Can a claim for bad faith be maintained against a decedent’s insurance company, where the claimant failed to file a timely creditor claim against the estate? A new Florida case says yes, the bad faith claim against the insurance company can be maintained.
Florida law grants surviving spouses a number of important rights and benefits. It is imperative that a surviving spouse retain counsel with significant experience in the Florida probate process.
The forum non conveniens doctrine allows a court to defer its jurisdiction where principles of justice and convenience favor the action being brought in another forum. In a recent federal probate dispute involving a billionaire's global assets and the imposition of foreign law, a federal district court dismissed the dispute on forum non conveniens grounds.
Trust accounting litigation can be messy and expensive. In a recent trial, attorney Jeffrey Skatoff prevailed in a trust accounting and probate accounting dispute.
In practice, we routinely deal with probates (concerning a decedent’s assets) and guardianships (concerning a ward unable to care for his person and/or property). A conservatorship is a lesser-known proceeding available to deal with the property of an absentee, or to care for or address judgments concerning an absentee’s family.