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Post – Divorce Modifications | Suffolk County

Posted on | December 14, 2010 | No Comments

For family law and divorce representation throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County – call attorney Shawn Kassman at 631-232-9479

No one wants to go through a divorce, or rather the divorce process. A contested divorce can be messy, time consuming and draining on you, your emotions and your resources.

Divorce can be expensive, time consuming and aggravating. In fact, many people just want to do whatever it takes to be done with the divorce and get on to the next phase of their lives. However, there are ways for you and your family law attorney to save time, money and aggravation, through the use of settlement.

Of course, there may be major points of contention that require litigation; but that doesn’t mean every single point in the divorce must go through an expensive, time-consuming litigation process. There may be many points that you and your soon to be ex-spouse can agree on prior to litigation.

For example, if you have a child custody dispute and cannot agree on a visitation schedule, that does not mean that you cannot resolve the division of property issues and spousal support issues prior to litigation.

Likewise, if you cannot agree on division of property issues, that does not mean you cannot agree on child support, as well as child custody and visitation issues. Remember, the more points you can agree on prior to litigation, the less expensive and faster you will be able to obtain your divorce and move forward with your life.

An experienced family law attorney can assist you with settling the points that can be settled and litigating the points that cannot be settled. By providing you with accurate information and experienced advice, your divorce lawyer can guide you toward resolving some of the issues presented in a divorce and saving you money. Your goal, and your attorney’s goal should be to obtain your divorce in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible, without sacrificing your interests or rights.

Contact Suffolk County, New York, Divorce Attorney Shawn Kassman

If you seek a divorce in Suffolk County or Nassau County, please call family attorney and divorce lawyer Shawn Kassman or a member of his legal team at 631-232-9479 (toll-free 888-545-2944) or fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and assist clients from our locations at Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location) and represent mothers and fathers throughout Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead and both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Our Central Islip law offices are conveniently located down the street from the courthouse and we can assist you with your family law or divorce matter during your time of need.

Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich and Powerful

Posted on | November 29, 2010 | No Comments

For estate planning representation throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County – call attorney Shawn Kassman at 631-232-9479

Many people have the misconception that estate planning is only for the rich and powerful. The truth of the matter is that everyone should have an estate plan. While it is true that some situations may call for more complex estate plans to accomplish your goal, presumably to protect your assets and minimize your tax liability, the simple fact is that you must have accurate information in order to make an informed decision.

Hundreds of thousands of people end up paying too much in estate taxes and leave much less for their families and loved ones than needed. A proper estate plan, even a simple, inexpensive one, can save you a substantial amount of money.

Just as important, and perhaps more significant, a proper estate plan can help you protect your assets against creditors and personal liability. In these uncertain times, it would be wise to protect your valuable assets, including your home, real estate holdings, business, and investments to the greatest extent possible.

A skilled estate planning lawyer has many tools at his or her disposal to provide you with significant protection against those who would try to take your assets away from you and your family. Moreover, an estate plan gives you control over your assets, rather than letting the government decide how your assets will be distributed in the future.

You have worked hard to accumulate the assets you have, including your home, savings and other assets, and you should seek out the best way to protect those assets from unforeseen circumstances. An experienced estate planning lawyer can help you understand your options and tailor an estate plan to best meet your specific circumstances and goals.

In Suffolk County and Nassau County, the estate planning law firm of the Law Office of Shawn R. Kassman Esq. will take the time to listen to you and your goals, analyze your particular circumstances and situation, and tailor an estate plan to best meet your needs and your goals. Estate plan attorney Shawn Kassman, or one of his qualified members of his legal team, will explain your estate planning options to you, including the benefits and limitations of each option. Our goal is to put you in a position to make an informed decision and provide you with recommendations based on our extensive experience.

Contact Suffolk County and Nassau County, New York, Estate Plan Attorney Shawn Kassman

If you would like information about estate planning or to discuss how an estate plan can help you, please call Suffolk County and Nassau County estate plan attorney Shawn Kassman or a member of his legal team at 631-232-9479 (toll-free 888-545-2944) or fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and defend clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead and both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Our Central Islip law offices are conveniently located and we can assist you with your estate planning matter.

The Pros and Cons of Divorce

Posted on | September 17, 2010 | 100 Comments

If you are struggling in your marriage, unable to effectively communicate about or agree on anything, and you see little chance of turning the situation around, you may have considered filing for divorce. You may recognize that divorce can solve some of your problems while giving rise to others. This article identifies some of the reasons you might want to consider seeking a divorce, but also identifies the consequences of marital dissolution.

What You Have to Gain through Divorce

  • If there is a lot of anger, verbal abuse or physical abuse in your marriage, a divorce can reduce the risk of that happening, and increase your safety.
  • Many people in unhappy marriages stay together because they believe it’s in the best interests of their children. Studies show, however, that children can adapt to divorce and often can benefit by not being exposed to the bickering and fighting prevalent in a bad marriage. One study concluded that 80% of children of divorce emerge as emotionally healthy adults.  Children learn from their environment. If they are always around conflict, they often learn that conflict is an essential element of any relationship.
  • Financially, you may benefit from divorce. If your ex-spouse was irresponsible with money or unwilling to contribute to the financial well-being of the family, a divorce can remove that burden and allow you to regain your financial footing.

