What Can We Learn From Criminal Court TV?

2020-12-31T16:41:36-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

This hits a little too close to home. Now y’all know my (not so) secret love of reality TV and my passion for the law, but this story is a troubling mashup. A Miami Judge, the Honorable Carroll Kelly, of the 11th Judicial Circuit, is facing ethics charges for allowing the producers of a reality [...]

What can we learn from The Queen?

2020-12-31T15:21:39-05:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

I binged the Crown recently (don’t be so judgy LOL. In episode 4 of Season 4, The Queen sets up meetings with each of her four children to see them, for the first time, as humans and decide who is her “favourite.” This got me thinking about our estate planning and the roles we usually [...]

What Can We Learn From Reese Witherspoon’s Teacher Dispute?

2020-12-31T14:13:45-05:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

Does any good deed go unpunished? That’s what Reese Witherspoon is probably thinking. I'm thinking that maybe she should have paid more attention at her Legally Blond training contracts-course. Back in April 2020, Reese Witherspoon's brand, Draper James, shared an Instagram post inviting teacher to apply for a free dress. The initiative was meant to [...]

What Can We Learn From the Scooby-Doo Creators?

2020-12-31T13:19:15-05:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The masterminds behind the series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Ken Spears (age 82) and Joe Ruby (age 87) died within three months of each other of natural causes earlier this year. Of course, their production company produced several other animated series including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman and Thundarr the Barbarian, but Scooby Doo is [...]

What Can We Learn From Utah’s Reality?

2020-12-31T12:26:27-05:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Wills|

There’s so much going on in the world, including a new Real Housewives franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah. Missed the premier? No worries, I’ll fill you in. This story started in 1961, when Rosemary "Mama" Cosby felt a call to preach and set out with her four small children by foot from Indianapolis to [...]

What Can We Learn From Hawaiian Princess Kawananakoa?

2020-12-31T14:30:03-05:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Power of Attorney|

Did we know Hawaii had a princess? Native Hawaiians consider the 93-year-old heiress a princess because she's a descendant of the family that ruled the islands before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893. Side note, I wanna be a princess..... Abigail Kawananakoa's $215 million trust has been tied up in a guardianship court [...]

What Can We Learn From Pete Davidson’s NDA?

2020-10-20T15:44:43-04:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

It may not be a bad idea given today's climate. At least one comedian, Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, required his audience to sign a $1 million nondisclosure agreement. Whether the agreement is enforceable is a separate topic, just the merefact that it's out there is noteworthy, in my opinion. Not only are fans prohibited [...]

What Can We Learn From Carole Baskin’s Probate Problems?

2020-10-20T15:37:05-04:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Wills|

If you haven't wondered at least once this year, "Did Carole Baskin kill her husband?" we need to talk. In the Netflix show, "Tiger King," we were all introduced to the world of big-cat lovers featuring Joe Exotic and his arch-nemesis, Carole Baskin. (For real, if you haven't seen this show yet, do yourself a [...]

What Can We Learn From the Netflix ‘Enola Holmes’ Contract Dispute?

2020-09-29T16:03:30-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

The headlines caught my eye also. As the story is told, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle filed a lawsuit against Netflix (and others involved in the Enola Holmes movie) for copyright and trademark infringement regarding the Sherlock Holmes material. Conan Doyle wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Enola, his [...]

What Can We Learn From Lionel Messi’s Contract Dispute?

2020-09-08T13:22:20-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

If you haven't heard what's going on in the world of Soccer, let me tell you, it's more riveting than reality TV these days. Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players E.V.E.R., is (maybe) leaving Barcelona, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I'm tellin' ya! Messi's departure is a big deal as [...]

What Can We Learn From Taylor Swift’s Contract Dispute?

2020-09-08T13:12:52-04:00August 28th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

Look what they made her do. Taylor Swift has emerged victorious in a $1 million lawsuit accusing her of screwing over a New York realtor, with a judge siding with the singer and throwing out the case. Swift, in her defense, argued that she never signed a contract. According to Swift, a Douglas Elliman broker [...]

What Can We Learn From The Rock?

2020-09-08T13:12:19-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, has it in his contract that his character can't a lose fight in the Fast & Furious franchise films. In fact, his contracts specify how badly he can be beaten up on screen. It's clear that these clauses are to avoid looking "wimpy" or changing the narrative without [...]

Kim, Kanye and Life Insurance, What Can We Learn From These Two?

2020-08-20T10:49:57-04:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Florida Law, Insurance, Real Estate|

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are fighting (again, sigh). What happens when they divorce, they're Florida residents and Kanye's too busy taking over the world and forgets to remove Kim as his beneficiary on his life insurance? According to Florida law, Kim, as the former spouse is not entitled to the benefits. Section 732.703 states [...]

Is There Such a Thing as a Family-First Family-Feud?

