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George E. Patsis

George E. Patsis

George E. Patsis, PLLC
  • Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate ...
  • New York
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During this difficult time, the law office of George E. Patsis is offering free video chat consultations. Additionally, the office is available to provide remote estate planning and notarization. With remote estate planning and notarization, clients are able to execute wills, powers of attorney, trusts, living wills, and health care proxies from the comfort of their homes.

After two decades of practicing law, George E. Patsis has served each and everyone of his clients with the utmost dedication, honorability, experience and success.

Mr. Patsis is more than just an Attorney, he is someone you can count on. Though compassionate and understanding, Mr. Patsis is a strategic, expeditious, and powerful force in the courtroom.

At George E. Patsis, PLLC, our Long Island Attorneys are always here to help you with your legal needs in all practices areas of the law, including Estate Planning, Probate and Administration, Estate Litigation, Family Law, Divorce and Matrimonial Law, Business Law, Contracts, Mergers, Property Disputes, Real Estate Law and Closings, and General Litigation.

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Hofstra University
J.D. (1997)
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State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. (1993) | History
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Professional Experience
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George E. Patsis, PLLC
Articles & Publications
Living Wills and Health Care: Powers of Attorney
Speaking Engagements
End of Life Decision Making in Guardianship Proceedings, Article 81 Guardianship Training
Suffolk County Bar Association
Certified Court Evaluator, Guardian, Attorney for the Incapacitated, Referee, and Receiver
New York State Unified Court System
20 Year Anniversary
Esteemed Lawyer
Esteemed Lawyers of America
10 Best
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
10 Best
American Institute of Criminal Attorneys
Distinguished Lawyer
Lawyers of Distinction
Professional Associations
Suffolk County Bar Association
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New York State Bar  # 3012770
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Practice Areas
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Elder Law
    Education Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Municipal Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
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Legal Answers
Q. Can you modify child support with an active Supreme Court divorce/custody case when you lose your job?
A: The simple answer is yes, you can certainly make an application to modify a child support order during the pendency of a divorce. Stating you lost your job is generally insufficient to obtain a modification. You should consult with the attorney representing you in the divorce.
Q. I own a third of a business that’s been open since 1998. I am being offered about a tenth of what my shares are worth
A: What is your question?
Q. For a family court case if the mother is a resident of NY and father KY can the case be brought to NY??
A: It seems that a custody and child support case for your daughter is not pending in Kentucky. If this is correct, there is nothing stopping you from filing in New York. Typically you would start with a custody petition and file a child support petition. The custody petition generally would be decided first and then the child support case would follow.

The Family Court has jurisdiction over an initial child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Article 5-a of the Domestic Relations Law. Jurisdiction is normally exercised in accordance with the home state rule. The home state rule permits the court to exercise jurisdiction over an initial child custody matter where the child's home state is New York.

"Home State" means the state in which a child lived with a parent or a person acting as a parent for at least six consecutive months immediately before the commencement of a child custody proceeding. In the case of a child less than six months of age, the term means the state in which the child lived from birth with any of the persons mentioned. A period of temporary absence of any of the mentioned persons is part of the period.

Since your child was born in New York and with you (the Parent), New York would be considered the home state.

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act provides that the New York Family Court may obtain jurisdiction over a non-resident where any of the following are true:

(1) the individual is personally served with a summons and petition within this state;

(2) the individual submits to the jurisdiction of this state by consent, by entering a general appearance, or by filing a responsive document or other action having the effect of waiving any contest to personal jurisdiction;

(3) the individual resided with the child in this state;

(4) the individual resided in this state and provided prenatal expenses or support for the child;

(5) the child resides in this state as a result of the acts or directives of the individual;

(6) the individual engaged in sexual intercourse in this state and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse;

(7) the individual asserted parentage of a child in the putative father registry maintained in this state by the office of children and family services; or

(8) there is any other basis consistent with the constitutions of this state and the United States for the exercise of personal jurisdiction.

You should consult with a New York Family Law attorney in your area as soon as possible.
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George E. Patsis, PLLC
152 North Wellwood Avenue
Suite 1
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Telephone: (631) 225-4601
Fax: (631) 225-4602
Monday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed