About Juan

My law practice focuses on all aspects of trusts-and-estates litigation, probate administration and estate planning.  My firm's website does a good job of describing my non-litigation practice [click here].  In terms of what I do as a litigator, my practice falls under three broad categories: contested probate matters, contested trust matters, and related real property litigation.

Trusts-and-Estates Litigation

Probate Matters:

I represent personal representatives, beneficiaries, charities and potential heirs in the following areas:

  • Will Contests
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Probate Fraud
  • Beneficiary Rights
  • Elective Share Claims
  • Abuse of Power of Attorney
  • Joint Bank Account Litigation
  • Pay on Death Disputes
  • Last Will and Testament Disputes
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Undue Influence Claims
  • Lack of Mental Capacity (Testamentary Capacity)
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Removal of Personal Representative

Trust Matters:

I represent trust beneficiaries and trustees in the following areas: 

  • Failure to make proper and timely distributions
  • Improper investments
  • Self dealing
  • Excessive trustee compensation
  • Interpreting ambiguous trust provisions
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Reformation/Construction
  • Trust Contests

Real Property Litigation:

In connection with probate and trust disputes, there are certain types of real estate disputes that often arise. As such, I represent parties in connection with the following types of real estate disputes: 

  • Homestead Determinations
  • Joint Owner Disputes
  • Partition Actions
  • Disputes Between a Life Estate Holder & the Remaindermen

Professional background:

I am a graduate of Florida International University's business school (B.A. in finance with honors), the New York University School of Law (J.D.), and the University of Miami School of Law (LL.M. in Estate Planning). In 2005, I was named by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida's "Best Up-and-Coming Attorneys". My past travels in the law include a few years as Associate General Counsel for Telemundo, a national Spanish-language television network headquartered in South Florida, and a short stint as an associate with one of South Florida's largest law firms, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart.

United States Marine Corps:

Prior to law school I volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1987 to 1993 (4th ANGLICO, West Palm Beach, Florida), including combat duty during the first Gulf War. In addition to managing not to get myself shot, after "Gulf I" I ended up with the Combat Action Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Unit Citation.

My approach to lawyering:

Solving complex problems:

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

- H. L. Mencken

Style matters:

"What I admire most in any [litigator] is a serene spirit, a steady freedom from moral indignation, an all-embracing tolerance -- in brief, what is commonly called good sportsmanship. Such a man is not to be mistaken for one who shirks the hard knocks of life. On the contrary, he is frequently an eager gladiator, vastly enjoying the opposition. But when he fights he fights in the manner of a gentleman fighting a duel, not in that of a longshoreman cleaning out a waterfront saloon. That is to say, he carefully guards his amour proper by assuming that his opponent is as decent a man as he is, and just as honest -- and perhaps, after all, right. Such an attitude is palpably impossible to [the "Rambo" litigator]. His distinguishing mark is the fact that he always attacks his opponents, not only with all arms, but also with snorts and objurgations -- that he is always filled with moral indignation -- that he is incapable of imagining honor in an antagonist, and hence incapable of honor himself. Such fellows I do not like. I do not share their emotion. I can't understand their indignation, their choler. . . . ."

- H. L. Mencken