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Matthew Decell Weidner

Probate Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

4.9   48 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Broad range of probate and estate planning experience.

    24 years, 100 cases

  2. Foreclosure
    A very sophisticated and aggressive approach to foreclosure defense.

    24 years, 400 cases

  3. Real estate
    A broad range of litigation and transnational experience

Matt Weidner is a nationally-recognized leader in consumer litigation.

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Matthew D Weidner PA
250 Mirror Lake Drive.
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701


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Posted by Lois Stein (Michael's mom and Daniel Weiskopf, Mike's brother | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt - Our Guardian Angel
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.
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Posted by Holly | June 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
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 | June 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I did a lot of research before hiring an attorney
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.
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Posted by Christopher | April 30, 2019
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I sought out the assistance of Matt Weidner after my father passed away.
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.
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Posted by Paul | April 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review for a 5 star CONSULTATION not a hired attorney
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.
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Posted by Sandy | March 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
real estate problem
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 | March 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Option for People Like Me Who Are Clueless About Probate
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.
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Posted by John | April 23, 2018
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Best Attorney I've Worked With Over the Past 15 Years
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.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2018
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Their Experience and Presentation Won The Day
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.
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Posted by Jerry | April 5, 2018
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Short Sale
Matt made the impossible possible! Without his professional knowledge and legal experience, our home purchased would not have happened. The odds of us prevailing in this deal were slim to none, but we prevailed! Thanks Matt! Jerry & Danya
Posted by Jennifer | April 5, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Matthew Weidner is energetic and always willing to help the underdog. He has a true sense of purpose in helping individuals who have been wronged. He is determined, focused and gives his clients exceptional service. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Posted by Tiffany | April 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hard worker
Working with Matt was a very easy did anything I asked and made more than an effort to rule out anything that looked fishy to ease my mind on anything, he fought hard on my behalf and would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you for all you did for me Matt
Posted by charles russell | April 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
We retained matt on a couple of occasion nothing but top notch service i will refer him to anybody thank you
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Top notch
Excellent advice, thank you!
Posted by Miguel | April 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Probate made a lot simpler
Mr. Weidner and his team recently helped me with my mother's probate. This was a painful time for me, but I was able to not have to worry about her estate because of Mr. Weidner. He was very thoughtful, caring, and professional during our time of need. I definitely would recommend this firm to anyone who needs a great lawyer!
Response from Matthew Weidner May 24, 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to review. I very much appreciate the time you took to let us know and we look forward to the opportunity to serving you in the future!
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Matt really stepped up and took charge of my case. I really appreciate his help and would recommend him.
Response from Matthew Weidner May 24, 2016
I take pride in effectively and efficiently serving our clients and thank you for recognizing our efforts!
Posted by Jeff | November 6, 2014
Matt has done a fantastic job as my Attorney for over 4 years. His experience with foreclosures is nothing but the best. I've recommended him to several other home owners who are also very happy. If your looking for the most experienced Lawyer around, you've found it with Matt and his Law firm.
Response from Matthew Weidner May 24, 2016
It is so important that every person in my office recognizes just how important it is that every client is satisfied. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!
Posted by Don | October 23, 2014
Great Lawer!
Mr .Weidner is presently representing me in a foreclosure case, and understands the intricacies involved in the mortgage processes. I started my case as a pro-se defendant untill the court set a ten minute trial. I then retained the services of MR.Weidner which seemed to anger the Judge, as he himself remarked "We had set aside ten minutes for this case, and the defendant now walks in with the best foreclosure attorney in the state" . I have had 2 continuences since and feel confident in the outcome. I would like to add, it is enjoyable to watch Mr. Weidner work in a very stressfull enviornment
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Response from Matthew Weidner May 24, 2016
I love hearing that our entire team fulfills or exceeds client expectations...and i'm so pleased that our clients recognize our efforts!
Posted by JOHN | October 19, 2014
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Posted by Scott | October 18, 2014
Really on my side
Matt and his team have been exemplary in defending me in my 2 cases. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a real advocate!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Broker
  • Saint Petersburg Funding
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Matthew D. Weidner, PA
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Weidner Bowden Weidner
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Executive Director
