The LI Law Podcast
Ep 53: How Will LI Vote?

Ep 53: How Will LI Vote?

October 13, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners. 

First, we hope everyone out there is feeling well and staying safe. We have been on hiatus on and off for the past few months.

There are many issues affecting us on Long Island and the nation and world as a whole: the health pandemic, racial disparity, climate change, upcoming election.  The list goes on.  To that end, we want to be a part of the solution, not the problem. As they say, all politics are local.  So, today we will focus on the candidates for election here on Long Island and specifically in Nassau County.    

Our guest on this special 53rd episode is Carl Gerrato, Community Activist for Nassau County Legislative District 8, Trustee of the Franklin Square Public Library, Board Member of the Central Nassau Rotary Club, a Nassau County Corrections Officer and former Volunteer Firefighter, and a 9/11 hero!  Carl was a guest on our show for the 19th, 20th, and 24th episodes.

Carl and Zehava discuss the upcoming election to be held on November 3, 2020.  How will Long Island vote?

Go Vote!

www.LIVoters.com

https://voteearlynassau.com/

 

Contact information for Carl Gerrato:

Telephone: (516) 805-1126 
E-mail: CarlGerrato@gmail.com

Thank you, Carl, and welcome to the podcast!

Be well and stay safe!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. concentrates her practice in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and covers New York City and Westchester County.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Ep 52: La Toya Caton discusses remote learning, education, and Covid-19.

Ep 52: La Toya Caton discusses remote learning, education, and Covid-19.

June 16, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast. 

The premise of this podcast is to feature issues, developments, and topics affecting the law and how it relates to the 8 million of us who live or work on Long Island, New York, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings Counties. 

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Our guest on this 52nd episode is La Toya Caton, who tutors children and young adults in grades K-12 and beyond.  La Toya runs after-school and summer programs and also assists high school students with their college applications. 

Growing up, La Toya did not think she would become a teacher. After graduating from college, she began working at a consulting firm on Wall Street. While working there, she started volunteering at an after school program and enjoyed teaching and working with children.  This led to her registering for education courses and graduating with a Masters in Elementary Education with Gifted Extension. La Toya is certified as a NYS teacher and licensed to teach all academic subjects to students in grades 1-6 and math to students in grades  7-12.

La Toya taught in an NYC public school for three years and became tenured. During that time, she saw many students with lagging skills which prevented them from understanding material presented. She then decided to create an after school program dedicated to helping students reach their academic potential and has done that ever since.

LaToya Caton’s contact information is:

Life Skills LoL
205-07 Hillside Avenue, Suite 11
Hollis, NY 11423
(516) 672-7344
lcaton@lifeskillslol.com

Thank you, La Toya, and welcome to the podcast!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. concentrates her practice in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

Ep 51: Yael Lazar, Esq. explains why estate planning for everyone, including parents of young children, is essential.

Ep 51: Yael Lazar, Esq. explains why estate planning for everyone, including parents of young children, is essential.

June 10, 2020

 

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast. 

The premise of this podcast is to feature issues, developments, and topics affecting the law and how it relates to the 8 million of us who live or work on Long Island, New York, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings Counties. 

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Our guest on this 51st episode is Yael N. Lazar, Esq.  Yael’s law practice in Locust Valley, New York is concentrated in estate planning and tax law practice with an emphasis on protecting families today while securing their unpredictable future.   Her legal expertise includes the preservation of wealth and values-based planning with unique Kids Protection Plans®.  Yael advises all types of families: traditional, divorced, blended, alternative, or single with children.

Yael Lazar graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ira J. Raab in the 1st District Court of Nassau County.  She worked briefly for the Law Offices of Martin H. Scher before starting her own matrimonial and family law practice, which included not only divorce, custody and child support cases, but also estate planning and real estate closings. After finding that many of her clients were left with tax issues following their divorces, Yael formed IRSAngel, a separate department of her firm, which handles all aspects of tax resolution work, including tax preparation.

