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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Life Planning for Florida Baby Boomers: Active Floridians Over 50 Need to Plan for End of Life Now

| January 5, 2012

Last month, we posted about the reality that most folks do not have life plans in place – and this is a bad decision for them and their loved ones.  No one wants to think about a health crisis, or death, or being incapacitated for a time, but the truth is that these things happen […]

Don’t Procrastinate in Getting Your Will Written: What Does Florida Law Say About Who Gets What if You Die Without a Valid Will (You May Not Like It)?

| November 15, 2011

In Florida, just like every other state in the country, no one can die without title to their property being affected by state law.  It’s primarily to insure that land, stocks, bonds – things like that – are never without proper legal ownership. State laws also extend to personal property, too (the sofa, the jewelry, […]

Writing Your Florida Last Will and Testament? 5 Things to Consider Before Using Online Will Services (Like RocketLawyer or LegalZoom) or Store-bought Will Forms

| October 13, 2011

Last Update: 02/10/16 It is true that Florida probate lawyers compete with online will services and companies that publish generic forms for Last Wills and Testaments.  Some of those who will be reading this article will respond with a knee-jerk reaction that any warnings from a Florida probate attorney are biased and self-serving.  However, that’s […]

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