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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

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?

How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

I am very honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with the New York State Bar Association and share how I practice law and organize my business. NYSBA has wonderful resources on their site, including the How I Practice section, which offers tips, tricks, and lessons to other attorneys. This interview can be [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:53:34+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, Mediation, Small Business|Comments Off on How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

What is a Waiver of Estate Rights?

In New York, your spouse has something called a right of election. What this means is that no matter what you want to leave them in your will, they have a right to $50,000 plus one third of your estate. So for instance if you die with a will leaving your spouse out because perhaps [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:54:45+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is a Waiver of Estate Rights?

“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 | 2018-10-15T15:57:10+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on “Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright”…Or Is It?

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 | 2018-10-15T15:58:25+00:00 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 | 2018-10-15T15:58:29+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is an In Terrorem or “No Contest” Clause?

Why Annulment is Not Easier than Getting Divorced in New York

When New York required fault grounds prior to 2010, people who were married only a short time and had no children might have considered annulment rather than divorce proceedings. Now that New York has divorce based on irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, annulment in New York is actually more complicated than divorce. Just like New [...]

By | 2018-10-15T16:00:47+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Divorce Law, Estate Planning|0 Comments