ShuffieldLowman partner, Alex Douglas received an “AV Preeminent” rating for 2022. The AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating available to attorneys by the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is a result of extensive and confidential reviews conducted among legal professionals in Central Florida.  According to Martindale-Hubbell, the rating signifies the highest standard of legal ability and is a confirmation of an individual’s status as a highly respected, ethical member of the Bar. Alex’s practice focuses on probate, trust, and guardianship litigation. Alex has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney for many years and, is proud to continue to earn this rating in 2022 and beyond.

Attorney Alex Douglas recently contributed an article in The Florida Bar Journal called “Where the Presumption of Undue Influence Should Not Apply: Consider the ‘Dutiful Son’ and the ‘Dutiful Daughter’ Exceptions.”  In the article, Alex discusses where undue influence should and should not apply as it regards a testator. He explains the factors that contribute to the presumption of undue influence and the factors that are looked at within the context of In re Carpenter, 253 So. 2d 697 (1971), referred to as the Carpenter Factors. These factors he explains, citing case law, does not include the dutiful son or daughter.

Read the article here.

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If you are a beneficiary of a trust or an estate and you have a trustee not doing a good job, you may be able to remove him or her under Florida law. ShuffieldLowman can assist with fiduciary issues such as self-dealing, favoring one beneficiary over another, failure to give an accounting at least once a year or failure to keep you reasonably informed. If the trustee is not fulfilling their fiduciary duties or has committed a serious breach you are entitled to seek their removal under Florida Law. You may be able to recover your attorneys’ fees, as well. Watch as fiduciary litigation attorney, Alex Douglas, explains the steps to remove a trustee or personal representative.

One of the most important decisions you will make when you do your estate planning is choosing who will be in charge of your estate or your trust to administer your affairs after you’re gone. Whether that person is your child or children, trusted friend, or a bank, ShuffieldLowman can assist with your planning decisions in order to avoid unnecessary potential legal fees and litigation. Watch as ShuffieldLowman fiduciary litigation attorney, Alex Douglas, explains the importance of choosing a fiduciary for your estate planning documents.