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New Florida Law SB 1084 on Emotional Support Animals in Housing Is Effective July 1

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 1084 to create clarity and more consistent legal standards for emotional support animals (ESA) in housing. On July 1, 2020, the law went into effect. This article discusses some of the most significant aspects of the new law. People with disabilities and disability-related needs for an ESA are entitled […]

Join Us for the Webinar “Pathways to Keeping Your Business Alive”

Please join us on July 30, 2020, for the webinar “Surviving the Pandemic Pain: Pathways to Keeping Your Business Alive,” co-presented by Widerman Malek and Withum. There is no cost to attend this event. Event Details Surviving the Pandemic Pain: Pathways to Keeping Your Business Alive July 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT Join us […]

What Is a Holding Company and How Does It Work?

In essence, a holding company is formed to control something. Often that means it holds the control of assets that may be utilized by a subsidiary company of the holding company. The subsidiary operates the assets as part of its business and is referred to as the operating entity. The assets, which could include land, […]

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 […]

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