This case started in California where, after a two-day bench trial, the trial court found that a California trustee had breached his fiduciary duties by wrongfully withdrawing trust funds, which were then used to buy a house for himself and his wife in California. After the trustee died, his widow sold their California home, moved to Florida, and bought a Florida home with the sales proceeds of the California residence. The California court entered a judgment imposing a constructive trust on the widow's Florida home.
The first issue on appeal was whether the California court had jurisdictional authority to enter a judgment imposing a constructive trust on Florida real property. The trial court said yes, based on the following reasoning, which was adopted verbatim by the 5th DCA:
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by Juan Antunez