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Ronald D. Weiss, ESQ. is a Long Island bankruptcy, foreclosure, negotiation and modification lawyer, who since 1988 has represented individuals and businesses in the greater Long Island and New York areas undergoing financial hardship. Ron started the Law Office of Ronald D. Weiss, P.C. in 1993 as a law firm focused on “Debt Solutions”, or the utilization of various legal tools to help resolve a broad range of debt challenges faced by our clients. The law firm advises and represents individuals and businesses going through economic challenges, monetary difficulties, creditor problems and/or overwhelming debt. The law firm approaches each case with creative, clever, customized and compassionate debt solutions that may involve negotiation, litigation, bankruptcy, and/or other legal options. Every matter coming to our law office is treated as a unique situation that deserves our office’s collective wisdom, knowledge and skills in working the legal system to help resolve our client’s financial challenges and debt problems. (See Sub-Section “About – Ronald D. Weiss, Esq.”)
We can help with effective, affordable and uniquely customized legal options to virtually any financial difficulty.
The Law Office of Ronald D. Weiss, P.C., is a law firm comprised of attorneys and legal staff, that for almost 30 years, has concentrated in legally representing residents of Suffolk County and Nassau County, Long Island, New York, in bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, foreclosure defense litigation, mortgage loan modification, landlord-tenant litigation, distressed real estate transactions, general debt negotiation and debt litigation. Through advice and representation, our attorneys help determine and implement the best and most affordable ways to: eliminate overwhelming credit card obligations, modify problematic mortgages, stop aggressive creditor collection, overcome intractable foreclosure difficulties, reduce troublesome debts, reorganize burdensome liabilities and/or resolve difficult landlord-tenant disputes. (See Section “About” which further gives information about our law office).
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The main office of the Law Office of Ronald D. Weiss, P.C. is centrally located on Route 110 in Melville, on the border of Nassau and Suffolk, close to the exits of most major roadways, including the LIE, Northern and Southern State Parkways, Old Country Road and Jericho Turnpike. Convenient evening and daytime appointments are readily available.
Let our law firm explain to you how we can help resolve your financial difficulties by representing you in the following:
Immediate BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION by a Long Island bankruptcy attorney to stop collection actions, creditor harassment, foreclosure actions, tenant eviction, wage garnishment, and bank restraint. We generally represent our clients in all bankruptcy matters and under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code: Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Chapter 11, Subchapter V, Contested Motions, Adversary Proceedings and Bankruptcy Appeals.
We file Bankruptcy cases in ALL CHAPTERS of the Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as practiced by our Long Island bankruptcy law firm, eliminates most unsecured debts, such as credit card debts, personal loans, and medical bills, to allow individuals a fresh financial start. Challenges in Chapter 7 cases include verifying that clients qualify in terms of income means testing, budget testing, lack of excess equity in assets, and/or the absence of avoidable transfers. Chapter 13 bankruptcy, as implemented by our Long Island bankruptcy lawyers, helps individuals by curing mortgage arrears and reducing unsecured debt over a 5-year plan, or by allowing long term mortgage modification through a loss mitigation plan. Challenges in Chapter 13 include verifying that clients qualify in terms of unsecured and secured debt levels, that they have sufficient income to sustain calculated monthly plan payments and ascertaining that the debts owed can be paid under either a “catchup plan”, a plan incorporating a mortgage modification and/or a “pro-rata percentage plan” depending on the client’s situation and qualifications. Chapter 11, as carried out by our LI bankruptcy law office, reorganizes businesses by protecting them from their creditors while a Chapter 11 plan is worked on and presented for potential confirmation with the goal of saving the business by reorganizing its debts. Challenges in Chapter 11 cases include preparing monthly operating reports, coordinating business and legal strategy, preparing a disclosure statement, implementing a viable plan of reorganization and finding an advantageous exit strategy acceptable to to the creditors and the court. New Subchapter V of Chapter 11, with enhancements passed as part of the Cares Act, may be a simpler, quicker and less costly approach to business reorganization that with time may be used more often by smaller businesses seeking debt solution options.
