Experienced Legal Guidance -

Jules Haas is a New York attorney who has more than 30 years experience. He is known for his dedication to achieving the desired results on behalf of his clients as fast and effectively as possible. He takes pride in hearing a satisfied client say to him, “Thanks, Jules.” Call now for a prompt free consultation concerning Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate matters, Closings, Guardianship, Estate Settlement, Estate Litigation and other issues.

Trusts and Estates -

I have represented clients regarding the full range of New York Trust and Estate issues including Probate and Intestate Administration proceedings, Estate Administration, Kinship matters, Will Contests, Fiduciary Accountings, Trusts, and Estate taxes. I have also assisted clients with New York Surrogate’s Court proceedings relating to problems such as a spouse’s elective share, discovery of decedent’s assets and breach of fiduciary duty. It is very common that a relative dies and the family needs immediate help to probate a Will to obtain the appointment of an Executor or an Estate Administrator. Other frequent concerns involve the protection of a decedent's assets where there is a breach of fiduciary duty or a Will needs to be contested. I am always appearing in the Surrogate's Court throughout New York to represent my client's interests and promote the settlement of estate affairs.

Real Estate -

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or more experienced in the real estate world, I provide guidance as to all aspects of a real estate transaction such as contracts, closings, title insurance and mortgage financing. I have represented clients in matters involving cooperatives, condominiums, single and multi-family homes and leases. As a New York real estate attorney, I have represented clients in Court on matters such as the validity of deeds, encroachments, constructive trusts and landlord-tenant eviction issues such as primary residence, non-payment proceedings, hold-over proceedings and other lease disputes. I speak with clients all the time regarding the issues they are facing when buying or selling a home or other property. I understand the importance of reviewing papers with clients concerning cooperative or condominium units such as offering plans and financial statements. When a client is involved in a real estate deal, I discuss with them the details of the contract regarding such matters as a mortgage contingency clause, the closing date, and property conditions. I also analyze all financial requirements so that a closing will occur smoothly and efficiently.

With regard to landlord-tenant cases, I represent my client's interests in the landlord-tenant courts throughout New York City. Non-payment proceedings and holdover actions can be complex. However, I work with my clients to try and simplify these matters and obtain a quick resolution whenever possible.

Guardianship -

Article 81 of New York’s Mental Hygiene Law grants authority to the Court to appoint a Guardian to assist in situations where an individual cannot manage personal or financial needs due to incapacity. Guardianship matters under Article 81 can become litigious since family and friends might contest:

  1. the need for a Guardian;
  2. the scope of the Guardian’s power;
  3. the individual chosen to be the Guardian.
  4. a Guardianship accounting.

As an experienced New York Guardianship lawyer, I’m familiar with these situations and work closely with clients to promote their interests as well as the interests of the individual alleged to be incapacitated. I have found that many Guardianship cases require quick action to help the family of the incapacitated person protect assets or make serious medical decisions. I have been able to file proceedings with the Guardianship Court in just a few days after initial intake. I have appeared for clients throughout the New York Metropolitan region in Guardianship matters involving incapacity including Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau and Westchester Counties. Call now if you have any questions regarding a New York Guardianship issue for a prompt free consultation.

Estate Planning -

I advise clients in the creation and implementation of plans that effectively express the client’s personal desires regarding the disposition and protection of assets while providing potential tax advantages and security for family and beneficiaries. I help clients prepare their Last Wills whether simple or complex. Without a Will, State law determines who inherits your property. A Health Care Proxy, Living Will and Power of Attorney are all an important part of an estate plan and I work with my clients to put these papers in place. There are many complexities that can affect an estate plan. Estate taxes must be considered as well as a person's kinship. Some situations may require the creation of a Living Trust to provide long-term protection from incapacity or to avoid the probate process. Contact me to talk about creating a plan that can benefit both you and those you want to protect and benefit.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me at (212) 355-2575 or by email: jules.haas@verizon.net. Read my weekly Blog "New York Probate Lawyer Blog" for weekly updates containing helpful information.