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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My landlord makes noise plays loud music smokes weed. Can i sue her for all rent my mom is ill and need peace and quiet?

Before moving to the apartment she told us no noise and she wants people who don't smoke drink loud parties etc. She also wants us to hang out with her and her family we said " no besides its covid19." We moved in because we desperately needed an apartment. Two weeks in she started... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Feb 25, 2021

Maybe. It would be better to have an attorney write a letter providing notice and withholding rent while you save. You have use and occupancy, so it will be hard to claw back any serious money. Definitely consult an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Co-parent with equal custody and visitation is requiring to see a negative COVID test from me before I see my daughter.

I travel once a month for work and follow all protocols including obtaining COVID testing. Every time I travel, my daughter's mother demands to see a negative COVID test from me before she will allow my daughter to come back to me. We have had a one week on/one week off visitation schedule... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jan 31, 2021

The order is the order and must be followed as written. There have been several reported cases which say that. You have the right to file a violation petition and a writ to get your daughter. In the end, it will be up to the court to decide if the mother had the right to withhold your daughter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New York on
Q: Can the ex husband file a motion to reduce the child support amount in NJ where he lives and the children lives in NY ?

He moved to NJ in aug 2020 and changed his work using the COVID-19 situation and did not pay the support for 7months now.

The divorce decree was from NY .

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel answered on Jan 19, 2021

Under the Uniform Child Support Enforcement Jurisdiction Act, the state where the children have resided for the previous 6 months has Jurisdiction over the case. You can ask the court to dismiss for lack.of Jurisdiction. If he has not paid you can file a violation petition in NY against him.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: I need consultation regarding a possible divorce.

I have been evicted from my home due to a fraudulent accusation by my husband since March 17th. The case have been dragged through the court system without any resolution as of today. I am totally displaced and need to know whst i can do in regards to my legal rights. We were married for 17 years.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jan 14, 2021

It is unfortunate what you are going through at this time. The first thing you should do is file in Family Court for Spousal support if you haven't done so already and need the support. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made a mess of the court system with cases taking much longer due to... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for New York on
Q: I live in new york and was charges with aggravated dui in may 2020 and have yet to be arrainged it was to be june 6 2020

The court postponed it, is there a time limit for the court to do so despite covid. it is being done virtually and on the phone at that court

Richard Hochhauser
Richard Hochhauser answered on Jan 11, 2021

Unfortunately, you are in a similar situation as hundreds of individuals, as nearly all cases since the beginning of COVID have yet to be arraigned. While the statutory speedy trial time has not begin to run under CPL 30.30, there is also a constitutional right to speedy trial. Having said that,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Question about PUA

Hello! Would one of the following be enough proof of self employment to qualify for PUA (pandemic unemployment assistance) ? : a check I received for a private lesson I taught in November 2020, check I reveived for a photo session I did in December 2020. I am a self employed actor and photographer.... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Jan 10, 2021

The Department of Labor determines what proof you must provide. They can request more if it's not clear.

If you are denied benefits make sure to TIMELY request an administrative hearing before an ALJ. I think all hearings are telephonic. You can then compare your claim file with any...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: I got my 10 year green card end of November 2020, if I get divorced now can it cause immigration issues?

I got my 10 year green card on November 28, 2020 and my spouse got physically violent earlier December for which he was arrested. He wants a divorce now. By law in NY the divorce would be no fault and cause would be irretrievably broken for 6 months(from August 2020 if divorce gets filed in January... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 29, 2020

This type of case requires you to retain one of the few attorneys who is experienced in both matrimonial and immigration law. By doing so you have (presuming your facts are accurate) both getting divorced and not having your green card revoked. During this pandemic, you have a choice of either... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: What can I do being that my dad has been in the hospital for 2 days and I’ve been calling with no answers

All the staff tells me is that someone will call you. It’s been 48 hours and no one has contacted me yet.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 7, 2020

I'm sorry for your family's ordeal. One can only guess what the situation could be without knowing more details. In some cases, it could take time before a patient gets assigned to a regular room. If he came in through the emergency room, they could be running tests. He could be sent to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My tenants lease expired in July 2020. They haven’t paid the last 3 months. What are my options to remove them?

We both agreed that the tenants would pay on a monthly basis. The tenants have not paid a dime of rent for the past 3 months and refuse to pay now because they say they are protected from the covid 19 relief. What can I do? I am sick of being a landlord and really just want to sell the house. Can I... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Dec 1, 2020

Your tenants may be protected by COVID 19 protections now, but that doesn't stop you from taking the proper steps to begin the removal process and get them financially on the hook and yourself in line to get them evicted. I would strongly urge you to evict them first and sell after. Selling... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: I am being pushed out of my home in the midst of covid and need to know my rights. I need legal assistance.

I need a matrimony attorney. My ex reopened a case to have me out of the condo he owns however he let me stay here. The divorce papers back in 2013 had a rental agreement. Please advise. I need time or need to fight this. Lived here for almost 20 years.

