Monday, August 14, 2017

FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY vs. SAMUEL J. MCROBERTS

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Docket

Case Docket

Case Number:  4D17-2399

Final Civil Other Notice from Palm Beach County

FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY  vs.  SAMUEL J. MC ROBERTS

Lower Tribunal Case(s): 502014CA012762XXXXMB

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http://jweb.flcourts.org/pls/ds/ds_docket?p_caseyear=2017&p_casenumber=2399&pscourt=4


EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE A TIP REGARDING ATTORNEY ALAN ROSE

ReverendCrystalCox@Gmail.com 

JOHN PICKETT vs. MICHAEL J. HUMMEL and MONIQUE HUMMEL

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Docket

Case Docket

Case Number:  4D17-1116

Final Civil Other Notice from Palm Beach County


JOHN PICKETT  vs.  MICHAEL J. HUMMEL and MONIQUE HUMMEL


Lower Tribunal Case(s): 502012CA020774XXXXMB

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http://199.242.69.70/pls/ds/ds_docket?p_caseyear=2017&p_casenumber=1116&psCourt=4&psSearchType=



EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE A TIP REGARDING ATTORNEY ALAN ROSE

ReverendCrystalCox@Gmail.com 

ALBERT RABIL and TAMARA RABIL vs. SEASIDE BUILDERS, LLC, ET

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Docket

Case Number:  4D17-166

Non-Final Civil Other Notice from Palm Beach County

ALBERT RABIL and TAMARA RABIL vs.  SEASIDE BUILDERS, LLC, ET AL.

Lower Tribunal Case(s): 2016CA006056XXXXMB

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http://jweb.flcourts.org/pls/ds/ds_docket?p_caseyear=2017&p_casenumber=166&pscourt=4

DAVID W. ROBERTS and ROYAL PALM PROPERTIES, LLC. vs. CHRISTIE'S GREAT ESTATES, ETC., ET AL.

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Docket

Case Number:  4D16-2768

Final Civil Other Notice from Palm Beach County

DAVID W. ROBERTS and ROYAL PALM PROPERTIES, LLC. vs.  CHRISTIE'S GREAT ESTATES, ETC., ET AL.

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http://199.242.69.70/pls/ds/ds_docket?p_caseyear=2016&p_casenumber=2768&psCourt=4&psSearchType=

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dominoes Falling INDEED. Landmark, Game Changing Case. VERDICT "“It sends a message to these unscrupulous lawyers and guardians that they are not going to be able to get away with it anymore.” I See Pattern and History Here and WISH for a Racketeering RICO Complaint to Be FILED by Victims and WON.

Alan Rose is ONE Such Attorney that Abuses the Courts for GREED.

TIME for Florida Probate Court Attorney Alan Rose and his law firm partners to TELL THE TRUTH, the Whole TRUTH and NOTHING BUT the TRUTH

"Jury says attorneys for guardian mismanaged money of millionaire Texas oil man"


"Guardianship case came from courtroom of Judge Martin Colin, 
featured in a Palm Beach Post investigation"


"Colin praised the attorneys in his courtroom, calling them honest and trustworthy"


“This first salvo sends a serious message not only to the predatory guardians and lawyers who have been exploiting families all over Florida for decades but especially to the probate judges without whose complicity these cases could never happen.”

"Advocates for guardianship reform clamored in vain for years that Florida’s system failed to properly protect incapacitated seniors, that its primary purpose had been perverted to line the pockets of greedy attorneys and professional guardians with the hard-earned life savings of the elderly.
Brian O'Connell
Now they can point to a new federal verdict awarding a whopping $16.4 million in a lawsuit claiming that two West Palm Beach attorneys breached their fiduciary duties while running up “unnecessary and excessive fees” of $1 million.
“It’s really kind of a landmark case,” said Julian Bivins, who brought the suit as the personal representative of the estate of his father, Oliver, a Texas oil man.

