Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Understanding The Types Of Joint Property Ownership
When you buy property, the property may not just be yours. The title may also include names of others such as family members, friends, or business partners. Know that the way in which a real estate owned by multiple people is titled can have significant legal consequences. When it comes to how property is… Read More »
What Happens To A Timeshare In Probate?
Usually, in probate court, if there is any fighting, dispute, or contest, it is over who gets what—that is, multiple people fighting over who gets limited inheritances. But every now and then, beneficiaries are left something through a will or estate plan that they don’t want. Sometimes, that can be a timeshare. Problems With… Read More »
What To Do When You Are Appointed As A Guardian
If you are close with someone of advancing age or have family members of advancing age, you should not be surprised if one day you are appointed as their guardian. Maybe you expected this to happen—hopefully, you had discussions about accepting this appointment if need be—but sometimes we find that obligation thrust on us… Read More »
Can You Be Bound By Agreements You Don’t Sign?
Can you be bound to, and obligated to follow, a contract that you didn’t sign? That may seem counterintuitive, and even non-lawyers know that to be bound to a contract, you have to have signed it or agreed to it. However, in real estate law, things are a little different. In real estate law,… Read More »
Appearing in Court in Underwear: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Virtual Court Hearings
Michelle Gilbert Garcia is the founder of the Gilbert Garcia Group and has managed the firm’s expansion into probate, estate planning, guardianship, business transaction and corporate law, and oversees Sapphire Title & Escrow Company, launched in 2015. Michelle’s article, Appearing in Court in Underwear: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Virtual Court Hearings, appeared… Read More »
Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2022
Amy Kiser is a partner with Gilbert Garcia Group. She joined the firm in 2013, bringing years of experience representing clients in real estate and corporate transactions, probate, and estate planning. As partner, Amy’s article, Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2022, appeared in the Winter 2023 edition of the ALFN publication Angle which focuses… Read More »
Can A Quiet Title Lawsuit Help You?
When you purchase property, you just assume that whoever sold it to you owned it and could give you ownership. You assume that once you buy it, the property is yours. But what if this isn’t the case? What if someone else shows up and says “hold on a minute—you didn’t buy that property,… Read More »
Are Verbal Promises To Create A Will Enforceable In Court?
It is not uncommon for people to help older people, or people who are sick and infirm, often on the promise that they will receive something from the other person’s estate documents, like their will or from a trust. But when that person passes on, if that promise is not fulfilled, do you have… Read More »
2023 Trends: Digital Mortgages, Servicing, and Default Servicing
Michelle Garcia Gilbert, president and CEO of the Gilbert Garcia Group, published an article in DS News entitled 2023 Trends: Digital Mortgages, Servicing, and Default Servicing. Click Here to read the article.
Why Do We Even Need Probate, And What Does The Probate Court Do?
You probably know that if you die with a will, your property will be distributed in accordance with the wishes stated in the will. Additionally, if you die without a will, Florida law has intestacy statutes, which will distribute your property by law—in other words, the law will say which of your relatives or… Read More »