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Michael W. Goldstein is a well seasoned New York attorney who has been practicing law since 1979. His areas of practice include Contracts, Business Law, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Employment Contracts, Home Renovation Contracts, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Litigation, Wills, Trusts & Estates, and Personal Injury Litigation.

We represent business and personal clients in diverse commercial matters, including contracts, purchase or sale of business, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, forming businesses, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, home renovation or construction contracts, and other contracts that may be required in operating a business.

Contracts and Commercial Transactions

We believe that a carefully negotiated and drafted contract is the best way to protect your legal rights, and to minimize the possibility of a dispute resulting in litigation. We represent business and personal clients in diverse commercial matters, including contracts, purchase or sale of business, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, forming businesses, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, construction contracts, and renovation contracts for houses, co-op and condominium apartments and commercial premises. As a thoroughly experienced New York contracts and commercial lawyer, we are equipped to provide legal representation for businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals involved in commercial transactions, consulting work, or contracts of any kind.

Whether you need a contract with a client, partner, joint venturer, consultant, vender, or any other type of agreement, we can provide the legal representation you need. You will be pleasantly surprised with the level of personal attention you will receive from Michael W. Goldstein, as well as the thoroughness and quality of legal representation. For those business clients who have previously been represented by large NY law firms, you will be amazed by the difference in the hourly rates we charge, compared to the well known business law firms in New York City.

We thoroughly and meticulously draft contractual terms with the goal of leaving nothing to chance. While it may be impossible to envision every scenario that might conceivably arise in the future, we believe that our approach affords our clients maximum protection against both foreseeable situations, as well as unanticipated or unlikely events, that may cause legal issues in the future.

Many of our clients have complimented us on our legal representation, and the thoroughness of our contracts. In fact, some of our clients have told us that our contracts have prevented the escalation of disputes, because the agreement has provided the answers to questions among shareholders that have arisen in their businesses. We are delighted that the contracts we negotiate and draft can serve as a rule book for business conduct, and therefore may often solve disputes long before litigation is commenced, or even contemplated.

Commercial Litigation

When a commercial dispute cannot be resolved through settlement negotiations, or by mediation, litigation may be the only option. In those cases, we aggressively represent our commercial clients, whether they are the plaintiff or the defendant. Our many years of successfully litigating various types of disputes in the courts of New York State, give us the experience to zealously and effectively represent our client’s interests.

The pre-trial discovery phase of litigation is critical to uncovering evidence crucial to proving the validity of our client’s case or defense. We carefully and relentlessly utilize the New York rules of pre-trial discovery in order to obtain important evidence that our adversary would prefer be left unknown.

As a highly experienced New York commercial litigation attorney, we are sensitive to the need to not only achieve a desirable result, but also to do so in a cost effective manner.

In our litigation practice, we extensively prepare our cases for trial. This often results in negotiations that lead to successful settlements without the need for a trial. Successfully resolving a litigated case before trial may save our clients from the added expense, time and inconvenience of a trial.

Real Estate Transactions

Michael W. Goldstein is a highly effective New York real estate lawyer. Our clients, whether first-time home buyers, experienced home buyers or sellers, or sophisticated real estate investors, can rely on our expertise as a successful New York real estate attorney, to navigate them through the maze of real estate contracts, mortgage or co-op loans, co-op or condominium Offering Plans, managing agent’s requirements, co-op Board of Directors’ requirements or condominium Board of Mnagers’ requirements, title searches, restrictive covenants, easements, certificates of occupancy, title issues, estate transfers, surveys, encroachments, variations between surveys and current buildings and physical structures, and other issues involving real estate transactions in New York.

In our real estate transactions area of practice, we carefully draft all contracts and other documents, with the aim of addressing all issues that might reasonably arise in the transaction. We always aim to resolve potential issues before they become disputes that might derail a New York real estate transaction. We want our clients’ real estate transactions to be successfully consummated, and we do everything in our power to accomplish that goal.