In all bankruptcy matters in order to initiate and continue the bankruptcy case, which automatically stays creditors and potentially improves our client’s ability to manage financially, we need to engage in disclosure of the debtor’s financial affairs through bankruptcy schedules, financial documents and a readiness to answer more questions posed by a trustee and/or creditors at a creditor’s meeting scheduled by the Court. Where the debtor qualifies for a case in terms of meeting income, debt and and/or disclosure requirements, the debtor not only is able to stay its creditors but also is usually able to eliminate, reduce and/or extend its debts and improve its overall financial situation.
We represent clients in both STRAIGHTFORWARD and COMPLEX bankruptcy matters. Bankruptcy litigation, in the form of Adversary Proceedings and/or Contested Motions, allows us to defend our bankruptcy clients in cases where there are potential complications that require litigation and/or motion practice within the bankruptcy case. In such matters our adversary can be a creditor or trustee who can use the creditors’ meeting or a more in depth 2004 examination or other discovery tools in a bankruptcy case to gain more information about the debtor’s financial affairs. Bankruptcy Appeals allow us to contest a decision of the bankruptcy court by seeking appellate review of the bankruptcy judge’s decision. Bankruptcy issues that may be contested in motions include: motions to lift the automatic stay, motions to dismiss, objections to confirmation, objections to claims, pond motions, 522(f) motions and motions to compel discovery. Bankruptcy Issues that may be contested in adversary proceedings include: exemption applicability to protect assets, potential avoidable transfers (preferences and fraudulent conveyances), the overall discharge in a case, the dischargeability of particular debts, actions to force a sale of jointly held assets, turnover actions, and issues pertaining to means testing. Our law firm concentrates in bankruptcy solutions and is experienced in representing individuals and businesses in Suffolk County, Nassau County and the greater LI and NYC areas in all chapters of the bankruptcy code and in all matters that may arise in bankruptcy cases.
Vigorous FORECLOSURE defense, LANDLORD TENANT litigation and LITIGATION defense by a Long Island litigation lawyer concentrating in defending foreclosures, landlord tenant matters and general debt litigation.
We are Long Island FORECLOSURE DEFENSE attorneys and concentrate in foreclosure solutions including defense of foreclosure actions, with customized, case-specific strategy that we put into every legal document and every step in the litigation, including the pleadings, discovery, conferences, oppositions, motions and cross-motions filed to protect our clients’ homes. Timely foreclosure defense is important to avoid default and protect a homeowner’s rights. Foreclosure defense includes foreclosure avoidance efforts with negotiations to head off a foreclosure litigation, but once our client is served with a foreclosure complaint, we engage in answers, counterclaims, discovery demands and/or motions to dismiss that are tailored to our clients’ specific situation. We attend all court conferences, settlement conferences, status conferences and more recently Covid Hardship conferences and potential hearings to defend our client’s asserted Covid Hardship. During the conferences we pursuit any settlement and modification opportunities. We aggressively defend foreclosure motion practice by filing detailed, thorough and well researched oppositions to the following motions: motion to appoint a referee, motion for summary judgment, motion for judgment of foreclosure and sale and motion to extend time for a foreclosure sale. We also file our own motions or cross-motions for the defendant including: motions or cross-motions to reargue, renew, vacate a default, compel discovery, demand a referee hearing and/or to dismiss. We can also initiate our own actions or motions for quiet title, to vacate a judgment or a mortgage lien and/or for surplus monies. Emergency orders to show cause and motion practice can stop foreclosure sales, vacate wrongful decisions/orders or judgments and potentially dismiss foreclosure actions, based on defects with documentation, standing, jurisdiction, lack of 90 day notice, statute of limitations, failure to possess loan documents, and other defenses including predatory lending, fraud and misrepresentation. To the extent a Supreme Court decision may be disputed and is of critical importance to a case, we can move to reargue, renew or vacate the decision/order with the Supreme Court and/or engage in an appeal of the decision to the Appellate Division where the conclusions of law of the lower court will be reviewed by the appellate court.
