Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the practical and administrative questions we are asked frequently in our practice along with our answers. If you have a question about a specific area of the law, please visit the Areas of Practice portion of our site.
How Do I Get Started?
The first step in any family law matter is to decide to take action. This is an extremely personal and private decision which can only be made by you for reasons which only you can truly understand
Once you have made that decision, the next step is to contact an attorney and retain that attorney to assist you with your case. To retain an attorney means to pay a retainer fee and sign a retainer agreement. For more information on my fees and retainers, please fee the Fees and Costs section of this site.
How Long Have You Been Practicing Law?
I have been an attorney for over 10 years. I was admitted to the New York State bar on April 17, 1996.
Where Did You Go to Law School?
I went to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and graduated with honors in 1995. Cardozo Law is part of Yeshiva University in New York City.
Do You Specialize in Matrimonial and Family Law?
I devote a substantial portion of my practice to matrimonial and family law. I also do some work in real estate and legal malpractice. I find that having some work outside the area of family law allows me to have a broader perspective on certain issues, and to avoid the burnout and cynicism which affects some attorneys who only handle family law matters.
How Long Will My Case Take?
There is no way to know for certain how long a case will take. Much depends on the other party and his or her attorney. If they are reasonable and knowledgeable in the law, your case will go faster and with less difficulty. If they are not, there will certainly be delays caused by their inappropriate actions and misunderstandings of the law.
How Much Will My Case Cost?
The answer to this question is the same as that for the previous question. The more difficult the other side, the more expensive your case will be. However, you can be assured that our office will do everything practicable to control your costs in terms of how we behave and conduct ourselves.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Keep the Fees Down?
Yes. Be actively involved in your case, and take the time to understand what is happening inside and outside of Court. Try to provide information requested by the Court, my office, or the other side in a timely manner. Look for ways to reduce conflict with the other side. Try not to fight over every issue, no matter how small or trivial, because ‘of the principal of the thing.’
Can I Get the Other Party Pay for Your Fee?
In every family law case, the Court has the authority under almost all circumstances to direct a party to pay the other party’s fees. Generally, a Court will only do so in cases where there is inappropriate conduct, a failure to comply with the Court’s orders, or an extreme disparity between the financial capabilities of the parties. If both parties behave relatively normally and there is no great income or asset disparity, each side will usually pay their own costs and fees.
My Friend Went Through the Same Thing as Me and Got This Result. Will I?
When you speak with your friends about their experiences, you should keep in mind that every case is unique and has its own special facts and circumstances. What happened in one case, even though it may seem very similar to your situation, will not necessarily happen to you. In addition, sometime when speaking with your friends, they do not always tell you all of the details of their case and sometimes leave out information which they find hurtful or embarrassing. This can have the effect of giving you a less than perfect picture of what happened to them, which means their case may not be as close to yours as you might think.
Do the Judges Know You?
I have been appearing in Court for approximately 10 years. Many judges know me well, and others are less familiar with me. There are no judges who I will not deal with, and none will refuse to deal with me. I have no personal conflicts with any judge which will prevent me for effectively representing a client.
How Do You Communicate With Clients?
I have a policy of returning all client telephone calls within 24 hours, if at all possible. I communicate with client by e-mail, if they prefer. I send clients copies of all documents related to their case which come in to the office and which are sent out of the office. Personal appointments are welcome and are scheduled on a routine basis.
What is the Best Way to Reach You?
I try to be as accessible to my clients as practicable. Generally, the two best ways to reach me are to leave a message on my office voice mail or to send me an –email message. I check both many times each day and on holidays and weekends.