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Probate Lawsuits: What Can We Learn From a Guardianship Case in Iowa?

Uncategorized Jun 19, 2018
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Florida guardianship attorneys know that guardianship litigation is booming. At Pankauski Hauser, we frequently handle cases in the guardianship courts throughout Florida. If an adult is deemed incompetent, perhaps due to a mental illness, he or she may need a guardian to help them with their finances, medical decisions, or even their every day tasks. A May 2, 2018 Iowa probate case discusses a limited guardianship. Although this is not a Florida opinion, West Palm Beach probate lawyers frequently encounter similar litigation. 

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Florida Guardianship Litigation: Is an Alleged Incapacitated Person Entitled to Counsel of His or Her Own Choosing?

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2018
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What is guardianship litigation in Florida? What should probate attorneys know about guardianship lawsuits? If an incapacity proceeding is filed, does the alleged incapacitated person have a right to counsel? Does the alleged incapacitated person have a right to choose their own counsel or do they only get a court appointed attorney? A May 16,2017 First DCA opinion discusses this issue.

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Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Surviving Spouses

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2018
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Did you know that both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were married, but separated from their spouses, at the time of their death. What does this mean? Even though he was separated from Kate Spade, will Kate Spade’s husband inherit from her estate as a surviving spouse? What inheritance rights does Anthony Bourdain’s wife have?

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Anthony Bourdain Dies at Only 61

Uncategorized Jun 8, 2018
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On June 8, 2018 BBC News reported that Anthony Bourdain, best known as a celebrity chef and CNN TV star, has passed away. He was only 61 years old at the time of his death. He died in France. Did Bourdain have a solid estate plan in place?  Who will inherit from his estate? What is his estate worth? Did he have a will? Did he have a trust? 

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Florida Trusts and Estates: Trust for the Care of an Animal

Uncategorized Jun 1, 2018
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Did you know that there is a section of the Florida Statutes that regards leaving a trust for your pets? Don’t you want to make sure that your pet would be well taken care of if something were to happen to you? Pet trusts are becoming more and more popular. West Palm Beach estate planning lawyers now frequently encounter clients wishing to insure that their beloved fur baby is included  in their Florida estate plan.  A November 23, 2017 article in the Mesquite Local News discusses pet trusts. Although this article discusses pet trusts in Florida, Florida pet trusts work similarly.

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Financial Exploitation: Elderly Woman in Brooklyn Loses Everything

Uncategorized Jun 1, 2018
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Guardianship lawyers frequently receive calls from family members who are worried about an elderly relative. Perhaps. the family member believes that the elderly relative is suffering from dementia and being taken advantage of by a caretaker or POA.  Sometimes a guardianship is recommended by a probate lawyer to protect the person with dementia. Do you believe your elderly mom or dad is being taken advantage of? Does your grandmother have dementia? Do guardianships guarantee that your your elderly parent or friend, who suffers from dementia, will not become the victim of financial exploitation?

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