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“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 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:51:06+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Mediation|Comments Off on The One Session Mediation

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 the Difference between Legal Advice and Legal Information? How does that Affect the Role of the Mediator?

People often ask: how do you reconcile the role of the mediator and the role of the attorney when you are doing mediation? When doing a mediation, the mediators’ role is to help the people decide for themselves what course of action they want to take. As a mediator who is also an attorney, I [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:54:29+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on What is the Difference between Legal Advice and Legal Information? How does that Affect the Role of the Mediator?

Nesting: The Logistics of the “Family” Home

Nesting has become a popular concept for families of divorce lately, with articles in the New York Times and other well known publications. Nesting, if you are not familiar with the term, is when divorcing parents arrange for the children to remain in the family home while they each obtain a separate place to live. [...]

By | 2018-10-15T15:54:51+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Nesting: The Logistics of the “Family” Home

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 | 2018-10-15T15:58:06+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Continuing Education for Mediation

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?

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 | 2018-10-15T15:59:16+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Using a Life Coach in the Divorce Process and Beyond