Tag: Long Island

Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

On September 6, 2012, in Debt collection defense, by Jason Mays, Esq.

Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

Court Finds that Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

A debt collection agency recently sent a letter to borrowers telling them that their student loan debts could not be discharged in bankruptcy, and must be paid. The truth is, student loans CAN sometimes be discharged in bankruptcy, although it is uncommon. Read more about this topic here.

Debt collectors misled borrowers often, judging from the number of successful Fair Debt Collection Practices lawsuits against them. If you have been harassed, lied to, contacted at unusual hours, or otherwise abused by debt collectors, you may be entitled to compensation.

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The attorneys at The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC can help in these matters.  Call (516) 858-2620 today for a free consultation!

Use Will to Appoint Guardian for Minor Children

On August 6, 2012, in Estate planning, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Use Will to Appoint Guardian

Use will to appoint guardian for your minor children.

It’s hard to plan for the worst, but failing to do so may only make things harder.  When drafting a will, it is all too easy to imagine that it will only be used when our children are grown, perhaps with families of their own. But thinking this way may cause us to focus too narrowly on deciding who gets our property.  What if things don’t happen according to this timeline?  What if you die before your children are able to take care of themselves?  Who will care for them?  Who would you like to make this decision – yourself or a court?

New York’s Domestic Relations Law allows parents to use wills to appoint guardians for their minor children.  Guardians can be appointed to take physical custody of children, and to look after the finances and assets that are left to those children.  Further, parents can choose a different guardian for each of these tasks – one to look after the child, one to administer the child’s finances.  When a guardian is appointed, courts will generally respect the parent’s decision (although a court could find that the guardian is unfit).  However, if a parent doesn’t appoint a guardian, the court will make this decision itself.  If you feel uncomfortable about leaving such a decision in the hands of a court, The Law Firm of Vaughn and Weber can help you draft a will that appoints a guardian for your child.

If you have questions about this or other legal issues, call The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to schedule a free consultation.

CitiMortgage Workshop on Long Island

On July 28, 2012, in Foreclosure, Message/News Board, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

CitiMortgage Workshop on Long Island

From Citibridgetrack.com:

CitiMortgage invites you to meet in person to review your homeowner assistance options at the Citi® Road to Recovery event. Meet one-on-one to discuss possible mortgage solutions available for your specific situation.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Drive North
Islandia, NY 11749

Forms you will need.
Video about the event.

If you have questions about this blog post, loan modification, or home foreclosure in general, the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you. Call 516-858-2620 to schedule a free consultation.

Rent Stabilized renewal lease period

On February 29, 2012, in Landlord-Tenant, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Renewal Lease

Section 2523.5(a) of the NY Rent Stabilization code provides the following in pertinent part:

On a form prescribed or a facsimile of such form approved by the DHCR, dated by the owner, every owner, other than an owner of hotel accommodations, shall notify the tenant named in the expiring lease not more than 150 days and not less than 90 days prior to the end of the tenant’s lease term, by mail or personal delivery, of the expiration of the lease term, and offer to renew the lease or rental agreement at the legal regulated rent permitted for such renewal lease and otherwise on the same terms and conditions as the expiring lease. The owner shall give such tenant a period of 60 days from the date of service of such notice to accept the offer and renew such lease….

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As always, The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you with your Landlord-tenant matters. We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island. Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation.

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