Yael is recognized as a specialist in the IRS Problem-Solving Niche and won Long Island Press’s Best of Long Island in 2012. In addition to becoming a US Tax Agent, she has participated in and completed live seminars and trainings across the United States to gain specialized knowledge about the most up-to-date and effective solutions for dealing with IRS and other tax problems.  In addition to helping taxpayers end their frustration and fear created by communications with the IRS, she is the author of the book, Help for Your IRS Problem and co-author of the best-selling book Protect and Defend: Proven Strategies from America’s Leading Attorneys to Help You Protect and Defend Your Business, Family and Wealth.  Yael has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX on Meet The Experts hosted by Nick Nanton.  She has also been a frequent guest on the WNYH radio show Give Yourself Credit as well as the local TV show The Hot Seat

Listeners who contact Yael today via telephone at 516-683-1313 or by email at info@estateplanningangel.com will receive a free Family Wealth Planning Session and a link to a free e-book which provides a quick, fun, and friendly, and essential guide to legal planning for busy parents.

Yael N. Lazar, Esq.’s contact information is:

Telephone: (516) 683-1313

E-mail: yaellazaresq@gmail.com

Website: www.estateplanningangel.com

Welcome to the podcast, Yael.

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

 

 

Ep 50: Rebecca Sassouni, Esq. speaks about special needs services provided by the school districts during the Covid-19 health crisis.

Ep 50: Rebecca Sassouni, Esq. speaks about special needs services provided by the school districts during the Covid-19 health crisis.

June 2, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast. 

The premise of this podcast is to feature issues, developments, and topics affecting the law and how it relates to the 8 million of us who live or work on Long Island, New York, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings Counties. 

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Our guest on this 50th episode is Rebecca Sassouni, Esq., a student advocacy attorney based in Great Neck, whose clients are students with various problem situations in school settings.  In this episode, Rebecca discusses the challenges facing special education students and their parents during the Covid-19 health crisis and looks ahead to how special education in the post Covid-19 world may look.  Rebecca was also our guest on the 33rd episode and spoke about the importance for parents of having an advocate in their corner to negotiate school classifications and placements, as well as deal with IEP’s, suspensions, and disciplinary proceedings.

Rebecca Sassouni, Esq.’s contact information is:

Rebecca Sassouni, Esq. PLLC
rsedlaw@gmail.com
516.423.2599
www.rebeccasassounilaw.com

Welcome to the podcast, Rebecca.

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

 

 

Ep 49: William Belmont, Esq., investigative attorney, discusses privacy issues, how to protect your online image, and adapting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ep 49: William Belmont, Esq., investigative attorney, discusses privacy issues, how to protect your online image, and adapting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 20, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Our guest on this 49th episode is William Belmont, Esq., principal of The Belmont Group, a New York based national investigation firm.   Mr. Belmont has over 30 years of experience in the investigation, due diligence and security field.  In addition to having worked as a law enforcement officer and trial attorney, Bill served as Director of Operations for the New York office of Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations.

Mr. Belmont has overseen the management of hundreds of corporate investigations involving fraud, workplace misconduct, brand protection and theft of trade secrets.  Additionally, Bill has managed hundreds of investigations for national and international law firms.  Also, he has developed and implemented due diligence protocols for dozens of financial institutions to ensure the integrity of their investments.  He provides clients with pre-incident consulting, including vulnerability surveys, threat assessments and crisis management plans and procedures.  Furthermore, Mr. Belmont provides security consulting services to clients for personal and private events.

Bill oversees the implementation of increased security measures for many corporate clients.  He serves as a member of crisis management teams, assisting with contingency plans for critical occurrences, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, computer network penetrations, business interruptions and incidents of workplace violence.  Mr. Belmont is also a frequent speaker on post 9/11 corporate security issues and appeared on Fox News following the World Trade Center attack. Bill has managed numerous litigation investigations for national and international law firms, including:  a national identity theft for a Fortune 500 corporation, fraud at a large real estate company, and numerous domestic and international intellectual property investigations.

