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Benjamin Z. Katz

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Life Planning for Your Family the Right Way!
  • Estate Planning, Animal & Dog Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • New York
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As described above, every professional interaction I've had with Ben was to my complete satisfaction.
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S. O. November 26, 2019
Very Professional We had a really messy situation that took too long and we turned to Benjamin to help us get out of it. Benjamin was very professional, he advised us throughout the process, while being very responsive to every request or question. We followed his advice and were able to win our case. Thanks to his aggressive approach and knowledgeable tactics we were able to quickly resolve all the issues and move on with our lives. I will highly recommend Benjamin to everyone!
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My goal is to form and maintain long term relationships with my clients. I am blessed to be a happy husband, a proud father and a joyful pet owner. I have always felt that a life well lived is one filled with connections to others.

Our lives are plagued with uncertainty. If you are single, married or in a relationship; if you have children, plan to have children or not; or if you have pets or charities that you wish to provide for, you need a plan to address that uncertainty. When you don't have a plan in place, state laws will control what happens to you and your family. I can help you formulate and implement a plan tailored to your needs and choices and then review that plan with you throughout your life to make changes as needed.

Eliminate uncertainty for your family should you become incapacitated or die. Protect and control your assets. But most importantly, leave a legacy of confidence and positivity for all your loved ones.

Presently, areas of practice include Estate Planning, Probate & Administration, Residential Real Estate, Guardianship and Animal Law.

I serve as a Consultant to several mortgage companies, having instructed real estate and mortgage licensees for many years and co-authored and edited several mortgage textbooks including Mortgage Lending Principles and Practices (6th, 7th and 8th edition).

I am a NYS Certified Real Estate Instructor. I am a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. I serve as a Volunteer Attorney for Free Legal Answers through the ABA as well as serving as a member of the Estate Planning Committee of the Senior Lawyers Division and serve on the New York City Bar Association's Consumer Affair Committee. I am an Attorney Member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and support several charitable organizations.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Animal & Dog Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Benjamin Katz, Esq. P.C.
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Law Offices of Benjamin Z. Katz, Esq.
Hofstra University
J.D. (1994) | Law
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State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. (1991) | History
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Professional Associations
New York City Bar Association
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Activities: Consumer Affairs Committee Member
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American Bar Association
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New York State Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Mortgage Lending Principles and Practices, 8th Ed.
Hondros Learning
Speaking Engagements
Animal Law Issues 2022, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722
Touro Law School
Certified Real Estate Instructor
New York State Department of State
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234 Questions Answered
Q. Is Condo Management company allowed to require a $1,000,000 homeowners insurance policy for an Emotional support animal?
A: It is not legal to require additional insurance in exchange for providing a reasonable accommodation to a person with a disability.
Q. My mother died due to negligence of a nursing home. What lawyer do I call.
A: Any action must be brought on behalf of your mother’s estate. Someone must petition the Surrogate’s Court to be appointed Administrator or, if there is a Will, Executor. If she was married at the time of her death, her spouse has first priority to petition. If not, all natural born or adopted children have equal right to do so.
Q. Can a lawyer help to remove a custodian on UTMA acct for not allowing use of funds for school?
A: The ability of a custodian to make withdrawals from a UTMA account before the child reaches the age of majority is limited. Generally, unless there is some demonstration that a child's parent is unable to pay for their education, it is improper for a custodian to withdraw funds. However, there is no right to the funds before the child turns 21 in New York unless the grandparent set it up for disbursement at 18. Unfortunately, the main downside is that it is considered the child's property and may make the child ineligible for financial aid although they may still be able to get student loans.
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Benjamin Katz, Esq. P.C.
52 Duane Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (646) 775-3455
Fax: (646) 368-8323
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: Closed
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