We specialize in litigating foreclosure matters that most law firms can not handle well – those that have complex fact patterns, challenging legal issues, require unique research and have prolonged and convoluted histories of motion practice. We pride ourselves in taking on and turning around litigation matters that have previously had long delays, setbacks and frustrations by introducing a fresh, bold, clever and out of the box bold approach that looks for legal openings in terms of unique argument that we maximize on behalf of our clients. Foreclosure defense by our attorneys gains time and leverage for Suffolk and Nassau County homeowners seeking modifications and other mortgage solutions. We are unique in not just engaging in complex and nuanced foreclosure defense but also in potentially introducing negotiation, modification and bankruptcy options to help our clients keep their homes.
In addition, we also concentrate in LANDLORD TENANT LAW AND LITIGATION for both landlords and tenants in eviction and/or rent collection cases. We represent landlords and tenants in landlord tenant law and litigation when there is an issue for the following: eviction actions, actions to collect rent, constructive eviction actions, wrongful eviction actions, breach of contract actions, and hearings to challenge Covid hardship. We also represent both landlords and tenants in hearings with the town board, planning or building departments over the following: actions to resolve certificate of occupancy issues, hearings on local zoning ordinances, hearings on condemnation, hearings seeking an exceptions local regulations. We also represent cooperative apartment shareholder/residents or owners of condominium town houses or apartments in litigation with their homeowners association or cooperative board over community regulations, fines, disputes and potential eviction or other legal actions by the board. Often we are able to come to negotiated stipulations that seek to resolve disputes with agreements that seek to compromise the parties’ goals. We represent both individual and commercial landlords and tenants and our tools include litigation, negotiation and bankruptcy options.
We also defend a board array of different LITIGATION DEFENSE ACTIONS where our clients are being pursued for debt and we have defended virtually any type of debt collection action including but not limited to litigation defense of actions to collect on tax debt, credit card debt,business debt,medical debt and student loan debt. Most of such litigation, for us, is defensive in purpose and intended to prevent the creditor from quickly obtaining an easy judgment. If we can sufficiently make the litigation long, hard and expensive, the creditor is more likely to be amenable to a negotiated resolution and/or the creditor action will move more slowly allowing our client to be better situated for a bankruptcy case. However, sometimes such debt is very high and there is a bona fide dispute that is worth fighting so we engage in real litigation with the intention of prevailing in the litigation. In some cases we need to initiate litigation to get a result or a negotiating advantage; in real estate matters or credit repair matters, that is often the case.
Our law firm concentrates in foreclosure solutions, landlord tenant law, and other debt oriented defense litigation and is experienced in defending individuals and businesses in the greater LI and NYC areas in all aspects of the litigation process.
Persistent DEBT NEGOTIATION and MORTGAGE MODIFICATION by a Long Island debt and modification lawyer to reduce, extend, modify, restructure and/or obtain more affordable terms for debt and/or mortgage payments.
We concentrate in MORTGAGE MODIFICATION and other DISTRESSED REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS. Mortgage modification solutions in general try to avoid foreclosure through specific retention options, where the borrower continues to possess and maintain the residence, despite the default in paying the mortgage, by changing or modifying key terms of the mortgage. Mortgage modification specifically works by restructuring mortgages in default by combining the amount of the mortgage arrears with the amount of the mortgage balance and usually keeps monthly mortgage payments affordable by extending the term of the mortgage and reducing the interest rate of the modified loan and potentially deferring some arrears to the back of the loan to allow affordability. Mortgage modification and/or other mortgage retention options, including settlements, payment plans, forbearances and/or short sales are part of the various options our law firm offers to persons looking for distressed real estate solutions. While modifications and other negotiated resolutions are within the lender’s discretion, and while lenders can make these negotiations difficult and overly complicated, our modification attorneys and paralegals, based on our experience, approach and reputation, have successfully obtained helpful modifications for a high percentage of our Long Island clients. We concentrate in all other possible options for distressed real estate retention options, which include friendly short sales, refinancing, negotiated reinstatements and/or short payoffs. We also concentrate in non-retention options which include 3rd party short sales, deeds in lieu, cash for keys, judgment in lieu of foreclosure and all types of real estate sales or other manners of property transfer.
