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As a result of the fiscal crises and the inordinate number of real property foreclosures in New York State, legislation was enacted which now requires that most residential foreclosure matters proceed through a mandatory court settlement conference procedure.

While the foreclosure process is long and complex, it was hoped that this legislation would lead to settlements through various work out arrangements and modifications without having to resort to full-blown foreclosure trials.

The Suffolk County Bar Association and its Pro Bono Foundation have recognized that many of the home owners may not be in a financial position to hire private legal counsel. While our organization cannot provide free legal counsel throughout a full foreclosure proceeding, we are able to provide Suffolk County Homeowners with the limited legal assistance they will need throughout the foreclosure settlement conference process.

If you are the subject of a residential foreclosure, you should have received a communication from the court, which also included a letter from our Foundation which directed you to this website. If you wish to take advantage of this free legal assistance, you may sign up below. This will allow you to schedule a free consultation with one of our volunteer attorneys who will review your situation and if required represent you in court at the Settlement Conference.

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Newly Enacted Maintenance Guidelines Legislation - Academy Program

This newly enacted legislation amends both the Domestic Relations Law and the Family Court Act.  It established new formulas for maintenance and spousal support.  The law puts in place  new guidelines for both temporary and post-divorce maintenance and spousal support.  It also eliminates "Enhanced Earning Capacity" from equitable distribution.  A program not to be missed on December 1, 2015 - 6 pm - 9 pm at the Bar Center.  Click here for flyer

New Bankruptcy Forms: What You Need to Know

December 3, 2015 - 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.  As of December 1, 2015, there are significant changes to the Bankruptcy petitions and schedules.  The new forms are applicable to Chapter 7, 13 and 11 matters.  In addition, there are various changes to other documents such as proofs of claim and other essential forms.  This is a must attend CLE. Click here for flyer


The SCBA Board of Directors cordially invite our members to our annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 11, 2015, 4 pm - 7 pm.  Music by the Just Cause Band and Hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Fireside Caterers.  Holiday Toy Drive - Please help us brighten the holiday season for needy children in our greater community. The SCBA and Academy of Law will collect items for Charlie Russo's large scale toy drive "Holiday Magic."  Click here for flyer

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