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Sidney Werner

Sid Werner practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, real estate litigation, and commercial transactions and is on the executive committee of the firm. Over a legal career that has spanned more than 38 years, he has enjoyed assisting a great number of people in formulating their estate plans, from simple wills to more complex documentation, and has handled the administration of trust and probate estates on behalf of many families and friends of clients and others who passed away.

City Council May Vote to Permanently Prevent Development of Residential Properties on 16,000 Acres Throughout St. Petersburg

City Council May Vote to Permanently Prevent Development of Residential Properties on 16,000 Acres Throughout St. Petersburg City Council is currently split in its decision whether to pass an Amendment to St. Pete’s Comprehensive Plan, which would keep open the door for potential residential development in the City’s Coastal High Hazard (“CHHA”), those areas in […]

Real Estate Contract Provision Regarding Agents

Real Estate Contract Provision Regarding Agents A recent 2016 First District Court of Appeal case has addressed a common provision in a Florida real estate contract that was designed to protect real estate agents. The contract language provides that the purchaser shall rely solely on the representations of sellers and third parties, other than the […]

What Happens When Your Living Trust and Your LLC Operating Agreement Do Not Agree?

What Happens When Your Living Trust and Your LLC Operating Agreement Do Not Agree? A decedent had entered into an Operating Agreement with his sister. Each owned a 50% interest in an LLC. The Operating Agreement imposed restrictions upon the ability of each member to convey, during lifetime or at death, his or her interest […]

Estate Planning Documents Should Be Updated Now If Over Five Years Old

There may be very good reasons to update your will, trust or other estate planning documents even if they were signed less than five years ago, but there are very specific reason to make changes now if they are older than that. Durable Power of Attorney: Florida made wholesale changes to the statute governing powers […]

Are Electronic Wills in Florida’s Future?

Are Electronic Wills in Florida’s Future? A bill is presently before the Florida Senate that could make Florida the second state in the country, after Nevada, to authorize the use of electronic wills. Historically, to be effective a will had to be in writing. But with today’s advanced technology, the question of what constitutes a […]

The Side Bar – Volume XVII, Issue 17

Englander Fischer Side Bar – May, 2015   From Lenny’s Corner Each Memorial Day I can’t help but reflect on a personal experience born from the closing scenes of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”. In the first scene, Tom Hanks (as Capt. Miller) lays dying on a bridge and turns to Matt Damon (as Private […]

The Side Bar – Volume XI, Issue 11

November, 2014   From Lenny’s Corner With Thanksgiving around the corner, I look forward to a few days away from the office and time with my family. It’s easy to get wrapped up in life’s daily stresses, so I feel very lucky that every year I’m reminded to slow down, give thanks, and enjoy my […]

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