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Tue, Nov 6, 2018| | Articles

Protecting your family’s legacy: It’s not just the rich and famous that have to worry

Sometimes there are lessons to be learned from constant media coverage of the lives of famous people.  The recent loss of two cherished musicians offer cautionary tales about the dangers of failing to plan for our families to thrive after we are gone. First, there is the tragic case of the American musician, record producer and filmmaker, Prince Rogers Nelson – better known as Prince.  Prince died unexpectedly on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57, with no surviving spouse, children or grandchildren.  Prince also had no will, trust, or other estate planning documents to provide for the disposition of his vast estate, comprised of millions of dollars in real estate, stock, cars, and intellectual property (including unreleased recordings.) Prince’s legacy included a multi-million estate. Prince died in 2016. (Photo: USA TODAY files)  Prince’s sister and his five half-siblings are the likely beneficiaries of Prince’s estate.  Because Prince failed to prepare any Estate Planning documents, the administration of his estate through the courts may take several years and result in substantial attorneys’ fees, taxes, and other costs which could have been largely avoided.  One recent article estimates fees of over $5 million paid to date, even though no funds have been distributed to the estate beneficiaries.  Additionally, Prince’s legacy may be left in the hands of unintended individuals who cannot agree about the best way to preserve and respect the entertainer so many adored. Similarly, the passing of the civil rights activist and music legend, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen […]

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Bradley W. Rossway Appointed by Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee
Wed, Nov 22, 2017| | Articles

Bradley W. Rossway Appointed by Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee

           Bradley W. Rossway, Managing Member at Rossway Swan, has been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee for a term beginning March 31, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. The 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is responsible for interviewing applicants for judicial office and providing the Governor with a list of candidates for appointment as county or circuit court judges in the circuit. The 19th Judicial Circuit covers the counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee.          Brad Rossway has been a trial lawyer since 1987 and in 1999 he was a founding member of Rossway Swan. Mr. Rossway focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex matrimonial litigation, the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial documents and post-judgment proceedings.         Mr. Rossway has previously served on the Florida Bar Family Law Section 19th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee from 1998 to 2002 and was the chairman of the Committee from 2001 to 2002. Locally, Mr. Rossway also served as the Indian River County Bar Association President from 2001 to 2002 and he has served his community and the Space Coast and Treasure Coast regions in charitable endeavors for several decades.  

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