Practical Guidance
Time-saving Solutions
Knowledgeable Insights

Litigation Under Florida Probate Code

Select a format

Print Book :1 Volume, Hardbound, 734 pages
10th Edition
ISBN: 9781632826169
In Stock
eBook :epub
10th Edition
ISBN: 9781632826176
In Stock
eBook :mobi
10th Edition
ISBN: 9781632826176
In Stock
International Order Inquiry

Product details

View a sample of this title using the ReadNow feature

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).

Visit our Estate Planning website for a complete list of The Bar's Estate Planning related titles.

Visit our General Practice website for a complete list of The Bar's Trial Practice related titles.

Visit our Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Publications website for a complete list of The Bar's titles.

The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.

Authors / Contributors

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