  • Harris Management Group
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid of North Florida
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Legislative Analysist
  • Health Trac Publishing
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • HSBC Bank v. Aum Shree
  • Reversed Summary Judgment
  • Allen v. Wachovia
  • Case is pending.
  • Citibank v. Phillips
  • Mixed Win/Loss
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  • Attorney's Title Fund
  • Agent/Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Pre-Paid Legal Services Commitee
  • 2002 - Present
  • Licensed Mortgage Broker
  • Principal Broker
  • 2001 - Present
  • Saint Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • 2010 Foreclosure Heros Award
  • Foreclosure Hamlet
  • 2010
  • 2010 Top 10 Newsmaker of the Year
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top 10 Local Newsmaker of the Year 2010
  • Saint Petersburg Times
  • 2010
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Florida State University
  • 1999
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  • Florida Ambulatory Surgical Centers Resource Manual
  • Legal and Regulatory Manual
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Stetson Lawyers' Association
  • Foreclosure Defense: Report From The Battlefield
  • 2011
  • Florida Foreclosure Defense War Room!
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • 2010
  • JEDTI (Jurists Engaged in the Defense of Title Insurance)
  • Title Insurance Pitfals in the Foreclosure Crisis
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (36)
Endorse Matthew
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Weidner is an incredibly devoted and knowledgeable attorney. He goes the extra mile for his clients. He is one of the most respected attorneys in his field."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Matt. I have watched Matt in Court and he is an excellent litigator. Always prepared and understands foreclosure law like no other. Matt is well respected by our judges for a multitude of reasons."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Weidner is highly capable and knowledgeable in real estate law. He is responsive with clients and his reputation is exceptional among his pears and the community. This lawyer comes highly recommended."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Matt. He is a skilled and aggressive foreclosure defense attorney who fights for his clients."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Weidner is a leader in the foreclosure defense community in Florida. His leadership and unwavering dedication to homeowners is unparalleled. He represents his clients with incredible zeal and pride. A truly good lawyer!"
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt has proven to be a leader in the area of foreclosure litigation. He is one of the few lawyers unafraid to vigorously represent his client against the big banks. I never hesitate to refer clients to Matt because he understands trial practice, evidence, procedure and foreclosure law."
Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is the most effective foreclosure defense lawyer in the state. He is an excellent resource, along with a highly passionate, aggressive attorney. Matt seems to always have his clients best interest at heart."
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is plainly the best known and most effective foreclosure defense lawyer in the state and possibly the nation. I've sought his advise on several matters. I endorse him without hesitation and would welcome the opportunity to work alongside him in the future."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is probably one of the best foreclosure defense attorneys in the State--maybe the U.S. at the trial court and appellate level."
Foreclosure Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Other
"Matt has been a great source of candid, and accurate information for fellow foreclosure attorneys. Matt's contribution to the various practice information sharing networks is extraordinary. I can always count on Matt to provide accurate, insightful feedback. Thank you Mr. Weidner"
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Other
"When a prospective client calls me and asks me to defend their foreclosure case in St. Pete or Tampa, I tell them to call Matt Weidner. The Florida Law Weekly Supplement publishes legally significant rulings from Florida's Circuit Courts. Having a published opinion in the reporter is a badge of honor for an attorney particularly if your case sets a precedent that helps other lawyers in other cases. Matthew Weidner has large number of published opinions. His victories have improved the law for many other litigants.. There are a very small number of lawyers who have accomplished this. He is among the states Elite foreclosure defense lawyers..."
Foreclosure Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is completely dedicated to his work of helping consumers facing serious issues with their banks. He goes above and beyond the call of duty as a lawyer. I am proud to know him and have had the opportunity to work with him."
Foreclosure Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly recommended. Matt Weidner is an aggressive advocate for homeowners facing foreclosure."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is an excellent Attorney. He was a pleasure to work with, very professional and knowledgeable."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Having worked with Matt on several occasions, he has a great knowledge of the law and is an asset to his clients and the legal community."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. As a young attorney focusing mainly on Foreclosure Defense, Mr. Weidner's resources are very helpful to me in preparing for my own cases. By reading his blogs and hearing about his results I can tell that his passion for this area of law is intense. It is also contagious. I am very happy that Mr. Weidner and other attorneys like him are so involved and care about foreclosure defense. Great examples of GREAT and ETHICAL lawyers in our community."
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Weidner is who I consider to be the most knowledgeable and respected foreclosure defense attorney in St. Petersburg, FL. He tirelessly and aggressively defends his clients. That area of law is ever changing, so daily caselaw searches is a must. One thing in particular that has always impressed me about Mr. Weidner is his amazing research skills. He is ALWAYS aware of any new Florida caselaw in the Foreclosure Defense field. His motion practice is second to none and I have always felt very comfortable referring my clients to his office for foreclosure defense related matters. I personally give Matt Weidner my highest endorement."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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