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What is Considered Marital Property in New York?

Posted on October 17, 2017 by admin

New York and New Jersey are equitable distribution states. This means part of final divorce proceedings will be a fair splitting of property. While married parties and their legal representatives will negotiate, the court may decide what is fair based on a series of criteria. Not surprisingly, these negotiations can be tense. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is in the business of keeping a cool head but diligently fighting for its clients. Our goal will be to negotiate a settlement that minimizes the court’s interaction, ensuring at the end of the day our clients have received the best deal possible. What counts as marital property in NY? Marital property is considered any property – personal or professional – acquired by either spouse during the union. The court helps establish a compromise between spouses when necessary. Marital property can include anything: art, a pet, vehicles, savings, retirement accounts and investments, stamp collections,…
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From Hunter-Gatherers to Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment is Nothing New

Posted on October 12, 2017 by admin

Bergen County matrimonial lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. co-founded Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman in 1975. selected Mr. Goldhamer for the special honor of “Super Lawyer” in 2014. In addition to practicing family & divorce law, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a busy outreach schedule, appearing on radio and television, teaching and lecturing, and continuing the tradition he helped pioneer of providing free legal seminars to the public in New York and New Jersey.   by Paul Goldhamer, Esq. Sexual harassment: As the winds change … Sexual harassment is not a new phenomenon. It’s existed since the beginning of time. When we were hunter-gatherers, the guy who collected the most meat was able to use that commodity to gain advantage with the ladies. There are chimpanzee tribes where males use the collection of meat (yes, they sometimes eat meat) to trade for sexual favors. However, in the U.S. we are becoming more enlightened. We no…
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In Family Law, Winning Is Not Always Getting the Largest Amount of Money

Posted on October 9, 2017 by admin

Bergen County, New Jersey family law attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing matrimonial law, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a full schedule of radio and television appearances, teaching, and giving talks to professional organizations. He was a pioneer in providing no-cost public seminars on legal matters in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Goldhamer was chosen as a “Super Lawyer” by in 2014. by Paul Goldhamer, Esq. October 5, 2017: 43 years ago on this day, I was admitted and sworn in as an attorney & counselor at law in New York.  I suspect that I have supervised and handled more than 10,000 matters in my career. I have spent my entire career helping regular people solve often difficult and sometimes ordinary problems. My experience has been that most problems are caused by the intractability of individuals, usually driven by strong…
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Truck Accidents & Drug Testing in New York and New Jersey

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Ava Lawson

A transportation industry rife with drug and alcohol use is not a safe one. For this reason, federal officials developed safety regulations that apply to all drivers of commercial vehicles, including those who are employed part-time or as back-up drivers. Under rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), U.S. trucking companies are legally obliged to test all drivers before allowing them to operate an 18-wheeler, semi, or other commercial vehicle weighing 26,000 pounds or more, or those that carry 16 or more passengers. In addition to pre-employment drug screening, truck drivers are also subject to random drug tests throughout the year. The typical drug test screens for marijuana, opiates (narcotic pain killers derived from opium or codeine), cocaine, methamphetamines, amphetamines and Phencyclidine (PCP). The FMCSA established thresholds for each type of drug, and testing above these limits results in a number of consequences including an immediate…
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Watch Out for These Real-Life Email Hacking & Wire Transfer Scams!

Posted on September 7, 2017 by admin

Bergen County matrimonial attorney Paul Goldhamer, B.A, J.D. Esq. is a co-founder of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing family law,  Mr. Goldhamer keeps a busy schedule of teaching, lecturing to professional organizations, making radio and TV appearances and providing free legal seminars to the public in NJ and NY. In 2014, Mr. Goldhamer was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by by Paul Goldhamer, Esq. Amazing scam: Recently a law firm that we do business with was almost the victim of a wire transfer scam. Fortunately for them, KGG picked up the scam being perpetrated on them. This is how it worked: Our email system is heavily protected, as are our Internet connections. We sent wire information for the settlement of our client’s $500,000 case to the law firm representing the insurance carrier. The other law firm’s email was hacked and our email to them was picked…
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7 Warning Signs That You Are Being Scammed on Craigslist

