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May15No Comments

What is Collaborative Divorce?

ollaborative Divorce helps divorcing couples stay out of Court while at the same time providing both you and your spouse with independent and dedicated attorneys.  At the beginning of the collaborative divorce process, both you and your spouse along...
Apr24No Comments

Certificates of Occupancy

When you purchase a property, you want to make sure that the structures and improvements that have been made to the property were done with all necessary permits and inspections that the city, town, or village requires. The standard New York Contract...
Feb21No Comments

New Maintenance Laws Now Effective in New York State

he New Maintenance Laws have greatly effected the way alimony (termed “maintenance” in NY) is handled in New York State. The new law, which went into effect on 01/25/2016 throws out the former way the Courts determined alimony or maintenance...
May09No Comments

Does NY recognize common law marriage?

The short answer is: NO… However, as with most legal issues, there is no black and white. The NY Courts have stated that without a marriage – there will be no recognition of an implied contract. This is a huge impediment to someone seeking...
Jun08No Comments

The Legal Process of Selling Your Home or Property

[Please note that local customs and practices vary location to location within New York. For the NYC and surrounding areas, including Westchester County, the following summation should be useful:] So you have listed your home for sale and you have an...
May17No Comments

Explaining Closing Adjustments in a Real Estate Transaction

What are those confusing numbers that take place before the closing and at the closing that lawyers and title companies refer to as “adjustments” or “closing adjustments”? They are really not as complicated as they first appear....
May15No Comments

Custody Case: The Forensic Mental Health Evaluator

In a contested custody case, often the Court will appoint a neutral mental health evaluator to aid the Court in determining various parenting issues and what type of custody arrangement is in the best interests of the children. This expert is usually...
Apr23No Comments

Do I need a Prenuptial Agreement?

That is a good question to ask yourself before you walk down the aisle… “Prenups” are not for everyone and they certainly are not the most romantic subject to bring up with your fiancé.  However, they can be a powerful and useful planning...
Feb18No Comments

Keeping Your Separate Property Separate

Equitable distribution is the division of marital property in a divorce. Equitable distribution law is premised upon a marriage being an economic partnership. Marital assets are broadly construed, while separate assets are narrowly construed, as exceptions....
Nov09No Comments

Divorce in Westchester County: Specific Court Rules

If you are getting divorced in Westchester County, it is important to hire a matrimonial attorney who is familiar with the unique practice of the Westchester County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part. In Westchester County, there are Matrimonial Part Operational...