I often receive inquiries from prospective clients who have been told to “go to Family Court and work out custody and support and then get your divorce,” or if a couple is not married they are advised to “just go to Family Court.” When I speak with people like this, they envision the Court system…

The internet has changed the way we live; everyone can now become an “expert” on any topic with a quick web search. While easy (and free) access to information is empowering, it can also be filled with pitfalls. Ask any lawyer what the bane of her existence is and she will likely tell you “Google”…

About 15 years ago I represented a white woman in a custody dispute with her former husband, a black man. My client was concerned that if the judge were a person of color, s/he would be prejudiced against her. At that time, there were no judges of color to be found in the Capital District,…

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Like many families, I did not anticipate that senior year at Guilderland High School was going to end like this. My student counted 14 events that she will have missed! I am not alone in trying to have my student enjoy the momentous occasion of graduation during a pandemic….

When I started writing for Our Towne I wanted to speak about not only my matrimonial and family law practice, but also share what I have learned in running a business for 25 years. I have somewhat strayed from the business topics but, with a new year, I am pledging to include small business words…

If you took a poll at work, how many of your co-workers cut their own hair? I am often asked “do I need a lawyer ?”. Just as you hire a lawyer for any transactional work, such as a real estate closing, a lawyer can ensure that you have covered all of your bases in…

As high school seniors will soon be celebrating “Decision Day”, the annual tug of war regarding paying for college arrives at my doorstep. Even parents who have addressed this issue in an agreement find [new] ways to fight about it. A recent case exemplifies this . The parties have 3 children and had agreed years…

I was hoping not to write a pandemic article, and hopefully there will not be a follow up one to this. As I write this, the Family and Supreme Courts are closed for other than essential matters- family offense; abuse/neglect; juvenile arraignments. However, Courts are now starting to conference ongoing cases via Skype, and it…

When I was young, I had a debate with my father about whether a person could be judged by who that person associated herself with.  My father said that to associate yourself with an unscrupulous person is to give people the impression that you too are unscrupulous.  Of course, I disagreed with him about this….

Many unmarried couples buy homes together.  When making what is generally the largest investment in one’s life, most people do not take into account consideration what will happen if the couple breaks up, or when one of them dies. For unmarried couples, title to real property can be held in several different ways: 1.      Joint…

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