Posted on August 28, 2017 by admin

Bergen County divorce attorney Paul Goldhamer, B.A, J.D. Esq. co-founded the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman in 1975. Mr. Goldhamer was a pioneer in offering free legal seminars to the public in NJ and NY. In addition to practicing family and matrimonial law, he maintains a busy schedule of teaching, lecturing to professional organizations, and appearing on TV and radio. Mr. Goldhamer was chosen as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 by by Paul Goldhamer, B.A, J.D. Esq. Watch out for scams: A couple of weeks ago I sold a few items on Craigslist. One item was an old electric guitar for $200. Whenever you sell something on Craigslist, you should generally only do it for local delivery, unless it’s a very small item. Never part with the item until you’ve received payment — and that means the cash. You really shouldn’t accept checks, but if you do, you…
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Motorcycle Crash Statistics in New Jersey & New York

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Ava Lawson

Motorcycle riding is a popular pastime in the northeastern corridor, especially during warmer summer months. While a fun and cost-effective means of travel and exploration, motorcycle riding is not without dangers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents were responsible for nearly 5,000 deaths in 2015, marking a 8.3 percent uptick over the previous year. Traffic safety officials blame inexperienced riders, lax helmet laws and driver inattention/impairment for the escalating number of motorcycle accident fatalities. Here’s a look at some alarming statistics about motorcycle crashes and deaths in New Jersey and New York. New Jersey motorcycle accident statistics As the temperature rises, so does the number of bikers on Garden State roads. Recent crash data from state police indicate a rash of motorcycle accident-related deaths this past year. In the summer months, many of these fatal crashes have occurred near the Jersey Shore. More than 13,000 motorcycle…
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Document the Scene: Proving a Slip and Fall Case

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Dawn Snyder

A slip and fall usually happens in an instant, taking its victim completely by surprise. If someone is at fault for the accident, it pays to take a few moments to gather evidence that documents the scene. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman’s slip and fall lawyers in Rockland County and Bergen County see this situation play out again and again; those who gather some information at the time of the incident have a much smoother road to proving their slip and fall case What is needed to prove slip and fall liability? An injury victim may be entitled to recover if they can establish that the property’s owner or occupier was careless regarding a dangerous or potentially dangerous condition of the property. An example might be that a grocery store’s employees knew about a spill but did not clean it up immediately or warn customers to be careful. Documenting the scene will…
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Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator Class Action Lawsuit Over Air Vent Issue

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Theresa Andre

Do you own a 2012-2017 model year Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator in which airflow is not being emitted from the floor vents? The firm is investigating certain Ford and Lincoln vehicles that have a defect in which there are system performance and air vent problems that the manufacturer is refusing to repair. This defect only allows airflow for the heater or AC to come from the dashboard console vents and does not allow hot or cold airflow to come out of the floor vents. If you have one of the affected vehicles in which the heating and or air conditioning (A/C) floor vents are not working and wish to find out what your rights in this action may be, please contact Gary S. Graifman, Esq. ( or Jay I. Brody, Esq. ( of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.; 747 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 200, Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977;…
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Attorney Louis B. Gerber Comments on Steam Pipe Explosion Trial in NY Times

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Ava Lawson

A decade ago, a steam pipe explosion near Grand Central Terminal killed one person and injured more than 30 others, causing millions of dollars in property damage. The blast occurred close to the intersection of East 41st Street and Lexington Avenue, propelling a geyser of scalding steam mixed with pavement debris skyward, sending rush hour commuters running for cover. Fast forward ten years, and most of the injured have settled their claims with Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), which operates Manhattan’s steam distribution system. The State Supreme Court in Manhattan will hear another trial this October, brought by numerous claimants who are demanding justice for business losses and personal injury stemming from the explosion. With the trial looming closer, new questions have surfaced about the conduct of both Con Edison and NYC regulators. The New York Times spoke with Con Edison reps, state regulators and attorneys on both sides, including Louis…
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