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Alexander Thomas Briggs

Alex handles trials and appeals of estate, trust, and guardianship cases. He approaches every case with a strategy geared towards winning at trial and building leverage to produce the best resolution possible for his clients. He has employed this strategy throughout the state, and in federal courts, and routinely achieves multi-million-dollar resolutions for his clients.

Alex handles trials and appeals of estate, trust, and guardianship cases. He approaches every case with a strategy geared towards winning at trial and building leverage to produce the best resolution possible for his clients. He has employed this strategy throughout the state, and in federal courts, and routinely achieves multi-million-dollar resolutions for his clients.

The genesis of Alex’s success is his humble beginnings. He grew up in a small town in Kansas, descended from a long line of farmers, teachers, and preachers. His parents instilled in him the value of hard work, humility, and integrity. Alex earned his Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University (located in Pittsburg, Kansas). He then served two years in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Kazakhstan.

Upon returning from the Peace Corps, Alex worked in the New York City public schools, before going to law school at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark New Jersey. Alex was a civil litigator in his home state of Kansas for three years before he eventually moved to Florida.

Alex has found that his experiences all over the world have broadened his perspectives and assist him in crafting his case-specific strategies. The principles of hard work and integrity that carried him around the globe serve his clients well. He is a zealous advocate who fights hard for his clients and takes pride in his work. His principles have taught him that success comes from working hard and taking the initiative.

As an estate and trust litigator, Alex uses his skills and experiences to represent his clients, both prosecuting and defending, in state and Federal courts. He sues trustees who would rather help themselves than their beneficiaries. He invalidates wills and trusts that were procured by overreaching and greed. He defends hard-working fiduciaries against the attacks of estranged family members looking for a pay day. He protects the wills and trusts of loved ones who wanted only to preserve their legacy.

Examples of Alex’s many trial-court successes include:

  • Securing a multi-million-dollar inheritance for clients that were disinherited by their father who suffered from insane delusions;
  • Removal of co-personal representative who was taking estate funds for herself;
  • Judgment against personal representative’s attorneys who paid themselves unreasonable and exorbitant fees from an estate;
  • Procured early distribution of clients’ multi-million-dollar inheritance, thus saving it from a surviving spouse’s extravagant and wasteful spending; and
  • Protected numerous trusts and trustees from attacks by disinherited persons.

Alex is also an accomplished appellate attorney. Whether part of ongoing litigation, or hired solely for appellate work, Alex has developed a reputation for crafting articulate and thoroughly researched briefs and presenting compelling and persuasive oral arguments.

Published examples of Alex’s appellate success include:

  • Cruz v. Community Bank, 277 So. 3d 1095 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019) (reversing an order of dismissal based on the trial court’s incorrect determination that daughter and son did not have standing to sue a trustee for breach of trust).
  • Cross v. Cross, 227 So. 3d 590 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017) (per curiam affirming trial court’s order that a trustee breached his fiduciary duties and ordering the trustee to repay a trust over $70,000 that was wrongfully taken).

Whether in trial court or on appeal in Federal or state court, Alex would be honored to speak to you about your contested estate, trust, or guardianship matter.