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Bar’s Ft. Lauderdale office is in need of volunteer inventory lawyers

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TFB Seal Sun YellowThe Ft. Lauderdale office of The Florida Bar is requesting volunteer attorneys to assist in handling inventory proceedings concerning deceased attorneys.

Inventory attorneys are reimbursed by The Florida Bar for out of pocket costs only.  Inventory attorneys are currently being sought for the following matters:

  • An attorney who practiced in Ft. Lauderdale passed away in 2019.  There are numerous unclaimed original wills. The inventory attorney would need to attempt to locate the owners of such wills.
  • An attorney who practiced in Delray Beach passed away in 2020.  There are numerous unclaimed original wills.  The inventory attorney would need to attempt to locate the owners of such wills.
  • Another attorney who practiced in Delray Beach passed away in February of 2021. This attorney had an operating and trust account.  (The amount of funds in these accounts, if any, is unknown.) The inventory attorney would need to assist by determining the funds in said accounts as well as assisting the court as to the disbursement of any such funds.

If you are interested in acting as an inventory attorney, contact Cheryl Soler, paralegal, at [email protected].

Have you designated an inventory attorney, yet?

If not, it is time to do so.

To protect clients of an attorney who unexpectedly dies or otherwise becomes unable to practice, the Florida Supreme Court requires members who practice in-state to designate an inventory attorney.

Here are three reasons to review your inventory attorney designation today.

• You are required to designate an inventory attorney by Rule 1-3.8(e). The only exceptions are for members not practicing in Florida and for any portion of the member’s practice as an employee of a governmental entity.

• Your clients need to be protected if you suddenly become incapable of practicing law due to accident or illness. Each year, The Florida Bar has to open inventory cases when a lawyer’s sudden unavailability jeopardizes clients. A prudent attorney will assure that someone with adequate knowledge about their legal practice is ready to step in if needed.

• Your interests need to be protected. Your law practice is an important asset and if a designated inventory attorney has adequate knowledge in advance, steps can be taken to protect this asset for your future as well as that of your loved ones.

The best and easiest way to designate an inventory attorney is to do it online at FloridaBar.org.

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