Author Archives: Robert Friedman, Esq.

Discrimination Laws Protect Unemployed NY Tenants and Those with COVID-19 

Discrimination Laws Protect Unemployed NY Tenants

New York landlords cannot discriminate against or evict tenants because they, or someone who they reside with, have contracted COVID-19, once had COVID-19 or are merely suspected of having or once had COVID-19.  Similarly, landlords cannot treat tenants unfairly or differently because they are from, or appear to be from, a country with a serious […]

CARES Act Eviction Moratorium

CARES Act Eviction Moratorium

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) mandates an eviction moratorium until July 25, 2020 which: restricts landlords of covered properties from filing new eviction actions for non-payment of rent; prohibits charging fees, penalties, or other charges to the tenant related to such nonpayment of rent. Prohibits landlords from evicting  tenants after […]

Probating a Will

Probating a Will

Probating a will is the first step in any estate administration. The Executor must locate the original Will to file with the Surrogate’s Court along with the will witnesses’ affidavits, notices of probate, and the petition for probate. Probating a Will Each county in New York has a Surrogate’s  Court that handles the probate of […]

Questions About Preparing a Will

Questions About Preparing a Will

Do you have questions about preparing a will? In this article, our experienced Rochester estate planning attorney, Robert Friedman, discusses what you should be aware of and why hiring a lawyer is your best bet. Contact our office today if you have any further questions. Can I Write My Own Will? We are often asked […]

NY Divorce and the COVID-19 Crisis

NY Divorce and the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has touched every aspect of our daily lives. Much focus has been placed on the economic and health-related ramifications of the pandemic, but the imposition of quarantine, social distancing, and mass furloughs has also had an incalculable impact on the functioning of the family unit. Certainly, in many cases, time away from […]

Legal Help for NY Victims of Domestic Abuse During the Covid-19 Crisis

Legal Help for NY Victims of Domestic Abuse During the Covid-19 Crisis

We have all heard Coronavirus referred to as the “invisible enemy”, but during this time of mandated social distancing, the pandemic has exposed certain vulnerable segments of our population to a much more human threat as well. For those individuals who are, or who are at risk of becoming victims of domestic violence, the inability […]

15 Ways to Avoid NY Probate During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ways to Avoid NY Probate During the COVID-19 Crisis
15 Ways to Avoid NY Probate During the COVID-19 Crisis The widespread death and illness caused by COVID-19 has many of us in New York very concerned about estate planning because: All New York Surrogate Courts are closed, except for essential matters. If you avoid probate, your family will not have to wait for the [...]

Does a Living Will Prevent My Doctors From Using a Ventilator to Treat COVID-19?

Does a Living Will Prevent My Doctors From Using a Ventilator to Treat COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause severe respiratory problems requiring hospitalization and the use of a ventilator. Your Living Will does not prevent medical providers from using a ventilator, if needed. New York living wills are written declarations instructing your family and doctor about life-prolonging medical procedures when you have a terminal illness, are in a persistent vegetative […]