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Yearly Archives: 2013

TOO MANY LAWYERS IN THE FLORIDA GUARDIANSHIP? Here’s why Florida probate courts must appoint a lawyer in a guardianship dispute (a look at a recent Palm Beach guardianship case)

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2013

Florida guardianship litigation is increasing.   Are you involved in a contested guardianship dispute? In Florida, when a person is believed to be unable to handle his or her own affairs, a guardianship may be appropriate. Probate courts in Florida, from Stuart, Florida to Miami Dade County, Florida, handle all guardianship matters and the guardianship judge often determines what personal rights an incapacitated person is capable of exercising, and which rights they are not able to exercise.

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STEPDAUGHTER VS. STEPFATHER: FIGHTING OVER MOM’S ESTATE, HER PROBATE AND EVEN HER LAST MARRIAGE— AFTER HER DEATH-recent Wisconsin Supreme Court case sheds light on stepchild-stepfather probate lawsuit attacking marriage

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2013

Who will control Mom’s estate and all her money? Her daughter or her husband? This is the question posed by a very recent probate lawsuit that wasn’t just fighting over an estate, or a lot of money. It also was an inheritance dispute over whether Mom was validly married to a man when she died. Of course, this lawsuit questioning whether Mom’s last marriage was void or not occurred AFTER Mom’s death !

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SEVEN SIBLINGS FIGHT OVER MOM & DAD’S REAL ESTATE AND PROBATE: recent Kentucky tortious interference with expectancy jury trial

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2013

Do you think mom and dad expected that their seven kids would fight about the real estate and probate after they died? Maybe not, but a recent Kentucky appeals court case reveals all that can go wrong when adult kids fight over real estate and a probate. This case was a recent matter involving beneficiaries’ claims of tortious interference with an inheritance, also known as tortious interference with an expectancy and sometimes spelled tortuous interference with an inheritance. What can Florida estate beneficiaries learn from this?

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Pankauski Announces Second Book on Family Wealth and Inheritance Fights: possible June release set

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2013

John Pankauski, a probate litigation attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida has announced that he completed a second book on family wealth and inheritance fights, the subject matter of his work: probate litigation.  “I’m about 90-95% finished with my second book on probate litigation” said Pankauski, arriving back recently from a trip to the Far East which included Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Vietnam. 

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Florida Probate Courts: Probate Judges and Estate Courts: new year judicial assignments may be forthcoming

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2013

Are you involved in a probate or civil  lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida?  Broward County, Florida?  Or Miami Dade?   If you are, talk to your probate or estate lawyers about your trial schedule to make sure you are on track.  As many courts or judicial districts do, at the beginning of a new year, sometimes probate judges or civil judges in Palm Beach are rotated into another assignment or division. 

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CASEY KASEM GUARDIANSHIP LAWSUIT PITS KIDS AGAINST STEPMOTHER: THE FIGHT FOR PERSON AND PROPERTY IN GUARDIANSHIPS AND CONSERVATORSHIPS

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2013

Even the wealthy are not immune from family litigation, and guardianship fights. Florida courts are not alone in being the forum for fights over someone’s person and property. Guardianship litigation, or conservatorship litigation, is happening all the time. And now it’s happening involving radio personality and Scooby Doo voice Casey Kasem and his family.

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