Trust Arbitration Clauses are common in Florida. In many states, they are not always enforced but Florida passed a law a few years ago that makes them enforceable in Trusts.
Florida Statute 731.041 Arbitration of disputes.
(1) A provision in a will or trust requiring the arbitration of disputes, other than disputes of the validity of all or a part of a will or trust, between or among the beneficiaries and a fiduciary under the will or trust, or any combination of such persons or entities, is enforceable.
(2) Unless otherwise specified in the will or trust, a will or trust provision requiring arbitration shall be presumed to require binding arbitration under Florida Statute 44.104.
We are often asked what is Arbitration?
Arbitration is process of dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (arbitrator) renders a decision after a hearing at which both parties have an opportunity to be heard. Where arbitration is voluntary, the disputing parties select the arbitrator who has the power to render a binding decision.
There are two types of arbitation 1) binding and 2) non-binding, what is the difference?
An arbitrator’s decision may be binding upon the parties or non-binding.
Binding arbitration is more common in trust documents, non-binding is usually a way to allow each side to test there position before having the full expense of a trial and is a hybrid of mediation and a trial.
If you are involved in a Florida Trust Dispute or Florida Trust Litigation, you should Contact a Florida Trust Litigation Lawyer who is familiar with arbitration disputes.
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Jacksonville Probate Lawyer, David Goldman has put together a Florida Probate Handbook that is being offered free to readers and visitors of his websites.