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When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

NYC Property Division Lawyers

New York Property Division Lawyers

The demise of a relationship is always a difficult experience. When that also includes splitting up property, things can become both more complicated and also more emotionally charged. In some scenarios, the couple can draft a plan and everything goes off smoothly. On the other hand, the interaction can become contentious, plans fail, and the process is more difficult. The issue for you is that there is usually no way to tell how it will go until you’re in the midst of it. That is why it is so critical for you to retain a New York Property Division Lawyer long before things go sour.

The Value of Premarital Counseling

Undergoing marriage counseling prior to your wedding day is an important component of having a strong marriage. In the past, marriage counseling was a long and drawn out process. These days, you can have convenient online sessions with your future spouse before getting married.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

An obligatory part of the discussion in this counseling should be your finances. There are too many people who avoid discussing their personal finances before getting married. This is a major issue that a lot of people have to deal with. Now is the time to start laying out a plan for your future lives together with your money.

A portion of that discussion should be about getting a prenuptial agreement. In such a contract,  the finances are already divided out in case of a divorce. Granted, no one wants to think about the possibility of an unfortunate end to a marriage that is just about to begin.  Nevertheless, there are times when this happens. If you hold a lot of assets that need to be protected, this is the best and most effective way to accomplish that.

Marital (Communal) vs Separate Property

In New York, all the property that a couple gains in marriage is considered as a communal or marital property. The collection of these is known as the Marital Estate.  By right, this collection of assets should be shared equitably between the spouses when a marriage is disolved. Numerous factors, including any appreciation of property, real estate or retirement accounts have to be included in the divorce property division. The exceptions to this rule are inheritances and gifts.

When you wedded your spouse, you may have already had some of your own property, cash savings or investments.  Your spouse may have entered the union with their own property, cash and/or investments, as well.  These assets are referred to as separate property.  You and your spouse have the right to exclude specific pieces of property from the marital estate by entering into some type of legal marital agreement, such as a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Alternatively, without the existence of a written and signed agreement, the presumption is that the sum total of the property acquired during the marriage is indiscriminately classified as marital property.  Assets such as inheritances, personal injury/worker’s compensation awards for pain and suffering and any third-party gifts are all exceptions to communal property rule.

Frequently Asked Property Division Questions

Coming Into the Marriage as a Business Owner

If either spouse came into the marriage owning a business, and then the value of the business increased during the course of marriage, is any share of the business considered marital property?

The Family Home

If you purchased your home together as a married couple, and the possibility of selling it to split up the proceeds is not a practical solution, then which spouse will continue to live in the home?  Will that spouse be obligated to buy out the other spouse’s portion?

Retirement Funds

In scenarios where one spouse compiled a large amount of retirement savings over the years of the marriage, is the other spouse entitled to any portion of those monies? If they are, how would those funds be divided?

You should have a New York property division lawyer who has experience handling these and a wide range of other situations that may come up in the property division stage of your divorce.

The Final Step of Property Division

The final step is to solidify the agreement and then proceed to actually take possession of the items. Again, don’t let it surprise you if things go poorly. There tends to be a lot of pent-up emotion running through this process. That is why it is so much better to have plans ironed out ahead of time and let then leave it to the lawyers handle it when the time comes. Our law firm has years of experience in dealing with property division under New York law, which comes with its own set of challenges. We will be by your side and represent your interests as we have done with our many previous satisfied clients. Our track record is well proven. We are well aware that this is a difficult time for you and we know what effect this can have on your well-being, so our team is always courteous, supportive and professional. Don’t wait until things to become complicated:  reach out to us today to schedule a consultation so that we can learn more about each other and suggest a strategy for you.

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