Monthly Archives : December 2018

  • Mediation is the Place to Start in a Divorce or Separation

    Divorce or separation is difficult to go through even when it is rather amicable. When feelings are raw and volatile, hostility may be present. Dividing the jointly owned property can be problematic if a couple tries to handle it on their own as their emotions will run high.

    If the couple has children, they need special consideration. It is best if the couple goes through mediation to make fair and equitable decisions about property and children with a neutral third party.

    Attorney Daniel J. Sperrazza offers mediation services to couples in the process of divorcing or separating to help them negotiate a settlement of property division, spousal support as well as child custody, child support and visitation. The goal is to help the couple come to an informed agreement on all the issues involved. Though the mediator is present and facilitates the discussion, it is the two parties who negotiate to come to an equatable agreement.

    Part of the mediation is drawing up the final agreement. Before this agreement is signed, Daniel Sperrazza does require the couple have their own attorneys read the agreement to be certain each party’s rights have been protected in the document.

    If you are considering divorce or separation, engaging a mediator to assist in the negotiation of an agreement, you will find the cost to be much less to have your attorneys review the agreement than it would be to have your attorneys do the negotiating. It could also help in establishing a more amicable relationship between you and your spouse since you will always have some connection, especially if you will be co-parenting.

    If you are in Western New York, including Niagara and Erie counties, you can contact the Sperrazza Law Firm in Buffalo to arrange for mediation. You will appreciate the help in making a difficult situation a little less stressful.

  • The Law and What it Means to You

    Law and its meaning to you

    While you may know what law is and why it‘s necessary for controlling our conduct in society, not many think about how law affects the average person. Have you ever wondered about it? Do you find it difficult to relate with? Here is a rundown on how law works in society and the law of nature.

    Most people think that law is meant only for protecting their interests, and is not connected with their everyday interactions. They assume the law will operate and give justice if their behavior is questioned.

    Everyday effects

    This is a simple understanding of the functions of law, and does show how it works every day. For example, the top level constitution sets parameters for the government to use for protecting the citizens of the nation.

    This effects how the government, and country is run which in turn regulates everything done though the day, and how it’s done. It also locally affects the services provided, how jobs work and practically everything we do with our lives.

    This isn’t a distant concept as the laws don’t work only in criminal areas, and is not confined to only constitutional matters and power distribution. It’s much more sophisticated as it not only regulates society’s everyday personal organization but also how we act in business situations, like the mundane task of boarding a train.

    Law is not abstract

    According to criminal law and the constitution, you are permitted to board public transport. While the constitution lets you make contract with others, the laws of contract help create and fulfill a transport contract with the train company.

    Both the laws of contract and tort let you board without fearing injuries or remedies for the worst happening. Finally, according to the law of ownership and currency, you pay money for these services which are valuable to the other contracting party.

    This shows that the law isn’t something abstract that protects you only when you need it. It’s an important part of your democratic life which regulates your behavior to let you act as you want without any reasons. While it may seem too restrictive in some places, it does help by regulating our behaviors. And if it doesn’t we can always change it.

    It has, with its implicated legal and social orders and boundaries, has played an important part in society since its establishment. Its intricate network of rules and guidelines shapes the way we live our lives from one day to another. This proves its importance and impact on the everyday lives of people.

  • International Contracts and Commerce Requires Legal Help

    One of the main problems with doing business across international frontiers—and especially online business is that it can be difficult to attain your legal rights or to exercise them in another country. Get professional legal help.

    One of the  problems with having dealings internationally that in the event of dispute, both parties claim they are in the right and the legal ramifications can be many. Even small online businesses doing business with suppliers in China or Japan may experience growing pains that can cause real problems trying to reach an amiable solution.

    However, there are many ways around this situation for the savvy  lawyer, including the widely used choice of law clause and the mutual arbitration /mediation or adjudication, which can help bypass this situation

    When you are doing business across borders, the best way to accomplish good  dispute resolution  is to prevent the issue to begin with. That means that you need  good and effective drafting of any contract under which  you will be operating or at the very least you need an experienced attorney to review the contract prior to any signing taking place.

    Before transacting with anyone online, it is essential that you are fully aware of their terms and conditions of service and ensure you clarify anything you’d like to see in the contract.  If your proposals aren’t accepted, you’re far better to avoid transacting to avoid problems.

    If you are considering working with other countries and entering into a contract with them, have that contract read and explained to you fully by an experienced legal representative who has your best interests at heart.

  • Attorney Trust is Imperative

    According to a survey conducted by Leo J Shapiro for the American Bar Association, most people need legal help at least once a year.

    The problem is that most of us do not actively seek legal help and are not aware of where to find it when we do need it..

    Attorney Trust

    Also according to the survey, more than half of those who needed the services  of an experienced attorney chose not to hire one or were unable to find one on short notice and suffered as a result of that. Their case did not turn out well for them because they lacked experienced legal help. Most  simply didn’t trust the legal system and/or didn’t want to trust their problems to an attorney they did not know.

    Secondary to trust, most named price as the second reason they did not hire an attorney.

    Price is the biggest  sticking point  for most consumers. When it comes to hiring a lawyer, hourly fees of $100 up to $1000 are out of reach of most people’s budget. And then comes the trepidation of searching for a good attorney and the right services for your needs. There is a lot of uncertainty and confusion as what a lawyer will do, and how to tell the good from the bad.

    Basic services such as the drafting of your will, review of sample health contracts and writing letters on your behalf are just a few of the things that you may need the assistance of an experienced legal counsel to navigate.

    You may also require help with family problems, such as a divorce or custody of children, and/or legal representation in court.

     With all of the issues that can crop up,  it’s a given that American adults  will experience some event during a twelve-month period that may require the services of a lawyer.

    Doesn’t it make sense to find an attorney that you can trust before you need them? Seeking out a good attorney and examining those who are available in your area is a good idea. Look at the about pages, explore their legal expertise and perhaps even make a phone call to speak to the office. All of these things will help you to be prepared for the day when you do need legal services in Buffalo.