Collaboratively Trained Attorney
New York Family Law Lawyer
Many people in New York become frustrated with the divorce process. Sometimes, the focus becomes litigation rather than the clients. At my law office on Staten Island, I will put the focus where it belongs: on you and what will happen to your life after divorce, such as where you will live, how you will support yourself, and how you will foster your relationships with your children.
As a family law attorney on Staten Island with more than 25 years of experience guiding families through the divorce process, in Family Court as well as Supreme Court, I understand what you are going through. My personal philosophy as a lawyer is to advocate for you so you get the assets and support you need, and then help you create a plan to move on with your life. Contact my law office to find out more.
After attending an excellent Continuing Legal Education program on Will Drafting given by Surrogate Robert J. Gigante and his staff DePalo Law Firm Attorneys Anne-Louise DePalo, Esq., and Joanna De Lauro, Esq., have been inducted into the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.
Helping You Move on With Your Life
Many issues in divorce are related:
- Before you can resolve such issues as marital property division and spousal maintenance, you need to determine whether you can afford to live on your own or remain in your house. I can help you create a plan for life post-divorce.
- Before you can determine how much child support you are entitled to receive or obligated to pay, we need to negotiate a child custody and visitation agreement (also called a "parenting plan") that works for you and your soon-to-be ex.
The majority of divorces I handle on Staten Island are resolved through settlement, not in court. Proper representation, preparation and knowledge of the law makes this possible. My goal is to complete your divorce as quickly as possible, while protecting your rights and helping you prepare for the future.
Learn more about my family law practice.
I am the founding member of the Staten Island Collaborative Law Group, and one of the few collaboratively trained attorneys in Staten Island. Collaborative Law is an innovative way to handle a divorce or any dispute with dignity and without court intervention. If you want preserve your assets, and if the well being of your children is your priority, consider collaborative law. Collaborative Law is solution driven rather than litigation driven. Ask if collaborative law is possible for you.
I assist families on Staten Island in a variety of estate matters, from creating a will to administering an estate after a family member dies. Organization and follow-through are important qualities to look for in choosing an estate planning lawyer. When you come to my law office, I can explain how preparing a will, designating a power of attorney, or establishing a health care proxy can protect your interests or those of a family member. I can also guide your family through the probate and administrative process in surrogate's court to finalize a loved one's estate. I also help the person designated to administer the estate to gather the assets, pay creditors, obtain a TAX ID number and set up an estate account.
To schedule an attorney consultation: Call 718-213-4746 or fill out the contact form. My law office is located on 94 Hancock Street in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, New York.
Anne-Louise DePalo, Esq., has been accepted as a Participating Law Firm for both Hyatt Legal Services and ARAG.