Real Estate Litigation

We have been involved in real estate litigation in many types of cases, including:
•Shareholder Derivative Action against co-op corporations’ Boards of Directors involving claims of dissipation of corporate assets, and issues regarding the business judgment rule
•Lawsuit for Injunctions Against Adjacent Property Owners, and construction companies
•Lawsuit by Property Owners Against a Construction Company that fraudulently obtained title to the clients’ property under the guise of facilitating the financing of a demolition and major construction project

Wills Trusts and Estates

Last Will and Testament

A valid legally enforceable Last Will and Testament (“Will”) insures that your wishes regarding the disposition of your assets upon your death will be followed. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can simply sign and notarize a letter or other statement of your desires as to who will inherit your property. New York estates law requires that a Will satisfy the statutory requirements, in order to be valid and enforceable. There is little reason to save an attorney’s legal fee in preparing a Will, and risk leaving your heirs the substantial inconvenience, uncertainty and expense of a Surrogate’s Court litigation to determine who will receive your assets after death.

Living Will and Health Care Proxy

In addition to executing a properly prepared Will to protect your loved ones, you may also want to protect yourself with a Living Will and Health Care Proxy. These documents can explicitly state your desires regarding whether or not to keep you alive on a respirator if there is no chance of recovery, whether you should spend your last days at home or in a hospital, etc. The Health Care Proxy enables you to designate a trusted friend or relative to make health care decisions for you, if you are mentally or physically unable to make or express those opinions.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney enables you to legally appoint a trusted family member, friend, or other person you designate to sign legal documents on your behalf. For example, a Power of Attorney is useful if you have entered into a contract to purchase or sell real estate, and you will be traveling out of the country when the closing of title will take place. With a Power of Attorney, you can grant authority to your designated representative to sign legal documents on your behalf at the closing of title, and to pay or collect the required sums of money to complete the transaction on your behalf.

A Power of Attorney is an extremely powerful and potentially dangerous document. Its scope can be limited or broad, depending on the needs of the grantor of the Power of Attorney. We recommend that your Power of Attorney be carefully prepared to insure that it only grants the authority that you intend to convey, and that it is effective for only the intended period of time or the particular transaction. We are ready to assist you in the preparation of a Power of Attorney to meet your specific needs.

Personal Injury Litigation

In our personal injury practice, we represent accident victims seriously injured in car accidents, hit & run accidents, motor vehicle collisions caused by uninsured or underinsured motorists, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, rollerblade accidents, pedestrian accidents, trip and fall accidents, construction site accidents, premises accidents, and other accidents caused by a defendant’s negligence throughout New York State. We also represent the families of wrongful death accident victims who have been fatally injured due to accidental injuries. We accept serious injury and wrongful death cases anywhere in New York State.

Divorce & Matrimonial Law

We work with experienced matrimonial law co-counsel to represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or separation agreement.  We strive to protect the financial interests of our clients, including issues of maintenance (previously known as alimony), equitable distribution of marital property, and child support.  In addition, we work hard to achieve child custody and child visitation arrangements that are fair to our client, and beneficial for the children.

Criminal Defense

We work with experienced criminal defense trial lawyers to aggressively defend our clients who are charged with crimes in the New York State courts as well as the Federal courts.  If you or a loved one needs an aggressive New York criminal defense attorney, contact us by phone, or complete our Criminal Law Questionnaire.

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WE REPRESENT CLIENTS WHO LIVE  IN MANY AREAS OF NEW YORK STATE
Although our office is located in Manhattan, we represent clients in all counties of the City of New York, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and upstate New York.  If it is inconvenient for a client to travel to our office, alternate arrangements can be made.

PERSONAL SERVICE AND COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS
Michael W. Goldstein is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most comprehensive legal representation to all of his clients. Michael W. Goldstein believes that his clients are best served through the application of his diverse skills, and close personal contact with each client. This approach enables him to focus quickly on the legal and economic issues. He seeks not only to analyze and resolve legal issues, but also to maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome for each client’s case or legal matter.

