Banking/Financial Institutions

The Firm represents both local and out of state lending institutions for closing on Mortgage loans. 

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INSURANCE/SELF INSUREDS

The Litigation practice represents diverse businesses and individuals as defendants and plaintiffs in a wide…

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Construction

We serve the construction community (including contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects and engineers).

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Church/Non-Profit

Churches and not-for-profit organizations are not immune from the legal questions and procedures…

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Lender Representation Services

The Firm represents both local and out of state lending institutions for closing on Mortgage loans. We routinely draft and execute forbearance (work-out) agreements for defaulting mortgagors or resolve mortgage debt through Chapters 7 & 13 of the Bankruptcy Law.

 

  • Loan document preparation & closings
  • Settlement Agent Services
  • General corporate issues for lenders
  • Foreclosure of mortgages and other liens
  • Bankruptcy matters for creditors
  • Litigation on behalf of loan servicers
  • Debt Collection

                      

Commercial Litigation

The Litigation practice represents diverse businesses and individuals as defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of matters before federal and state courts and regulatory and administrative agencies. We have experience in torts and products liability and general commercial litigation.

 

  • Contract disputes
  • General negligence/tort litigation
  • Municipal Liability
  • Construction law matters
  • Products Liability
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of warranty litigation
  • Estate litigation
  • Church/Non-Profit Litigation

                

Construction Law

We serve the construction community (including contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects and engineers). We handle cases involving non-payment, additional services, default terminations, design defects, differing conditions, changes, delays, suspensions of work, acceleration, labor inefficiency, bid mistakes and protests, as well as insurance and surety claims on construction projects of virtually every type.

 

  • Conducting mediations and arbitrations
  • Consultations
  • Drafting and reviewing contract documents
  • Performing schedule and claim analyses
  • Preparing actual claim submissions
  • Litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

            

Church/Non Profit Law

Churches and not-for-profit organizations are not immune from the legal questions and procedures that businesses and families must resolve. They often need advice concerning corporate governance, employment, land use and property issues, tax exemption, and liability issues.

Church Law

Churches need legal representation and counsel to address their issues. We represent many churches and pastors. We advise churches to make sure that they are operating properly so as to not jeopardize their tax exempt status. Much of the representation of churches involves buying, selling, and mortgaging land for church buildings.

Sometimes there are disputes within a church.  It is a scandal when members of a church sue one another, or sue their own church, but in this world the church must be prepared for these things.  Lawsuits are simply a fact of life in our society, and the church and its activities are not exempt from them.  We can help you minimize the chance of such a lawsuit, and we can defend you if a lawsuit is filed.

  • Formation/Incorporation
  • Drafting/Revising Church Constitution and Bylaws
  • Tax Exempt Status
  • General Counsel
  • Sale/Purchase/Mortgage of Real Estate
  • Advise on Fiduciary Responsibilities for Trustees

We regularly advise new not-for-profits about the best structure for carrying out their activities, prepare their organization documents, help them obtain exemptions from Federal income taxes, and advise them about registration with local regulatory agencies and reporting requirements imposed by Federal, state and local authorities.

 

Non Profit Law

A not-for-profit that is exempt from Federal income taxation may nevertheless be exposed to state and local income tax, sales and commercial rent tax or property tax. For that reason we obtain exemptions from a variety of New York State and New York City taxes and also from state and local taxes elsewhere.

We advise not-for-profits about employment law issues, including the classification of personnel as independent contractors or employees, employment discrimination matters, employee health and welfare benefit programs and issues involving personal liability of officers and directors. We counsel social service agencies about Federal, state and local regulation of the services they provide.

  • Formation/Incorporation
  • Drafting/Revising Church Constitution and Bylaws
  • Tax Exempt Status
  • General Counsel
  • Sale/Purchase/Mortgage of Real Estate
  • Advise on Fiduciary Responsibilities for Trustees