Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Dean Trantalis attended Norwich Free Academy and Boston University where he majored in political science and graduated in 1975 cum laude and with Distinction.
Dean took time off after college; working in a law office, for a Congressman, running his brother’s campaign for state office, and selling men’s clothing in a very fabulous store in Boston. He then attended Stetson University School of Law and graduated in 1979. Later, Dean attended international law courses in Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as in London. In 1980, he was admitted to the Connecticut and Florida Bars. He has practiced law in Broward County since 1982.
Dean Trantalis entered the gay and lesbian political forum in 1990 when Broward County was in the midst of a referendum to pass a human rights ordinance. Having participated in strategy sessions, recruiting volunteers, and working polls, Dean remained part of the debate following its defeat as the coalition regrouped and strategized. In 1993, he became chair of Broward United Against Discrimination, a local chapter of a state-wide effort to defeat the petition drive launched by the American Family Association to enact a law that would have prevented any city or county from enacting gay-rights laws (much like the well-known Colorado-2 amendment that was later found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court). This effort was also defeated in the Courts, when the Florida Supreme Court found the petition unlawful.
In 1995, Dean served as co-chair of Americans For Equality, which saw the successful enactment and later the defeat of a petition drive to overturn the passage of Broward County’s Human Rights Ordinance which extends to persons, based on their sexual orientation, protection from discrimination in housing, in employment, and in public accommodations. Broward is the first county in the state to have such a law. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dolphin Democratic Club for the past 6 years, and he recently retired as its President.
In 1997, Dean helped to coordinate the effort to hold back the passage of the law which banned same-sex marriages here in Florida, and met with the Governor and others to fashion a compromise, which was ultimately defeated by the state legislature. More recently, he completed a one-year position with CenterOne (as its Director of Development) raising awareness, money, and hopes on behalf of persons affected by the HIV virus.Read More
BUYING OR SELLING A HOME
The dream of buying a home is often weighed-down by all the steps its takes to get there. Of course the easy part of matching Pottery Barn candles and Ikea sofas and chairs is a romance even for general audiences. But sometimes the process needs a little hand-holding, and that is why finding the right professionals is fundamental to this endeavor.
Our office is designed to provide you with the depth of experience and the level of attention you will need from the moment you sign your contract until the time comes when keys are exchanged. Our staff has a combined experience of over 35 years in real estate transactions with each professional offering you their personal sense of caring and service in order to make your purchase a cherished experience.
Your purchase is insured by one of the largest title insurance underwriters in the country. We begin our work by searching the title to insure that there are no liens or encumbrances that would affect the marketability of your property. We also connect with your Realtor and lender so that everyone is working in sync. If a survey is required, we will order it for you. We will coordinate with the sellers making sure their mortgage is paid off, and if necessary, prepare the documents required of the seller in order to guaranty their accuracy. This is the very least you can expect, whether you’re buying a house, a condo, or even that bed-and-breakfast you’ve longed for.
If you’re buying a condominium or co-op, other issues materialize. Reviewing the Declaration of Condominium or of the Cooperative (which are the governing rules of your building), obtaining approval by its board of directors (a requirement in all condo or co-op purchases), or even looking into issues such as the solvency of the association or its maintenance, our office is here to guide you every step of the way.
If you’re selling your property, the steps are fewer but the care is no less great. We will work with your buyers or their representative, and we are there to work through any problems that may come up regarding repairs or the title, especially if your find yourself out of town.
In the end, everyone’s hard work comes together at the closing. The paperwork is signed, monies change hands, and well-wishing fills the room. A job well done means that people can now move on with their lives.Read More
Coming from the business world and drawing from many areas of expertise, Brett is the primary contact in our Probate and Estates area of our practice. He works with Dean in readying matters for final review, and his Midwest charm often lends comfort to clients where the law leaves off and a situation can best be remedied by a human touch.
With many years of experience in title insurance and all phases of real estate transactions, Denise offers not only a wealth of knowledge, but her professional handling of issues and the needs of people make each closing a welcome occasion. Denise manages the real estate division of the office, fielding client questions and addressing their concerns, as well as insuring that closing functions are addressed accurately and efficiently.
With local boy status and a French Horn under his arm, Brian’s work is what makes our office hum. Brian brings perspective to the often complex situations that confront our bankruptcy and foreclosure clients. His conscientious spirit and drive to fulfill is a welcome attitude, especially when a client reaches out fort that helpful hand.
JONATHAN C. DIERNBACH, ESQ.
Jon broadens the scope of knowledge in the office with years of experience both in and out of courtrooms. Despite spending years dealing with criminal defendants, Jon has refocused his career on transactional work. His easy manner and direct approach to problem-solving has been a sure fit with our real estate clients. Ask him about his music—he might even play a tune for you.
H. MAXWELL WIHNYK, ESQ
Raised with both his parents being attorneys, Max has been immersed in the legal profession since the crib. He brings to the office fresh talent and new perspectives, as well as a nod from Mom and Dad. His youth and energy are a great balance to the otherwise traditional approaches to the practice. He has a promising future with our team.