At the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos, attorney Barbara Katsos and her associates focus on wills, estate planning, and real estate law. The firm also provides prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, and other contracts related to matrimonial proceedings. Dr. Katsos earned a particularly notable victory in this field in 2009 while representing the defendant in Rosenzweig v. Givens.
The plaintiff Joseph Rosenzweig took legal action against defendant Radiah Givens to foreclose on two mortgages he had issued to her previously. The defendant entered a counterclaim of fraudulent inducement, maintaining that the plaintiff had tricked her into signing these documents.
When the plaintiff issued those mortgages in 2002, he was in a romantic relationship with the defendant. She was a student at the time, and 19 years younger than the plaintiff. She maintains that she did not understand that the documents he gave her were for a mortgage and that she would not have signed them if she had known.
Though he led his paramour to believe he was a bachelor, he was actually married with children at the time. In 2004, the pair got married in Jamaica. Mr. Rosenzweig was still married to his first wife. He forged the defendant’s signature on a loan application the next year. The marriage was annulled later after its bigamous nature was uncovered.
This case has been included in business ethics textbooks due to its significance. It has been held up as an example of fraudulent inducement, a type of contract fraud that involves intentional deceit.