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Rochester, NY civil litigation and consumer attorney John Suda at the Hall of Justice
Rochester, NY civil litigation and consumer attorney John Suda at the Hall of Justice

Consumer and insurance claims and litigation.


Courthouse
Courthouse

Have you been victimized by a contractor who has done poor quality work or has not completed a project?

 Has a warrantor of your car, truck, motor home, or boat refused to honor a legitimate claim of product defect?

 Has your insurance company denied you full or any payment on a legitimate claim?

 Has a creditor or debt collector unfairly or inaccurately attempted to collect a debt that you do not owe?

 

 I can help you with all of these issues using my experience of over 30 years helping consumers enforce their rights.

  • Claims against builders and contractors for faulty workmanship
  • Warranty claims regarding automobiles or big ticket items
  • Insurance claims and losses
  • Disputed debts or loan balances
  • Identity theft matters
  • Credit disputes
  • Abusive debt collection activity
  • Reviewing/drafting contracts and leases
  • Class actions claimant's matters
  • And more.

Elder law matters


Aging couple
Aging couple

If you are over the age of 45, and especially married with children, you should have a package of legal documents to plan for disability or death in order to protect your family. This is especially important if you have loved ones or potential beneficiaries who are handicapped, on social services, or unlikely to manage money wisely.


 Those legal documents would include a last will and testament, power of attorney, health care proxy, living will, and perhaps trusts of various sorts.

 You should also consider how you will pay for acute nursing home care if you need it if you are becoming impaired. That's where Medicaid planning and other future need planning comes into play.

 

I can help you with all of these issues using my experience of over 30 years helping families with their legal needs.

  • Last Wills and Testaments (Remote signings-homes, hospitals, nursing homes- can be arranged.) 
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies
  • Living wills
  • Trusts for children, the improvident, and the handicapped
  • Nursing home and Medicaid planning
  • Reverse mortgage matters
  • And more.

Social Security disability claims.

Social Security Card
Social Security Card

One in five Americans live with disabilities. One in 10 live with severe disabilities. If you have eligible work history you and your family may qualify for federal payments to help compensate for your inability to continue work.

 

 You should know that the Social Security Administration turns down most initial applications for benefits. Because of that, you may want to engage an experienced Social Security/consumer attorney to help you maximize your opportunity to become eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

 

I can help you with all of these issues using my experience of over 30 years helping workers and their families  obtain all the entitlements they have earned.

If you  have been a worker and have been injured or taken ill and can no longer work you may be entitled to payments from the federal Social Security Program. Nearly half of all such claims to the government are denied in the early stages. I can help you win an award.


General Legal Matters

Deeds and Mortgages
Deeds and Mortgages

Many homeowners decide to transfer realty property to children or family members for a variety of reasons, including Medicaid planning. I can help you with the deeds required for these transfers.

 

 Unfortunately, married couples decide to break up. They will need a separation agreement and perhaps a divorce to unwind their marital affairs. My office can advise you on what you need to know about these things and draft the documents needed for separations and divorces. (Please note that my office only handles these marital matters where the parties have agreed to proceed amicably without unnecessary conflict and litigation.)

 

 My office also handles a variety of miscellaneous legal matters common to consumers, families, workers, and small businesses. They include challenging realty tax assessments, doing name changes, and other similar matters.

 

I can help you with all of these issues using my experience of over 30 years helping clients solve problems.

  • Deed transfers
  • Separation Agreements and Uncontested Divorces
  • Name changes
  • Residential realty tax assessment contests
  • And more.
Rochester, NY IRS and tax attorney John Suda at the Rochester NY IRS office
Rochester, NY IRS and tax attorney John Suda at the Rochester NY IRS office

Tax dispute/problems with the IRS and NY State

Internal Revenue Service logo
Internal Revenue Service logo

 It can be scary when the IRS or the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance sends you a letter saying that they think you've done bad things or haven't paid your taxes.  The truth is that these tax authorities are willing and able to work with reasonable taxpayers provided that they are approached in the right ways.

 

I can help you with any tax issues using my experience of over 30 years helping taxpayers get treated respectfully and properly by the tax authorities.

  • Disputes about taxes owned or amounts claimed
  • Resolutions of tax arrears/enforcement matters
  • Installment payment agreements
  • Offers in compromise
  • Releases of levies and stopping of collection activities 

Business Formations and related business legal services

Small business storefronts
Small business storefronts

Sometimes landlords have to evict tenants who don't pay; sometimes tenants have to assert their rights against unreasonable landlords.

 Many businesses, especially those with employees or having practical liabilities that may result in them being sued by somebody who gets hurt will benefit from limited liability entities, like LLCs and S corporations. Those same businesses often need contracts, leases, buy-sell agreements, and other legal documents reviewed and drafted.

 

I can help you with all of these issues using my experience helping  Small businesses, landlords and tenants,  with their legal needs to protect themselves, their reputations, and their assets.

  • Drafting partnership agreements 
  • Setting up Business Corporations and S Corporations
  • Setting up Limited Liability Companies (LLC's)
  • Drafting/reviewing lease and purchase agreements 
  • Collecting account receivables
  • Rental evictions, both Landlord and Tenant sides.
  • And more

Estate matters

Aging loved ones
Aging loved ones

Is going to happen to everybody sometime and in some way. Someone is going to die having assets which need to be administered and distributed to beneficiaries and next of kin. Going through this process is not easy, emotionally primarily, but administering a decedent's estate is sometimes complicated and may involve conflicts with family members, creditors, and various bureaucracies.

 

I can help you with all of these issues using my experience of over 30 years helping  families  deal with the consequences of an unfortunate event.

  • Probating wills and administering estates 
  • Handling Small Estate Administrations
  • Representing heirs and beneficiaries
  • And more