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The family attorney is representing your brother in the probate suite, do you know how to disqualify him?

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2015
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Is the family attorney representing your brother in a will contest? Are you  worried that there may be privileged family information that could disadvantage you in the West Palm Beach will contest or other probate suit? You may be able to get the other side’s attorney disqualified and thrown off the case if you know how to file the right motion in West Palm Beach, learn more.

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Pankauski’s Florida Trust Beneficiary’s Bill of Rights

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2015
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If you are the beneficiary of a Florida trust, you have more rights than perhaps you realize.  You may be an adult child of a parent who had accumulated a modest ($2Million – $5 Million) estate in Florida, and left the estate in trust for your benefit, and also the benefit of your parent’s latest spouse.  What should you, as a trust beneficiary, know about Florida trusts and your rights?  In Florida, most people have a basic estate plan which includes a revocable trust, also called a living trust. Often, parents use a revocable living trust to leave money & property to their spouse, husband or wife, and then, after the spouse or widow dies, on to the adult children or heirs at law.  In other words, as an adult child or heir, your inheritance from your parent may not be outright to you, it may be in trust.  And you may not receive your inheritance until years afterthat parent passes away: after the passing of the widow or surviving spouse.  Many times, the Florida trust may be for so called second or split families:  your parent’s widow or spouse is a2nd or 3rd spouse, and you, the trust creator’s children, are adult children from a prior marriage or relationship.  In other words, the trust first operates for your parent’s latest husband or wife, who is not your parent.  When the creator of the trust, called the grantor or the settlor, (in our example, your parent) passes away, the trust becomes irrevocable and may often be referred to as a family trust or a […]

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Florida Trust Law Myths & Realities: your mom chose your sister to be trustee of her revocable trust (stuff you don’t want to hear but really know)

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2015
post about Florida Trust Law Myths & Realities: your mom chose your sister to be trustee of her revocable trust (stuff you don’t want to hear but really know)

Let’s say that you are the beneficiary of your mother’s revocable trust in Florida.  And, just like the Tom Cruise character in “A Few Good Men”, you are saying “I want the truth !” about your mom’s revocable trust,and why your sister, who you don’t get along with, is the successor trustee.  Consider this Florida trust commentary the “straight talk express” for you trust beneficiaries out there who have a problem with your sister being trustee. Ok, let’s just say it: you hate your sisterand hate the idea that she is your trustee. You HATE the idea that mom left you an inheritance in trust and that you have to ask your sister for money.  How cruel !  Imagine !   You want answers and you want to be in control.  But you’re not.  Maybe you have contacted a Palm Beach trust litigation lawsuit firm to answer your questions, but they don’t have any answers.  Well here is some pointed commentary & perspective for trust beneficiaries who don’t get along with their sister who is the successor trustee of mom’s living trust.

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How does a Special Needs Trust Work in West Palm Beach?

Uncategorized Oct 10, 2015
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Are you or someone you love getting disability benefits through the  government? Are you about to get aninheritance? You may need to consider a special needs trust or you could risk losing your entitlements. Do you know what a special needs trust can accomplish in West Palm Beach? You may want to learn about this recent case in London where a man is losing his entitlements (and facing an English probate court) because he failed to declare his inheritance. 

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Boynton Beach Woman Sues County Official Over Will Fraud! Are you the Victim of Will Fraud in West Palm Beach?

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
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A woman from Boynton Beach claims her Mother and Aunt’s wills were  fraudlently executed by her sister with the help of a Borough attorney? It all is centered on several family wills connected with Cape May County. Are you worried that will drama is going to bring World War 3 to your family? Learn from this family’s mistakes and clear up any estate issues in West Palm Beach. 

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Detroit Area Probate Lawyer Leaves Himself $14 MILLION of the Client’s $17MILLION Estate! See Why the Court Ruled it Was STILL VALID!

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
post about Detroit Area Probate Lawyer Leaves Himself $14 MILLION of the Client’s $17MILLION Estate! See Why the Court Ruled it Was STILL VALID!

Having a parent or loved one pass away is hard enough. Can you imagine  what you would do when you found out their 17 million dollar estate was left to their probate attorney? Can a probate attorney even do that? A Detroit area lawyer is possibly going to face some stiff penalties after he let one of his clients leave the entire estate to him. How can you be sure you are dealing with a legitimate West Palm Beach probate attorney and not a scammer who is going to leave your inheritance to themselves by using undue influence?!

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Forgot a Self-Proving Affidavit? In Florida you may be able to add it after the fact to your West Palm Beach Estate plan!

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
post about Forgot a Self-Proving Affidavit? In Florida you may be able to add it after the fact to your West Palm Beach Estate plan!

Do you know what a self-proving affidavit does? Experienced Palm Beach  probate litigators know how crucial these are to your estate plan. Did you know that you might be able to add a self-proving affidavit to your will after you already executed it? Learn how to save the witnesses time by executing one of these important documents. 

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Fourth DCA Appeal, Learn how the Interest on Your Probate Lawsuit Can Rack up Extra Money

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
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Are you seeking damages in a West Palm Beach trust lawsuit? Odds are you  want as much money as you can get, who wouldn’t? Did you know that in addition to the damages you might be entitled to prejudgment interest? Do you understand what prejudgment interest can do to your damage award? It depends on how long the Defendant held off paying you! Check out this recent case out of the Fourth District Court of Appeal to learn more. 

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Fourth DCA Case: Appellant Fails to Preserve the Issues and Loses. Don’t Make the Same Mistake in West Palm Beach.

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
post about Fourth DCA Case: Appellant Fails to Preserve the Issues and Loses. Don’t Make the Same Mistake in West Palm Beach.

Are you upset about a decision issued by the West Palm Beach  probate court? If you are considering appealing you may want to listen up and read this recent case out of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Why is this case so important to you? It shows how you can waive your right to appeal by not preserving the issues. Do you know what that means?

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Fourth DCA Case: What is a Motion to Bifurcate?

Uncategorized Oct 9, 2015
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Has the other side filed a motion to bifurcate in your probate lawsuit?  Do you know what that means? A motion to bifurcate can be appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal to keep your case in one piece. Check out this recent case where the Court reversed a motion to bifurcate. Are you prepared to have your case made into two trials? Is that fair?

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