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Types of Joint Property Titles and Protecting Your Financial Interests

For better or worse, in an economic crisis real estate often becomes a leading topic of interest, especially for existing property owners and potential owners. Whether you currently own property or are interested in purchasing property that becomes available, understanding the property title is important. It can be even more crucial when the property is […]

IRS Provides Tax Relief for Qualified Opportunity Zone Investors

More Time to Reinvest Capital Gains for Deferral or Exclusion In December 2017, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act added Qualified Opportunity Zones (26 USC § 1400Z-1, et. seq.). Congress enacted QOZs to foster investment in an economically distressed area to spur further investment in those areas and job […]

President Trump Expands Ban on Employment Visas and Extends Previous Executive Order

On Monday, the Trump administration announced it is suspending some categories of employment visas for foreign workers. The ban is effective June 24, 2020, and it remains in effect through December 31, 2020. The president’s executive order suspends the entry of foreign nationals and their family members currently without issued U.S. employment visas who are […]

What Businesses Need to Consider About COVID-19 Interruption Claims

As Florida continues to re-open, the effects on small business over the last few months are still being felt. While the mantras “eat local” and “spend local” are being advertised by many, and indeed will help, most businesses large and small need assistance now. Businesses, secondary to any funding provided by the U.S. government, are […]

Mills Joins Widerman Malek

Melbourne, FL (June 11, 2020) – Attorney Darren J. Mills has joined the law firm Widerman Malek. Mills focuses his practice on representing clients in all matters related to elder law, special needs, taxes, estate planning and asset protection, and small business bankruptcy. Mills is a licensed attorney in Florida, New Jersey, Arizona (voluntary inactive) […]

Four Widerman Malek Attorneys Named 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce four attorneys have been selected to the list of 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to appear on the list of Florida Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are selected to appear on […]

Circuit Court Decision on 401(k) Contributions in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Solidifies Florida District Court Ruling

On June 1, 2020, in a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (6th Circuit) ruled that the voluntary contributions to an employer’s qualified retirement plan (e.g., a 401(k)) by a person in Chapter 13 bankruptcy are excluded from “disposable income” for purposes of determining how much of her post-filing […]

Contracts, Force Majeure and COVID-19 Impacts: What You Need to Know

Every industry has been or will be affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, as the world continues to grapple with the ongoing health and financial crisis, businesses are trying to determine and guard against the impacts. For example, there are ongoing contractual obligations to many parties and in a multitude of areas, […]

U.S. Executive Order Ceases Immigration for Many Applicants During COVID-19 Crisis

It was announced this week that the president of the United States has signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of green cards to U.S. immigration candidates. The current ban, which expires in 60 days, only covers applicants who would be coming from outside the United States. More specifically, it blocks anybody from […]

“Save Small Business” Initiative and Grant Fund from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a private sector 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has launched the “Save Small Business Initiative.” This initiative is a nationwide program focusing on small businesses’ immediate needs, efforts to mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilizing support […]

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