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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Banking for New York on
Q: I have a question regarding the rights of landlords to assign fees for the return of rent checks for NSF....

The management company of the property we rented had a relationship with someone at the bank that enabled them to verify funds were available before processing checks. Saving fees to both the management company and the tenants. As a result, any time throughout our 10 year tenancy that funds were... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Apr 11, 2019

The fees that a landlord is allowed to charge depends upon the terms of the lease.

4 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Banking for New York on
Q: I have an idea for a Credit Card product that will solve a number of problems for Banks & Card Issuers. Can I patent it?

I cannot 'deploy' the invention, of course, since I cannot issue credit cards. The idea is specific to how card fees are charged. How can I protect it.

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Mar 21, 2019

I can't tell you that you can patent your invention. You can patent an invention that is patentable subject matter. It must be new, non-obvious and you must be the first to apply for a patent on the invention. You don't need a prototype so long as the invention is fully developed/designed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Banking for New York on
Q: I won a settlement. My lawyer died and his son that took over cannot access his bank account how long do I have to wait

The check is at my lawyers office.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 28, 2019

Something is not right. You need to contact the bar and file a grievance. This is not how this works.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking, Collections and Stockbroker Fraud for New York on
Q: about a stock purchased

i have invested $20,000 in a company selling securities, i was told they would send the certificate of stock after 6 months, it has been more than a year i have yet to receive a certificate, the company is still online selling securities but their information have chnaged i cannot get any contact,... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jan 2, 2019

It sounds like you were scammed. Call the Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement office and the FBI. Your bank has nothing to do with this. They just sent a wire to a place you ordered. Am I missing something? The "company" you are dealing with likely does not really exist in a way a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: I own a nyc wholesale business, I had a client who bounced several check in the amount of 200k usd

I made numerous threats of prosecuting him criminally he gave me partial payments for a few months . He stopped paying , can I prosecute after 2 years have past ?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 9, 2018

Only the DA can prosecute anything. You can make a criminal complaint for the bounced checks, but it is very unlikely to be acted upon. You can sue in Supreme Court for damages, but that is really it.

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Banking for New York on
Q: Can a bank take funds for offset if the money was withdrawn from a 401k due to financial hardship?

I withdrew money from my 401k due to financial hardship, the institution in error sent to a closed/overdrawn account (I have proof this is their error). Can the bank legally take my money even though it was for hardship and they were previously notified of bankruptcy?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 5, 2018

Possibly. It depends on the timing of how it came down.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: someone if my family usemy checks and put them in a account and I didn’t press charges can the bank press charges

Only one check went through for 500$

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 21, 2018

Yes, but if you cover the checks they will not. Who cares at that point.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Banking for New York on
Q: Acorns withdrew 1,000. Unauthorized.

Acorns withdrew $1,000 from my checking account. Said it was a "one-time investment", but i never withdrew anything manually or agreed to anything. I need an explanation for this. There's nowhere in the terms & conditions that state that this would happen. Is there any legal action that i can take... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 5, 2018

I do not know what Acorns is. But you need to make a fraud complaint with the bank ASAP, and make a police report. You need to block this auto debit with the bank. Getting it back is problematic.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: My family house is in foreclosure the bank wants me to show my paystubs and my bank statements but they won’t match

My coworker is paid off the books and gives me cash and I put it in the bank and PayPal it to him I don’t know if I’m in trouble and if so how much and what do I have to do to fix it

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 3, 2018

There are ways of dealing with this. The bank is not the IRS.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: gave my CC info to a gym&I did not sign a contract I tried to back out but they required me to go in person.

They keep charging me even after I replaced my card

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 12, 2018

Do a chargeback on the credit card.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Is there any legal reason for banks to deny immigrants from opening checking accounts?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 8, 2018

Immigrants are not denied checking accounts. But you need a certain level of ID and a tax ID number to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: money deposited into bank account

My sister met this guy online she gave him her banking information when he asked so he could send her money, he sent money and now he is demanding she buy gift card with the money what does she do he started getting aggressive once he deposited and from my understanding the money has not cleared... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 14, 2018

This is a common scam. It will not clear the bank, and she will be liable. DO NOT WITHDRAW ANY MONEY.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Business Law for New York on
Q: Can a NY C Corp lend money to a MD LLC without breaking any laws?

Using a promissory note with a zero or low interest rate. I'm thinking of banking laws and securities laws.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 3, 2018

Yes, as long as the lending is to a known entity and not a solicited transaction. Then it is banking.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: Is it allowed to deposit foreign currencies into a US bank or do you always have to exchange it before depositing?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jul 30, 2018

You must exchange it. Or have the bank do it. But all deposits must be dollar denominated.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Banking for New York on
Q: Hi, I've signed up for a MMA and they charged me 1809 for two months when others are charged 250 Signed a contract

I really don't know what to do, We tried to use a credit card but the funds were insufficient so the credit card wasn't charged, The contract says it's nonrefundable. Other people are charged 260 for 4 classes a week when i blindly signed and now am sopposedly charged '2 monthly installations of... Read more »

Jonathan David Warner
Jonathan David Warner answered on Jul 27, 2018

I'm not sure I see how this relates to Bankruptcy... If you're seeking to determine whether this can be discharged in a bankruptcy case, the answer is likely "yes".

Otherwise, it seems to me that you signed a contract and that you're liable for whatever obligations you voluntarily signed up...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: i am separated from my spouse for 25years but sill married. can debtors take money from my bank for HIS medical bills?

i am separated from my spouse for 25 years but we are legaly still married. can a debtor take the money out of my bank for medical bills HE owes and are only in his name?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 6, 2018

While unlikely, under the "doctrine of necessaries", it is technically allowed for a creditor of medical bills to pursue you.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Intellectual Property and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Dad passed away and left property to sell and split with my brothers. Do I have to split my share with soon to be ex?

It was a dairy farm in Oswego county. Should I have my share deposited in an account with only my name on it?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 12, 2018

probably not.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for New York on
Q: In New York, is a transfer upon death of bank funds legal in all cases?

My uncle, a NYS resident died in Dec. 2017. With the transfer of funds upon death his estate has debts to the state greater than the value of the estate. Is this legal?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 1, 2018

I am unclear what transfer you are asking about. It is "legal" if it was a pay on death account. However, that person might need to return funds to pay estate debt. If there are more debts than assets, do not create an estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Consumer Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can I bring Citibank to small claims court?

I canceled my bank account with Citibank three years ago and Citi said they do not a have a record of any phone conversation documenting that I have attempted to close the account. They have been charging me $25 per month for the the past three years for insufficient funds totaling to approx $600.... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 15, 2018

You have not been damaged, so you have no case. You do not even get the $600 you claim should be written off. Just write a certified letter to the General Counsel for the bank saying what you said here.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Banking and Probate for New York on
Q: Can a bank refuse to accept a small estate affidavit to close a bank account of $3,000 saying it is their policy?

Pardon me. The form often gets called by different names in different publications and I used the wrong title. The title on the form is anAFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF

WITHDRAWAL OF FUNDS

Deceased. PURSUANT TO SCPA §1310 (2)

BY A SURVIVING SPOUSE. Can they refuse to accept this... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 4, 2018

The bank is right and you are confused. The small estate affidavit gets filed with the surrogates court to get what are called voluntary letters. It costs $1. The clerk will help you. You take those letters (which are a court order) to the bank.

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