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Adoption and Florida Discretionary Trusts

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2019
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How can an adoption affect a Florida discretionary trust? How can an adoption affect the beneficiaries of a Florida trust? Can an adoption be deemed a sham if it dilutes a beneficiaries’ potential for receiving distributions from a Palm Beach trust? What do Florida trust lawyers need to know about adoption? If you are involved in a trust matter involving a person who was adopted, you may want to read a March 31, 2017 First District Court of Appeal( DCA) opinion, Edwards v. Maxwell.

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Surviving Spouses in Florida Have Inheritance Rights

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2019
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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?

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Is My Florida Will Valid?

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2019
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What is required for a will to be valid in Florida? Do you think that the Palm Beach will you created may be invalid? Is it important to execute a will properly?  How do I know if my trust and estates lawyer drafted my will correctly? What statute should my estate planning attorney be very familiar with? Do I need to hire an estate planning attorney West Palm Beach to draft my Florida estate plan or can I do it myself?

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Florida Wills and Divorce

Uncategorized Feb 8, 2019
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Did you know that, if you divorce your spouse, you may not be able to inherit from his or her Florida will? What happens if your husband leaves you everything in his Florida will, divorces you, but forgets to change his will? If I am the ex-spouse of the decedent, will I inherit from the decedent’s will if I am listed as a beneficiary? What should probate lawyers and trust attorneys know about Florida Statute 732.507? What is Florida Statute 732.507? If you are an ex-spouse of a person who died in Florida, you may want to read a recent Second DCA opinion, Gordon v. Fishman. 

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Florida Inheritance Litigation: Statutory Interpretation

Uncategorized Feb 8, 2019
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What happens if a Florida statute could be interpreted multiple ways? How do Florida probate courts review questions of statutory interpretation? How can a Florida appellate lawyer help you to prove that a statute should have been interpreted differently? What happens if a statute is wrongly relied on in a case because it does not apply to the facts of the case? These are exactly the issues that are discussed in an August 24, 2018 Second DCA opinion, Gordon v. Fishman. 

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Pankauski Hauser Attends FAWL’s 35th Judicial Reception

Uncategorized Feb 8, 2019
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Members of Pankauski Hauser, including law partners John Pankauski, esq. and Jason Lazarus, esq, attended PBC  FAWL’s (Florida Association of Women Lawyers)  35th annual Judicial Reception. This reception honored  local, state, and federal judges, both past and present.  It was truly a wonderful night among colleagues, peers, and our Palm Beach County judges.

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Can a Florida Attorney Maintain His/Her Retaining Lien Until Legal Fees are Paid?

Uncategorized Feb 7, 2019
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Is a Palm Beach lawyer entitled to maintain his retaining lien until legal fees are paid? Does an estate attorney who has a valid retaining lien over a former client’s file have to give the client the file before the client pays him? Can a trust lawyer have a retaining lien on your entire client file? To find out more information about Florida lawsuits and retaining liens, you may want to read a November 6,2013 3rd DCA opinion, Fox v. Widjaya. 

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Text Messages Could Play a Huge Role in Your Florida Lawsuit

Uncategorized Feb 7, 2019
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Have  you ever considered that those text messages you are constantly sending could appear in a future lawsuit against you? Did you know that “cyberbullying” is being taken more and more seriously by the courts? How could a text message that you sent affect your Palm Beach probate lawsuit? How could a text message cause you to lose your Florida inheritance battle? 

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