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Fraud on the Court : a recent Florida case

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2013

Florida probate litigators deal with contested or disputed issues of wills, trusts, estates, inheritances and guardianships every day.  Many times there are family members or those who are related to the decedent, client or person by marriage who don’t get along.  Frustration is high.  Blood runs hot.  Money is at stake.  While Florida attorneys, indeed trust and estate clients, should be good advocates, one must always be mindful what everyone’s role in probate litigation and trust trials is:  to find out the truth and then apply the law to that truth, those facts. 

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Florida Trust Investments: should we thank the government shutdown for buying opportunities?

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2013

Do you invest assets for a Florida trust?  Are you administering a Florida estate? Are you a Florida trustee or a Florida personal representative or executor?   If so, have you enjoyed the buying opportunities which this stock market has afforded you and your Florida trust beneficiaries?  In January, the market pushed higher, right out of the box and well off November, 2012 lows.  Since the new year, we have seen new highs and a market that, when you look at 2013 on a multi year graph, is represented by a 60 degree angle—up !  

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Florida Estate & Trust Disputes: do you need a lawyer or a litigator?

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2013

If you are involved in a Florida probate administration matter, a Florida trust matter or a Florida contested guardianship, do you need more than just a probate lawyer.   Do you need a litigator?  Many Florida attorneys in Palm Beach and Broward are excellent probate lawyers.  These Florida lawyers know the law, are intelligent and hard working. But when matters can’t be resolved, when you have to exercise your rights, when you have to go to court to argue your case, consider whether you need a litigator.   A trial attorney. 

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Firm Wins Trial in Florida Trust Action: successfully defends trustees from fraud allegations

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2013

The Pankauski Law Firm PLLC, a probate and trust law firm in West Palm Beach, Florida was victorious at trial yesterday, winning on all counts and successfully defending an individual trustee and a corporate trustee from allegations of fraud.  The trial was held in the Main Courthouse, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida.  Pankauski Law Firm PLLC trial attorneys John Pankauski and Allison Sabocik tried the case. 

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Florida Litigation: are you in the correct court? (venue)

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2013

Florida residents, and heirs and family members who inherit from Florida estates and trusts, may participate in the estate administration process.  For Florida residents, that forum is the probate court, where an estate has been “opened up”.  An estate of a deceased Florida resident is opened up , or a probate administration is brought, by filing a petition in the county where the Florida resident resided. 

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Delayed Discovery in Florida Probate Litigation: statute of limitations still applies

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2013

Are you involved in probate litigation? ….. A dispute involving an inheritance, a trust , a bank account or Florida real property?   If you are, the law does not help those who sit on their rights, but rather assists those who exercise those rights.  Many know that one must file a lawsuit to enforce your rights to a probate, in an estate, or to property within the appropriate statute of limitations.  Failure to timely file a lawsuit prevents you from seeking relief. 

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Pankauski Law Firm PLLC Appellate Lawyer Prevails (Palm Beach County, Florida)

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2013

Dealing with an appeal of a Florida probate matter?  Talk to Allison R. Sabocik of the Pankauski Law Firm PLLC, who leads this probate litigation and estate administration law firm’s appellate practice in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Florida probate appellate attorney Allison R. Sabocik prevailed at the appellate court for Palm Beach County, Florida, obtaining success and a significant victory for her client.  Attorney Sabocik represents an estate and the personal representative of an estate being administered in probate court at the South County Courthouse, Delray Beach, Florida. 

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Florida Trust Litigation: Three things you must do when you contest a trust in Florida

Uncategorized Oct 10, 2013

Are you trying to set aside a Florida trust document or a Florida trust amendment, or even a Florida Trust Restatement–based upon undue influence, fraud or lack of mental capacity? In Florida, if you are contesting, or attacking, a trust document, consider three important points which may be vital to a successful lawsuit.  Florida law has unique caselaw and rules for not only procedure, but also substantive matters, which may affect your Florida trust litigation. 

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