Watch Our Educational Legal Videos

At Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C., our primary function is to protect the rights of our clients and resolve your legal issues in the most efficient manner possible. Our attorneys have taken the time to answer your most frequently asked legal questions in the following series of educational legal videos. If you have questions about your legal issue, please contact our experienced Buffalo attorneys at (716) 869-3013 to schedule a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.


How Can a Real Estate Attorney Help Me in a Transaction?

The Professionals Involved in a Real Estate Transaction?

Why Do I Need a Real Estate Broker?

What You Need to Remember Before Entering into a Real Estate Contract

The First Steps to Purchasing a Home

The Mortgage Application Process

The Mortgage Commitment Stage

Ready to Sell Your House? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

The Appraisal Process

The Four Stages of a Real Estate Transaction

Title Examinations

The Role of the Home Inspection

The Attorney Approval Process

The Sale Contingency Clause

The Closing Contingency Clause

The Next Steps After a Real Estate Contract is in Place

The Transfer of Documents

How Long Does it Take to Close on a Property?

Important Facts You Need to Know About a Real Estate Closing

Preparing for a Closing

The Closing Date

BANKRUPTCY & Debt Relief

What Can Bankruptcy Do for Me?

How Long Does it Take to Complete a Bankruptcy?

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney to File Bankruptcy?

Excluding Debt from Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Exemptions

Can I Keep My Car and House in a Bankruptcy?

Automatic Stay

Reaffirmation Agreements

Dischargeable Debts

Can Bankruptcy Help with Judgements?

Can Bankruptcy Help with Wage Garnishments?

Am I Eligible for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

The Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Bankruptcy

Should We File Joint Bankruptcy or Separate?

Required Credit Counseling Courses

Will I Have to Go Before a Judge?

Bankruptcy Trustees

The Meeting of Creditors

Reestablishing Credit After Bankruptcy


Understanding Estate Planning

Why Do I Need a Will?

What Information is Needed to Create a Will?

What Happens When You Die Without a Will?

What Happens When an Unmarried Partner Dies Without a Will?

Things You Can Do If You Were Left Out of a Will

How Can I Contest a Will?

Transferring Your Assets at Death

What is Probate?

Why Does a Will Go Into Probate?

How Long Does the Probate Process Take?

Probate Asset vs. Non-Probate Asset

Power of Attorney

Durable Power of Attorney

Tips for Choosing a Power of Attorney Agent

The Legal Liability of a Power of Attorney Agent

Does the Size of a Estate Matter?

Strategies for Reducing Estate Taxes

The Estate Has Insufficient Assets to Cover the Debt

Landlord Tenant

What Should a Landlord Consider When Creating a Lease?

The Differences Between a Written and Verbal Lease Agreement

How Much Does it Cost to Evict a Tenant?

Evicting a Tenant for Violating a Lease

Evicting Non-Paying Tenants

Evicting Month to Month Tenants

Locking Out a Tenant by Changing the Locks

Landlord’s Rights of Entry

Which Landlord Tenant Court Do I Need to Go to?

family law

Parenting Time and Access

Child Custody for Unmarried Parents

How Do Judges Determine Child Custody?

The Differences Between Joint Custody and Sole Custody

Does Joint Custody Mean 50/50 Access?

Paying Child Support if You Have Joint Custody

Relocating to Another State with the Children


Spousal Maintenance

Automatic Entitlement to Receive Maintenance

Spousal Maintenance Duration