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About Deborah E. Kaminetzky

Deborah E. Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky & Associates, P.C. located in Cedarhurst, New York. Prior to starting the firm Deborah worked at a Long Island firm where she learned the practice of Matrimonial and Family law and Estate Planning. Deborah has also worked at the New York Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers. Prior to practicing law, Ms. was the president of a commercial property management corporation in the New York Metro area. Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the American Bar Association (General Practice, Solo and Small firm Division and Law Practice Management Sections), National Association For Community Mediation, New York State Bar Association (Estate, Family Law, ADR and General Practice Sections), The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the Technology and Practice Management Committee, and is active in the Community Relations and Education Committee, Women in the Law committees and General and Solo Committee) and The Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky was recently appointed to the Committee on Law Practice Management of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as a Vice President, and was their Woman of the Year 2012. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991 and the United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015. Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She expanded her alternative dispute resolution practice by completing a Mediation certificate program in December of 2013, an advanced Mediation certificate program in 2015 and most recently a Divorce Mediation certificate in 2016 from The New York Peace Institute. Ms. Kaminetzky has spoken to various groups on topics including matrimonial law, technology and social media use, and disaster preparedness for business including cybersecurity.

What to Expect at Our Divorce Consultation

Many potential clients come to us when they are in the planning stage of a divorce. No one has served any papers, sometimes they are not even sure they want to file for divorce, they are just thinking about it. When we have a consultation for a divorce, we ask that the potential client come [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|Divorce Law|Comments Off on What to Expect at Our Divorce Consultation

“Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright”…Or Is It?

Bob Marley, the singer famous for the song Three Little Birds, whose chorus was: “Don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright” passed away on May 11th,1981, without a will, with a fortune, and with at least eleven children from several different mothers, one of whom was his wife. The court [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on “Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright”…Or Is It?

Court is Like a Box of Chocolates

What is an “attorney for the child” and what does it mean for my case? Often when parents who are divorcing are already in court and do not agree on custody, the court will assign an “attorney for the child.” This is an attorney who will interview both parents and the child or children. The [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Divorce Law|Comments Off on Court is Like a Box of Chocolates

What Do You Mean I’m Not Really Married? Or Not Really Divorced?

When people call our office asking about divorce or family court issues, we tell them the various documents we need to look at in order to best advise them. One of the documents we want to look at is their marriage certificate. Often, we have people who consider themselves married, have lived together for years, [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Divorce Law|Comments Off on What Do You Mean I’m Not Really Married? Or Not Really Divorced?

Continuing Education for Mediation

Mediation is gaining in popularity, so much so that there are a proliferation of people advertising that they do mediation. Some of them are attorneys, some of them are not. Many of them have had absolutely no training in mediation, yet will sit down with a couple and “mediate.” New York has no licensure for [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Continuing Education for Mediation

Don’t Put that Help Wanted Sign Up until You Read this Article

You’ve been working on your business hard and with great success. So hard in fact that you end up working most nights. Your spouse and kids tell you that they miss you and would like to spend more time with you. The next natural step would be to get some help, right? Before you hang [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Small Business|Comments Off on Don’t Put that Help Wanted Sign Up until You Read this Article

Have the Talk Before You Take the Walk

Most couples get together based on attraction, discuss one or two main expectations or goals, fall in love and decide to get married. They then focus on wedding plans, thinking that if they can negotiate a large event between two families and come out unscathed by the wedding date that they will succeed in their [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, Small Business|Comments Off on Have the Talk Before You Take the Walk

What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?

My late mother used to say no one owes you an inheritance, but what did she mean? Wouldn’t most people expect to inherit from their parent? The answer is that a will reflects the testator’s wishes, not their heirs’ expectations. Most of the time, people want to leave their assets to their family, their spouse, [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?

Using a Life Coach in the Divorce Process and Beyond

Clients frequently need support during the divorce process. They are not satisfied with the way things are and want a change, but that change itself is scary. Sometimes I suggest that they obtain the help of a life coach. There are two reasons for this: First of all, life coaches charge significantly less per hour [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Using a Life Coach in the Divorce Process and Beyond

Divorce Agreements: Choose Your Wording Carefully!

Many clients ask why divorce agreements are so long and whether the exact wording really matters that much. The length is due to the fact that there are so many different issues that need to be covered. Issues such as Maintenance, Child Support, Custody & Parenting Time, and Equitable Distribution are just some of the areas [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Divorce Agreements: Choose Your Wording Carefully!