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The Orlando law firm of WEAN & MALCHOW, P.A. advises condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations, as well as members, managers and developers. Veteran community association practitioners Helena Gutierrez Malchow, James E. Olsen and Eryn McConnell represent many individuals and act as general corporate and litigation counsel to over 600 communities of all sizes. The firm also maintains a thriving general commercial litigation and real estate practice. Attorney Paul L. Wean, a seasoned practitioner with forty years of experience, is "of counsel" to the firm, devoting most of his professional time to building a mediation practice and to being a resource to the other attorneys in the firm.

The goal for our practice is to provide timely and quality legal representation at a fair price. Where possible we use the best technology to maintain an economical, effective practice. Yet the firm remains a small and personal operation, avoiding unnecessary frills and cost structures that force rates up.

Despite its small size, WEAN & MALCHOW, P.A. stays in the forefront of developments in the law effecting Florida communities by participating in legislative initiatives and lobbying, and by monitoring new case law developments. Each issue of the firm's monthly newsletter, the "Community Counsel" contains paragraph-sized case summaries designed to give the layperson insight into the judicial approach that shapes evolving principles governing this dynamic area of law. Our case law briefs have been reproduced by other publications with our permission.

Annually, the firm offers continuing legal education to licensed community association managers at no charge, because we recognize that clients are best served when all of their advisers have the best possible knowledge available to them. Our attorneys also are frequent speakers at events open to community representatives.

Our attorneys and staff recognize the unique nature of our client base: in addition to being neighborhoods they are also businesses run by volunteers who often are not educated in the law relating to their corporations. We understand that controversy is common because, unlike most business operations of similar size, the business participants did not choose each other and often do not share a common vision. Accordingly, we use our rate structure to encourage clients to seek preventative legal counseling as the most effective way to avoid problems, and our attorneys are frequent speakers at educational programs and frequent contributors to relevant publications.

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January, 2019: Attorney Paul L. Wean takes "of counsel" status with the firm after nearly 40 years of continuous practice, so that he can pursue other endeavors, both personally and professionally, although he intends to remain active and available to consult with the attorneys on any matter as needed and to continue acting as a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit court civil mediator.

January, 2015: As a new year begins Wean & Malchow, P.A. celebrates its 20th year serving the communities of Central Florida and surrounding environs. Where did the time go?

February, 2013: For information about our first general rate adjustment in almost five years, which takes effect March 15, 2013, please contact our firm administrator.

October, 2011: The firm takes on the project of volunteering to take photos of shelter animals, as Paul Wean, his wife Joan, and two professional photographers start "Pawsitive Shelter Photography, Inc."

January, 2007
: The law firm celebrates its fifth anniversary in its current offices at 646 East Colonial Drive in Orlando, FL. Click here to see historical photos of our office location.

March, 2006: Attorney Eryn M. McConnell joins the firm the day after her birthday.

September, 2005: Wean & Malchow, P.A. celebrates its tenth anniversary as a firm.

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