Thursday, March 5, 2015

CHANGES AT LAW SCHOOL

Just as a follow up from yesterday's post - wonderful to see one of my classmates and what a change at my alma mater St. John's Law School. Just incredible.

Same with me - Class of 1976 - this is what I looked like:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SPEAKING TODAY AT MY LAW SCHOOL ALMA MATER

I am a graduate of St. John's Law School in Queens, NY.

The Nassau County Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Program is sponsoring Wellness Seminars at the law school today, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. I will be one of the speakers. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT

Today I will be a volunteer lawyer with Nassau Suffolk Law Services at Landlord/Tenant court in Hempstead:
 
"Volunteer Lawyers Project
What is the Volunteer Lawyers
Project?
Attorneys are encouraged to volunteer to provide free legal assistance to the poor in Nassau County through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. NCBA partners with the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee to support VLP, which helps maximize the quantity and quality of pro bono assistance provided for the county's low-income community.
 
What programs are part of the VLP?
Volunteer attorneys handle a wide array of cases including matrimonial matters, individual bankruptcy, personal injury and negligence defense, estate matters, release of accounts blocked by judgment creditors, and various other civil matters.
 
     • The Landlord/Tenant Project's Attorney of the Day Program assists thousands of men, women and children in court to prevent homelessness.
 
     • The Bankruptcy Clinics assist families either with advice or the filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when appropriate.
 
     • The Matrimonial Project assists hundreds of individuals in obtaining divorces, child support and custody.
 
How does it work?
An attorney based at VLP’s offices in Hempstead conducts client intake interviews and refers clients to appropriate volunteer attorneys. The VLP attorney also recruits and trains volunteer attorneys to handle cases."

Monday, March 2, 2015

DETERMINING THE EQUITABLE INTEREST IN SPOUSE'S BUSINESS

Sutaria v. Sutaria, 123 A.D.3d 909, --- N.Y.S.2d --- (Second Dept. 2014)(2014 WL 7180918)(2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 08829)(Dec. 17, 2014):

"Contrary to the defendant's contention, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in precluding his expert from testifying at trial. The defendant's expert was not disclosed to the plaintiff until the morning of the first day of trial, in violation of the court's directive as to disclosure of expert witnesses (see Lucian v. Schwartz, 55 AD3d 687, 688; Schwartzberg v. Kingsbridge Hgts. Care Ctr., 25 AD3d 463, 464).

The defendant's contention that the Supreme Court erred in its calculation of the value of his two pharmacy businesses is without merit. The determination of the value of a business is a function properly within the fact-finding power of the court (see Peritore v. Peritore, 66 AD3d 750; Sieger v. Sieger, 51 AD3d 1004; Daddino v. Daddino, 37 AD3d 518, 519). Where the determination is within the range of the testimony presented, it will be accorded deference on appeal if it rests primarily on the credibility of expert witnesses and their valuation techniques (see Peritore v. Peritore, 66 AD3d 750; Sieger v. Sieger, 51 AD3d 1004; Levine v. Levine, 37 AD3d 550, 552). Contrary to the defendant's contention, no basis exists to disturb the court's determination that the court-appointed business evaluator was credible (see Peritore v. Peritore, 66 AD3d at 752; Levine v. Levine, 37 AD3d at 552).

The Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in awarding the plaintiff 25% of the value of each of the defendant's businesses, Ayush, LLC, and Dulari Corporation. The award of 25% of the value of the businesses properly accounts for the plaintiff's direct and indirect contributions to the businesses, including her contributions as the primary caretaker for the parties' children, which allowed the defendant to focus on the businesses (see Baron v. Baron, 71 AD3d 807, 809; Ventimiglia v. Ventimiglia, 307 A.D.2d 993, 994).

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Friday, February 27, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

The ABA Law Student Division’s National Mental Health Day is March 27 and law schools across the country are being encouraged to spread awareness and promote discussion about mental health and substance abuse in the legal community.

For more information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/initiatives_awards/lshealth.html

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW YORK ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE RECORDS ONLINE

The New York court system has added records showing whether an attorney has been disciplined to its publicly available online database:

http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/AttorneySearch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FREE SENIOR CLINICS AT NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

I am a Senior Clinic Volunteer at the Nassau County Bar Association.
 
The next Senior Clinic dates:
 
-Wednesday, March 18
-Tuesday, April 21
-Tuesday, May 19
-Wednesday, June 17
 
For more information, contact:
Demi Tsiopelas
Lawyer Services Coordinator
Nassau County Bar Association
15th & West Streets
Mineola, NY 11501
t. 516.747-4070 ext. 210
f. 516.747-4147
dtsiopelas@nassaubar.org