2020-08-20T10:50:31-04:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Trusts|

I'm attempting to negotiate my first family-first approach to a family feud. This is where during the family feud process, specifically the beginning, the family takes a family-first, or rather, business first, approach to their control battle. I see it quite often, and it may actually be a known thing that I'm about to describe, [...]

What Can Be Learned From A-Rod’s Family Dispute?

2020-07-21T16:02:03-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Financial|

Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) and his ex-brother-in-law, Constantine Scurtis, are joint owners of a Miami-area real estate venture that reportedly owns and operates 5,000 units that are worth $1 billion. Scurtis claims that A-Rod squeezed him out of his ownership percentage and profits and the two have been battling it out in the [...]

Are You a Super-Duper Influencer or Just a Super Influencer?

2020-07-21T16:14:11-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The term "super influencer" has emerged as a public figure critical to a brand's success, amassing followers and shortly after wealth. Most likely, it'll be your teenager that's the influencer in the family, but it could be you (heck-yeah, we're still cool!) The lack the proper business succession and estate planning tools to safeguard these [...]

Why Estate Planning Matters During Coronavirus and What You Can Do to Prepare

2020-07-21T16:10:29-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills|

The outbreak of Coronavirus has people all over the world thinking about their advanced directives. While this topic is generally annoying to think about (adulting is annoying) and even more annoying to discuss with your loved ones, estate planning is now more than ever a critical tool that can be used to assure that your [...]

What Can Be Learned From Madonna’s Co-Op Board Fight?

2020-07-21T16:03:40-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It all started in 2008 when Madonna bought her Manhattan pad for $7.3 million sans guest restrictions. In 2014, the co-op board changed the rules and one under 16 years of age could reside in the apartment unless a resident over the age of 21 was present. Two years after the rule change, in 2016, [...]

What Can be Learned from Katy Perry’s Real Estate fight with G-d?

2020-07-21T16:16:18-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

She actually fought with two Catholic nuns, but almost the same thing, no? Katy's woes began in 2013 when she brought a convent that had been home to the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a sprawling eight-acre estate located in the hills of L.A, for $14.5 million. [...]

What Can Be Learned From Bethenny Frankel’s Real Estate Debacle?

2020-07-21T16:17:57-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate, Trusts|

It all started when the former Real Housewife wanted to hide her identity during the purchase of her $5 million Tribeca apartment. The genius that she is, created a trust and claims that she instructed her attorney to have only her as the beneficiary. He however, named both her and her then soon-to-be-ex-husband as the [...]

What Can Be Learned from Kenny Rodger’s Estate?

2020-07-21T16:19:45-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The legendary county singer, Kenny Rogers passed away on March 20 at the age of 81. The six-decade superstar sustained 5 marriages and a restaurant chain. Given his entrepreneurial ambitions, there is a chance that the Gambler's Personal Representative will need to act before the Judge makes it into his chambers to sign the probate [...]

Henry VIII of England and Florida Surviving Spouse’s Homestead

2020-07-21T16:23:58-04:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Florida Homestead laws, actually a part of the Florida constitution, are difficult to navigate and what better guide than King Henry VIII and his former 6 wives! Lets assume that the 1509-1547 English Monarch resided in Florida, never added any of his victims (er...wives) to the deed on his homestead property and didn't have a [...]

You’re out of My Will and You Know Why

2020-07-21T16:05:50-04:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Wills|

I'm just kidding, you have no idea why.   I did just see that clause in a Will this week and wanted to share with my friends.  LOL Regardless.... I'd like to give an update on our operations and our commitment to service in these crazy times. As always, we are dedicated to ensuring a safe [...]

Controversial Florida Vacation Rental Laws

2020-07-21T16:06:12-04:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It's getting hot in the sunshine state, a bit of local real estate news for you.  This blog is not just beautiful, it's smart too ;-) This past Tuesday, a Florida state Senate panel approved a proposal that would give the state, not local officials, control over the regulation of Florida short-term rentals. Under current [...]

What can be learned from Megxit

2020-07-21T16:42:02-04:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

By now, we've all digested the controversial news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down as senior royals and moving to Canada. A lot of opinions have been shared, but I'm going to unpack the estate planning lesson from their withdrawal. Should the Sussexes embrace Canadian culture and get a winter residence here [...]

What Can Be Learned from Peter Stringfellow’s Estate

2020-07-21T16:43:35-04:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Strip club king Peter Stringfellow left only a £1M estate despite amassing a £37M fortune. Flamboyant Peter, who died in June of 2018 at the age of 77, left most of his surprisingly small estate to his third wife, Bella, 41 years his junior. It's unclear whether the businessman's estate was smaller than he anticipated [...]

Sometimes They Get It Right – Florida Open Permit Law Changes

2019-10-10T10:50:30-04:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Florida Law|

Last month, the Florida statute has been amended to provide a clearer process for property owners to close out old, expired permits. There are several noteworthy provisions; the statute now (1) allows an owner to hire a new contractor to finish the work without liability for the original contractor's work, (2) allows an owner to [...]