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Litigation Under Florida Probate Code, 10th Edition

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Turn to this manual when a probate matter appears headed toward litigation. Leading Florida probate practitioners will guide you through the complex issues that arise in probate such as homestead, will construction proceedings, creditors' claims, and compensation disputes.

The Tenth Edition of Litigation Under Florida Probate Code discusses numerous recent statutory and rules changes and reflects the latest case law. This new edition also incorporates discussions of hot topics including:

      • The unconstitutionality of Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Brenner v. Scott, 999 F. Supp. 2d 1278 (N.D. Fla. 2014).

      • The "principle of priority" and what triggers the commencement of proceedings under this principle, Perelman v. Estate of Perelman, 124 So.3d 983 (Fla 4th DCA 2013).

      • The adoption of adults under F.S. 63.042(1).

      • The Slayer Statute, F.S. 732.802, and a discussion regarding how the statute does not require a beneficiary to have physically commit the murder--an instigator or co-perpetrator of the murder may be considered a slayer under this statute.

      • The circuit court's exclusive jurisdiction to determine the validity of a property owner's claimed homestead exemption, F.S. 222.10.

      • The probate court's discretion to deny appointment of a personal representative on the basis of an existing conflict of interest as it relates to intestate estate administration, Long v. Willis, 113 So.3d 80 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).

      • The ability and duty of a successor personal representative to bring legal malpractice claim on behalf of the estate against a predecessor personal representative, Bookman v. Davidson, 136 So.3d 1276 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014).

      • Dismissal of a personal injury case is not required due to the death of the plaintiff; the case is suspended until personal representative is added as a party, and has received reasonable opportunity to amend the complaint, Capone v. Phillip Morris USA, Inc., 116 So.3d 363 (Fla. 2013).

      • Analysis of Florida's lien recovery formula under F.S. 409.910(11)(f) as a "default allocation" rule only, Davis v. Roberts 130 So.3d 264 (Fla. 5th DCA 2013), and the recent United States Supreme Court decision Wos v. E.M.A., 133 S.Ct. 1391, 185 L.Ed.2d 471 (2013).

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Table of Contents

1.      Procedural Considerations 

         Sean Kelley and Shane Kelley



2.      Intestate Succession

         Michael D. Simon, William T. Hennessey, John C. Moran, and Jamison C. Evert



3.      Will And Trust Contests

         George F. Wilsey and Steven M. Wilsey



4.      Rights Of The Surviving Family

         James A. Herb



5.      Jointly Held Assets

         W. Fletcher Belcher



6.      Creditors' Claims

         Pamela O. Price



7.      Will Construction

         Michael D. Simon, William T. Hennessey, John C. Moran, and Nicklaus J. Curley



8.      Homestead Litigation

         Brian J. Felcoski and Jon Scuderi



9.      Removal Of Personal Representative And Surcharge

         James G. Pressly, Jr.



10.    Jury Trials In Probate

         W. Fletcher Belcher



11.    Compensation Disputes

         Rohan Kelley



12.    Wrongful Death Claims

         Gregory S. Hansen and Charles Ian Nash



13.    Tortious Interference In Estate Planning

         W. Fletcher Belcher



14.    Appellate Practice In Probate

         James A. Herb