This is my running list of significant Florida trusts-and-estates related appellate opinions for 2017. If you think I’ve missed an important case that deserves wider notice, please let me know. As new decisions are published I’ll add them to the list. The cases listed below are hyper-linked to the court’s original opinion and any commentary I may have written about the case.

  1. In re Estate of Arroyo v. Infinity Indemnity Insurance Company, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 192019 (Fla. 3d DCA January 18, 2017) (2-YR non-claim statute; insurance litigation)
  2. Wilson v. Wilson, — So.3d —-2017 WL 621242 (Fla. 3d DCA February 15, 2017) (Intervention by an already removed personal representative of decedent’s estate was improper)
  3. Depriest v. Greeson, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 672155 (Fla. 1st DCA February 21, 2017) (crash of estate vehicle; vicarious liability)
  4. Bryan v. Fernald, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 694578 (Fla. 2d DCA February 22, 2017) (res judicata; probate orders)
  5. Spradley v. Spradley, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 913632 (Fla. 2d DCA March 08, 2017) (can you sue an “estate”)
  6. Flinn v. Doty, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 92350 (Fla. 4th DCA March 8, 2017) (homestead; equitable lien)
  7. Cohen v. Shushan, et al., — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 1018422 (Fla. 2d DCA March 15, 2017) (Israeli domestic union, marriage)
  8. Lopez v. Flores, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 1018492 (Fla. 3d DCA March 15, 2017) (attorney disqualification)
  9. Birchfield v. Armstrong, No. 4:15-cv-00615-RH-CAS, —- WL —– (N.D. Fla. March 23, 2017) (Florida Must Add Same-Sex Spouses to Death Certificates)
  10. Hooker v. Hooker, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 1177636 (Fla. March 30, 2017) (inter-spousal gifts during marriage)
  11. Edwards v. Maxwell, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 1201873 (Fla. 1st DCA March 31, 2017) (discretionary trust beneficiary standing to contest adoption)
  12. Yergin v. Georgopolos,  — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 1277995 (Fla. 3d DCA April 05, 2017) (estates; litigating unclaimed-funds claims)
  13. Kelly v. Lindenau, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 2180970 (Fla. 2d DCA May 17, 2017) (trust execution; reformation)
  14. In re Guardianship of Bloom, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 2270124 (Fla. 2d DCA May 24, 2017) (notice requirements; trustee fee petitions)
  15. Winslow v. Deck, — So.3d —-, 2017 WL 3279134 (Fla. 4th DCA August 02, 2017) (will contests; filing deadlines)