Exploiting Elders in Florida: How Family Members Financial Abuse of Seniors is a “Public Health Epidemic”

| August 21, 2012

This month, lots of people that don’t deal with senior citizen issues or the realities of end of life planning and elder law got a big, huge slap in the face as Dr. Mark Lachs called elder financial abuse by family members a “national epidemic.” That’s right – right up there with heart disease and […]

Florida Millionaire Goes Missing – How End of Life Planning Works To Keep Traumatized Family Safe and Secure

| July 11, 2012

Here in our local Broward County, Florida, probate court proceedings got very crowded as the understandably upset mother and the very beautiful and upset wife of a missing millionaire came before local Probate Judge Mark A. Speiser to duke it out over what to do about the money, the property, the creditors, and all those […]

How To Handle Safety Deposit Boxes Under Florida Probate Law

| October 29, 2011

Some people leave behind a safe-deposit box when they pass away. Often times, the surviving spouse wants to rush to open the box immediately upon death. Florida law differs from other states in that the safe-deposit box is not sealed upon death, as the state does not have a revenue interest in the box’s contents. […]

Florida Probate Laws

| October 21, 2010

The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the FL Statutes. Chapter 732 contains rules for the distribution “intestate” property – the part of the estate, if any, that is not properly disposed of by Will and must thus be divided amongst the decedent’s heirs. It also speaks to the decedent’s […]