When Should I File for a Guardianship?

  When an elderly person seems to be declining or is being subject to elder exploitation, filing for guardianship is something you may want to consider. Guardianship should be filed in situations where no advance directives, such as a durable power of attorney,...

Is a Mediation Right for Your Florida Fiduciary Litigation Dispute?

  Many litigation cases are referred to mediation by either the court or one of the parties. Mediation is intended to be a neutral process in which a third party can step in and resolve issues, hopefully avoiding the need to go to court. The mediator facilitates...
ShuffieldLowman Litigation Team Wins Total Summary Judgment

ShuffieldLowman Litigation Team Wins Total Summary Judgment

Congratulations to attorneys Clay Roesch and Alex Douglas, paralegal Kelly Hammond and the entire ShuffieldLowman team for winning total summary judgment on claims asserted against an estate totaling more than $550,000. The Plaintiff had asserted the estate was liable...
Understanding the Fiduciary Duties of a Trustee

Understanding the Fiduciary Duties of a Trustee

ShuffieldLowman partner, Alex Douglas, also contributed to this post. Once a trustee accepts trusteeship of a trust, there are certain fiduciary duties to the trust beneficiaries, according to the Florida Trust Code. Some of these fiduciary duties cannot be modified,...
How to Protect Yourself as a Trustee

How to Protect Yourself as a Trustee

ShuffieldLowman attorney, Nicole Copsidas, also contributed to this post. In the event that a problem develops in the trust administration of an irrevocable trust (a trust that cannot be amended by the person who created the trust), or if there is an ambiguity in the...