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Florida Probate Blog

Posts Tagged: accounting

WHEN IS A CHARITY A QUALIFIED BENEFICIARY UNDER THE FLORIDA TRUST CODE?

Written by on Jan 27, 2019| Posted in: Trust Litigation

The term “qualified beneficiary” has special significance under the Florida Trust Code.  Status as a “qualified beneficiary” confers rights, including the right to: a complete copy of the trust instrument, the right to an accounting, the right to relevant information about trust assets and liabilities and details about trust administration.  See, Fla.Stat. §§736.0105 (r)-(t), 736.0813.  Accordingly, whether a trust beneficiary is a “qualified beneficiary” is an important issue for both the trustee and for the beneficiary because the status imposes duties on the trustee and confers rights upon the beneficiary. The Fourth DCA recently addressed when a charitable beneficiary has the rights of a qualified beneficiary in Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. v. Stephen G. Melcer, Trustee, et al, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D207a. Sylvia Gelt created a trust in 1989.  The trust provided that upon her death, a portion of the trust was to be placed in a […]

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Premature Discharge of Personal Representative

Written by on Jan 11, 2018| Posted in: Probate

In re: Estate of Lillian L. Unanue (43 Fla.L.Weekly D70a) – On November 17, 2016, the co-personal representatives of the Estate of Lillian Unanue (“Estate”) filed a final accounting and petition for discharge.  The documents were served on the beneficiaries, including Robert and George Unanue.  The probate court entered an order of discharge on December 5, 2016, just 18 days after the petition was filed.  Subsequently, on December 16, 2016, Robert and George filed timely objections to the final accounting and petition for discharge, but the estate was already closed.  In the appeal, Robert and George sought reversal of the order of discharge because it was entered prematurely and curtailed their right to object to the accounting.  The Second District Court of Appeal agreed, citing Florida Probate Rule 5.400(b)(6), which states, in pertinent part, that “any objections to the accounting, the compensation paid or proposed to be paid, or the […]

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