Personal Property Mediation

When faced with many decisions during your divorce, it is the big ones that get the most attention…and rightfully so. Parenting time, support, your home, and retirement accounts are always at the forefront of the discussion. With so much focus on these decisions, often your personal property is nothing more than an afterthought. Personal property typically includes all the items in your home, garage, and barn, such as furniture, electronics, and kitchenware. This is usually hundreds of items, and many attorneys cannot dedicate the time necessary to help their clients determine the value and division of all  these items and, honestly, do you really want to pay an attorney to do that?

The cheapest and fastest way to divide personal property is for couples to handle the task themselves. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. Often someone has misperceptions about the actual value of personal property. Things that were expensive to purchase may have little or no current value. Collectables that you think are worth thousands of dollars may be only worth hundreds. Sometimes one or two possessions can be the catalyst for the emergence of complex feelings that derail the whole process. Whether the disagreement is about value, ownership, or emotions, couples will often find themselves stuck on one, many, or all of the items in question.

When this happens, you may need some help and that is where Jeff Egburtson can step in.  As a divorce mediator, Jeff helps couples navigate the big divorce decisions on a daily basis. Utilizing that experience, Jeff is well equipped to help couples through the process of dividing their personal property as well, at a fraction of most attorneys’ hourly rates.  Jeff will meet couples at their home to photograph and catalog all personal property. He will record agreed values or, absent agreement, provide comps and assign potential values for each item at a later date. Once all parties agree on each item’s value, through mediation if necessary, Jeff will help the parties agree on a division of the personal property through a structured discussion that addresses both parties’ needs. Lastly, the agreements will be scribed into a simple document or email that can be provided to all attorneys involved to incorporate into your divorce agreement, or Bates Family Law can draft a Personal Property Stipulation for both parties to sign and present to their attorneys or the court.

Regardless of your situation, having an expert assisting you while navigating the process will always help you avoid the unnecessary detours. Call Bates Family Law today at (585) 433-4661 to schedule your consultation.

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When it comes to your divorce or family law case, experience matters. We have represented thousands of clients in matters of divorce, child custody, and child support.

Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested Divorce

Many people do not realize that New York is a no-fault divorce state. It is no longer necessary or even common to get a legal separation before getting divorced in New York. An uncontested divorce is the fastest and most budget-friendly path to marital dissolution. Often, an uncontested divorce can be settled with only one party retaining a lawyer.

Contested Divorce

Contested Divorce

When an uncontested divorce is not possible, you will want a family court lawyer with extensive trial experience. When you are considering hiring a family court lawyer, it is important to ask about the number of divorce trials they have handled.

Divorce for Business Owners & Spouses

Divorce for Business Owners or Their Spouses

If you or your spouse own a business, it’s crucial to hire a divorce attorney who has comprehensive experience handling business assets. Not all divorce attorneys understand business valuations or the tax consequences of businesses. The special considerations of business owners require special knowledge from your lawyer.

Uncontested Divorce

DIVORCE MEDIATION

Have you tried to work through the issues with your spouse and keep "getting stuck" in the same pattern? Our mediators help couples shift into a new and productive way of communicating and problem solving, even while they are working towards their divorce. This family-centered process, in which the parties themselves are in control and empowered to make their own decisions, seeks to reduce the tension and trauma of divorce, not increase it. This enables couples to achieve a sense of wholeness by working together through the current issues and develop the necessary tools for resolving future differences.

Divorce for Business Owners & Spouses

Personal Property Mediation

When faced with many decisions during your divorce, it is the big ones that get the most attention…and rightfully so. Parenting time, support, your home, and retirement accounts are always at the forefront of the discussion. With so much focus on these decisions, often your personal property is nothing more than an afterthought. Personal property typically includes all the items in your home, garage, and barn, such as furniture, electronics, and kitchenware. This is usually hundreds of items, and many attorneys cannot dedicate the time necessary to help their clients determine the value and division of all  these items and, honestly, do you really want to pay an attorney to do that?

Child Custody

Child Custody

Nothing is more important than your children. If you are facing parental alienation or your children are being coached, a child custody battle can be especially difficult. We have expertly conducted countless child custody trials, including initial determinations of the best interests of the children, modifications to prior orders, enforcement proceedings, and cases of parental alienation.

Child Support

Child Support

Child support is much more complicated than a basic formula or a certain percentage of income. There are multiple considerations that go into calculating child support, especially if you or the other parent works in a cash business, is underemployed, or if you share equal time with the child. We are experienced in every aspect of determining child support. If child support is already established, we can even determine, often in a phone call, whether the amount you are currently paying or receiving is fair.

Order of Protection

Orders of Protection

If you have been served with a Family Court Order of Protection or if you feel that you need an Order of Protection to keep you or your children safe, you must act fast. An Order of Protection against you can impact your job, your ability to see your children, your right to live in your home, and your right to possess firearms. If a temporary Order of Protection was issued against you without you being present, you have a right to have the Order of Protection reevaluated right away. If you are seeking an Order of Protection, we will help you apply for the order, most often within 24 hours.

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