NYSAB’s Annual Meeting Helps Attendees Network and Advance

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New York State Bar Association
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Dedicated attorney Barbara Katsos has been practicing law for nearly 20 years. She leads and manages all operations at the Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos as owner and helps clients navigate the legal waters of estate planning, trusts, and wills. Active in the professional community, Barbara Katsos belongs to such organizations as the New York State Bar Association.

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has been promoting professional development and education among its more than 74,000 lawyers for over 135 years. As part of its mission, the organization hosts various meetings and events during the year, the most notable of which is its Annual Meeting. The NYSAB Annual Meeting welcomes close to 5,000 members from around New York state and beyond. Attendees have numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and learn about changes in the field through exhibits and presentations.

NYSAB’s 140th Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 23 to 27, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Some of the planned events and meetings include an elder law and special needs section meeting, an intellectual property reception, and a women in the law luncheon. Furthermore, attendees can learn about everything from criminal justice and commercial litigation to trusts and estates.

New York State Bar Association Membership Benefits

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New York State Bar Association
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Legal professional Barbara Katsos has overseen the management of all operations at the Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, PC, in New York City for almost 20 years. In conjunction with her professional life, Barbara Katsos also maintains a membership with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

Becoming a member of NYSBA comes with a number of benefits for legal professionals in the Empire State. NYSBA members earn discounts on products and services targeted toward law offices, and can also obtain lower prices for continuing legal education seminars. Professionals who choose to join the NYSBA are eligible to enroll in exclusive insurance programs and gain access to practice management resources. The NYSBA also provides career and job search tools as well as networking opportunities among its members.

Additionally, each year members of the NYSBA are welcome to attend the organization’s annual meeting, which brings together legal professionals from across the state to participate in section events and earn MCLE credits. The 2017 meeting is scheduled to take place in New York City from January 23rd through the 27th.

Fraudulent Inducement in Rosenzweig v. Givens

 

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Law Offices of Barbara Katsos
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Since 1997, Barbara H. Katsos has been heading of her own firm, The Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, PC. A member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the New York Women’s Bar Association, Barbara H. Katsos has successfully supported and protected many clients, including Radiah Givens, whose case is now taught in a number of business ethics classes as an example of fraudulent inducement.

In this case, an attorney named Joseph Rosenzweig took out two mortgages for Ms. Givens for a condominium that she understood was a gift, as the two were in a romantic relationship. Later, the two married, despite the fact that, unbeknownst to Givens, Rosenzweig had been married with children throughout their entire relationship.

When Givens discovered this information and her relationship with Rosenzweig soured, Rosenzweig claimed that Givens owed him money for the mortgages, even though he had been paying most of Givens’ household expenses for years. Rosenzweig had induced Givens to sign mortgage papers and a letter from an attorney, a close friend of his, indicating that the money was a loan.

However, the fact that Rosenzweig was a lawyer, that he was 19 years older than Givens, that she was a student at the time, and that he misrepresented himself as a single man when they married, were facts that pointed to the possibility that the signatures of Ms. Givens were fraudulently induced. The court ruled in her favor.

Understanding Living Trusts

 

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Law Offices of Barbara Katsos
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Barbara Katsos helps clients set up living trusts and provides a range of other legal services through her New York practice, the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos. In preparation for her career as an attorney, Barbara Katsos enrolled at the University of the City of New York Law School, where she earned her juris doctor.

For people interested in preserving their wealth and passing it down to their heirs, a living trust represents a viable and increasingly popular estate-planning option. When people enter into such an arrangement, it means they create a legal document with instructions that their assets be put into a trust.

While living, the person that created the trust receives the benefits, but upon his or her passing, the assets will go to the beneficiaries named in the living trust document. Importantly, living trusts are revocable, meaning they can be modified or ended entirely any time the creator wishes.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of a living trust is that it permits people to avoid the probate process associated with traditional wills. Probate involves verification by the courts, meaning that estate documents and family affairs enter the public record. By avoiding probate, living trusts preserve the privacy of those involved.

What Is a Trust?

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Law Offices of Barbara Katsos
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At the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos, Barbara Katsos represents New York clients in need of estate-planning guidance. Among her many legal services, Barbara Katsos sets up trusts, prepares wills, and conducts real estate transactions on behalf of her clients.

A common type of legal arrangement, trusts allow individuals to place their wealth in the hands of another person, persons, or set of institutions. These third parties are referred to as “trustees.” The trust’s creator can set its terms. People often rely on trusts to ensure that their wealth passes down to beneficiaries without the need to enter into probate.

Lawyers can set up many types of trusts, depending on the clients’ needs. For example, trust creators may elect to use a “generation-skipping trust” to ensure that their grandchildren receive their assets upon the their death without having to pay estate taxes. Another type, the “charitable lead trust,” divides heritable assets among charitable organizations and other beneficiaries.

Trusts can be revocable or irrevocable. The former means that the creator can modify the trust or even dissolve it entirely during the course of his or her lifetime. The creator of an irrevocable trust, on the other hand, cannot change it once it has been executed.

Commercial and Residential Real Estate Legal Services

 

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Law Offices of Barbara Katsos
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Barbara Katsos was admitted to the bar in New York and the US District Court in 1997 and has since been managing her firm, the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos. The firm’s attorneys have years of experience providing legal help in various fields of law. One field in which the firm assists its clients is residential and commercial real estate, which includes leases and the selling and purchasing of property.

Those buying, selling, or leasing a home will find that there are many legal issues involved. Understanding the laws that encompass the process can save both money and time. Making an offer, negotiating, accepting an offer, and closing a sale are just a few of the steps involved in the process of buying or selling a home. With leasing, both landlords and tenants need to carefully consider the terms of a lease before signing. Landlords need to understand how state laws affect their business, and tenants must know what rights they have.

There are many laws that regulate buying and selling a home and that govern a tenant and landlord’s relationship. An experienced attorney can help individuals to understand sales contracts and rental agreements.