Florida Arbitration Clauses in Florida Wills and Trusts: Can You Force Arbitration on Heirs and Beneficiaries?

| August 22, 2013

Arbitration of controversies as an alternative to a Florida courthouse trial is happening more and more often, in more and more kinds of disputes. Often, these arbitrations are binding — and more and more often, consumers are discovering that they have no choice but to arbitrate their claim because they have waived their right to […]

Infographic: US Census Reports Changes 1940 to 2010 in Florida and Rest of the Nation

| May 16, 2013

Ray Charles Trust Litigation: Beneficiaries Fighting for More, the Lesson of Being Clear in Trust Bequests

| November 8, 2012

Another lesson in trust lawsuits – and for Floridians, on how to plan their estates in advance to avoid these sorts of fights between beneficiaries after death – is happening right now in Los Angeles, California.  It’s a case being heard by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District […]

Trust Undue Influence: Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina, and Undue Infuence on a Trust Beneficiary

| November 1, 2012

Whitney Houston prepared an estate plan long ago, back when her daughter Bobbi Kristina was born: she executed a Will that contained something called a Testamentary Trust.  She did this because she had numerous assets that she wanted to protect and she wanted to insure the financial future of her daughter.  Because of her planning, […]

Florida Trust Contests: Jenos Pizza Rolls and Michelina Italian Foods Founder Jeno Paulucci’s Death Provides Great Example of Trust Contests in Florida Arising From Deaths Occuring in Other States

| October 25, 2012

Have you ever tried a Jeno’s Pizza Roll? Or maybe had some Chun King canned Chinese food or opted for some frozen Italian Michelina’s fare, with a movie at home with the kids? Well, then, you’ve contributed to the fortune of Jeno Paulucci, the founder of these food product lines.  Minnesotan Jeno Paulucci was an […]

New Florida Law May Void Beneficiary Designations in Divorces: Florida Statute 732.703 and End of Life Planning for Divorced Couples and Those Thinking of Divorcing

| October 23, 2012

There’s a new law here in Florida that people need to know about – especially if they are divorced or in the midst of getting themselves divorced here in Florida and that law is Florida Statute 732.703.  You can read the law as written on the books by the Florida Legislature online here. The important […]

New Study: Exploitation of Elderly By Family Members is American Epidemic Well Known Here in South Florida: What Can Happen When Seniors Are Preyed Upon

| August 21, 2012

Last week, the Investor Protection Trust released its latest research study and it’s sadly not a big surprise for those who represent the elderly and seniors here in South Florida:  according to the IPT, “theft or diversion of funds or property by family members”  – that’s right, family members – is the number one way […]

Challenging Wills and Will Contests: Florida Law and the Lessons of Guma Aguiar and Thomas Kinkade – It’s Best to Have a Current Will and Estate Plan, Don’t Just Leave Notes Around Because Florida Law May Not Respect Your Wishes

| July 5, 2012

Contesting a will or challenging who should control the assets (and money) of an estate of someone who is dead, presumed dead, or missing not only makes for good plots in murder mysteries and thrillers, but it’s also something that probate lawyers and estate planning attorneys see happening every day in Florida. Of course, the […]

Broward County Probate Court Has International Intrigue as Mother and Wife Fight Over Control of Missing Millionaire Guma Aguiar’s Florida Assets: Lessons for You and Me

| July 3, 2012

It’s not often that Florida probate courts – especially the local Broward County probate court – makes international news, but that’s what happened recently when the mother and wife of a missing man appeared before local Probate Judge Mark A. Speiser to fight over what to do about controlling the finances and property (estate) of […]

Another Florida End of Life Planning Issue: In Florida, Will Your Last Wishes On a Final Resting Place Be Respected? Tough Answers Under Florida Probate Law

| March 20, 2012

When a loved one first passes away, the last thing on anyone’s mind is Florida probate law.  There’s the fierce emotion of grief and loss, and the practicalities of letting everyone know and coordinating travel schedules for family and friends, while dealing with all the sadness that surrounds the finality of death. For many Floridians, […]