“It sends a message to these unscrupulous lawyers and guardians that they are not going to be able to get away with it anymore.”
The Bivins guardianship case emanates out of the court of Circuit Judge Martin Colin, the subject of an investigation by The Palm Beach Post into the judge’s conflicts of interest because his wife is a professional guardian.
Colin in open court had heaped praise on the attorneys who lost the case and refused to hold a hearing to decide whether the attorneys had “secretly” kept money from the sale of one of Oliver Bivins’ properties in an escrow account for more than a year, according to court documents.
The Post’s award-winning series featuring Colin, Guardianships: A Broken Trust, resulted in an overhaul of guardianship rules in Palm Beach County. Colin retired last December after he was transferred from the Probate & Guardianship Division because of The Post’s reporting.
Weeks after The Post published, Julian Bivins filed a motion to disqualify Colin, saying his concerns about the “close-knit atmosphere of the Guardians, their attorneys” and Colin had been “glaringly brought to light” in the stories.
The younger Bivins said he felt his father was “held captive” in South Florida by the guardianship so the attorneys could liquidate real estate assets — including a New York City Upper East Side mansion — and charge more fees.

Colin granted an emergency order prohibiting the senior from returning to Texas.The jury found on July 28 that attorneys Brian M. O’Connell and Ashley N. Crispin of the Ciklin, Lubitz & O’Connell firm not only breached their fiduciary duty but committed professional negligence.

The lawsuit claimed they failed to get appraisals on two high-end New York City properties being divided among family. They were not of equal value and as a result, Julian Bivins ended up with one that was worth millions less than other.

The jury’s decision to award $16.4 million makes up the difference.

But the fight over the property is far less important to reform advocates than the fact that attorneys who carry out the wishes of professional guardians and are paid with the ward’s money were held accountable.
“This case in one of the longtime hotbeds of guardianship abuse is a tipping point,” said Sam Sugar, director of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship.
“This first salvo sends a serious message not only to the predatory guardians and lawyers who have been exploiting families all over Florida for decades but especially to the probate judges without whose complicity these cases could never happen.”
Oliver Bivins died at age 97 in March 2015. He ended up in the court-ordered guardianship when he visited his condominium in Palm Beach in 2011 and a social worker became concerned with his well-being, according to court documents.
Oliver Bivins appeared to be coming to Florida for a weekend vacation, leaving his refrigerator in Texas fully stocked, plaintiff attorneys told the jury. His son said he often didn’t visit his Palm Beach condominium for years at a time.

The verdict takes a further step toward re-establishing that attorneys are supposed to represent the incapacitated ward, not the court-appointed professional guardian — a position many lawyers have argued in court to thwart families trying to rein in a fee frenzy.

“If it wasn’t for me, they would have completely depleted my dad’s estate,” said Julian Bivins, who now lives in Palm Beach. “I’ve been fighting them from the beginning to just get him back to Texas. Finally, I got him back there 35 days before he passed away.”

As with many family members who challenge the status quo in guardianship in Palm Beach County, Julian said he found himself relentlessly attacked in court. He was even sued by one of the guardians in the case, Curtis Rogers.

The biggest toll, he said, though, was his relationship with his father as Rogers told the elder Bivins that his son only wanted his money. “He turned my dad against me,” Julian Bivins said. “I could never explain to my father how he was being held for ransom, how they wouldn’t let him go.”

The Ciklin firm said it is confident it can prevail on post-trial motions 
in front of U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra.

“We think the verdict was not in keeping with the law or the facts and, in fact, was considerably more than the plaintiff even asked for,” said Alan Ciklin, the firm’s managing partner. “We feel pretty good about our ability to have this reduced dramatically.”

Rogers, one of two professional guardians dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit, testified for more than two days at the trial. He told The Post he believes the younger Bivins financially took advantage of his father. “The verdict was a total shock to me,” he said. “I anticipated there was no way that type of verdict could be made.”


It may come as a shock to Judge Colin, as well.

Colin during a Feb. 3, 2016, hearing in the guardianship case bristled at the suggestion that the Ciklin Lubitz firm was not acting as a good custodian of Bivins’ assets.

The senior’s son questioned why the firm had failed to turn over $472,000 from the sale of his father’s commercial property in New York City, requesting Colin refer their actions to the Florida Bar or keep them from holding onto the money.

