Do I Need A Trust Or A Will?

The quick answer is that you need both. Each one is a powerful tool to be used towards protecting those closest to you—the people who will have to manage your estate. Why do you possibly need both? A will is effective when you pass away. And a living trust can be enacted and readied after it is created by you and your attorney.  Why You Should Create A Living Trust? When you establish a trust, you are Read More

How To Resolve Disputes With Your Tenants

As a landlord, you are likely accustomed to disagreements or disputes. Whether someone is refusing to vacate your property, actively destroying your something you own, refusing to pay their rent, or interprets their lease in a manner different from you, you must be skilled in conflict resolution.  Although going to court to resolve an issue often ends up being the only plausible option, it should not be your Read More

Things To Consider When Buying A Home With Cash

The state of New York and New York City continue to be very strong real estate markets. This can lead to buyers making more aggressive offers to help them stand out in a wide field of other potential buyers. One such result is people making cash offers on homes.  Because paying with cash will not require the need to undergo a lengthy mortgage approval process, the time it takes to close on the home will be Read More

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce Explained

Every New York divorce is unique, but they all fall into one of two categories: contested and uncontested. Below is an overview of each type's principal differences and how a New York family law attorney can help you navigate either one. Contested Divorce A contested divorce is one in which you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement on one or more important terms. While these proceedings are popularly Read More

5 Ways an Attorney Will Help You Buy or Sell Your Home

You’re planning on moving to New York and have already found a house you love. The location is perfect, the showing went well, and the price is right. With so many signs of a positive transaction, do you really need an attorney? Absolutely.  Because your new home is in New York, it is a requirement that you obtain one. Legal counsel will be there to represent you at closing and prepare the contract of sale. Read More

Probate FAQ

Estate issues can be complex, especially probate. If you’ve never been an executor or even inherited before, you probably have a lot of questions, which is why we dedicated this blog to frequently-asked questions about probate in New York. Do All Wills Need to be Probated? In New York, wills are required to be probated only when the decedent left an estate worth $50,000 or more. Only property that was Read More

How Child Custody is Determined in New York

In the state of New York, family courts make their child custody decisions based on what they consider to be in the “best interests” of the child. While this is the same in most states, different states have different ways of defining the child’s best interests. In today’s blog, we’re discussing how you can expect New York family court to make decisions about your child custody matter. A Case-By-Case Basis You Read More

Chapter 7 Vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: What’s the Difference?

Of all the things you could declare in life, bankruptcy is certainly the least fun. Not only are you likely to lose your property after declaring bankruptcy, but it’ll destroy your credit rating for a good decade or so. However, not all bankruptcy claims are created equal, with each one having some distinctions that are worth remembering. If you’ve ever been on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, you know how awful Read More

How Estate Planning Can Help You If You Get Sick

When thinking of estate planning, most people think of making arrangements for what will happen to their assets after they pass away. This is definitely part of it, but the truth is, it doesn’t even come close to capturing the full scope of estate planning. A huge part of estate planning that most people don’t even consider is that it allows you to make arrangements for what will happen if you ever get seriously Read More

End of the Road? How to Properly Dissolve Your Small Business

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on businesses. While some small business owners are finding creative solutions to move forward, others are making the difficult decision to call it quits and move onto their next chapter. If you fall into the second group, you may have questions about the technicalities of shutting down your business. While every business is different and your exact path will depend on your Read More