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Do you charge a fee for consultation?

Why should I choose this law firm?

What methods of payment do you accept?

What is a retainer agreement and how are fees determined?

When is an Attorney for the Children (Law Guardian) or Forensic experts appointed and how are they compensated?

What is the new New York State "No Fault" Law, and how could it affect you?

What is the new Temporary Maintenance and Counsel Fee statutes recently enacted by NYS?

What is the new Child Support Modification Statute?





Q: Do you charge a fee for consultation?

In most cases, we offer free in-office consultations where we will focus on the specific nature of your matter, and outline the potential path to resolution. Click here to request a consultation.


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Q: Why should I choose this law firm?

The firm of Howard B. Leff, P.C. prides itself on its standards of excellence, its wealth of knowledge and experience, and its integrity. Each client is treated with respect and compassion. These guiding principles distinguish our firm and define our uniqueness within the industry.


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Q: What methods of payment do you accept?

Our firm is happy to accept payment via cash, check, money order or credit card.


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Q: What is a retainer agreement and how are fees determined?

A retainer agreement is a written contract between the law firm and the client. The average retainer fee is usually based on the complexity of the issues involved, and more often than not, will be applied against an hourly rate.


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Q: When is an Attorney for the Children (Law Guardian) or Forensic experts appointed and how are they compensated?

The Attorney for the Children is an attorney who is appointed by the Court to represent the parties' children in a contested custody or visitation case, or in connection with an Order of Protection proceeding where there are children involved. The Attorney for the Children typically charges hourly rates for his/her services, and the fees are typically set by the Court. Forensic experts are very useful in connection with business and property evaluations and/or custody and visitation matters. Forensic expert fees are normally set by the specific firm chosen.


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Q: What is the new New York State "No Fault" Law, and how could it affect you?

The New York State legislature recently put into law a "No Fault" divorce ground, which provides that a party may sue his/her spouse for divorce based upon the marriage being "irretrievably broken," if same has occurred for a period of six months or longer.


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Q: What is the new Temporary Maintenance and Counsel Fee statutes recently enacted by NYS?

The Courts will now have to conduct an analysis and make a definitive award to a spouse who requests temporary maintenance during the pendency of a matrimonial matter based upon a strict formula set forth in the statute. Similarly, the "non-moneyed spouse" must be awarded interim and permanent counsel fees to either prosecute or defend a divorce action in order to "level the playing field" between litigants.


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Q: What is the new Child Support Modification Statute?

NY has also revised both the Family Court Act and The Domestic Relations Law to provide for modifications of child support orders based upon a specific expiration of a number of years from the last-issued order, and based further upon a percentage change in the payor spouse's income.


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