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Less Than Half of Americans Have a Will

I ran across an article by Gallup that found that less than half of Americans (46%) have a Will.  To be honest, I figured it would be lower than that.  So many people want to avoid the topic of death that I think it prevents a lot of people from even contemplating executing a Will.  […]

How a Florida Land Trust Can Help Investors Buy Properties When Taking Over Mortgage Payments

Florida real estate investors have long used land trusts as a versatile legal tool with multiple benefits. The basic framework of a land trust is as follows: The property owner conveys title through a deed to the new owner, the trust. The trustee of the trust holds legal title, while the beneficiary owns a beneficial interest in […]

Understanding Eminent Domain  

An eminent domain case usually starts before the case is filed in the courts. The state agency or the private company that has given the power of Eminent Domain through the Florida Statutes will usually contact the landowner and try to negotiate a purchase price for the property well in advance of the government or […]

Why Hire a Licensed Immigration Lawyer |  Part I

Foreign nationals, both non-immigrants and immigrants, in Florida and around the country face many hurdles in applying for immigration benefits in the U.S. The first important decision many foreign nationals must decide upon is whether to: Self-file immigration paperwork To hire a licensed immigration lawyer To hire a nonlawyer (unlicensed representative)  However, foreign nationals should […]

How to Avoid Guardianship?

As you age, it is essential to consider the avoidance of guardianship. Avoiding guardianship rests solely on your intent as an individual and then your capability to draft those crucial documents that relay your wishes regarding who you want to take care of and make decisions for you on financial and medical matters.    Two […]

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 […]

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 […]

Qualcomm Sues Meizu over Patent Infringement

Qualcomm has a history of fighting with a Chinese company known as Meizu. This manufacturer of portable electronics is known for producing items without taking the time to acquire all the proper patent rights for the products that it creates. That’s why Qualcomm has taken legal action against the company many times, and it’s why […]

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