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Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?

  With a prenuptial agreement negotiated and executed in New York, the answer to the question"Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?" is rather complex. A prenuptial agreement is a contract and therefore the terms will vary. I’ll explain some of the more common scenarios: Silence regarding expiration Should the agreement be silent regarding an expiration date - [...]

By | 2019-05-29T17:22:04+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, General, prenuptial|Comments Off on Do Prenuptial Agreements Expire?

Why you should have a healthcare proxy.

If You Don't Make a Decision, One Will Be Made For You My father was ill for many years with a degenerative disease – Parkinson’s. He had his advance directives in order including a healthcare proxy; however he did not choose where he was to be buried. He visited several cemeteries with the family and [...]

By | 2019-05-15T13:05:00+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Why you should have a healthcare proxy.

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 | 2019-05-14T21:07:11+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Estate Planning, Mediation|Comments Off on Mediation of Estate Issues

Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine?

Valentine's Day & Prenuptial Agreements? 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 [...]

By | 2019-05-14T21:20:10+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Estate Planning, prenuptial|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

“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 | 2019-05-14T21:55:15+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on “Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright”…Or Is It?

Why having a pre-nuptial agreement discussion may result in a stronger marriage.

Most couples get together based on attraction, discuss one or two main expectations or goals, fall in love and decide to get married without considering a pre-nuptial agreement. 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 [...]

By | 2019-05-18T09:05:02+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, prenuptial, Small Business|Comments Off on Why having a pre-nuptial agreement discussion may result in a stronger marriage.