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Residential and Commercial Real Estate:  our firm handles all types of real estate transactions including, real estate closings, bank representation, settlement agent services, title agents, commercial real estate transactions, lease matters, title insurance issues, foreclosures and short sales.  We also handle Landlord-Tenant issues, including evictions.

Landlord/Tenant Law:  our firm handles all aspects of Landlord/Tenant law, from representing landlords in the drafting and negotiation of residential or commercial leases and contracts, eviction proceedings (both non-payment and holdover proceedings), as well as representing tenants in various matters.
 
Corporate Law:  we offer counseling and representation to individuals and businesses in the following areas:
  • Business entity selection and formation, including corporation, partnership, LLC and non-profit entities 
  • Maintenance of necessary legal documents for all business entities
  • Assistance in negotiating asset sales and purchases, stock/partnership and membership interest sales and purchases
  • Negotiate and draft stock redemption and cross-purchase agreements for shareholders, partners and LLC members (often called a buy-sell agreement)
  • Counsel on the structure of life insurance contracts and use in funding business continuation following the death of an owner
  • Draft and advise on the supporting documents necessary to integrate business owners' personal estate planning into business ownership structure
  • Assist in forming necessary affiliated or subsidiary entities to provide appropriate growth opportunities to clients' businesses
  • Analysis of commercial loan documents and negotiation of loan terms  
  • Negotiate and draft various restrictive provisions relating to intellectual property protection, non-solicitations of employees or customers and non-competition provisions
  • Review and negotiate purchase and sale agreements for business real estate
Estate Planning:  our firm handles all aspects of estate planning from drafting a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy, to the more complicated issues that may require the formation of revocable or irrevocable trusts.  Let our experienced team help you in any of the following areas:
  • Wills 
  • Health Care Proxies 
  • Powers of Attorney 
  • Revocable / Irrevocable Trusts, including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT) and Supplemental (Special) Needs Trusts (SNT's) 
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Asset Protection and Tax Minimization Strategies, including Q-Tip Trusts 
  • Financial support for pets 
  • Guardianships 
  • Business succession planning  
Estate Administration:  we offer estate and trust administration services to personal representatives, executors, trustees, beneficiaries, and creditors of an estate. If you have lost a loved one, an attorney from our firm will be sensitive to your personal and legal needs as we handle the final affairs of your loved one's estate.  Our firm handles the administration of both probate and non probate assets, including assets held in trusts. We often represent individuals who have been named trustees to an estate. Trustees have many obligations to fulfill including distributing assets to beneficiaries, maintaining accurate accounting logs, and paying taxes on behalf of the estate.
 
Estate and Trust Litigation:  we represent plaintiffs and defendants in probate and trust litigation matters, including will contests, breach of fiduciary duty and other probate and trust related claims. Will contest and court battles over a loved one's estate are extremely emotional and complex.  Let our office attempt to alleviate the stress by providing you with honest and knowledgeable legal advice. We will keep you informed throughout the entire process so that you always know the status of your case and our legal strategy.
 
Matrimonial (Divorce):  our firm handles all aspects of contested and uncontested divorces in New York State, including initiating or defending a divorce action, motions, depositions, trials, as well as negotiation.  Sophisticated matrimonial practice often requires more than merely drafting the necessary legal documents or negotiating settlements, it also requires uncovering hidden assets or obtaining a correct valuation of marital assets or businesses.   Let our experience at the negotiating table and in the courtroom work for you in all areas of matrimonial practice, including:
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Antenuptial agreements
  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • No-fault and fault divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulment
  • Equitable Distribution of marital home, marital assets, marital debts, business valuation, retirement accounts, 401(k) plans, pensions, stocks and bonds
  • Enforcement and Post-Judgment Applications and Modifications 
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)
Family Law:  our firm represents clients in child custody and visitation matter, grandparent's rights, Article 10 (Abuse and Neglect) proceedings, child support, as well as adoptions.
 
Criminal Law / DWI:  our firm has successfully handled the defense of individuals charged with everything from traffic infractions to the most serious felonies in New York State.  Let our negotiation and trial experience work for you or our loved one.  We handle criminal matters of every type, including:  
  • DWI / DWAI:  our firm defends first-time offenders and multiple offenders. We can protect your rights and help you avoid the consequences of a drunk driving conviction. Penalties can include jail time, heavy fines and loss of driving privileges
  • Property Crimes:  we have successfully handled the defense of theft and property crimes that include burglary, robbery and business fraud
  • "Shoplifting":  we provide defense services to employees and customers of retail establishments and other businesses. If you have been accused of shoplifting, we can protect your rights and seek the most favorable result on your behalf
  • Assault / Harrassment Crimes:  our law firm protects the rights of people who have been charged with and arrested for assault crimes that include harrassment, contempt or assault.  Once charged, defendants often find themselves served with complicated orders of protection that can further complicate an already complicated process.  Let our experience help navigate you through these issues
  • Sex Crimes:  if you have been charged with a crime that qualifies as a sex crime, you could face potential mandatory registration as a sex offender. We provide dedicated defense services to people who have been accused of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, rape, molestation and other serious offenses
  • Traffic Violations:  our firm is successful in having traffic charges amended to less serious violations or getting tickets dismissed entirely. Whether you have been issued a traffic citation for speeding or some other traffic offense, we strive to help you avoid the potential consequences of the ticket, such as having points assessed on your driving record. An accumulation of points can result in driver's license suspension or revocation. We handle traffic violations that include speeding, driving without a license, reckless driving and other traffic violations
 
 
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