As a trial attorney, Bill specialized in fraud, premises liability, labor law and products liability cases.  He successfully won defense verdicts on behalf of Greyhound and Allied Security and was responsible for coordinating trial strategies directed at perpetrators of fraud against Liberty Mutual Insurance.  He was also responsible for coordinating the security program for the Anti-Defamation League and Isaac Mizrahi’s international fashion shows

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Bill served as a police officer in Mesa, Arizona.  He received his B.A. in criminal justice from The George Washington University and his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Bill’s community service activities include serving as President of the Lynbrook School Board and volunteering as an assistant varsity football coach, as well as a youth coach for boys and girls lacrosse and basketball teams.

Here is Bill’s contact information:

William Belmont, Esq.

Investigative Attorney

The Belmont Group, LLC

118 East 60th Street, Suite 2100

New York, New York 10022

Direct: 212.695.0086

Cell: 917.647.6609

Fax: 917.591.3361

Email: bill@thebelmontgrp.com

www.thebelmontgrp.com  

Thank you, Bill, and welcome to the podcast!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

Ep 48: Roseanne Dorfman discusses the U.S. Census and why it is important that every Long Island resident is counted.

Ep 48: Roseanne Dorfman discusses the U.S. Census and why it is important that every Long Island resident is counted.

May 14, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Today we are focusing on the United States Census, which determines for the next 10 years how many members of the House of Representatives will represent Long Island and how federal funds will be distributed throughout the United States.  The greater our response, the more federal funds (and members of the House of Representatives) Long Island will receive.

Our guest on this 48th episode is Roseanne Dorfman, Administrative Assistant to both the Outreach Services Department and the Digital Resources Department of the Nassau Library System (NLS).  The Nassau Library System is a cooperative library system chartered under New York State Educational Law 255.  It is a consortium comprised of 54 member libraries and a Service Center for the libraries. Each member library is independent, autonomous, supported by local taxes, and governed by its own board of trustees. All public libraries in Nassau County are members of the NLS.  Prior to the current health crisis, the NLS was scheduling the Outreach Census Van to visit member libraries and other organizational census events. Unfortunately, 95% of those events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes getting the word out about being counted even more important! 

Census website: www.My2020Census.gov.

Census telephone number (interpreters available): 844.330.2020.

Roseanne is also the Program Coordinator for the West Hempstead Public Library.  The West Hempstead Public Library offers many virtual classes (e.g. exercise, Spanish language, book discussion, etc.) to residents and non-residents alike.  Here is the website: https://www.whplibrary.org

If you have specific questions about WHPL programming, please e-mail Roseanne directly.

Here is Roseanne Dorfman’s contact information:

Telephone: (516) 481-6591 x 13

E-mail: programs@whplibrary.org

If you reside in Nassau County and do not have a library card, you may apply for a digital card to allow you remote access to all library resources online for free: https://www.nassaulibrary.org/

Thank you, Roseanne, and welcome to the podcast!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

Ep 47: Daniel A. Johnston, Esq. talks about representing Long Island clients in criminal and civil cases in the age of Covid-19.

Ep 47: Daniel A. Johnston, Esq. talks about representing Long Island clients in criminal and civil cases in the age of Covid-19.

May 13, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

During the Covid-19 health crisis, episodes will be published as soon as they are recorded to keep listeners updated on the most up-to-date legal developments on Long Island. 

Our guest on this 47th episode is Daniel A. Johnston, Esq., an attorney specializing in Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Business and Consumer Litigation. Dan’s motto is “Call me when you’re arrested, injured, or ripped off.”  Dan was a guest on our show for the 4th, 14th, 28th, 42nd, and 43rd episodes and is back by popular demand.  If you missed any of those episodes, you may want to check them out.

Dan is a former prosecutor in the Nassau County District Attorney’s office who has also handled civil litigation defense matters in large NYC firms.  Dan’s practice focuses on helping individuals and small businesses when it matters most (mostly criminal defense and plaintiff's side civil litigation).

Here is Dan Johnston’s contact information:

Daniel A. Johnston, Esq.

Principal Attorney

Johnston Law LLC

332 Willis Avenue

Mineola, NY 11501

Tel: (516) 388-7611

Fax: (516) 706-3836

JohnstonLawNY.com

dan@johnstonlawny.com

Thank you, Dan, and welcome to the podcast!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island and New York City.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Be well and stay safe!