More generally, we engage in general DEBT NEGOTIATION and SETTLEMENT. Our debt solutions law firm concentrates in a broad variety of aggressive and sustained debt negotiations, reductions and settlements. We negotiate a wide spectrum of debt from complex business obligations needing strategic planning and workouts, to much smaller, ordinary individual unsecured debts that are greatly benefited from the expertise, energy and intelligence that our debt attorneys and staff can bring to every negotiated matter. Our advantages in negotiations and settlements are: the sharpness, persistence and skills of our debt lawyers and staff and the implied alternatives to settlement that we convey, which are protracted litigation defense and/or bankruptcy options, which creditors seek to avoid. Included in the negotiation solutions we offer are: credit card debt negotiations, tax debt negotiations, business debt settlements, student loan debt installation plans, personal loan settlements, landlord-tenant negotiation and other negotiated forms of debt relief. We also help with credit repair, real estate lien avoidance, voiding judgments and otherwise contesting debt. We resolve and settle all manners of mortgage and other problematic debt affecting individuals and businesses in Suffolk County, Nassau County and the greater LI and NYC areas.
The Law Office of Ronald D. Weiss, P.C. analyzes each client’s case individually, based on the case’s specific facts and the needs of the client. Our goal is to give our clients highly effective representation that is at the same time compassionate and affordable. Often we look at using the above referenced debt solution tools – bankruptcy, litigation and/or negotiation – as potential alternatives or as part of a larger approach, where they are used to reinforce and build on each other. In each client’s situation we look at and consider all options, in terms of feasibility, risks vs. benefits, timing, costs and methodology. We develop with our clients a plan to best maximize the chances of successfully resolving burdensome debt and strategize to effectively overcome our clients’ economic challenges. (See Sub-Section on “About the Firm”).
In Suffolk County, NY our attorneys represent residents of the following towns with foreclosure, negotiation, modification and bankruptcy services: Huntington, Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Babylon, East Hampton, Southampton, Southold, Riverhead, and Shelter Island. In Nassau County, NY our lawyers help clients living in the following towns with foreclosure, negotiation, modification and bankruptcy representation : Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Long Beach. In the greater New York area we serve the following boroughs and counties: Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester.
Our main law office is located at 734 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York 11747 with a phone number of 631-271-3737. We see all consultations and potential new cases at this main Melville location to make sure the right attorneys and staff are able to meet with the potential client once we have analyzed the legal issues in a case and determined the legal strategy for the case. At our Melville office we have four conference rooms for consultations and to see clients. Our staff are all based at this main Melville location. We also have several branch locations where we can see established clients by appointment only. (See Section on Office Locations).
We uniquely approach debt and financial hardship from the perspective of our clients who are usually looking for a solid and thoughtful overview of all their legal options. We provide a customized layout of the main possibilities to improve and resolve situations of financial hardship and give detailed recommendations as how to proceed. The alternatives that we present are effective and affordable debt relief options that are tailored for each client’s particular situation. We patiently listen to our clients and based on many years of experience, we can confidently, intelligently and creatively represent our clients by aggressively, passionately and energetically fighting their legal and financial battles. (See Sub-Section “About – How We Can Help”).
The Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, restrictions and diminishment of person to person commerce has been especially difficult on the economy of Long Island given the many small businesses, restaurants and service providers that were affected negatively by an economy transformed overnight by a national crisis. Despite an opening up of our economy, there have been large scale dislocations and changes causing many businesses to be negatively affected and damage to our economy for years. Our dependency on the New York City economy has been a factor in that New York City’s economy had been particularly affected. As a result, many persons on Long Island have been affected in ways that have caused them to have financial hardships, pain and debt that they never expected or imaged. Our office is uniquely situated to help with debt relief options and legal representation for Long Island’s still struggling individuals and small businesses. (See Sub-Section “About – Covid 19 and the Effects on Debt Relief”).
We have expanded our hours during the pandemic. We can help you legally with almost any financial hardship. Please call us ️NOW for a free phone or office consultation! Thank you!
Monday – Friday 8 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday - 10 am - 6pm
Sunday – closed