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Jules Haas is a New York attorney who has more than 35 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 our New York estate planning lawyer now for a prompt free consultation concerning Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate matters, Closings, Guardianship, Estate Settlement, Estate Litigation and other issues.
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. As a New York estate planning attorney, 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.
Many estates face complex problems which I work hard to resolve. One particular area of concern is real estate. There are numerous instances where a decedent’s real estate is occupied by relatives or tenants who must be removed so that the property can be sold. I have represented clients in many eviction cases. I provide full service representation concerning all aspects of estate and trust matters from the inception of a probate and administration case through the sale and closing of real estate, cooperative apartments and business interests and ending with estate settlement and beneficiary distribution. Full service is the key to efficiency and client satisfaction especially when helping clients deal with an estate of a relative or a friend. I appreciate the personal and emotional impact these cases present.
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:
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. This is particularly important when a person’s assets appear to be at risk either because the incapacitated person has been neglecting financial responsibilities or it appears that the person may be subjected to elder abuse or financial manipulation.
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. Incapacity is not always easy to prove. The Courts need to see whether a person can perform basic activities of daily living such as caring for personal hygiene and handling ordinary matters like paying bills. I perform an initial investigation of these cases and work closely with family members and friends who want to protect and help a vulnerable person who may be at risk or suffer harm if a Guardian is not appointed. Call now if you have any questions regarding a New York Guardianship issue for a prompt free consultation.Estate Planning
As a New York estate planning lawyer, 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. An essential element to plan an estate is to obtain kinship and asset information. I fully review these matters with clients so that any future probate or estate administration concerns may be alleviated. Missing or unknown relatives can create kinship issues that can delay probate or intestate administration. Also there are many assets that a Will does not control such as those that pass by operation of law like joint property. I explore these matters with clients so that the estate plan reflects a client’s intentions and desires. 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.
Jules Martin Haas provides comprehensive representation for his clients. Jules’ New York Probate Lawyer Blog serves as a reference guide for clients and the community. The Blog discusses important current issues and cases concerning New York estates and trusts. The Website and the Blog provide information so that you can learn about probate and administration of estates, guardianship and estate planning. A free consultation is always welcomed and encouraged. Call me now for a free review of your issues and concerns. Reasonable and flexible fee arrangements and personal representation are always provided.
Today, more than anything, Jules enjoys being successful on behalf of a client. Jules enjoys the time it takes to work through the nuances of case details, uncovering the information that didn't initially seem obvious, understanding the process it takes to come to grips with things that can't be controlled, and most importantly hearing a happy client say, "Thanks, Jules."
The word probate can seem very mysterious, in fact it is not, probate is just the validity of a will. Learn more about what probate means for you by watching Jules help make it easy to understand.