Our firm is engaged in the general practice of law, handling a variety of legal matters for our clients. Our firm specializes in two unique areas of practice. One is Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Contested Estate Litigation. The other is Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Real Estate.
Siegel & Siegel handles both estate planning and administration, which means we can prepare your estate plan, and then help your heirs fulfill your wishes. Many firms only do one or the other. Estate planning covers wills, heathcare directives, as well as trusts of all kinds allowed by law. Most estate plans are done on a fixed fee basis. Because of our strong belief in the importance of the health care proxy, living will, and power of attorney, these are done free of charge when Siegel & Siegel handles your estate plan.
Siegel & Siegel is active in the Surrogate's Court in the New York metro area, and handles the probate of wills and the administration of intestate estates in all of the New York area courts. These matters are handled on an hourly basis, so you keep more of your inheritance, as many firms charge a percentage of the estate as a fee.
Siegel & Siegel has experience in contested estate litigation. There are many instances where a loved one passes away and his or her wishes are not being fulfilled. There are many mechanisms to help beneficiaries get the bequest to which they are entitled, even when the fiduciary tries to frustrate the decedent's wishes.
Siegel & Siegel handles commercial litigation in the State courts of New York and New Jersey, and the Federal courts in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of New Jersey. Attorney time is always billed by the hour, and unlike other firms, all expenses are billed to the client at our cost, with no mark-up.
Real Estate includes both commericial and residential closings for both buyers and sellers. We are not affiliated with any bank or broker, so we represent you to the fullest. We also handle all aspects of real estate litigation, including title disputes, partition actions, and disputes over failed purchases and sales.
In the Bankruptcy area, the firm handles Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and small business Chapter 11 cases. Unlike some firms which have paralegals do the paperwork and per diem attorneys cover hearings, at Siegel & Siegel all matters are handled by the partners, from beginning to end. For Chapter 7 cases, prices start at $1500, depending on the complexity of the case, which includes the preparation of all papers and the trustee meeting. Only additional matters which arise in certain cases will cost extra. Chapter 13 cases are handled similarly. We are also familiar with the new bankruptcy law.
Siegel & Siegel also handles general corporate work for small businesses and partnerships. We can form your corporation, and act as general corporate counsel.