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Yearly Archives: 2013

Florida Trusts and IPO’s: why Florida trustees should avoid the temptation to flip

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2013

Should Florida trustees invest in IPO’s?  Not UFO’s, but initial public offerings of publicly traded stock, like Facebook and the much anticipated Twitter, Inc.  Today’s Wall Street Journal feature an article on IPO’s on the front page of that financial newspaper’s “Money & Investing” section.  IPOs were all the rage in the 1990’s as tech companies soared and the market roared, and anything with a “.net” or “.com” went public.

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Florida Trust Distributions & Obamacare: when Florida trustees distribute trust funds for “health”

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2013

Are you the beneficiary of a Florida trust or a trustee of a Florida trust? Maybe your rich aunt from Boca Raton, Florida set up a $1,000,000 trust to last for your lifetime and permits the trustee to distribute trust funds for your “health, education, maintenance and support.”   How does Obamacare affect the Florida trustee and Florida trust beneficiary? 

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Florida Estates and Donor Advised Funds: why did mom and dad leave money to charity?

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2013

Florida estates may encounter charitable gifts or charitable devises (distributions) under a Florida will or revocable trust.   Some charitable gifts are outright (“To the Pankauski Foundation, I leave $1,000,000”).  Others are held in donor advised funds.  According to Fidelity Investment’s Fidelity Charitable Giving Report, total charitable giving in 2011 alone was close to $300 Billion !   Much of that charitable giving was in donor advised funds.  

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Respecting the Authority of Florida Probate Judges: the power of contempt

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2013

Are you involved in a Florida probate, estate administration or trust dispute?  If so, here are some guidelines for those who are new to probate litigation or probate administration.  First, understand that our entire judicial system, our civil procedure, our system, or mechanism for resolving disputes peacefully and fairly, is contained in a courtroom.  Second, as a society, we all agree, and are in fact better off for it, that when we disagree, we don’t take matters into our own hands. 

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Mom and Dad Gave Their Money Away?: a look at the mental capacity to make a gift in Florida

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2013

Do you wonder where all the money in your mom or dad’s estate went to?  Are you involved in a probate matter in Palm Beach County, Florida?  Many times, children and heirs believe that mom or dad died owning a lot more assets, or simply died much richer than the estate inventory or accounting shows.  So, heirs and children sometimes wonder :  where’s all the money?  When the heirs or children to a Florida probate begin to participate in the estate administration process in Florida, they may learn that lifetime gifts were made by mom or dad.

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Gold in Your Trust Portfolio or Your Florida Estate: think again

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2013

Today, the Wall Street Journal wrote in its “Money & Investing” section of that financial paper that the “gold rush” by investors to the precious metal may be slowing.   The Wall St. Journal article is a good starting point to consider gold or other precious metals in your Florida trust portfolio.  What is your Florida trust invested in?  

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Florida Estate & Trust Lawyer Pankauski Receives Preeminent AV Rating by Florida Legal Peers

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2013

John Pankauski, a trust and estate litigator in West Palm Beach, Florida, has received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell®  as judged by his peers: Florida probate lawyers and judges.  Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM provides the service of privately and selectively rating members of the Florida legal community through an extensive review of a Florida lawyer’s work among other Florida lawyers and judges.

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Financial Fraud and Financial Exploitation in Florida: a recent story from the Palm Beach Post

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2013

The Palm Beach Post reported today that a Wellington, Florida man stole $30 Million by “professing his love of God and his ability to make people rich.”  Financial abuse and fraud in Florida is rampant.  Fraud and financial exploitation continues :  even in a post-Madoff world.  While professionals like probate lawyers, who guide, advise and protect the rich, scratch their heads and wonder how this happens, the truth is…..it does. 

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Who’s Helping Mom & Dad When the Kids Move Away?: elder abuse in Florida

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2013

Are you concerned that mom or dad could be the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation?   Many times, mom or dad retire and move to Florida, while the kids grow up, stay put and raise families of their own back home:  hundreds or thousands of miles away from mom and dad.  Life gets busy.  The job is hectic and the family needs your attention and time.  Meanwhile, mom and dad age in Florida. 

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