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Why OSU Could Not Get a Trademark for THE

As college football fans welcomed back the return of another season, there has been much to celebrate. The time-honored traditions of Saturdays spent tailgating or cheering in front of the television give us all something to get excited for. But one group of Buckeye fans got some bad news near the start of the season. […]

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Florida: Which Option Is Best for You?

Contested divorces in Florida seldom make sense, and here is why. Divorces are unlike a typical civil lawsuit. Unlike a breach of contract lawsuit, for example, there is no declared winner or loser in a contested divorce. In most cases, the judge will simply apply the same default rules at the conclusion of the trial […]

NFL and College Football Trademarks – Part 2

Many years ago, I wrote an article about using NFL trademarks, which can be found here. As a result of that article, and despite the advice in it, I continue to get many questions asking if an NFL logo can be used to sell something. Everything Except the Logo? Some people try to get crafty […]

How to Avoid “Notice of Contract” Legal Land Mines in Real Estate Deals

A common investor buyer practice, especially among wholesalers, is to file a document in the public records to preserve their contract rights and “cloud” the property’s title in case the seller fails to honor the contract. Investors are taught to file a “notice of contract” or similar document, which will turn up during a title […]

Five Widerman Malek Attorneys Selected as 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Widerman Malek is excited to announce that five of our firm’s attorneys are honorees for the 2021 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. 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 […]

What Should Property Owners Know About Eminent Domain Case Requirements?

Eminent Domain Case Filing Before an Eminent Domain case can be filed and served against a property owner, the governmental or quasi-governmental entity taking the land, also known as the condemnor, must follow several requirements. The condemnor must have the authority to take land via eminent domain, have a public purpose for the taking and […]

Florida Supreme Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard

On April 29, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court decided that Florida will now follow the federal summary judgment standard and adopt the text of the federal summary judgment rule as opposed to crafting a new Florida-specific rule. However, the court did make one minor change, which includes that a court “shall,” as opposed to the […]

Estate Planning During COVID – The Importance and What It Entails

Throughout 2020 and into 2021, 2.04 million Floridians have contracted COVID-19. Sadly, over 33,000 residents have died from the disease, while over 83,000 Floridians have required hospitalization for the virus. Even if the first two numbers weren’t tragic enough, that last number alone should give all of us pause. While mere exposure to COVID means […]

How Permanent Insurance Fits Into Your Game Plan to Build and Protect Wealth

Permanent Insurance: Using the Two-Way Player Game Plan The pandemic caused me to watch more football this past season than any other. The game has changed much over the years. One remnant of a bygone era is the “two-way player,” who played both offense and defense. With a few rare exceptions, the two-way player is […]

USCIS Announces H-1B Visa FY 2022 Schedule – Registration Begins March 9

H-1B Visa The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the dates for the fiscal year 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B visa registration period. Please note the following: Registration Period: USCIS will start accepting registrations for cap-subject H-1B’s for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 on March 9, 2021, through noon ET on March 25, 2021. Registration Completion: […]

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