“The Ciklin Lubitz law firm has a well-earned reputation of honesty. And this is honesty,” Colin said in court. “Not for a moment do I have any concern because their reputation is well-earned in this respect.”

Colin denied Julian Bivins’ request without hearing any evidence but ordered the firm to return about $400,000.

An attorney for Julian Bivins filed a motion to disqualify Colin because of those statements, but the judge denied it.

“We never got anything done in his court,” Julian said. “We complained about the amount of the fees and he (Colin) cut them down 25 percent, but then we had to pay their fees for them to defend those fees. So they just made it back.”  "

Guardianship Catch-22

It is in this Catch-22 that families often find themselves when trying to decide whether to fight unethical actions by a professional guardian: Either way they pay, and either way the lawyers’ wallets grow fatter.

The guardianship issue is being looked at by a task force formed by Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga. The state Legislature established the new Office of Public & Professional Guardianship as a result of lobbying by advocacy groups and others about lawyers and guardians siphoning off fees.

Attorney Greg Coleman, past president of The Florida Bar, wrote to the work group in June to alert it to “inappropriate, improper and illegal activities of a very small number of Florida attorneys” practicing in the guardianship arena.

“Unfortunately, the way guardianship statutes and rules are currently constituted allows for a window of exploitation by bad attorneys and bad guardians for their own personal monetary gain,” said Coleman, who was not associated with the Bivins guardianship or any of the relating litigation.

Coleman said everything is moving in the right direction for seniors. “The issue has the (Florida Supreme) Court’s attention, I can tell you,” he said. “It is not something that is being ignored or swept under the rug.”

Oliver Wilson Bivins Sr. was an oil man whose family were pioneers in Amarillo, Texas. He visited his Florida condo infrequently.

Dominoes falling?

Sugar’s grassroots-group based out of Hollywood was the force behind legislative reform last year. He said the verdict in Bivins is a sign “the dominoes are starting to fall.”

Several years ago Sugar could barely get a conference with key Florida lawmakers. Now his group has spearheaded legislation and made guardianship an issue around the country. Sugar pointed to the recent federal indictment of a professional guardianship firm in New Mexico, charging the owners with stealing millions from seniors, as an example that justice could be done for these seniors.

Attorneys who represented the Bivins family — Charles D. Bavol and Ron Denman of The Bleakley Bavol law firm in Tampa — compared the trial to a climactic brawl from the movie Rocky.

The Ciklin defendants knocked out their expert witness and cited attorney-client privilege in refusing to turn over crucial emails between the Ciklin lawyers and the guardians. 

The son’s testimony persuaded the jury, his lawyers said.

“What the defendants did in this case was wrong,” Denman told the jury. “It was legally wrong, what they did was ethically wrong, and what they did was morally wrong.”

Bavol and Denman said the verdict builds off a 2015 state court appellate finding out of Palm Beach County, ruling that the guardianship attorneys’ duty is to the incapacitated adult, not the professional guardian.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in recent years has reined in circuit courts in Palm Beach County that reform advocates say patently favor professional guardians and their attorneys. Still, advocates such as Sugar say they hear about abuses almost daily in the guardianship courts.


Bavol and Denman said the verdict underscores 
the need for accountability from guardians and their lawyers.


“Based on this significant jury verdict and the ongoing investigative journalism in Southern Florida concerning professional guardianships, the need for reform of the guardianship system to protect Florida’s elderly citizens is again underscored,” the lawyers said in a news release."

Source of Article and Lot's More
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/jury-hits-lawyers-with-for-doing-senior-wrong-guardianship/6CnikAZ7x3K9z960lz09BN/

Regardless of What Move managing Partner Alan Ciklin, brother of Judge Cory Ciklin, want to make next, It is DONE. There is a Path to Justice cleared now and HOPE for the Victims of attorneys and guardians such as Brian O'Connell and Ashley Crispin.

