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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


What You Need to Know About Workers’ Comp

What Happens If I Was Injured At Work?

Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Can I Sue My Employer for an Injury at Work?

Which Medical Bills are Paid by Workers’ Compensation?

Do I Need to Attend My Workers’ Comp Hearing?

Losing Your Job and Health Insurance During a Workers’ Comp Claim

Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

Scheduled Loss

Applying for Disability Benefits if Your Claim Was Denied

Collecting Both Social Security Disability Benefits and Workers’ Comp

Collecting Both Unemployment Benefits and Workers’ Comp

What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Am I Entitled to Wage Reimbursement if I No Longer Can Do My Job?

Settling a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Divorce & separation

Tips for Choosing the Best Divorce Lawyer

The First Step in the Divorce Process

How Long Does a Divorce Take

Reaching an Amicable Resolution

Contested Divorce Process

Uncontested Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

Divorce Jurisdiction

Can I Get Divorced If I am Unable to Locate My Spouse?

How Can I Get Divorced If My Spouse Lives in Another State?

Can a Divorcing Couple Live Together?

What Should I Bring to a Divorce Consultation?

Do I Have to Go to Court for a Divorce?

Equitable Distribution

What is Marital Property?

What Happens to a Premarital Home?

Sharing the Assets with a Cheating Spouse

How are Retirement Plans Handled?

When Can I Resume Using My Maiden Name?

Qualified Domestic Relations Order

Qualified Domestic Relations Order

QDRO Preparation

QDRO Process

Majauskas Formula

Dividing Retirement Benefits

Dividing Lifetime Benefits

Dividing IRAs

Dividing Non-Vested Pensions

Dividing Military Benefits


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

Medical Marijuana

New York Medical Marijuana Program

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

Is Medical Marijuana Right for You?

Getting Medical Marijuana

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