London Times: Crisis Brings Out The Best In New York’s Lawyers

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When times are hard, the beautiful side of people tends to surface. I had the good fortune to speak with Amber Melville-Brown for her article in the London Times about the many ways New York’s lawyers are working to help people during this crisis.
My firm, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, jumped into action by creating a task force of attorneys and lobbyists to help our clients apply for various SBA stimulus packages. We worked long hours deciphering new law and researching the issues for the greater good.
Many other lawyers throughout the city have worked tirelessly for their clients during this time – and that includes the entire court system that has jumped to embrace a world of technology that we never thought possible.

Morghan Richardson, a partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, says that “up to now, there has been a divide between tech-savvy attorneys and those stuck on how they have always done it.

“But technology is now showing the valuable connections that we can bring to the table by evolving.”

Read more at the link (Crisis brings out the best in New York’s lawyers: From offering assistance to frontline health workers to supporting small businesses trying to get loans, attorneys are stepping up — despite the challenges).

Have a shout-out to a lawyer going above and beyond during this time? Post it in the comments and let’s share some positive vibes today. 

5 Tips On How To Tell Your Spouse You Want A Divorce And Not Hate Each Other

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When Janet told her husband Matt that she wanted a divorce, he ignored her. A few weeks later, a process server showed up at the door and handed him papers marked “divorce summons.” That’s when Matt realized she was serious. Despite Janet’s efforts to let Matt know her feelings, he still expressed shock and resentment. This set the stage for a very bitter contested divorce.

Most people are uncomfortable with conflict. But you cannot afford to “ghost” out of a marriage when you have kids and property to divide. If you haven’t told your spouse you are unhappy, the news of a divorce will be even more devastating to them. So how can you avoid surprising your spouse and set the stage for a “friendly” divorce (if at all possible)? Here are a few tips to approach the divorce conversation with that goal in mind: Continue reading “5 Tips On How To Tell Your Spouse You Want A Divorce And Not Hate Each Other”

FAQ: How To Divorce When Spouse Is Gone

FAQ: What happens if you can’t locate your spouse but you want a divorce? Listen for my 1-minute answer. Got more questions? Message me.

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NYC Virtual Courts Opening on April 13, 2020 for Non-Emergent Matters

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Ready to get back to Court… virtually.

The New York State court system officially announced today that beginning on Monday, April 13, 2020, virtual courts will handle more than essential and emergency matters. This is great news for advancing cases along.

In a memo issued today the Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks said that judges should review their caseloads to see which court conferences can be helpful in advancing a case, including achieving a resolution.

Judges can also schedule conferences at the request of attorneys, and can be available during normal court hours to address discovery disputes and other ad hoc concerns.
And judges may decide fully submitted motions.

All conferences must be done by Skype or telephone.

Delays to Court Deadlines and New Divorces

Court deadlines have been delayed to April 19. What does that mean for new divorces?