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Quarles & Brady Trust & Estates Group and Commercial Litigation Group Partner for Another Florida Victory

Naples, FL  — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that partner Jennifer J. Nackley and associate Christen L. Spake, based out of the firm’s Naples office, prevailed in an appeal in a heavily contested guardianship matter and received a per curiam decision from Florida's Second District Court of Appeal affirming their trial court win.

The case involved apparent undue influence and suspected elder abuse and was extensively litigated in the trial court, with Nackley and Spake representing the sons of the alleged incapacitated person. They succeeded in disqualifying the attorneys attempting to appear on behalf of the alleged incapacitated person, due to those attorneys' conflict of interest and prior ineffective representation. The lower court's exclusion of those attorneys was affirmed on appeal following multiple rounds of motions and briefing.

"We are very grateful for the outcome and pleased that our clients can safeguard their mother," said Nackley.

Nackley practices in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, and guardianship matters. She counsels clients on a full range of matters, including the minimization of estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes. Additionally, Nackley handles various levels of administration of substantial estates, as well as the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in disputed matters. Nackley earned her law degree from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College.

A native of Southwest Florida, Spake is a litigation attorney who practices in the areas of commercial and fiduciary litigation and works with clients to resolve issues they face in business, commerce, guardianship, probate and trust, and real property transactions. She implements litigation and negotiation tactics to obtain practical, timely, and cost-effective resolutions tailored to her clients' needs and represents business owners, financial institutions, fiduciaries, and beneficiaries. Spake earned her law degree from Florida State University and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Wingate University.