By Brittany Llorente
SEBASTIAN -- With a bit of humor and decades of knowledge, local attorney Steven A. Long, helps fight for the families and those in need of legal help.
Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Long has an impressive resume, from attending school at the University of North Carolina and studying political science to receiving his doctorate from Wake Forrest University.
After graduation, he decided on the Sunshine State as his next home, working for a law firm in Vero Beach.
An accident on Kings Highway between Vero Beach and Sebastian changed his life forever.
"Someone ran a stop sign and plowed me into a ditch," Mr. Long said. "I was in a coma for a month."
When he emerged from the coma, he had to relearn a wealth of knowledge, including learning to read, write and walk.
After a few years of rehabilitation, he went back to school and into the graduate program and then worked for the state's attorney's office.
Mr. Long then made the decision to return to Indian River County in 1988 and established his practice in Sebastian.
"I felt like I had to come back here to figure out where I was," he said. "I was in Vero Beach and then Sebastian and I knew it was a nice growing area and I felt like there was a lot of potential here."
He survived and thrived through the 2004 hurricane season, moving to his office off Central Avenue where he practices family law and creates wills, helping with estates and assisting in divorces.
"If someone is interested, they can call and schedule an appointment for a consultation," he said. "I do a free 20 minute consultation or they can email me their story."
Mr. Long knows that there are a lot of Internet sites set up to help prepare last will and testaments and living wills. He still suggests seeing an attorney to help with those matters.
"You really want to make sure that they're done right," he said. "You want to make sure that no shortcuts were taken. People really need to understand the law and what is applicable when doing wills. When done online, information can run together and it is more than just 'filling in the blanks.'"
He suggests for wills and estate planning to be done as soon as someone starts having children or accruing property.
Helping residents from Brevard and Indian River counties and various locations through the state, Mr. Long has helped in divorce cases and encourages someone going through a divorce to learn what their rights are.
"The laws are always changing," Mr. Long said. "More recently there have been changes to alimony, limiting the number of years that someone can collect."
At the end of the day though, it has been and always will be about family and what is best, whether it is his or a clients.
Mr. Long and his wife Deanna work in the office together and lining the walls in the office are pictures of the family he has built. Smiling faces of their six daughters and 12 grandchildren show his pride and joy.
"I am a family man through and through," Mr. Long said. "Family means a lot to me."
His office is located at 1317 North Central Avenue, Sebastian.
For more information, call (772) 589-7778 or visit www.stevenalong.com.