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Benjamin Z. Katz

Benjamin Z. Katz

Life Planning for Your Family the Right Way!
  • Estate Planning, Animal & Dog Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • New York
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Biography

My goal is to form and maintain long term relationships with my clients. I am blessed to be a happy husband, a proud father and a joyful pet owner. I have always felt that a life well lived is one filled with connections to others.

Our lives are plagued with uncertainty. If you are single, married or in a relationship; if you have children, plan to have children or not; or if you have pets or charities that you wish to provide for, you need a plan to address that uncertainty. When you don't have a plan in place, state laws will control what happens to you and your family. I can help you formulate and implement a plan tailored to your needs and choices and then review that plan with you throughout your life to make changes as needed.

Eliminate uncertainty for your family should you become incapacitated or die. Protect and control your assets. But most importantly, leave a legacy of confidence and positivity for all your loved ones.

Presently, areas of practice include Estate Planning, Probate & Administration, Residential Real Estate, Guardianship and Animal Law.

I serve as a Consultant to several mortgage companies, having instructed real estate and mortgage licensees for many years and co-authored and edited several mortgage textbooks including Mortgage Lending Principles and Practices (6th, 7th and 8th edition).

I am a NYS Certified Real Estate Instructor. I am a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. I serve as a Volunteer Attorney for Free Legal Answers through the ABA as well as serving as a member of the Estate Planning Committee of the Senior Lawyers Division and serve on the New York City Bar Association's Consumer Affair Committee. I am an Attorney Member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and support several charitable organizations.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Animal & Dog Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Benjamin Katz, Esq. P.C.
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Attorney
Law Offices of Benjamin Z. Katz, Esq.
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Education
Hofstra University
J.D. (1994) | Law
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State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. (1991) | History
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Professional Associations
New York City Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Consumer Affairs Committee Member
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American Bar Association
Member
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New York State Bar Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Mortgage Lending Principles and Practices, 8th Ed.
Hondros Learning
Certifications
Certified Real Estate Instructor
New York State Department of State
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
217 Questions Answered
Q. Elder law. Hello. my mother is 85 . how can I get control of her finances?
A: If you believe she can understand what she is signing and wants to do so, she can sign a POA. If she does not understand or understands but does not want to, you will need to petition for guardianship. You should not try to do this without speaking with an attorney.
Q. My mother passed away and had 4 children. What's the easiest process to get her house sold and have proceeds split?
A: By operation of law, ownership of the property passed to the children. You may be able to avoid filing a petition is Surrogate's Court. However, there are pros and cons. You should consult with a probate attorney and then consult with a real estate attorney to handle the sale. Many attorneys can do both.
Q. During the 5 year look back in a Medicaid application what type of expenditures are allowed and what are not allowed?
A: Expenditures are not generally an issue. The concern is when there is a substantial transfer without value received in return. For instance, paying $1000 per month for rent will not raise eyebrows so long as there is no question that the rental unit was being occupied. On the other hand, paying someone $1000 per month to collect you mail will raise questions. Large gifts or transfers of assets for less than fair market value similarly will need to be explained and/or justified. If there is a concern, it is best to speak with an Elder Law attorney before applying.
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Benjamin Katz, Esq. P.C.
114 W 27th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (646) 775-3455
Fax: (646) 368-8323
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: Closed
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