It’s About Timing: Protecting Your Assets Well Before a Lawsuit

Frequently, when someone learns they're being sued, their first instinct is to protect their assets — their home, car, jewelry, or their business, the building, office equipment, and company vehicles. Whether it's a civil litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, or even a divorce, there's a very real possibility of losing everything to creditors or in a civil judgment. The easiest solution is to have separate holding Read More

What is Pre-Divorce Planning? How Do I Know if My Spouse is Doing This?

Tom and Marie have been married for 14 years, but the marriage is on the rocks and divorce is imminent. Worse, Marie worries that Tom is trying to hide some of the family's assets from her. She has noticed things are different. Such as, they have less money at the end of each month, Tom's salary from his business is lower, his taxes are higher, and they're paying a lot more for all of their utilities. She has also Read More

Considering Bankruptcy? Here’s What Not to Do

Financial hardship can hit anyone, and like most mishaps, it strikes at the worst time. You get laid off after you buy a new house. You become too disabled to work, and the credit card bills start piling up. There are other ways that debt can overwhelm you, but it doesn’t have to ruin your financial future or your health. You can start over by filing bankruptcy in New York. When you file for personal bankruptcy, Read More

6 Detrimental Mistakes That Could Sabotage Your New York Child Custody Case

All things being equal, both parents have joint custody rights to their children. Custody laws are also supposed to be gender neutral, meaning that Dad has as much of a right to raise the kids as Mom. But judges are human, and some may subscribe to the old preconception that younger children, in particular, are better off being raised by their mother. Others may assume that if Mom is not acting as a primary Read More

New York Litigation: Understanding the Concept of Discovery

One of the most misunderstood aspects of litigation is the concept of discovery. The rules of discovery are complex and varied, causing both legal professionals and scholars alike to differ on their application. If you are party to litigation in New York, a brief overview of the discovery process can help you understand the role of discovery and how the right lawyer can make discovery work for you. Read More

Want to End Your Marriage in New York? Here’s What You Need to Know

Couples who are considering divorce have many issues to consider, from the requirements to filing for divorce, to division of property, to custody of their children. Since the laws governing divorce vary from state-to-state, it can be difficult for couples to know how their state’s laws will impact their family as they transition through a divorce. New York couples can better prepare for their divorce by Read More

Financing From the Masses: Crowdfunding Your Business Venture

The crowdfunding phenomenon took flight around 2008, and since then over $35 billion has been invested into creative ideas by people eager to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new product or concept. Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) established provisions for crowdfunding that allowed startup businesses to offer and sell securities. The Securities Exchange Commission adopted Read More

Procedural Issues Complicate Family Law Cases

The law is extremely complicated, particularly when it comes to procedural matters. In some instances, the failure to follow procedural law can result in a dismissal of a case. In family law, the matters at stake often involve children, significant amounts of property, and support for the future—all things that are extremely important. Do not risk losing your case over a procedural issue because you failed to retain Read More

The Importance of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements in New York

Agreements between spouses to distribute separate property in the event of a divorce can be extremely helpful in creating a fair and equitable result. However, even when there is an agreement, the court may override it as inequitable or unfair. Having an experienced family law attorney by your side can help considerably with these issues. New York law defines “marital property” as any property that was acquired by Read More

Defending Family Law Appeals in New York

Lower courts are granted considerable discretion in family law matters. In most situations, the lower court will only be overturned if the decision was blatantly wrong or erroneous. That does not mean, however, that defending an appeal is easy or something you should do without the help of an experienced attorney. Changing the result of the lower court could end up costing thousands of dollars in both attorneys’ Read More