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Appraisal Contingencies – What Home Buyers Should Know

Purchasing a new home can be both an exciting and stressful preposition. It likely involves traveling around to numerous homes and touring them with your realtor (if you have one) and trying to decide the best location for yourself and/or your family. When you’ve finally decided on the home, that is where the real work […]

The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

I Want to Make a Prototype. How do I Protect my Idea?

You have a great idea and you are ready to take the next step and have a prototype built. This may require the expertise of a draftsman, engineer, or manufacturing house, maybe even an investor. While the best way to protect any invention is often a patent, there may be considerations that prevent filing for […]

Widerman Malek Christmas Party 2016

Merry Christmas! On December 16th, the families and friends of Widerman Malek gathered together to enjoy another one of Widerman Malek’s annual Christmas parties. The party was held in a beautiful venue furnished with a sparkling Christmas tree. You can view the images from the event below and see the festivities for yourself. Photographs courtesy […]

Widerman Malek Children’s Holiday Party 2016

On December 18th, A holiday party was held for the children and grand-children of the Widerman Malek staff at the firm’s Melbourne, FL office. The children and families had a great time making ornaments, holiday decorations, and sugar cookies to eat. Continuing the festivities, a reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The […]

Widerman Malek’s Annual Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest

Everyone here at Widerman Malek, PL wore their awesome, yet ugly sweaters to work for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. We loved everyone’s spirit and creativity, but the Ugliest Christmas Sweater award went to Attorney Hostetler (pictured front center) for his biker tattooed sweater which was a fan favorite.

New Montana Law Offers the Right to a Jury Trial for Criminal Property Seizures by Police

Montana has had some serious issues with police officers taking the property of its citizens when those citizens are prosecuted. Many citizens complain of being falsely charged with crimes, and then having their possessions taken by local police departments. That’s because current Montana laws allow police and prosecutors to seize property that’s expected to be […]

Tips on Planning Your Estate

If you have worked hard over the years and amassed a sizeable estate, you will want to make sure you have a definite plan for passing it on to your heirs. If you don’t have a will, your estate will run the real risk of going through costly and time-consuming litigation, and whatever does end […]

Preparing for Mediation

Mediation is a great tool for reaching a solution to your issue without resorting to litigation. As most people know, litigation can be very expensive and time-consuming, and the prospect of rolling the dice when it costs so much to play can be a great motivation to resolve your issues through mediation. However, mediation does […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Final Rule Changes to White Collar Overtime Exemptions

In a 20-page decision, United States District Judge Amos L. Mazzant has issued a temporary injunction blocking the United States Department of Labor’s controversial Final Rule increasing the minimum salary level for exempt “white collar” executive, administrative and professional employees, and requiring overtime pay for an estimated 4.2 million additional workers nationwide. The final rule […]

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