Joseph Martin Carasso

Joseph Martin Carasso

  • Business Law, Collections, Consumer Law ...
  • New York
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With thirty-one (31) years experience in both litigation and transactions, I am dedicated to representing individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. My practice includes many types of litigation, including contract disputes, collections, family matters, estate related litigation and other types of litigation. I draft and review contracts and represent clients in various transactions. I assist clients with their Last Wills and Estate Plans.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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State University of New York - Binghamton
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William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. (1981)
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 1796481
- Current
Activities: Membership in the Trust and Estates Law and Family Law Sections
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New York County Lawyers Association
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3 Questions Answered
Q. Both my children are in a will in probate should they have a lawyer.
A: Generally a lawyer is not needed if you are a beneficiary under a Will. The Executor has a lot of work to do and will need at least 7 months (and maybe longer) to complete their work, that is, to gather the assets of the estate, transfer title and then arrange for distribution. You would need an attorney if you want to contest the Will. You might also need an attorney if you have evidence that the Executor is not acting properly. Otherwise, keep in touch with the Executor and your children should receive their appropriate distribution in due time.
Q. Can a will be changed after a persons death?
A: With the Court's permission, an Executor may withdraw and a new Executor appointed.
Q. Generally, is a retainer required to hire an attorney to sue the executor of an estate
A: If you are asking if a Retainer - Engagement letter/agreement is required, it is required for the attorney to present the Retainer - Engagement letter to all clients. If you are asking if a deposit is required to retain an attorney, that is between you and the attorney, and depending on the type of case involved, a deposit may be required by the specific attorney.
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270 Madison Avenue, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 732-0500
Fax: (718) 504-3926
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