Kevin Abessi
Kevin Abessi answered on Dec 1, 2020


Much, if not the entirety of this matter may have to do with the terms of that agreement. Other than that, existing law may afford tenants some rights and protections against landlords under certain circumstances. An attorney cannot properly answer this question, however, without...
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3 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: landlord is selling the house I live in she is trying to let people come in our house to look around we are in Buffalo

New York and are in closing for COVID-19

We have told her no but now her realtor is saying he’s coming in anyway what can I do

And my landlord lives in Germany

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Nov 20, 2020

So you can definitely hold out and negotiate with the landlord to be bought out. My office deals with these kinds of matters all the time. The landlords will have to evict you if they want you out without buying you out. Consult an attorney!

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for New York on
Q: I am owed $1782.00 from a gym. I have been told in writing multiple times I would receive the money. It’s been 3 weeks

I have all emails communicating with business owner.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 12, 2020

You can bring a small claims case. Cases are being accepted for filing, but no cases are being tried. COVID makes this much harder.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Hi What legally can happen if I choose to treat my ADD and I need accommodations?

I have had ADD many years. I have a expired IEP. I have had bad years of lack of focus. I want to go back to treat it with medication. However I have seen ADD is not on the list of disabilities a company has to offer accommodations for and can not penalized you for .

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Nov 8, 2020

Generally, if you have no employment contract, you are not union represented, nor do you work for the government, you are considered "at will." The overwhelming majority of employees across the entire United States are "at will." That means that they can be fired for a good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Rights violation

At my work I put in for paid family leave of absence and the only one I told about it was human resources. A few days after some of my fellow coworkers we’re coming up to me saying I heard you were taking a leave soon? Do I have any recourse against the company I work for being that human... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Oct 16, 2020

What are your damages? It's one of the first questions an employment lawyer is trying to answer when they speak with you in an initial telephone conference.

Was there an adverse employment action? You were not terminated nor were you demoted with a loss in pay or passed over for a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can I sue my landlord in small claims court for a noise nuisance?

My landlord has refused to do anything about an noisy heating pipe that makes extremely loud banging and hammering noises for the last 2 winters. It has severely impacted my ability to sleep and live and now with Covid-19, work. I've sent them multiple requests including a formal letter in the... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Oct 13, 2020

"Quiet Enjoyment" is a legal term of art that probably doesn't mean what you think it does; however, you may have the right to demand the landlord correct the noise condition and even receive a partial rent abatement until the situation is corrected. If your landlord is not taking... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for New York on
Q: Due to unforeseen circumstances with Covid we are unable to meet the minimum sales requirements of a business contract.

The contract has no force majeure section. Have we any recourse in this matter?

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus answered on Oct 9, 2020

It is necessary to review the contract to provide an effective legal answer. However, no one is oblogato the impossible, if it is really impossible. Impossibility does not mean that it is more costly, it means that there is no way to achieve that purpose. Now, to interpret what Impossible means... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can I negotiate with landlord to stay at my apartment after receiving a termination of lease?

Hello. I received a termination of lease by landlord in July 2020. My lease if up Nov 2020. I have been looking for an apartment for months now and I cannot find. They want three times my salary. I recently got layed off because of covid 19 pandemic but have some savings. I am not sure what to do.... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Oct 5, 2020

There is always room for negotiations. In any event, if you don't reach an agreement before your lease terminates, the landlord can't just lock you out but will have to commence a court case. If the landlord won't give you time, the court may.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Wanted to terminate my lease earlier because of financial hardship due to COVID -19!

Due to the pandemic, I experience financial hardship. I tried to negotiate the rent but the landlord won't assist on that matter except using their hardship program which we did use the deposit to pay the month of September rent. I was looking at different alternatives and also to terminate my... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Sep 23, 2020

When you sign a lease you are entering into a contract. The landlord is promising to rent you space for a specific use and a specific period of time. Likewise, the tenant is promising to rent a particular space for a specific use for a specified period of time. Unless there is a clause in the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: I own a house. My s.o. moved in a few months ago but we are now breaking up. How long should I give for her to move out?

I initiated the breakup.

We do not have a formal lease, but before she moved in we had verbally agreed that she would pay a fairly small amount monthly when she started living here (she did not ever start paying).

The house is in my name only, with a mortgage (don't know if... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Sep 22, 2020

If you need to go the route of commencing legal action to remove your S.O. from your home, the process can take longer than you may find tolerable. Depending on whether the occupant is a tenant or a licensee, the required predicate notices can be as short as 10 days to as long as 90 days. Only... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: what is the law on Good Guy Clause on a commercial lease if staying beyond 09/30/2020 ,will i be personally liable

i have a store i am renting in Manhattan (footwear) i am there since 1991 i approach the landlord back in March stating that i cannot pay the rent due to COVID, we start negotiating with 2 months free rent , however in march we had the lock down, the told me that we will see what happen and they... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 18, 2020

It depends how your clause is written. As you defaulted before the PAUSE order in March, you do not get all of the COVID protections, including the voiding of guarantees like yours in NYC. You should continue to try to work something out. Once the courts start hearing cases again, my belief is... Read more »

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