Seven Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine Attorneys Listed in “The Best Lawyers of America” 2015

Miami-based litigation law firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., announces seven of its attorneys have been selected as top legal practitioners by The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Published by Woodward/White Inc., The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States, basing its listings on an exhaustive year-long survey of the legal profession in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015), includes 52, 488 attorneys in 137 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and  based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Following are the Kluger Kaplan attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, along with their areas of concentration for which they were selected:

  • Deborah Chames / Of Counsel / Family Law
  • Abbey Kaplan / Member / Commercial Litigation / Entertainment Law / Litigation: Mergers & Acquisitions / Litigation: Real Estate
  • Alan Kluger / Member / Commercial Litigation / Litigation: Banking & Finance / Litigation: Real Estate
  • Philippe Lieberman / Member / Commercial Litigation
  • Steve Silverman / Member / Commercial Litigation
  • Bruce Katzen / Member / Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Terri Meyers / Partner / Intellectual Property

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine Partners Named “Super Lawyers” 2014

 A dozen of our attorneys have been selected as top legal practitioners by Super Lawyers. Outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, are named Super Lawyers each year. Kluger Kaplan was also ranked in the “Top 100” law firms in Florida.  The selection process is competitive and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Kudos to the following attorneys:

Rising Stars                                                 Super Lawyers

– Jeffrey Berman                                            – Deborah Chames
Casey Cusick                                              – Abbey Kaplan
– Jorge Delgado                                             – Bruce Katzen
– Lisa Jerles                                                   – Alan Kluger
Justin Kaplan                                               – Todd Levine
– Richard Segal                                              – Steve Silverman


A Trustee Cannot Escape His Duties

By Bruce A. Katzen

Recently I have encountered situations where an individual is named co-trustees of a trust , but really just acts as a rubber stamp and has very little interest or desire to fulfill the obligations.  Rather than resigning, the co-trustee may allow another trustee to make all of the decisions of the trust.  This is not a wise choice.

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By Bruce A. Katzen

A recent commentary the Daily Business Review caught my eye.  The author examined the allowability of pet trusts under Florida law.  While it is true that Florida law provides for the creation and enforcement of pet trusts, as a practical matter, your disinherited family can institute litigation to attempt to thwart your wishes.  I have handled high profile cases involving pet trusts and generally, I am not a fan of pet trusts that are funded with millions of dollars, like in the now-famous Leona Helmsley case.  Those trusts invite rightful question by the testator’s heirs and an opportunity for the testator’s caretakers to engage in fraudulent conduct in the years, months and days prior to the testator’s death.

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Elder Abuse Laws and Destroying the Presumption of Joint Tenancy

By Bruce A. Katzen

Recently, I handled a very interesting FINRA arbitration dealing with exploitation of the elderly by a joint tenant – in this case, her granddaughter.

What made this case so interesting is that we were able to use the elder abuse statute to support our claim.  Traditionally, joint tenants both have the authority to withdraw funds from the account.  Because the granddaughter was a joint tenant, we had to overcome the presumption that she was entitled to take money from the account at her discretion.

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