Posted by Lois Stein (Michael's mom and Daniel Weiskopf, Mike's brother
My son Officer Michael Weiskopf of the St. Petersburg Police Department went in to the hospital with Covid 8/1/21 and his wife would not let us have any contact with Michael. She would not let us text him, call him, face-time him or visit him. She told the nursing staff not to give us any information on my son's condition. If we wanted any updates, we would have to go through her. She was giving us erroneous information and that is when we found our Guardian Angel Matt. Matt worked miracles and we were then able to get correct information on my son's condition from a reliable source. He also helped us get an object in my name that Mike's wife didn't want to give us, even though it was her husband's wishes that his brother have this object. My son's wife never told us that my son died and that there was a funeral planned by the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Matt is one of a kind. He is compassionate, kind, caring, sensitive and is a super Professional. He knows his craft and he gets things done. If I lived in Florida, he would become my trusted Attorney. I can't say enough wonderful things about Matt. G-d Bless you Matt for all that you have done for us.
Posted by Holly
Weidner Law showed me the upmost respect while assisting me with the process of probate. From beginning to end, Weidner Law was extremely attentive, always returned my phone calls and emails. I would recommend Weidner Law to all my family and friends! Awesome Law firm & staff!
Posted by Carla
I did a lot of research before hiring an attorney to assist me with the probate process. I ultimately chose Matt because I liked his website. He has plenty of videos that explain “legalese” for people like me who have no idea what it all means and he seemed really involved (something that a lot of attorneys aren’t). It turned out that Mr. Weidner was as involved as he seemed and he didn’t hesitate to answer any one of my million and one questions about what was happening during my daughter’s probate. Even though she had planned out her estate before her death and put everything in order and I had agreed to be her estate executive I have to admit to not having any idea what to do. I had agreed to the role because she asked me to, but luckily I came across Mr. Weidner and he made the whole thing seem much easier than the other lawyers I talked to.
In the end probate went well. Actually, it was draining and devastating but the process itself was easier than I thought it was going to be which was one burden lifted. When things have settled down for us in our new life without my daughter, I plan to go back to Mr. Weidner to talk to him about my own estate planning. Now that I’m raising my grandchildren, I have a lot of changes to make and I’m hoping Mr. Weidner can make it as easy as he did our probate.
Posted by Christopher
I sought out the assistance of Matt Weidner after my father passed away. I already had experience with probate after my mother died, but my father’s estate was a bit more complicated…a LOT more complicated and I really didn’t know where to begin.
Matt was very supportive in helping me to organize my father’s affairs and get through probate, but he also went out of his way to explain each step and complication we ran into so that I knew exactly what was going on all of the time. If I’m being honest, as the CEO of a larger company, I am used to being the guy who controls it all, so I can’t explain how much I appreciated Matt’s level of transparency and recognition of how important it was to regularly check-in with me and follow up.
I can’t say that this experience with probate was pleasant, in fact, it was extremely frustrating, but I felt a lot more capable of handling it with Matt’s advice and his simply being there to answer questions that I had (and there were a lot!)
I don’t believe that anyone can ever feel “satisfied” by the probate process, but it does help to have someone that you can ask questions of, particularly when the person whose estate you are dealing with is the one you would normally consult with such questions.
Posted by Paul
We (my wife and I) met with Mr. Weidner regarding the probate of my father’s estate. We’re also dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s disease which means that there are limitations on my resources and I just need someone to help me get my father’s estate taken care of so I can continue caring for my mother. When I called Mr. Weidner’s office, I explained that I had very strict restraints on my schedule and needed to be sure that even a consultation didn’t fall outside of my available time and his receptionist was very accommodating.
When we arrived for our consultation, Mr. Weidner was waiting for us and walked us right back to his office and we got right to business. I couldn’t hide the fact that I was stunned at how seriously Mr. Weidner and his staff took my concerns over punctuality, but he explained to me that he understood the demands of caring for an elderly parent and probate wasn’t a hassle I should have to deal with on top of that. I agreed but couldn’t help thinking that he was simply after my business – I’m a salesman, so I know the deal – but as I spoke with Mr. Weidner I realized that he actually does care about the impact of what he does on the people who hire him.
Every professional should be good at what they do (and Mr. Weidner definitely seems to be in my limited experience), but our consultation also reminded me of how important it is to be listened to and tehre’s no doubt that Mr. Weidner and his staff did that.