Also NOTE that Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga is the top of the Florida Corruption Food Chain, just look at the iViewit Patent Theft Case and Proskauer Rose and the gang.
http://deniedpatent.blogspot.com/search?q=Labarga

Also NOTE that Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga was Judge Martin Colin's MENTOR "He finds a great camaraderie among the Judges in this Circuit and considers Judge LaBarga to be his mentor. "  As Seen at the Link Below

http://www.palmbeachbar.org/judicial-profiles/judge-martin-colin/


Thursday, August 3, 2017

15th Judicial Circuit Important Notice. WOW Attorney Alan Rose CAUGHT in the act AGAIN. As he clearly does not make a good faith attempt to RESOLVE and has not Notified ALL Parties. Why is Alan Rose still a Licensed Attorney. Why is Alan Rose NOT in Jail? Why is the Estate of Simon Bernstein still having hearings with all the KNOWN FRAUD?

Subject: Important Notice from the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit - Amendments to Local Rule 4

Attached please find Local Rule 4, applicable in the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), which was amended on July 18, 2017.
  • Local Rule 4 is now applicable to both county and circuit courts and for UMC and Special Set Hearings.
  • It applies in all divisions of the courts in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County).
  • Before setting a hearing, you must make a good faith attempt to resolve the issues by speaking to opposing counsel by phone or in person.
  • The Notice of Hearing must include the exact language as required by Local Rule 4.
  • This Rule also applies to Coverage Counsel.
Make sure you read Local Rule 4 carefully and comply with its requirements.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eliot Bernstein 4th DCA Florida Cases IGNORED thus far. Where are the REAL Authorities that ACTUALLY want to Uphold the LAW? The JUDGES who Dismiss Call the Claims Meritless, meanwhile CORRUPTION is Rampant in the Florida Probate Courts

Eliot Bernstein has been Shouting the Truth from the Rooftops for YEARS. He has filed in all appropriate courts and yet Corruption has been IGNORED by Florida Judges and Authorities, WHY?

THEY CALL IT "meritless and improper pro se proceedings", sometimes they call the Pro Se litigant Vexatious.  You know when a Pro Se party EXPOSES Corruption that involves Judges and Attorneys, well the higher courts call it Meritless and IMPROPER, they BLOCK the Pro Se litigant EXPOSING CORRUPT JUDGES and for some reason don't dare EXPOSE the Rampant Fraud, Forgery, Murder, Insurance Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Real Estate Fraud, Probate Fraud, Civil Rights Violations and Predatory Guardianship that they CLEARLY KNOW, as there it is RIGHT THERE in the document they are dismissing as  "meritless and improper pro se proceedings".

Case No.FiledCase StyleCountyLower Tribunal CaseDisposed
15-384910/15/2015ELIOT BERNSTEIN v. ESTATE OF SIMON BERNSTEINPalm Beach502011CP00653XXXXSB, more11/30/2015
16-6401/06/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. TED BERNSTEIN, AS TRUSTEE.Palm Beach2014CP003698XXXXNB02/29/2016
16-22201/20/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. TED BERNSTEIN, AS TRUSTEE,Palm Beach2014CP003698XXXXNB, more04/27/2017
16-144905/03/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. OPPENHEIMER TRUST CO. OFPalm Beach2014CP002815XXXXNB11/29/2016
16-147605/05/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. OPPENHEIMER TRUST CO. OFPalm Beach2014CP002815XXXXNB11/29/2016
16-147805/05/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. TED BERNSTEIN, AS TRUSTEE,Palm Beach2014CP003698XXXXNB11/29/2016
16-224907/05/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. OPPENHEIMER TRUST CO. OFPalm Beach2014CP002815XXXXNB01/11/2017
16-316209/16/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. WILLIAM E. STANSBURY, et al.Palm Beach502012CA013933XXXXMB10/28/2016
16-331409/29/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. TED BERNSTEIN, AS TRUSTEE,Palm Beach2014CP003698XXXXNB 
16-412012/06/2016ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. WILLIAM E. STANSBURY,Palm Beach502012CA013933XXXXMB01/05/2017
17-160705/31/2017ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. ESTATE OF SIMON L BERNSTEIN,Palm Beach2012CP00439107/13/2017
17-160805/31/2017ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. ESTATE OF SIMON L. BERNSTEINPalm Beach2012CP004391 
17-193206/23/2017ELIOT IVAN BERNSTEIN v. TED BERNSTEIN, AS TRUSTEE,Palm Beach502014CP003698XXXXNB07/19/2017
Total Cases 13