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 […]

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 […]

Florida’s New Power of Attorney Law and Epidemic of Family Members Exploiting Elders and Seniors: What Do You Need to Know?

| August 23, 2012

The story that we covered about the new study showing rampant abuse of seniors by their own family members is getting lots of media attention, which is good.  National news coverage of the “epidemic” in America today, where elders and senior citizens are being financially victimized and having money and property taken from them by […]

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 […]

Florida Short Sales Are Booming in Broward County in 2012: 30% Increase From Last Year According to RealtyTrac (and a 18% Boost in 2012 Short Sales Statewide)

| June 5, 2012

Short sales in Florida are happening more and more often; in fact, the good news out of Broward County, Florida, is that short sales have topped the number of foreclosures that were filed in the first quarter of 2012 – and this is big, big news since that hasn’t happened since 2008.   In fact, Broward […]

Should Florida Property Owners Proceed Pro Se and Represent Themselves in Legal Claims or Quiet Title Actions? Probably Not. Here’s Why.

| April 12, 2012

Florida law does allow individuals to proceed with civil actions without an attorney – in legal jargon, it’s called representing yourself “pro se.”  In this economy, finding ways to avoid the expense of attorneys’ fees sounds smart, and there are situations where a Floridian is somewhat savvy to handle their own legal matter. For instance, […]

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