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Charities Beware of Testamentary Bequests: The Cy Pres Doctrine

June 10, 2019

The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in SPCA Wildlife Care Center v. Abraham, 75 So. 3d 1271 (Fla. 4thDCA 2011) reminds us that even a vaguely worded testamentary gift can be enforced, even if the named charity does not exist or the charitable intent of the testator is not worded as specifically as required.

What is the Cy Pres Doctrine? It is a principle that equity will turn a general charitable intent of a settlor to a specific one. …

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Probate Trivia Night Winners

May 3, 2019

Three of our attorneys participated in the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Eighth Annual Probate Trivia Night on May 2, 2019, held at the Bocaire Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida.  After three rounds of trivia questions and two tiebreaker rounds, our three attorneys prevailed!  Their prize winnings included gift cards, “Speed Passes” to a motion calendar hearing, and bragging rights as “Probate Code Mavens”.  Congratulations to Duane Pinnock, Adam Sabocik, and Allison Sabocik!

Pictured above are Duane, Adam, and Allison together with Ms….

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Judy Daily Achieves Paralegal Certification National Association of Legal Assistants Certified Paralegal, Celebrates 20 Years with Firm

February 13, 2019

Judy Daily has recently achieved her national paralegal certification from The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Recognized by the American Bar Association as a designation of a high level of professional achievement, the Certified Paralegal (CP) credential signifies that a paralegal is capable of providing superior services to law firms, corporations and their clients.

“I pursued my paralegal certification to deepen my knowledge in the field of law,” Daily said. “The rigorous program required copious amounts of self-discipline and an intensive study regimen that has made me more confident and effective in my position.”

A paralegal and assistant to Partner John Farina, Daily has over 26 years of experience in the legal field, 20 of them with Boyes, Farina &…

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Duane Pinnock and Adam Sabocik Named Partners, Attorney Zachary Rothman and Certified Paralegal Dawn Wiggins Join Firm

June 7, 2018

Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk, P.A. today announced Attorneys Duane L. Pinnock and Adam C. Sabocik have been named Partners. Attorney Zachary Rothman and Paralegal Dawn Wiggins join the firm’s estate planning, administration and litigation team.

A Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star™ in Trusts and Estate Litigation and a Florida Trend “Legal Elite: Up and Comer,” Duane Pinnock is Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. In 2016, the Florida Bar appointed Mr….

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2018 Super Lawyers: William E. Boyes, John Farina, Peter Matwiczyk & Duane L. Pinnock

January 24, 2018

Partners William (“Bill”) E. Boyes, John Farina and Peter Matwiczyk, along with attorney Duane L. Pinnock, have been named to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers. The recognition is in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate for Mr. Boyes, and Estate and Trust Litigation for Mr. Farina, Mr. Matwiczyk and Mr. Pinnock. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Bill Boyes has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts and Estates for more than 25 years, and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years….

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What Happens to Student Loans When You Die?

July 6, 2017

Most students must take out loans in order to pay for their higher education. However, many people don’t consider what will happen to their student loan debt if they die before it’s paid off.

Most federal student loans do not require a credit check or cosigner, leaving the borrower solely responsible for repayment. The exception to this is the Direct PLUS loan, which can only be obtained by the parents of a dependent undergraduate student, or by students attending professional or graduate school….

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John Farina and Kenni Judd Published by The Florida Bar

May 22, 2017

The Florida Bar has published a chapter in the Ninth Edition of Business Litigation in Florida by Attorneys John Farina and Kenni Judd. Entitled Summary Judgment in Business Litigation, the chapter covers:

Comparison of Florida and Federal rules
When a motion may be made
Notice requirement
Evidence considered by court
Affidavits
Standard for decision
Summary judgement in actions on written instruments
Summary judgement in other actions

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With current authorities, succinct discussions of complex issues, and the forms vital to handling a commercial case, the Ninth Edition of Business Litigation in Florida is a must-have for business practitioners and trial attorneys alike….

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William Boyes and Adam Sabocik to Present at “Guardianship Bootcamp”

February 1, 2017

On Thursday, February 9, Partner William Boyes and Attorney Adam Sabocik will present on Alternatives to Guardianship v. The Appointment of a Guardian at Guardian Bootcamp, presented by The Estate and Probate CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

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John Farina Selected 2017 Top 100 Trusts & Estates Lawyer by the American Society of Legal Advocates

December 18, 2016

Partner John Farina has been selected a 2017 Top 100 Trusts and Estates lawyer by the American Society of Legal Advocates (“ASLA”) for the third consecutive year. ASLA is an invitation-only organization of elite lawyers in practice today. Less than one-and-a-half percent of licensed lawyers nationwide are members. ASLA draws its membership from lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards.

A Florida Super Lawyer, Mr….

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