My wife and I still have one more consultation (a friend of someone she works with, so I’m obligated to hear him out), but if I go with my gut, Mr Weidner will be my probate attorney in the next week or so.
Posted by Sandy
Mr. Weidner helped me with a situation when I hit a brick wall trying to get a deed recorded. He is professional, effective and I can;t say enough good things about him. He is the best and I highly recommend that you seek his help for any real estate issues.
Posted by Angela
If i'm being honest after my younger brother died unexpectedly, I didn't do all that much research in finding a probate attorney. I knew nothing about probate and just wanted the whole thing to be over with as soon as possible.
I happened to find attorney Weidner in an online search and he looked kind (I know this sounds odd, but so many attorneys look so stern), so I met with him to see if he could help me with Robert's probate.
During our consultation, Mr. Weidner was very kind and reassured me that I wasn't the only one who was clueless about probate. He made me feel comfortable when I explained the unfortunate circumstances surrounding my brother's death - it didn't feel like he was judging the situation (which many people do) and explained that probate was something he dealt with often and not to worry.
I wound up hiring Mr. Weidner after our consultation and I don't know that I can explain how helpful he was. During a time when I very frequently burst into spontaneous tears and forgot to do the simplest daily tasks, he took control of Robert's probate and made sure it was done.
Mr. Weidner took the time to make sure that I understood the probate process which was something he didn't have to do. He was very good at getting things done (or reminding me to do them) and helped to make sure things were always moving in the right direction. When I eventually got to finalize the estate, I felt very fortunate to have chosen him as my probate attorney even if it was by chance.
Posted by Barbara
I hired Matt Weidner to defend my home in a foreclosure case AND because of his excellent reputation. I followed Matt's blog for years. One article he wrote was to defend your home, as opposed to just handing it over to the bank. And another article was "how to win" which uses Demand for Discovery.
I wanted to save my home of almost 13 years. I wasn't looking for a "free home", but was hoping for some type of modification to make it affordable. There were major problems with the Note itself, among other things, which if defended properly, I believe could have changed the outcome.
I knew Matt Weidner had been successful in the past saving homes for many people. I honestly thought I was in good hands and trusted Matt to fight for me --to defend my case-- like he did for others.
I ended up losing my home. In fact, I lost everything. Everything. I'm a 66 yr old female, in not so good health, and unable to start over.
It most certainly appears Matt Weidner dropped the ball in my case.
Public records prove there was no Demand for Discovery, no requests for admissions, no requests for interrogatories, no requests for documents, etc.
I could have saved $7500 from my now almost non-existent savings and feel confident I could have done better defending myself. Certainly not any worse!
I wrote to Matt recently, advised I was unhappy with his representation and asked for an explanation.
His reply was basically the laws had changed in favor of the banks, and that "it's just not practical to take a case like mine to trial".
Really? I wish he told me that at the beginning, instead of just taking my money. I would have hired another attorney.
It's difficult to accept such a loss, especially when one pays good money, thinks they have hired the absolute best attorney, and that attorney winds up not defending the case. And on top of that, you've lost your home and you know you will never own one again. Heartbreaking.
Moral of the Story: Don't trust your attorney or their ratings. Even the AV rating. Rather, learn how to hire a lawyer and control them
Posted by John
As a multiple small business owner I've hired Matthew Weidner many, many times over the years. I've also hired Matt to manage multiple personal legal matters and he's always gotten the job done. Unlike other lawyers I've worked with around Tampa Bay, Matt is no pushover. He's an attorney that intelligently looks at the legal matter and goes at it as if it were his own problem.
When any of my business contacts or family members ask me who I recommend when it comes to legal matters, the answer is simple, Matthew Weidner of St. Petersburg, Florida. I've never referred someone who came back to me unhappy with the services Matt provided.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Weidner, Mr. Kral, and Mr. Fuino were honest in their dealings with my family, never giving inflated hope. They were steadfast in their resolve that my case was worth the fight and did not let me down for the many years it took to prevail. They were classy and courteous to all concerned including the many opposing counsel which rotated in and out through this journey. They took the time to explain things and to present the best and worst case scenarios.
A short review will not do them justice. Let me just say I am so glad they were in my corner.