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- Business Law
- Real Estate Law
- Foreclosure Defense
- Education Law
- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- New Jersey
- New York
- University of Chicago
- J.D. (1990) | Law
- Columbia University
- M.A. (1987) | Political Science
- University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
- B.A. (1986) | Political Science and History
- Honors: Summa Cum Laude Martha Barrett Prize for highest GPA in History
- New York State Bar # 2372258
- - Current
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1514 Questions Answered
- Q. I was recently given an auto loan for more than what was discussed and agreed.
- A: Not against the bank, but maybe against the dealer depending on the evidence you have on the tape.
- Q. In NY, if a client is leaving one attorney for another attorney, is the client entitled to their case file?
- A: If there is a bill outstanding, you get nothing without a court order. You do not get attorney notes and internal memos, but you get all pleadings, letters, emails, and discovery materials. The attorney will hand it over when someone else appears in the case for you.
- Q. If I am paying part of my boyfriend’s bills do I need proof for my attorney when filing chapter 7 bankruptcy?
- A: Paying your boyfriend's bills is not allowed. Hopefully, you qualify if those payments are not counted.
- Q. If I file bankruptcy and I live with my parents still but I pay half of the heat and cable bill
- A: Yes. Your budget is whatever you pay.
- Q. I am selling a house with a tenant in the process of being evicted.
- A: No. And going in without approval could be a legal problem.
- Q. My daughter was caught shoplifting, she’s an18 year old college student. What will happen to her? Court date is feb 28
- A: You need a criminal lawyer. It depends on the value of what she took and her priors. She is not a juvenile. She is an adult. She will likely wind up with a conviction on her record, but no jail.
- Q. My mother owns her condo with her late husband as tenants in common - his 1/2 is now part of his estate with his 4 kids
- A: Your real estate attorney is right. However, the lien is only on the part of the property belonging to that child, not the whole property. The proceeds for that child must go to pay the judgments. There are work arounds as long as the child is cooperative, and the attorney should have discussed these before talking to the title company.
- Q. How do I start to end credit card fraud and I think I know who did it to me?
- A: Contact the credit card companies to report it. Report it to the credit bureaus as a fraud. File a police report.
- Q. Own 25% of a property in Canada. If declare bankruptcy in NY, could the court force liquidation of the property?
- A: In theory yes. Practically, no.
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