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Fake IRS Demands: Be Careful Florida Taxpayers

Uncategorized Oct 19, 2017
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Many times family members ask us to assist them with controversies regarding Florida estates and trusts. Although we are located in West Palm Beach, we handle probate matters throughout the entire state of Florida. Have you heard of the recent tax scams that have been occurring in Florida? How can you protect your assets from these scammers?

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How Much Should a Florida Estate Planning Attorney Charge You To Write a Will and a Trust?

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2017
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What does it cost to have a Palm Beach estate plan prepared for me by an estate planning lawyer? How expensive is it to get a trust or a will written? Pankauski Hauser limits its practice to disputes, trials, and appeals involving Florida  wills, trusts, estates, probates, and guardianships. Therefore, we don’t draft estate plans and we don’t write wills or trusts. However,a lot of people call us and ask how much they should pay to have an estate planning lawyer draft a Florida trust or Palm Beach estate plan for them.

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Discrimination Against Same Sex Couples Goes to Federal Court in Minnesota

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2017
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For years in Florida, gay couples were discriminated against.  You could not, for example, inherit under the Florida Probate Code if your same sex spouse died without a will.  Everyone thought this would have stopped with the Obergfell case from the United States Supreme Court in 2014: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf.  But discrimination against same sex couples still exists today.  A recent case out of Minnesota reveals that some videographers refuse to video same sex couples’ weddings. 

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Who Will Inherit From Tom Petty’s Estate?

Uncategorized Oct 5, 2017
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On October  2, 2017, Tom Petty died in California. This rock star and musician will be missed by many fans. Who will inherit Petty’s wealth? How much was the popular rocker worth? After learning of this death, it is hard not to wonder where his fortune is headed. Did he die with a trust or will? What does this mean for his family?

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If a Prenuptial Agreement Exists, What Could This Mean for Hugh Hefner’s Surviving Spouse?

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2017
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Did Hugh Hefner have a prenuptial agreement prepared by his estate planning attorney before he married his most recent spouse? Should my fiancé and I consider a prenuptial agreement? What does a prenup have to do with probate litigation? Can a prenup insure that my children inherit from my estate? Can a prenup waive spousal inheritance rights? Will a prenup help the probate process to go smoothly for my heirs?

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What Will Hugh Hefner’s Surviving Spouse Inherit?

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2017
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Does a surviving spouse have rights when it comes to inheritance? Can my wife give her house to someone else in her Florida will? Can my husband leave me and our minor children nothing? What are spousal rights in Palm Beach probate litigation? Can my spouse of twenty years leave all of his money to his children from a prior marriage? If I am a surviving spouse, should I hire a Florida probate litigation lawyer? What am I entitled to? Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, recently passed away in California. Although his estate is not a Florida estate, Hefner’s wife may still be entitled to certain inheritance rights as the surviving spouse.

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Will Hugh Hefner’s Wife Inherit Some of the Playboy Millions?

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2017
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Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy Magazine, just passed away at the age of 91 at his house in Hollywood Hills. He was married to a spouse who was not the mother of his children. He has children of varying ages from two prior relationships. Did his latest wife sign a prenuptial agreement or will his children have to share their dad’s wealth with her?

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