The Potential Downside of Divorce

  • If there are children involved, divorce can lead to emotional challenges. If you don’t clearly explain to the children that they are not to blame, they may try to take responsibility for the divorce. Additionally, a divorce can often place children in the middle of parents who don’t agree. The children may feel like they have to take sides, or that they have to become a different person when they are with each parent.
  • Divorce can be financially devastating, whether you are the custodial or the non-custodial parent. You may have built a lifestyle based on two incomes, with a home, car and extracurricular activities at that level. With only one income, you may not be able to maintain the lifestyle you had. As a custodial parent, you may not be able to get enough in child support to keep your home or other items. As the non-custodial parent, the requirement to pay child support can make it difficult to acquire your own living space and build a separate life.
  • Divorce can be emotionally devastating. Sometimes referred to as the “living death,”  it can make you feel like a failure, feel undesirable or unloved, and put you in a position where you are constantly reminded of former, perhaps happier, times. When you or  your ex-spouse remarry and your children start to develop relationships with stepparents, the emotional challenges can be wrenching for everyone involved.
  • When children are involved, divorce can be very hard work. Even when you have a court order identifying custody, visitation and support, every situation is different. Your child’s needs and wants will change as they grow. You will often have to either negotiate exceptions to prior agreements or be perceived as inflexible, more interested in your needs than the child’s needs.

Divorce Law

In New York, parties must establish one of six grounds for Divorce.

  • Abandonment
  • Adultery
  • Confinement to Prison
  • Cruel and Inhumane Treatment
  • Living Separate and Apart Pursuant to a Separation Agreement
  • Living Separate and Apart Pursuant to a Separation Decree or Judgment of Separation
  • Property Division

If there is no prenuptial agreement, the parties are each entitled to 50 percent of the assets accumulated during the marriage, regardless of whether the assets are in one spouse’s name or in both spouses’ names. As long as the parties accumulated the asset during the marriage, each party is entitled to half. Assets include pensions, bank accounts and real estate.

If you would like to discuss your divorce, please call Shawn Kassman or a member of his legal team at 631-232-9479 (toll-free 888-545-2944) or fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and represent clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson, Riverhead and both Suffolk County and Nassau County, NY.

Questions & Answer

Posted on | August 2, 2010 | 1 Comment


Nebraska Town Mulling Ban on Renting to Illegal Immigrants

Posted on | June 21, 2010 | 371 Comments

Fremont, Nebraska is holding a vote today on whether to allow landlords to rent to illegal immigrants. A recent dramatic  increase in Hispanic workers at meatpacking plants has caused the community to put this issue on the ballot. Those who support the bill claim that it will protect jobs, health care and the quality of educational for locals. Opponents of the bill argue that it will lead to discrimination and racial profiling.

The number of Hispanics living in Fremont has surged from about 165 in 1990 to 1,085 in 2000, according to census expert David Drozd at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He estimated more than 2,000 Hispanics lived in the Fremont last year.

Clint Walraven, a life-long Fremont resident in this city of about 25,000, said jobs should go to unemployed legal residents. “It has nothing to do with being racist,” said Walraven, 51. “We all have to play by the same rules. “If you want to stay here, get legal.”

If the bill passes, potential renters would have to apply for a license to rent their property. City officials would review the license application to make sure the renters are not illegal immigrants. If a potential renter is found to be illegal, that person would not be allowed to rent. Additionally, Fremont businesses would be given access to a federal database to cross-check its employees residency status.

The American Civil Liberties Union office in Nebraska has said that it will sue the city if the bill passes. Fremont might have problems defending such a suit, as costs to defend it could exceed $1 million a year.

The measure follows the highly controversial immigration law passed in Arizona, which requires police to question people about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally.
To learn more about immigration law and landlord/tenant issues in the state of New York and to set up a consultation, contact Central Islip Immigration Lawyer Shawn R. Kassman at his website http://www.centralisliplawyer.com/ or at 631-232-9479.

The Law Office of Shawn R. Kassman, Esq., Central Islip Holtsville NY

Posted on | March 30, 2010 | No Comments

The Law Office of Shawn R. Kassman Esq. is a full-service law firm providing our clients with peace of mind about their legal issues.

Our full-service commitment to you:

Full service means that we can help you with most of your legal needs at the time you need us the most. We represent clients with legal needs such as divorce, landlord and tenant disputes, estate planning, criminal charges, family law issues and real estate disputes. We are committed to:

  • Returning your calls within 24 hours
  • Fully answering your legal questions
  • Appearing in court on short notice
  • Keeping you informed of all developments in your case

We are available to you. Shawn Kassman and his associates and staff are available to speak with clients 24/7. We can appear in court 365 days a year for arraignments and scheduled court appearance.

Free consultation. Consultations by phone and office appointments are free of charge, and we offer flexible appointment times.

Individual attention. Mr. Kassman is committed to providing the best representation possible for every client. You will have one lawyer and one staff person available to you at all times. This ensures that you can always talk to someone who knows the details of your case. Mr. Kassman regularly appears in the courts of the state of New York. He knows the judges, prosecutors and court personnel who might be involved in your case and can advise you based on first-hand knowledge.

If you need an attorney who will treat you with the concern and compassion you deserve, call the Law Office of Shawn R. Kassman Esq. at (631) 232-9479. We represent clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead and both Suffolk and Nassau counties.

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