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Alexander S. Douglas, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Orlando, FL

ShuffieldLowman
1000 Legion Place, Suite 1700
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-581-9706
Fax: 407-581-9801
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Alexander S. Douglas, II, is a partner with the Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A., law firm, which has four offices located across Florida. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Orlando and the surrounding areas, Mr. Douglas focuses his practice solely on fiduciary litigation involving probate, trust and guardianship disputes.

Throughout the course of his legal career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Douglas has proven himself an invaluable ally for those dealing with highly complex, pressing legal matters affecting their estates and health care-related needs. At all turns, he delivers personalized counsel to his clients while working hard to ensure their final wishes are met and they achieve their goals, no matter how complicated the matters they need to address.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Douglas has earned an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and many other top rankings from his peers as well as a Legal Elite designation from Florida Trend Magazine. He has also received numerous positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

An honors graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Douglas attended Florida State University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1989 and was a member of the school's Moot Court team. He holds his license to practice before all Florida state courts as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Douglas is a member of The Florida Bar's Probate & Trust Law Section and its Real Property Section. He is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Central Florida Estate Planning Council as well as the 9th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

Other Office Locations:

TAVARES 
545 West Main Street     
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 253-2222

DELAND
203 East Rich Avenue     
DeLand, FL 32724
(386) 736-9225

PORT ORANGE
851 Dunlawton Avenue,
Suite 300
Port Orange, FL 32127
(386) 763-5083

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Will Contests

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

White Papers

  • Constitutionality of service via mail in probate proceedings (2014)

About Alexander S. Douglas, II

First Admitted: 1989, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.shuffieldlowman.com/alex-douglas/

Honors/Awards

  • 2016-2019 Legal Elite Attorney by Florida Trend Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating:AV
  • 2015-2019, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomas Reuters; 2015 Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Legal Elite

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of Florida
  • Member of the 9th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.
  • Member of the Probate Litigation Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member, Central Florida Estate Planning Council
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the Probate Law and Procedure Committee of The Florida Bar’s Real Property
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh District
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Educational Background

  • B.A., with honors, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • J.D, with honors, The Florida State University College of Law, 1989, The F.S.U. Law School Moot Court

Videos

  • If you are a beneficiary of a trust or estate and you have a trustee or a personal representative that is not doing a good job you may be able to remove him or her under Florida law. A personal representative and trustee called fiduciaries have an obligation to diligently and fairly administer the estate or trust according to Florida law. A fiduciary cannot self-deal, nor favor one beneficiary over another. As a beneficiary of a trust, the trustee must give you an accounting at least once a year of the trust assets. If you are not being reasonably informed of what’s going on, you should do something to enforce your rights so that you can have the information you need to understand what’s going on in the estate administration or the trust administration. Also, if the trustee in the trust administration is not fulfilling their fiduciary duties and has committed a serious breach of fiduciary duty, you are entitled to seek their removal under Florida law. The trust code also allows you to seek recovery of your attorneys’ fees either from the trust or from the trustee individually., How to Remove a Bad Trustee or Personal Representative by Alex Douglas, 2019
  • , Choosing a Fiduciary for Your Estate Planning Documents by Alex Douglas, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • On March 18, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court issued Administrative Order SC 20-16, which implemented emergency procedures for the swearing-in of witnesses remotely. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Alex Douglas, explains this new process., Swearing in a Witness Remotely in Florida, 2020
  • An article about how to defend against claims of undue influence involving claims involving dutiful children.  , Author, Where the Presumption of Undue Influence Should Not Apply: Consider the "Dutiful Son" and the "Dutiful Daughter" Exceptions, The Florida Bar Journal , Law; Fiduciary Litigation, 2021
  • Presentation on new reformation of wills and voiding revocation of a will or trust, Speaker, Orange County Bar Association--Probate Section, 2011
  • ShuffieldLowman attorney, Nicole Copsidas, also contributed to this post. In the event that a problem develops in the trust administration of an irrevocable trust (a trust that cannot be amended by the person who created the trust), or if there is an ambiguity in the..., How to Protect Yourself as a Trustee, 2019
  • One of the most common errors parents can make when doing their estate planning is not making the hard choice as to who they want to serve as their fiduciary.  Specifically, parents make the mistake of choosing among their children to serve as their fiduciary instead..., Choose Wisely When You Consider Your Fiduciary and Your Estate Plan, 2013
  • We live in one of the most popular retirement states in our nation. The Baby Boomers have reached retirement age and the “great wealth transfer” has begun. According to a study from consulting firm Accenture, when this transfer is complete, some $30..., Financial exploitation: Florida law provides powerful help for seniors, 2016
  • Speaker, Probate and trust litigation--some practical considerations for the estate planner, Orange County Bar Association Probate Section, 2007
  • Speaker at Bench-Bar Conference, Probate and Trust Litigation Panelist, Orange County Bar, 2014
  • Speaker, Fiduciary Litigation Issues, Florida Bankers Association, 2014
  • Speaker, Elder Law Litigation Issues, NBI , 2014
  • Facilitator for discussion group on  fiduciary and guardianship litigation issues, Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, UnProgram, 2015

Comments

  • “Alex Douglas is a highly skilled, tremendously ethical commercial and fiduciary litigator. He is rightly regarded as among the best in Central Florida.”
  • “Alex is a great litigator and a great person.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Alexander S. Douglas, II

1000 Legion Place
Suite 1700
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-581-9706

Fax: 407-581-9801

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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