Posted by Keith
As a UK citizen who jointly owned a property in FL with my UK partner, on her death the difficulties started. Not American, no US will, tenancy not defined on title and UK probate not accepted by the FL court.
Kevin Burke was knowledgable in how to approach this difficult situation and resolved the matter of title passing to me and validation of the UK will, so that under a Judge order it was admitted into Florida record.
He also knew how to deal with estate tax assessment taking into account agreements in place between UK and US, which in my case meant a zero obligation to the IRS.
Communication in all formats was good throughout the process. If I may add just one criticism which affected my award of five stars is that he does speak very rapidly and at times made it difficult to follow,
Despite that, if I ever needed such services again I would use him without hesitation.
Posted by Steve
I found Kevin through the U.S.Embassy website. Having undergone several months of high anxiety trying to communicate reasonably with Florida based Lawyers determined to pursue me as the person responsible for defaulting on very large mortgage amounts on property in Florida I reached a point where I could go no further and things were looking bleak. I could get no clear, confident advice from the British based Lawyers I approached and while my local M.P. was sympathetic she was unable to advise beyond seeking legal help.
Kevin was very helpful - reasonable, thorough and positive yet realistic throughout he eventually succeeded in getting the claims against me dismissed despite a very intransigent Lawyer acting against. His qualifications and experience in the State of Florida and his willingness to go the extra mile undoubtedly went a long way to establishing that I was not the person responsible for this debt.
I wholeheartedly recommend Kevin based on my experience of his abilities.
Posted by Tom
We met with Mr. Burke to discuss US and UK estate planning. He explained over a number of phone calls and a meeting at his offices in Bristol how estate taxes may apply to the estates of UK residents and the interesting benefits of relying on the treaty between the US and UK. After going through our options in relation to Florida wills, English wills, etc., we decided to go with an English will with STEP provisions (as probate here was unavoidable) and a Florida revocable living trust as this could cover our villa in Florida and assets elsewhere in the USA and could avoid probate. We were happy we could have all this done without trying to use separate lawyers for both countries.
Posted by Nigel
Just a short line to say thank you so much for all your assistance in us achieving our final closure on our house in Sarasota (Florida).
We really appreciate you seeing us at short notice in your busy schedule to both notarise our documents and for the sound professional advice given to enable us to secure our purchase.
We will most certainly recommend your services to other friends and family and I hope that we can do business again with you in the near future.
Posted by Roxy
Recently purchased two investment propertys in Florida. Mr Burke came recomended from another client and proved to be Very professional, efficient and totally reliable. He represented me for both transactions and ensured my interests were protected by being very thourogh. Great communication and kept us updated throughout the whole process.
Florida property law is obviously very different to UK property law. I would highly recomend Mr Burke to anyone looking to purchase property in Florida.
Posted by anonymous
The sellers of our property in the US put a great deal of pressure on us to close the purchase quickly and Kevin Burke rose to the challenge of completing all research, correspondence and paperwork in a very short amount of time. We were impressed with the speed of his services. He prioritised our case and although everything was completed in a short amount of time his work was consistently thorough. Kevin has excellent knowledge of US property law and as British/French citizens we would have been lost without his advice. There were many points which he raised that were beneficial to us which we hadn't even thought of. I would certainly recommend Kevin Burke to anyone interested in purchasing a property in the US. Kevin also has a close understanding of the tax laws in the US.