News - May 9, 2024

Florida Supreme Court Appoints Jones Foster’s Theodore S. Kypreos to Uncontested Probate Workgroup

Jones Foster is pleased to announce that Vice Chair Theodore S. Kypreos was appointed by order of the Supreme Court of Florida to the newly established Judicial Management Council Workgroup on Uncontested Probate Proceedings. The Workgroup was created following an administrative order by Chief Justice Carlos G. Muniz and will make recommendations to redesign and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Florida’s processes and procedures for uncontested probate proceedings.

Mr. Kypreos is one of nine legal professionals ranging from attorneys and clerks to circuit court and appellate judges selected from across Florida to serve a two-year term as a Workgroup member. The Court has asked the Workgroup members to:

  1. Examine Florida’s practices, rules of court, and laws for uncontested probate proceedings.
  2. Review processes and procedures for addressing uncontested probate proceedings in other states to identify reforms that may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of such proceedings in Florida.
  3. Make recommendations, if warranted, to improve the processes and procedures of these proceedings and propose any revisions to practices, rules of court, or statutes needed to implement the Workgroup’s recommendations.

The Workgroup will present its findings and recommendations to the Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar for comment and submit a final report to the Council by July 1, 2025. The Judicial Management Council serves as a focused advisory body that assists the chief justice and the Florida Supreme Court. The Council is charged with identifying and evaluating information that would assist in improving the performance and effectiveness of the judicial branch.

Mr. Kypreos is actively involved in The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section, serving on the Executive Council and as chair of its Probate Law and Procedure Committee. He is also a past chair and member of The Florida Bar’s Probate Rules Committee.

About Theodore S. Kypreos

Vice Chair Theo Kypreos serves as co-chair of the firm’s Trust & Estate Litigation team and is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of probate and trust litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianship law, and fiduciary litigation. Mr. Kypreos represents corporate and individual fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and heirs in all probate, trust, and guardianship settings including will and trust contests, breach of trust actions, trustee removal and accounting actions, will and trust reformation and modification proceedings, contested guardianships, elective share proceedings, Florida homestead disputes, exploitation and tortious interference litigation, and matters relating to probate creditors’ claims.

Mr. Kypreos is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section. He is consistently recognized by peer and industry publications, including The Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers, and holds an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Notably, he was named a 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation - Trusts & Estates in the West Palm Beach metro area by Best Lawyers in America.

About Jones Foster

Jones Foster is celebrating its Centennial year as a full-service commercial and private client law firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, with offices in Palm Beach and Jupiter. Tracing its roots back to 1924, the firm has served as an integral part of South Florida’s growth and prosperity. Through a relentless pursuit of excellence, Jones Foster delivers original legal solutions that help clients, colleagues, and the community to move forward. A significant number of attorneys have received the designation of Board-Certified Specialist by The Florida Bar in their specific practice area. The firm’s practice groups include Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Corporate & Tax; Land Use & Governmental; Private Wealth, Wills, Trusts & Estates; Real Estate; and Trust & Estate Litigation. For more information, please visit