Understanding New York State Child Support

Every parent knows that the costs to raise a child can be mind-numbing. No attempts at financial planning can truly prepare parents for every cost associated with child rearing. From diapers and formula to football camp and college, children are expensive. CNN Money estimates the cost to raise a child over 18 years to be $245,340.00. As the NYC metropolitan area is among the most expensive places to live in America and Westchester has the highest property taxes in the country, it is likely that the cost Continue reading


The NYSBA House of Delegates Meet

          On November 7, 2015, attorneys from across the State of New York met in Albany, New York, to participate in the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates Meeting. These Delegates represent the legal community from local bar associations and districts and come together several times a year to discuss important issues impacting the legal profession and the greater community. At this meeting, the Delegates discussed preparation for a possible New York State Constitutional Convention, changes to the manner in which the legal community addresses professional discipline, modification of how members of the judiciary may receive retirement benefits and other important topics.


          Bashian & Farber Partner, James L. Hyer, Esq. commented on the meeting:
“It was an honor to have been appointed as a delegate to represent the Westchester County Bar Association and to have the opportunity to participate in such an important body. We discussed some very important issues pertaining to the legal community, which discussions will continue during this next week, and I look forward to continuing my service with the House of Delegates in the future.”

What to Expect When Purchasing Residential Real Estate


One of the most stressful decisions that individuals can make during their lives is the purchase of their first home. As buying a home is likely one of the largest purchases in a person’s life, the financial stress can be daunting and this pressure can be amplified if the purchaser lacks knowledge regarding the home-buying process. Knowing what to expect during this process can significantly reduce the anxiety that may accompany the purchase of a first home. Although real estate transactions can be complex, the following major steps can be expected by a purchaser:   Continue reading

The Basics of an Enforceable Prenuptial Agreement

“A lot of people have asked me how short I am…Since my last divorce, I think I’m about $100,000 short!”

  • Actor Mickey Rooney


With divorces on the rise in the United States and nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, Prenuptial Agreements should be considered as a way to prevent the financial devastation caused by a protracted, costly divorce. While the decision to proceed with a Prenuptial Agreement is the first step, the second step Continue reading

Obergefell v. Hodges: Raising Issues of Judicial Civility


In the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges[i], the landmark decision rendered by the Supreme Court pertaining to how marriage is defined within our country, we must examine the need for judicial civility raised following the decision, particularly the dissent of Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia’s dissent runs afoul of the rules of civility and professional responsibility which have been adopted in the State of New York, setting a dangerous precedent for Justices of the Supreme Court. Without question, the issue of same-sex marriage has divided our nation and debate regarding marriage equality will continue for many years. Nevertheless, it is vital that those within the judiciary adhere to the standards of civility and conduct and that any decisions rendered from the bench not only rely upon the rule of law, but also respect both individual litigants and society at large with whom they may disagree. Continue reading

The Westchester Human Rights Commission: A Convenient Forum

By: James L. Hyer, Esq.


For attorneys representing clients with claims of discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and credit the Westchester Human Rights Commission, (“Commission”), offers a convenient venue operating under straightforward rules and regulations.[i] This article addresses the key points of the procedures pertaining to the filings, investigations, and hearings within the Commission with respect to non-housing discrimination matters which are governed by separate county statute and rules as primer for attorneys.

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