About the Firm
The Law Offices of Christopher P. Taylor, P.A. are located in downtown Delray Beach, FL, only a couple of clocks from the South Palm Beach County Courthouse. Attorney Christopher P. Taylor is the founding member and managing partner of this boutique law firm focused solely on Florida estate planning, probate, trust and guardianship matters.
Mr. Taylor provides both simple and more complex estate planning for individuals and families residing in South Florida. Mr. Taylor is also an experienced Florida Probate Attorney representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries involved in the administration of probate estates, trusts and guardianships, as well as litigation and mediation of Florida probate, trust and inheritance disputes.
Christopher P. Taylor, grew up in South Florida. Born in Miami-Dade County, then moved to and attended grade school in Broward County, before attending college at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance, and graduating with honors, before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s Frederick G. Levin College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Taylor worked as a certified legal intern for the Gainesville Public Defender’s Office, representing clients charged with misdemeanor crimes, throughout the judicial process.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Taylor returned to South Florida where he spent the next four years working as an Assistant Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida Public Defender’s Office in West Palm Beach. During this time Mr. Taylor gained valuable courtroom experience while representing criminal defendants in more than 40 jury and non-jury trials. His clients were charged with crimes ranging from 3rd-degree misdemeanors to 1st-degree felonies, punishable by life in prison. Mr. Taylor’s extensive trial practice and experience in the courtroom during this time helped him gain the comfort and knowledge necessary to successfully present a case to both judges and juries.
In early 2006, Mr. Taylor chose to leave the Public Defender’s Office to focus on trial practice and representing clients in civil litigation matters–specifically, probate, estate, trust and guardianship litigation. Christopher spent the next nearly 7 years with a boutique firm located in Broward County, focusing on probate, estate, and trust litigation matters throughout the entire State of Florida.
Mr. Taylor eventually decided it was time to open his own practice, so he could focus on providing his clients with more personalized, goal-oriented representation in nearly all aspects of probate, estate planning, trust and guardianship matters solely in South Florida, where he was born, raised and now resides with his wife and their young daughter in Palm Beach County.
Mr. Taylor is also an active member of the Southern Palm Beach County Bar Association, and member of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section. Mr. Taylor has been asked to speak at events sponsored by large financial institutions on topics ranging from the basics of estate and trust planning, to elderly exploitation.
After nearly seven years of representing clients primarily involved in estate and trust litigation matters, Mr. Taylor gained unique insight into the issues leading up to these types of cases, as well as the more common pitfalls encountered with poor estate planning. Probate and trust litigation, especially between family members, is often highly emotional and tends to last several years. Litigation can result in significant fees and costs, as well as divisions between family members that is often irreparable. While litigation in many circumstances is necessary to protect and preserve one’s inheritance, exploring pre-suit settlement options, whether through informal negotiation or a formal mediation, can greatly benefit the parties involved and save the parties thousands of dollars in needless fees and costs.
Through his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Taylor has also learned that far too many probate, estate, and trust litigation cases occur because Decedents either do no estate planning, or by preparing their own estate planning documents using simple forms they found online. In trying to save money by hiring the least expensive attorney, or one who doesn’t specialize in estate planning, or from do-it-yourself planning, clients often end up with poorly drafted documents that can lead to confusion, and costly litigation, nullifying the amount saved during the estate planning process
South Florida Probate, Estate and Trust attorney, Christopher P. Taylor, is dedicated to providing his clients with honest, experienced and professional counsel to clients needing assistance with estate planning, probate, trust and guardianship litigation and administration cases in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Mr. Taylor has represented numerous individual, corporate and professional clients involved in the following types of cases:
- Will Contests due to Undue Influence and Lack of Testamentary Capacity
- Florida Trust Reformation and Termination
- Breach of Duty, Removal and Surcharge of Personal Representatives and Trustees
- Fiduciary and Attorney Fee and Compensation Disputes
- Elective Share and Surviving Spouse Rights
- Slayer Statute
- Post-Death Annulment of Fraudulent Marriages
- Tortious Interference with Expectancy of Inheritance
- Exploitation of Elderly or Vulnerable Adult
- Breach of Power of Attorney
- Appointment of Emergency Temporary, Limited and Plenary Guardians of Person and Property
- Determination of Incapacity Proceedings
- Probate and Trust Accounting Disputes
- Florida Probate Administration of Testate (with a Will) and Intestate (Without a Will) Estates
- Summary Administration
- Creditor Claims
- Florida Trust Administration, both simple and more complex, involving real estate, Family Limited Partnerships, LLCs and other closely held business entities
- Inheritance Disputes
If you or someone you know is involved in a probate, trust or guardianship matter in South Florida or would like to discuss or modify your estate planning, please contact the Law Offices of Christopher P. Taylor, P.A. today. There is no charge for the initial consultation.