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About Deborah E. Kaminetzky

Deborah E. Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Cedarhurst and Garden City, 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 City Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kaminetzky 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 of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law, ADR and General Practice Sections), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Vice Chair of the General, Solo and Practice Management Committee, and is active in the Community Relations and Education Committee) and The Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky was appointed to the Committee on Law Practice Management of the New York State Bar Association in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker and author of articles for their journal. Ms. Kaminetzky serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as a their Treasurer, 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 early 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.

“Game Over”

Hitting the news lately is the fact that there is apparently a new growing cause of divorce, at least in the UK. The video game Fortnite was listed in 200 divorces so far in 2018 as being partly to blame for the demise of the marriage. While we in New York have “irretrievable breakdown” as [...]

By | 2018-10-15T17:05:53+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Divorce Law|Comments Off on “Game Over”

Mediation of Estate Issues

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a continuing education class on the use of mediation in Estate cases. Having been drafting estate plans for years and also being an experienced divorce mediator, I pondered whether mediation might be preferable to litigation in situations where a will contest is imminent. After attending the [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:49:15+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Estate Planning, Mediation|Comments Off on Mediation of Estate Issues

The Role of the Review Attorney in Mediation

Mediation clients often ask: why do I need a review attorney? Mediation is becoming ever more popular as people realize the value of having help in making decisions about their split; however, they do not want to “lawyer up” and risk having an adversarial situation. The mediator does not represent either party and will be [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:50:01+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Mediation|0 Comments

Who Gets the Frozen Embryos in a Divorce?

As if couples don’t have enough to think about when dividing assets and deciding on custody, the concept of making decisions about reproductive technology is becoming more common. Many people are waiting longer to get married and start families, and many people are beginning to take advantage of the newest reproductive technology available to them. [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:50:12+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Divorce Law|0 Comments

Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine?

Back in the days of the Romans, a law was passed that the soldiers were not allowed to get married because it was believed that romance would take their minds off of the battle and they would not do well. A Catholic priest named Valentine married about 200 soldiers to their girlfriends in secret. His actions [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:50:16+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine?

Update on Divorce and Tax Law

Now that the new tax law is official, this is what it means for divorcing couples: First of all, alimony or maintenance as we call it in New York, will not be deductible by the payor for any agreement executed after December 31, 2018. Note that the divorce judgment does not need to be signed—only [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:51:12+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Divorce Law|Comments Off on Update on Divorce and Tax Law

What’s the Difference between You Guys and an Online Service?

Recently, we had a former divorce client call us with happy news! She is getting married! Both parties have children from their former relationships, professional practices and assets that they would like to go to their respective children when they pass away. Understandably, our former client was a bit concerned about what might happen should [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:52:05+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Divorce Law|Comments Off on What’s the Difference between You Guys and an Online Service?