I recently had the pleasure of speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Miami Branch of the "Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners" (STEP).  Originating in the U.K., this organization has grown exponentially in the last few years by attracting international planners from around the world.

I was asked to explain Florida’s new trust code – in 30 minutes or less.  Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the scope of the topic, I did what any good litigator would do: I redefined the question to my liking, speaking instead on how Florida’s new trust code fits into competition for trusts-and-estates business at the "macro" state level.  Entitled Jurisdictional Competition for Trust Funds: Florida’s Competitive Strengths, the discussion outline should be of interest to anyone who’s ever been asked to explain why Florida is better/just as good as jurisdiction "X" [you fill in the blank] for trust "situs" purposes.