Ep 46: Kenneth C. Henry, Jr., Esq. discusses foreclosures, short sales, and tips for buyers of residential and commercial properties.

Ep 46: Kenneth C. Henry, Jr., Esq. discusses foreclosures, short sales, and tips for buyers of residential and commercial properties.

April 29, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

Our guest on this 46th episode is Kenneth C. Henry, Jr., Esq., an attorney with an office in Westbury and solo practitioner since 2004 who concentrates his practice in real estate, litigation, and estate administration. Ken graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  After working at Jefferies & Company in New York City, Kenhen attended Hofstra University School of Law k/n/a Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra Law, and graduated in 1993.  Ken is admitted to the Bars of New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York.

Kenneth C. Henry, Jr., Esq.’s contact information:

KENNETH C. HENRY, JR., P.C.

Attorney and Counselor at Law

900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 303, Westbury, New York 11590

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Tel (516) 227-2200 | EFax (866) 277-8938 | E-mail: ken@kenhenrylaw.com

Thank you, Ken, and welcome to the podcast!

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com.   

Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island.

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

 

Ep 41: Marijana Matura, Esq. talks about employee side labor and employment law.

Ep 41: Marijana Matura, Esq. talks about employee side labor and employment law.

April 22, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  

The premise of this podcast is to feature issues, developments, and topics affecting the law and how it relates to the 8 million of us who live or work on Long Island, New York, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings Counties.  If you live or work on Long Island, this podcast on local and state legislative and judicial decisions is for you. 

Our guest on this 41st episode is Marijana Matura, Esq., an attorney who specializes in Labor and Employment Law – on the Employee’s side.

Marijana Matura is a co-founder of Kessler Matura P.C.  Her practice focuses on representing individuals in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour class and collective actions.  She also negotiates executive and professional employment contracts and severance agreements.  Ms. Matura has litigated and successfully settled many cases involving a variety of workers including those who were “misclassified” and paid a salary by their employers and denied overtime pay as well as highly compensated professionals.  Notwithstanding her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Matura also understands that with effective negotiation and appropriate counseling, extensive litigation may be avoided and tailors her tactics on a case by case basis in order to achieve the most favorable outcome for her clients. 

Ms. Matura received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was an executive board member of the Moot Court Honor Society.   Ms. Matura also holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations.  Ms. Matura is a member of American Bar Association Labor & Employment’s Section on Employment Rights and Responsibilities, the National Employment Lawyers Association of New York, and the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.  Ms. Matura has been selected by her peers as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Law in 2012 through 2019.  Ms. Matura also fluently speaks both Spanish and Croatian.  Outside the office, Ms. Matura is an avid skier and also enjoys cooking, gardening, and boating with her family. 

Marijana Matura, Esq.’s contact information is:

Marijana Matura, Esq.

Kessler Matura P.C.
main - 631.499.9100

direct - 631.396.0258

mmatura@kesslermatura.com

www.KesslerMatura.com

Welcome to the podcast, Marijana.

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

Your host, Zehava Schechter, is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar for 30 years.  She concentrates her private practice in estate planning, administration, and litigation; real estate law; contracts, and business formation and dissolution. 

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

 

 

Ep 40: Joanne Schlenk McAvey, Esq. guides us in medicaid planning.

Ep 40: Joanne Schlenk McAvey, Esq. guides us in medicaid planning.

April 14, 2020

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

Our guest on this 40th episode is Joanne Schlenk McAvey, Esq., an elder law attorney in Deer Park, who handles all facets of estate planning, Medicaid planning, and elder law issues.

Joanne Schlenk McAvey, Esq.’s contact information is:

Joanne Schlenk McAvey, PLLC.

1641 Deer Park Avenue

Deer Park, New York 11729

(631) 243-4516

mcaveypllc@gmail.com

www.eldercareatty.com

Welcome to the podcast, Joanne.

Please contact us with your general questions or comments at LILawPodcast@gmail.com

No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.

Your host, Zehava Schechter, is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar for 30 years.  She concentrates her private practice in estate planning, administration, and litigation; real estate law; contracts, and business formation and dissolution. 

 

 

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