WHY YOU SHOULD SELECT OUR LAW FIRM
We believe that if you select our law firm to represent you, you will be impressed with our conscientious and full service legal representation. The Law Offices of Michael W. Goldstein is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services and is proud that client satisfaction is extremely high. Many of our new clients are referred by former clients.

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM MICHAEL W. GOLDSTEIN
Thank you for visiting our website. When you retain our law firm, we will work conscientiously and tirelessly to represent you. Because I share a relaxed yet professional relationship my clients, they feel at ease when discussing their case or legal matter with me. High volume law firms cannot provide their clients with this level of personal attention. Lawyers who handle too many cases often leave their clients feeling unimportant or ignored. I balance my resources and caseload to ensure thorough representation for each of my clients.

REFERRALS FROM OTHER ATTORNEYS
We accept New York contracts & commercial law, real estate law, wills, trusts & estates, and various other legal matters, as well as personal injury cases from other lawyers. Co-counsel fees are paid as permitted by New York law. We invite referring attorneys to click Attorney Referrals to tell us about your client’s New York case or legal matter.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE OR LEGAL MATTER
To have your case or legal matter reviewed, we invite you to complete one of our Questionnaires, or click Contact Us to send an email. You may also call Michael W. Goldstein to discuss your case or legal matter by telephone, or to schedule a consultation at our office.

TIME LIMITATIONS
There are strict time limitations that apply to New York lawsuits, including accidental injury lawsuits, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and other types of New York litigation. The statute of limitations (time limit for commencing litigation) varies depending on the type of case, and in some instances, depending on the defendant being sued. Furthermore, many types of claims and lawsuits also have other time limitations (in addition to the statute of limitations), such as time limitations for filing a Notice of Claim, Notice of Intention to Make Claim, and other important documents.

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GENERAL DISCLAIMER
The information contained in this website is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor to create an attorney-client relationship or lawyer-client relationship. We recommend that you discuss your legal matter or case with a NY lawyer or New York attorney promptly.

Visiting our website, submitting any information via questionnaire or email, or discussing your case with us does not create an attorney-client relationship. An attorney-client relationship with our law firm can only be established with the signing of a written retainer agreement prepared by our law firm.

Under New York law, in the event there is no recovery in a contingency fee case, the client is responsible for the expenses of the litigation, including court costs and disbursements.

Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future case or legal matter.

This website is not intended to solicit clients for commercial law, commercial litigation, contracts, wills, trusts or estates, accidental injury cases, or any other legal matter outside of New York State. However, we do represent clients who live outside of New York State, and are engaged in a New York State commercial or real estate transaction, or who need legal services for New York wills, trusts or estates matters, or other legal matters that involve New York law, or a dispute that is or may be litigated in the courts of New York State, or disputes that may be arbitrated or mediated in a New York State Alternative Dispute Resolution forum. Similarly, we do represent personal injury clients who live outside of New York, who were seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision, premises accident, or other accident that occurred in New York State.

NEW YORK LAWYER DISCLAIMER
The New York commercial, real estate and personal injury litigation information, and NY business law, NY contract law, and NY wills, trusts & estates information, as well as motor vehicle accident, product liability, accident, construction site accident, premises liability, birth injury, accidental death, wrongful death, negligence or other New York legal information contained in this website is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor to create an attorney-client relationship or lawyer-client relationship. We recommend that you discuss your business law, commercial law, real estate law, contract negotiation, wills, trusts or estates matter, or personal injury case, with a NY lawyer or New York attorney promptly.

New York commercial, real estate and personal injury litigation, as well as business and contracts Lawyers and Attorneys New York, representing clients throughout New York State, as well as accident victims who have sustained serious injuries in New York City, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County and upstate New York.

Law Offices of Michael W. Goldstein, is a New York commercial, business, and real estate transactions law firm, also representing clients in wills, trusts and estates, commercial & real estate litigation, and personal injury litigation.

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