Areas of Practice
With the New York population aging, individuals and families need to focus on advanced planning with regard to wills, retirement health care and estate planning. We help families with their advanced directives to fulfill their needs and desires, notably last wills and testaments, irrevocable or revocable trust, durable powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, and living wills. To assist you with these decisions and these plans, Craig takes an individual approach in providing both legal advice and planning but also offering comfort and support during times of crisis. He personally guides his clients through all of the processes from consultation to guardianship proceedings to Surrogate Court probate or administrations.The Meltzer Law Firm has the experience and expertise to assist you in both your short term and long term planning. Give him a call to arrange for a consultation.
In this day and age it is imperative for individuals and families to control and plan for the distribution of their wealth and assets during their lives and afterwards. That requires planning, discussions and artful drafting. Craig provides his clients with all of that in a private, thoughtful and informative manner.Personal planning and Wealth TransferEstate and tax PlanningPreparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directivesBusiness succession planningProbate proceedingsAdministration of trusts and estates Surrogate’s Court Matters in the Five Boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.
The Meltzer Law Firm has represented its clients on countless transactions over a broad spectrum of residential and commercial matters. Our clients include individuals, developers, co-operative and condominium boards, institutional lenders, and public and private businesses, both large and small. We provide a personal touch in educating our clients at each step of the transaction from start to finish. Drafting of purchase and sale agreementsReviewing real estate contractsReviewing offering plans in cooperative and cooperative transactions.Reviewing and providing your information as to the existing real estate taxes, unpaid water charges and HPD liens against the property.Review of the records in multifamily transactions, of the records at the Division of Housing and Community renewal to determine if apartment buildings and apartments are property registered and whether individual apartments are rent stabilized, rent controlled or free rent apartments.Ordering and reviewing a title report to insure that all Housing and Building, Fire department and Housing Preservation and Development Violations are cleared.Review of the title report to insure that all liens, judgments and other encumbrances against the property are removed prior to closing. We look for the Title to be “good and marketable.”Review of the Truth in Lending disclosure documents and the lending institution documents to insure that they are in compliance with the terms set forth in your loan commitment.Review of your loan commitment from the lender.Preparing a closing statement providing the adjustments of the real estate taxes, water charges and incorporating the purchase price, down payment and lender costs and fees to provide an accurate representation of your closing transaction.In condominium & cooperative transactions the office reviews the financial documents and the offering plans of the entity.Attending the closing of title and reviewing all documents.Answering any issues after closing of title.Handle special real estate situations including coop and condominium offering plan preparation and filing, Shoring Agreements, Party Wall and boundary agreements, Short Sales, Reverse mortgages, 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, zoning, inclusionary housing certificates and commercial leasing.