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Derek John Soltis

Derek John Soltis

Law Offices of Patel and Soltis
  • Employment Law, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense...
  • New York
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Derek J. Soltis, Esq. is graduate of Rutgers School of Law Newark and an admitted attorney in the State of New York. Mr. Soltis also has an MBA in Management Systems with an International Business Designation from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science in Information and Communication Systems where he specialized in System Dynamics. While at Fordham Mr. Soltis graduated in the top 10% of class and was enrolled in Phi Kappa Phi the Collegiate Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma the Business Honors Society. Mr. Soltis's undergraduate degree is a BBA from the University of Houston - Downtown, in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Soltis has spent several years in the eDisocery industry working on the technical and project management side of many cases for Fortune 100 clients and top 100 law firms. He has also managed business units for multiple Fortune 500 companies with responsibility for sales in excess of $18 million wile managing a budget of over $1.5 million. Mr. Soltis is deeply involved in volunteer work. He has volunteered for many organizations, including: Bowery Mission, American Red MIssion, American Red Cross, Essex County Law Day, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project in Newark. He has also worked as a Street Law teacher in Newark while in Law School where he taught at the Essex County Juvenile detention center and the Alma E. Flag Middle school.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Immigration Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of Patel and Soltis
- Current
Partner in firm.
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
J.D. (2012) | Law
Fordham University
MBA (2006) | Management Sytems
Fordham University
M.S. (2006) | Information and Communication Systems
University of Houston - Downtown
B.B.A. (2003) | Computer Systems
Professional Associations
State Bar of New York
Relativity Certified Administrator
Websites & Blogs
New Jersey Foreclosure Defense Attorneys
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146 Questions Answered

Q. If a house was sold in January due to a foreclosure is the current landlord entitled to rent after January?
A: Until the house is actually auctioned the old landlord is entitled to rent. Once the house is sold, then whoever buys the house will become your new landlord. At that point, you will be a month-to-month tenant with them until you are offered a new lease or something else occurs. The bank may also buy the property back at auction and you could end up in landlord limbo until the bank either sells the property or asks you for rent. Just remember you have rights. Don't let anyone push you around, and call an attorney if you have questions.
Q. Can an employer make you sign an agreement that you won’t quit before x number of years? Is it legally binding?
A: No, it is not legally enforceable. If you want to discuss why someone would ask you to sign that talk with an attorney.
Q. Trying to get a emergency stay on my home i lost to foreclosure. I have a 15 year old daughter with Autism and injured
A: Is a sheriff sale scheduled? Did the home already sell and how long ago? You need to speak to a foreclosure lawyer to go over your options. Waiting for answers online that cannot give you specifics is not going to help if your time is limited.
Q. Is there a status of limitation on foreclosuring on a property
A: I am working on cases that stated back in 2008. The auction will probably take place in a couple of months. So, almost 12 years without paying a mortgage, and the case will finally be complete. So, once started things can drag on. If the case is dismissed along the way, then the bank may be barred from bringing the case again if they are beyond the statute of limitations and do not timely bring the new suit.
Q. Candidate failed background check on batt charge. His lawyer is saying we still have to hire him per New York law?
A: You need to talk to a New York attorney familiar with New York hiring practices. Depending on the position and duties, you may not have to hire the person.
Q. Hi, Standing? the lender sold the mortgage note 2x's mid litigation
A: One lender can take the place of another. Was the case ever dismissed along the lines? You may have other defenses that you are not aware of. Have an attorney review your complete case.
Q. Does hiring a foreclosure lawyer allow you to stay in your home longer?
A: Hiring an attorney that knows how to defend a foreclosure lawsuit and all of the other options available will normally get you more time than if someone files an answer themselves. If you want to go over all of your options or have an attorney review your case, you need to reach out to an attorney. Not every attorney understands foreclosure, so make sure to find someone with experience.
Q. I have a sheriff sale in four weeks. I want to move now! Can I shut off utilities and water and move on with my life!
A: Even if your home sells at a sheriff sale, you are not evicted the next day. If the bank buys the property back at auction, you may have 1/2 a year or more.... Or 30 days. It really comes down to what actually happens. You can also ask the sheriff to move your sale date back 28 days. Instead of just giving up, talk to an attorney to go over all of your options, make a plan, and reduce the stress in your life.
Q. NY: In foreclosure past 5 years represented by council on per diem basis.
A: There is no longer any laws that mandate a bank give loan modifications except under FHA loans, and even then there are tight deadlines. You should contact Shellpoint about a loan modification, while pointing out you were waiting for an answer on your appeal.
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