and can help simplify this complicated process.

Sometimes probate may be avoided. Mr. Kalish also engages in the preparation of wills and other planning devices that may be used to avoid probate. This involves a full range of planning, including but not limited to trusts, powers of attorney, joint ownership documents and prenuptial agreements. Each client has his or her own unique needs and goals and Mr. Kalish adjusts his services to suit each client accordingly.