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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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I have a different philosophy than many attorneys. My goal is to form and maintain long term relationships with my clients; not to provide legal documents on a transactional basis. 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 filled 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. If 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
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Benjamin Katz, Esq.
- Current
Law Offices of Benjamin Z. Katz, Esq.
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
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Activities: Consumer Affairs Committee Member
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American Bar Association
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New York State Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Mortgage Lending Principles and Practices, 8th Ed.
Hondros Learning
Certified Real Estate Instructor
New York State Department of State
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
90 Questions Answered

Q. i have a dog for over three years and someone reported me. can they evict me although workers in the building knew ?
A: It sounds like you need to speak with a mental health professional about having the dog prescribed as an emotional support animal. They can be kept even if there is a no pets policy. As far as eviction, if you have openly had the dog for 3 years and the building staff knew there is a NYC law that protects you.
Q. My husband or I can not get in touch with the man who is selling is our puppy
A: From what you described, you have no legal rights to the dog. Under New York law puppies should not be sold or adopted out until they are at least 8 weeks old.
Q. My ex wife is being difficult, wont let me see our dog...
A: If there is a written agreement about the dog, you can seek enforcement in court. I suspect you will not get much help from the police.
Q. My father recently passed away in New York we believe without a will.
A: You must petition the Surrogates Court for Letters of Administration in order to be given the power to collect and distribute assets. If you are not going to be present in NY you should retain an attorney to assist you.
Q. Each state needs to recoup $ for Medicaid payments. Can an LLC protect me as much as a trust in ny?
A: If you put property in an LLC where you are the only member, Medicaid would consider it your property. LLCs are useful for business purposes and limit liability. An irrevocable trust transfers property out of your control. A properly prepared irrevocable trust can provide income to you while ensuring a future for your family and a legacy for you. Transfers/gifts made into the trust in the 5 years before applying for Medicaid would be subject to look-back.
Q. a man passed on 2/26/20 he divorced my sister 20 years ago. he has no living relatives. his family line is extinct.
A: No. Your sister has no legal claim under NY law.
Q. my dog jumped in another stranger
A: If he was injured, he may sue you for his medical expenses. He can also ask that your dog be declared “dangerous”, which may impose restrictions on it. In a severe case of injury your dog could be euthanized.
Q. My dad lived in P.Rico past away and and lift me his Property, but I'm in nyc what can I do
A: If he was a resident of Puerto Rico and left a Will, it will need to be probated in Puerto Rico. If he left it to you some other way there may be other ways to deal with it.
Q. Woman won't return puppy
A: It appears that she changed her mind. If you still have her money then there is nothing left to do. If you refunded her money, call the police and report it as a theft.
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387 Park Avenue South
5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (646) 952-9010