Jennifer Hanson Copus

Jennifer Hanson Copus

Copus & Copus, P.A.
  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Collections ...
  • Florida
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Jennifer H. Copus originally hails from Arab, Alabama, but has called the Emerald Coast home since moving to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 2000 upon graduating from law school. Jennifer began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Shalimar, Florida and later worked as a prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Jennifer now focuses on serving clients in the areas of corporate and business litigation, commercial litigation, condominium law and litigation, real property litigation, landlord/tenant law, foreclosure litigation, employment law and personal injury. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Jennifer also assists individuals, corporations and organizations facilitate and negotiate resolutions to their disputes. Please visit the Mediation Center for more information on Jennifer’s mediation services. In February 2018, Jennifer also received qualification from the Florida Supreme Court to serve as an arbitrator.

Jennifer and her team understand that the foundation to providing quality, effective advice and representation is building a strong personal relationship with clients. They are committed to ensuring each client and each case receive the personal time and attention it deserves. Please call or email Jennifer today to discuss your case.

Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Foreclosure Defense
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Municipal Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    My firm accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.
  • Contingent Fees
    My firm does accept contingency fees on certain, limited matters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Copus & Copus, P.A.
- Current
Senior Associate Attorney
Chesser & Barr, P.A.
Associate Attorney
Dowd Law Firm, P.A.
Assistant State Attorney
Office of the State Attorney
Assistant Public Defender
Office of the Public Defender
Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. (2000) | Law
Honors: Moot Court honors; Poverty Law Clinic honors
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University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
B.A. (1997) | Psychology; English Literature
Honors: Recipient of 5 scholarships for academic excellence
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Peer Review Rated
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
American Trial Lawyers Association
10 Best
American Institute of Legal Counsel
Named "One to Watch"
Emerald Coast Magazine
Professional Associations
Florida State Bar  # 470988
- Current
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Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
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First Judicial Circuit Bench & Bar Professionalism Committee
Mentor Pool Committee
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Okaloosa-Walotn Bar Association
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Florida Bar First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
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Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
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Florida Bar First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
Committee Member
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Okaloosa-Walotn Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Current Issues in Landlord/Tenant Law, Hurlburt Field
United States Air Force
Circuit Civil Mediator
Florida Supreme Court
Florida Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
30 Questions Answered
Q. my boyfriend and I have 2 houses one on each name. how do we do a quit claim deed to the other person in case of death
A: I recommend titling both properties in your name and your boyfriend's name as "joint tenants with rights of survivorship". You and he will need to execute new deeds for each property to effectuate this transfer.
Q. Does the banking destination need to be specified in the original petition for a lawsuite of partition sale and quiet?
A: No.
Q. The (Florida) Final Judgement of Eviction has been issued. The tenant is in jail and heading to prison.
A: While it is not strictly necessary, it would be prudent to have the Writ served by law enforcement to officially transfer possession from the tenant back to you. Then change the locks to ensure that neither the former tenant, nor his sister can return to the property.
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Contact & Map
Copus & Copus, P.A.
25 Walter Martin Road
Suite 200
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Telephone: (850) 609-1433
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed