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November 2015 Archives

Estate Planning & Asset Protection For Physicians

By: Irving O. Farber, Esq.The asset protection planning legal scholar, Duncan E. Osborne reminds us that, in the absence of a nefarious reason, asset protection planning is a right. He has written that:“Almost all estate planning lawyers, almost all of the time, represent honorable , law abiding clients, men and women who daily contribute to society by their productivity and with their generosity, who pay their bills and their taxes, and who are not deadbeats, cheats, frauds, or criminals.  These same good people, some of whom have acquired significant wealth by their own hard work or that of their forebears, are legitimately concerned about the success of an American litigation system which sometimes more

The NYSBA House of Delegates Meet

          On November 7, 2015, attorneys from across the State of New York met in Albany, New York, to participate in the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates Meeting. These Delegates represent the legal community from local bar associations and districts and come together several times a year to discuss important issues impacting the legal profession and the greater community. At this meeting, the Delegates discussed preparation for a possible New York State Constitutional Convention, changes to the manner in which the legal community addresses professional discipline, modification of how members of the judiciary may receive retirement benefits and other important topics.
 
          Bashian & Farber Partner, James L. Hyer, Esq. commented on the meeting:"It was an honor to have been appointed as a delegate to represent the Westchester County Bar Association and to have the opportunity to participate in such an important body. We discussed some very important issues pertaining to the legal community, which discussions will continue during this next week, and I look forward to continuing my service with the House of Delegates in the future."

10 Best in Client Satisfaction

Each year the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys recognizes the top 10 practitioners in every state with the "10 Best in Client Satisfaction Award" for attorneys who handle matters in the areas of family and matrimonial law.  This year Bashian & Farber partner, James L. Hyer. Esq, was presented with this distinguished recognition.  When receiving the award, Mr. Hyer commented,"At Bashian & Farber, we handle a wide range of litigation including matters pertaining to family and matrimonial law and it is wonderful to receive this recognition as we constantly seek to ensure that each client is highly satisfied with our work product.  This award confirms that we are reaching our goal."Bashian & Farber, LLP handles matters relating to family including divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, paternity, and family offense.  Several of our attorneys are also trained mediators who are available to mediate such family disputes.

Bashian & Farber, LLP Sponsors Meet the Judges Event at Pace Law School

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         Every year members of the legal community come together at Pace Law School at the annual Meet the Judges Event. Hosted by the Westchester County Bar Association, the event’s mission is to provide a venue for students attending Pace Law School to meet members of the judiciary.This year the event was sponsored by Bashian & Farber, LLP, and attended by several of the firm’s staff including: Partner James L. Hyer, Associate Andrew Frisenda, Associate Jillian K. Markowitz, Associate Jordan C. Conger, and Paralegal Caitlin Baranowski. Mr. Hyer commented, “I am so proud that Bashian & Farber, LLP, had the opportunity to support such a fine event which attracted the participation of members of the bench at all levels of government, who interacted with the students in attendance,” and we look forward to sponsoring the event next year as well.
 

7 Things to Consider When Preparing a Last Will and Testament

By: James L. Hyer, Esq.“Estate planning is an important and everlasting gift you can give your family.”-Suze Orman One of the most important decisions that individuals must make is how their affairs will be handled in the event they become incapacitated during life and how their estate will be distributed following their death. For individuals who are their family’s primary source of income, a lack of proper estate planning can financially devastate loved ones following their death. According to Lexis Nexis, approximately 55% of American adults do not have a Will or other estate plan in place despite the unquestionable importance of preparing an estate plan. When preparing a Last Will and Testament, there are 7 major items to consider:

Senior Law Day

On the afternoon of October 20, 2015, Andrew Frisenda, Esq. and Jordan Conger, Esq. of Bashian & Farber, LLP were pleased to attend Westchester County’s Annual Senior Law Day, and to provide pro bono legal advice to those who were in attendance.[caption id="attachment_419" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Attorneys, Andrew Frisenda (left) and Jordan Conger (right) Attorneys, Andrew Frisenda (left) and Jordan Conger (right)[/caption]As part of Bashian & Farber’s ongoing pledge to ensure that the greater Westchester County community, and senior citizens in particular, have open access to the highest level legal services, Andrew and Jordan met one-on-one with over a dozen local seniors to answer their questions, offer objective legal analysis, and provide guidance about the nature and necessity of Estate Planning.The event, which took place at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, was hosted by Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services and was designed to provide information and support to all senior citizens in Westchester County.  Bashian & Farber, LLP is pleased to have participated in this event and is eager to offer Estate Planning Services to the senior community at large regarding all of its Estate Planning needs.
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