Blog Posts in 2017

  • Tip of the Week

    || 30-Oct-2017

    If you don’t live in New York State with the child, but a petition for child custody has been filed against you in New York State you should always speak to an attorney as soon as possible to determine if New York State has jurisdiction to hear the case. Without realizing it, you may consent to New York State having jurisdiction over your court case during the first appearance if the issue ...
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  • Tips of the Week

    || 23-Oct-2017

    If you have been placed on probation keep a log of all contact that you have with the Department of Probation. I always recommend purchasing a good old fashioned black and white composition notebook (the pages are not easily ripped out and they are sturdy). Keep track of each day that you visit probation, the days that you are drug tested and anytime that you call in by detailing the date, time ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 16-Oct-2017

    If you have had an order of protection issued against you make sure that you read it thoroughly. It is important that you abide by every order in the strictest sense. If you are friends with the protected party on social media then you need to block them to avoid accidentally sending them a message or having a message forwarded to them. An order of protection is a serious document and needs to be ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Most people who have never had a connection to the law before have an inclination to trust police officers. To that end, when a parent learns that their child may have committed a criminal offense they want the child to be honest and tell them to be honest about what they have done. Honesty may be the best policy in most situations, but sometimes remaining silent is an even better policy. Never ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 2-Oct-2017

    Asking questions of your attorney is always a good idea. In the legal world there is no such thing as a stupid question. If you have a question, then ask!!! I love when my clients come to see me with a list of questions. This way we can go through the list at the conclusion of the meeting to make sure that I have answered all questions. Meeting with an attorney can be a nerve-wracking event. After ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 25-Sep-2017

    Once you receive an order from a court you have thirty days to appeal it in most situations. If you want to appeal an order do not wait or hesitate to speak to an attorney. Should you be unable to speak to an attorney to determine if you want to file an appeal be on the safe side and file for one, as this only preserves the right to engage in the appellate process. If you wait too long, then you ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 18-Sep-2017

    If you engage in text messages or other forms of electronic communication with your child’s other parent keep a copy of these messages. They may be useful for your attorney to determine what occurred on the day in question. Due to the use of smart phones many courts have become reliant on text messages and e-mails to determine what may or may not have occurred between parties at an alleged ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 11-Sep-2017

    Always read any document that you are signing. Your signature is a powerful thing and some documents that are signed cannot be undone no matter how much whiteout you may use. If you have a question about your legal rights before signing a legal document always have a consultation with an attorney. An attorney is the person in the best position to advise you regarding the impact now and in the ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 4-Sep-2017

    Once a child support order has been entered against an individual the services of the Child Support Collection Unit may help to collect the amounts due. This is sometimes done when the ordered sum is taken directly from an individual’s paycheck and providing the sum to the Child Support Collection Unit for distribution.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 28-Aug-2017

    If you lose your job for cause then you may still be mandated to pay the child support calculated based upon the earning that you had from that prior employment, even if you don’t still have those earnings. As such, if you lose your job and need child support adjusted you should always speak to an attorney regarding your legal options.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 21-Aug-2017

    Always remember to provide your attorney with requested documents as soon as possible. Many times an attorney may have a time limitation on when documents must be provided. If the time/date to provide documents is missed you might not be able to utilize those documents during court proceedings. Should you not have access to documents always remember to speak to your attorney about how to proceed.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 14-Aug-2017

    Before you file for child support, it is always a good idea to have your prior years financial records (W-2, 1099, etc) available for either your attorney or the Court. Having these documents ready before you file will save time and hopefully make your court case less stressful.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 7-Aug-2017

    Summer is here, but remember don’t wear hats or shorts to court. Many courtrooms won’t even let you into the courtroom if you are wearing shorts. Remember to dress professionally, because in a courtroom your appearance always matters. If you have any questions about how you should dress for court contact your attorney.
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  • Tip of the week

    || 31-Jul-2017

    Always keep a lock on your mobile phone. Mobile phones carry important and confidential information that you might not want known by others. If the phone is locked, the information is being stored in one of the most secure means possible.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 24-Jul-2017

    Always keep your contact information up to date with your attorney. If your phone is shut off then send an e-mail. If your attorney cannot reach you, then you won’t get the important updates on your case that are necessary for your matter.
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