Richard R. Gans, a shareholder in the law firm of Fergeson Skipper, P.A., was the speaker at a course recently presented by the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association. The topic “Elective Share Legislation” focused on the evolution of Florida’s elective share bill. He discussed the 2017 Florida elective share bill and the changes it will bring to elective share proceedings and how the elective share is calculated and satisfied. Elective share law exists to prevent disinheritance of a spouse.
Gans is certified by the The Florida Bar as a specialist in wills, trusts and estates, and he holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from the attorney rating site Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for an attorney’s legal ability and professional ethics. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was named a Best Lawyers® 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates Law in the Sarasota Metro area and a Best Lawyers® 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates Law in the Tampa Metropolitan area. He has been named a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007 and has been recognized as a Florida Legal Elite and a Five Star Wealth Manager. He has authored numerous published works in legal/peer-reviewed publications, drafted new laws
approved by the Florida Legislature, and is a frequent lecturer for continuing education venues.
About Fergeson Skipper, P.A. – Fergeson Skipper, P.A., has provided legal support to clients for over forty years. Founded in 1976, it is a full service law firm concentrating in the areas of federal taxation, wills, trusts and estates, civil, trial, business, and real estate law. All ten of the firm’s shareholders are certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in their areas of expertise. The Florida Bar’s certification process is rigorous, requiring years of legal experience, extensive peer review, and passage of a
comprehensive written examination. The firm is located at 1515 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida; telephone 941-957-1900. For information, visit www.fergesonskipper.com.