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How Pickleball Champion James Nici Prepares to Win – On and Off the Court

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Not only is James Nici a top estate planning attorney in Naples, Florida, but he is also a U.S. Open Pickleball Champion. Nici credits his recent success on the pickleball court to the same three traits that helped him become one of the best Naples estate planning attorneys: preparation, practice, and knowledge.


Nici prepares for a pickleball match by taking the information he has about his opponent and using this knowledge to prepare a strategy or “match plan.” He gathers this information from various sources, including past matches against the opponent, their play during warmups, and games of theirs he watched from the stands. Before he begins the match, he knows their strengths, weaknesses, and style of play.

In estate planning, preparation plays just as large a role. Just as Nici learns everything he can about his pickleball opponents, he learns all the information about his client’s assets, family, and goals. He gathers this information through in-depth consultations with his clients. Estate plans are not one-size-fits-all. They are unique to each individual client. Nici takes all the data and strategizes the best way for each client to meet their objectives.


Since taking up the sport six years ago, Nici has won several individuals and team national medals, including golds, at the U.S. Open Pickleball Championship. His success in the sport has not come without hard work. His wins are a direct result of all the practice he put into mastering the game.

Nici has been practicing law as an estate planning attorney in Naples for over 27 years, much longer than his pickleball career. When picking an estate planning attorney, it is critical to consider experience. Nici has the experience to handle your needs efficiently and effectively.


One of the reasons pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America is that it is relatively easy to pick up. However, to become a U.S. Open Pickleball Champion, Nici needed to gain a deep understanding of the sport’s skills and strategies. His knowledge of the game gives him an edge over his opponents.

It can be complicated to create a comprehensive estate plan that meets your unique needs regardless of how much property you own. You need a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that your needs are met. Nici has a deep understanding of the law and the Naples court system, including its rules and procedures. He is Board-Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts, and Estates by The Florida Bar. This distinction is only held by approximately 250 attorneys. Additionally, he has a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation. He is qualified to handle all estate planning, estate administration, Florida domicile, business planning, and asset protection needs.

Call A Naples Estate Planning Lawyer

If you have questions about estate planning, you should contact Nici Law Firm. James R. Nici is an experienced Naples attorney with over 25 years of experience. Contact our office today at (239) 449-6150 or use our web form to set up a free consultation.

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