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Howard E. Knispel

Howard E. Knispel

  • Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Divorce ...
  • New York
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Howard E. Knispel has been practicing law since 1989, having graduated from Eisenhower College of World Studies of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in International Politics in 1981 and New York Law School in 1988 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Howard concentrates his practice to Divorce, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Traffic and DWI, Real Estate and Wills. Howard has conducted numerous trials, both jury and non-jury. Howard has negotiated and settled hundreds of divorce, custody and support matters.

Howard has helped many people get out from crippling debt to get a fresh start. He has assisted many people experiencing criminal matters help get the possible outcome, including dismissals. As a former traffic prosecutor and Administrative Law Judge, has helped many cut through the tangle that is the traffic court and helped reduce points and save licenses. He has represented both purchasers and sellers of residential properties throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

If there is any legal issue you need assistance with, call Howard E. Knispel, who has the knowledge and experience to assist you.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
County Attorney/Special Prosecutor
Suffolk County Traffic asnd Parking Agency
Administrative Law Judge
New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission
New York Law School
J.D. (1988)
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Eisenhower College of Rochester Institute of Technology
B.A. (1981) | International Politics
Honors: Senior Class President. Editor:
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Peer Reviewed
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Person of the Year
Smithtown Democratic Committee
Professional Associations
Smithtown Sunrise Rotary
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Activities: Hospitality
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Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association
- Current
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Suffolk County Bar Association
- Current
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New York State Bar  # 2279156
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Defendant: It’s an open-and-shut case
Speaking Engagements
Bankruptcy and Debt Settlement , How to Prevent a Financial Meltdown , Huntington, NY
Housing Help, Inc.
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
104 Questions Answered

Q. Can a parent have the child support terminated when the 18 year-old child did not graduate from HS and still enrolled?
A: In NY child support terminates at the age of 21. Early termination is extremely difficult. You would need to prove the child is currently self supporting with a full time job. Contact an attorney to talk about your specific circumstances.
Q. Can you be retroactive charged for child support if you received an increase of pay or switched jobs to a higher salary?
A: If there is no child support order at all (either from Family Court or through Divorce) you can not be obligated to pay any retroactive support, with the exception if the custodial parent is on public assistance. If there is an active order, retroactivity only goes to the filing date of a new support modification petition. Again, if there is an issue of public assistance then there can be retroactivity to the date of the beginning of public assistance for the child.
Q. My order ended on 5/12/2020 as my daughter turned 21, now I received an order to show cause, will it be restarted?
A: Child support terminates at 21 and can not be continued after unless agreed to, and then until 22 if the child is in college, but only if agreed. Other provisions (not child support) could be addressed. Speak to an attorney.
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Contact & Map
Howard E. Knispel, P.C.
354 Veterans Highway
Commack, NY 11725
Telephone: (631) 864-7589