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Contracts

Widerman Malek, PL can handle all aspects of your business law needs. We create corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other business entities for our clients. We assist in holding shareholder and director meetings, issuing stock or membership certificates, and preparing documents such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, and meeting minutes. We help our clients with tax planning, employee and insurance issues, and compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.  We also prepare all necessary agreements, including shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and other agreements as needed.

Please visit the Corporate and Business Law FAQ for more information.

Last Will and Testament document

Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise whenever a person passes.

Please view the Estate Planning and Probate FAQ for more information.

WM Attorneys Who Practice Estate Planning and Probate

Litigation is the process of resolving disputes through the court system. Litigation involves drafting and filing lawsuits, engaging in discovery such as taking depositions, filing and responding to various motions, attending hearings, and ultimately conducting a trial.

Litigation can be costly and time-consuming, so at Widerman Malek, PL, our first priority is always to resolve client disputes without litigation.  We do this by negotiating on behalf of our clients, by conducting mediations and arbitrations, and by utilizing other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

When it is required, Widerman Malek, PL vigorously represents its clients’ interests. We are results-oriented and cost-conscious from the initial drafting of a complaint all the way through trial and any appeals. Our clients can contact us at any time and can depend on us to be there to answer their legal questions, to write letters or make calls on their behalf, or to respond to any legal actions asserted against them.

The attorneys at Widerman Malek, PL have years of experience in business and commercial, landlord-tenant, land use, and contractor/construction litigation, along with most other contract litigation. We practice in both state and federal court and also represent clients in front of various licensing boards and other departments of state and local government.

Please view the Litigation FAQ for more information.

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Widerman Malek, PL proudly serves as local counsel for attorneys representing clients with legal issues in the various jurisdictions of Florida. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of Florida, admitted before all three of Florida’s Federal Districts, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Federal Circuit. WM’s home office is conveniently located in the Middle District of Florida, and only a short distance from Florida’s Southern and Northern Federal Districts.

Widerman Malek, PL can assist attorneys seeking admission Pro Hac Vice. WM can quickly complete the admission documents to be filed electronically with the Court, expediting your ability to practice. During litigation, WM can have as little or as much involvement with the case as may be required. WM respects that many clients have built a trusting relationship with their counsel and, as such, WM will provide lead counsel with assistance by offering litigation support, without imposing on any preexisting client relationship.

The attorneys at WM have experience practicing in Florida, and we understand the subtle details relating to our local jurisdictions and can provide the local touch to help obtain results as you litigate in the State of Florida.

For more information regarding our local counsel services, please contact us here.

WM Attorneys Who Practice Local Counsel

 

The answer to that question is “yes”. However it is a lot more complicated than moving in and staying there.

With the massive number of houses in foreclosure, many of them are sitting empty for long periods. There have been cases where people have gone into these homes and stayed in them for a few months and when the bank comes to kick them out, they claim to ve “in adverse possession” of the home.

In other words, they claim to be the owner because they set up residency there and nobody told them to get out, so now they own the place. Unfortunately it is not quite that simple.

Adverse possession laws state that the squatter must live there uninterrupted for seven years. In addition, he must be living there either without the owner’s permission and it be so obvious that the owner should have known he was there. So hiding out there is not good enough.

Also, the use must be in adverse to the owner’s use and be so that the owner can take an action to stop it, such as an eviction or trespass warrant.

So basically, you would have to move in, get the utilities switched into your name, pay the property taxes and stay there in plain sight of all the neighbors for seven consecutive years to even have a good case.

Even if you are able to meet all those requirements, if there is any doubt as to the squatter’s claim that the owner knew he was there and did nothing, the court must award the property to the owner. The “burden of proof” in this case is on the squatter.

The food news is, if you do meet all those requirements, the police are powerless to evict you. But id you just show up, change the locks on the door and move in without paying taxes and switching the utilities over, you are basically a trespasser and could face criminal charges.

So if you see an abandoned house, do yourself a favor and talk to an attorney before you move into the home.