Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

Can My Spouse Be Ordered To Pay My Attorney Fees If I Can’t Afford A Lawyer?

Yes, New York law operates under the presumption that the “less monied spouse” will be awarded legal fees as part of the divorce settlement, which allows for a spouse who may otherwise not be able to afford an attorney to pursue a divorce action against a spouse. In addition, you may be entitled to temporary […]

What Happens After The Preliminary Conference?

After the preliminary conference (PC), you and your spouse will both be required to meet the terms of the judge’s PC order, which will outline the issues in dispute and present a timeline for the exchange of financial information between the parties. This information will be used during discovery to identify each party’s net worth, […]

Do I Have To Divide Property I Owned Prior To Marrying My Spouse?

No, the equitable distribution of marital assets only applies to property acquired during the marriage. Homes, cars, jewelry, collections that have significant value, and other property that you brought into the marriage are considered separate assets and are not subject to distribution. Some assets that you may acquire during the marriage are also considered separate […]

What Are The Penalties for Driving While Ability Impaired By Alcohol – Second Offense- In The Buffalo Area?

Conviction for Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol as a second offense is one of the more unusual drinking and driving charges defended by Buffalo criminal defense attorneys. While the mandatory penalties are increased for the second offense, the charge remains a traffic infraction, which is not considered a crime. For a second offender, the […]

What Is The Penalty For Felony Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs In The Buffalo Area?

Defense Attorney For Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs Arrest A Buffalo resident charged with Felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs faces a very serious criminal charge. It is a class E felony which will result in a permanent criminal record if convicted. A driver convicted of Felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs […]

In The Buffalo Area, What Is Considered Driving While Ability Impaired By Alcohol – Second Offense?

Buffalo drivers who are repeat drinking and driving offenders often face enhanced charges and additional penalties. While such enhancement usually takes the form of elevating the classification of the offense – for example, raising a misdemeanor drunk driving offense to a felony charge – a repeat offender who is convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired […]

What Is Felony Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs?

For Buffalo criminal defense lawyers, defending against a charge of driving under the influence of drugs is – in many ways – similar to defending drinking and driving cases. New York State uses essentially the same system of penalties regardless of whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also, for repeat […]

Can Grandparents Sue For Visitation Of Grandchildren?

New York gives parents great leeway in how they choose to raise their children and what people are allowed to be part of their children’s lives. When it comes to whether grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other blood relatives can reasonably expect to win visitation with a relative’s children through a lawsuit, the answer is […]

Should I Hire My Own Lawyer If My Fiance Asked For A Prenuptial Agreement?

It’s always a good idea to have any legal document reviewed by an attorney who works for you. The danger with not having your own representation and trusting your fiance’s lawyer in a prenup discussion is that in the best case, a prenuptial agreement will reflect the interests of both partners. When your fiance’s attorney […]