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Deborah E. Kaminetzky

National Association of Divorce Professionals Conference 2019

I just returned from three days at the National Association of Divorce Professionals (I am a divorce mediator member) conference in Fort Lauderdale. It is an organization which has the mission of making the divorce process better by solving all of the parties’ issues. The organization includes professionals in four areas, legal, mental health, financial […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On March 20, 2019
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Why You Should Consult with an Attorney Prior to Deciding to Divorce

Many potential clients come in for a consultation once they have been served with divorce papers or already moved out of their home. Often if not always, there are clear signs that a marriage is in trouble and that divorce may be imminent. As with most other aspects of your life, having information prior to […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On January 17, 2019
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Lawyer as Employer: The Business Decisions Involved With Getting Help for Your Firm

The first step in becoming an employer is recognizing that you need help. The next step is deciding which type of help you need! This article in the NYSBA Association Journal outlines the important considerations to think about when hiring and expanding your solo practice. Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, October […]

“Game Over”

Hitting the news lately is the fact that there is a new growing cause of divorce, gaming addiction, 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” […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On September 20, 2018
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What Are Advance Directives in New York?

Advance Directives are documents which let you make decisions on how you want your financial and medical affairs handled if you cannot handle them yourself. In New York, we have a health care proxy (which can include a HIPAA release), living will and power of attorney. They differ from a will in that they are […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On August 16, 2018
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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 […]

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 […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On April 26, 2018
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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 […]
  • Posted by Deborah E. Kaminetzky
  • On February 12, 2018
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Therapy and Divorce

Sometimes clients need help resolving personal issues that are not within my expertise. They may need to be able to come to terms with the loss of their marriage and the part they played in it. They frequently have stress and even post traumatic stress disorder. Since I am not equipped to treat them, I […]

The One Session Mediation

Yes, you read that correctly. It can and has been done. I have successfully mediated a divorce which took only one session. The couple had no children, no real estate, and very few assets and debts. They both wanted to reach an agreement quickly and were willing to work together toward that goal. There was […]