Perkins and Perkins, Attorneys at Law

 

PRACTICE AREAS

Administrative LawADMINISTRATIVE LAW
     Whether it be the representation of a civil servant in disciplinary proceedings or a petition to the court challenging a decision of a municipal board, Perkins and Perkins is offers necessary legal services in most administrative settings. We understand that the decision of a board or hearing officer often may have the same impact upon our clients as a decree issued by a court of law and therefore the firm endeavors to provide committed and zealous representation at every stage of a proceeding. The firm has appeared in various capacities and represents clients before hearing officers, boards, and appellate bodies. For instance, Perkins and Perkins was retained as special counsel for the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of Saratoga Springs and successfully defended the Board's denial of a variance for a restaurant to be located in a residential zone. The firm also successfully defended the right of a Town Clerk to keep secure municipal books and records, and has prevailed in administrative appeals to the national governing bodies of several major amateur and professional athletic organizations. We endeavor to provide each client with committed representation through every stage of an administrative proceeding.
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ADOPTIONS
     Among the most significant and professionally fulfilling legal service Perkins and Perkins renders is the finalization of adoption proceedings. The firm has represented numerous prospective adoptive parents in private placement, agency, stepparent and international adoption matters. We also provide pre-adoption legal counseling, services relating to court certification of clients as Qualified Adoptive Parents, and the review of adoption agency contractual agreements. Perkins and Perkins' courtroom experience includes the successful representation of adoptive parents in contested private placement adoption cases.
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BUSINESS AND CORPORATE
     The firm provides a wide range of professional services to the business client, including entity formation (incorporation, limited liability company filings, partnership creation, or sole proprietorship), start-up counseling, contract preparation and review, lease drafting, collections, financing representation, and litigation. Perkins and Perkins also offers other services to its corporate clients, such as shareholder and buy/sell agreements, assumed name filings, corporate name changes, and record keeping advice.
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COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
     Perkins and Perkins has served as counsel to our clients in the sale and acquisition of numerous companies, business franchises, commercial properties, and manufactured home communities. We have extensive experience in contract negotiation and formation, and have dealt with opposing counsel from many of the nation's largest companies. The firm presently represents the legal interests of several owners of the country's most prominent manufactured home communities. Whether the transaction involves a small, family-owned business or large corporation, Perkins and
Perkins is able to provide our clients with legal services to
facilitate the sale or acquisition.
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EDUCATION LAW
     The firm provides advice and counsel with respect to matters relating to certain public and private education matters. Perkins and Perkins has appeared before the New York State Commissioner of Education on appellate matters and has defended the rights of parents to direct the religious, private, and home school education of their children. We have successfully represented public school teachers and coaches in disciplinary matters and are experienced in scholastic athletic eligibility cases. The firm also has considerable experience representing and advising students in the area of academic integrity and provides counsel and defense in all matters relating to academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism allegations at the secondary school and university level.
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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
     In the event that the firm's clients receive notification from the State that environmental or health laws, rules or regulations have been violated, Perkins and Perkins is able to respond with experienced representation. We have represented individuals, property owners and businesses on such matters as wastewater treatment plant permit violations, petrochemical spills, and contaminated community water supplies. The firm has experience addressing environmental and health matters with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health and can assist clients with the defense of enforcement action undertaken by those agencies.
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LANDLORD REPRESENTATION
     A significant portion of the firm's practice is devoted to the representation of landlords in virtually every facet of landlord/tenant law. Perkins and Perkins represents landlords in the area of lease enforcement, collection of rental arrears, objectionable tenant conduct, and summary eviction proceedings. During the past twenty years, the firm has successfully prosecuted to judgment hundreds of eviction cases in courts throughout the Capital District, greater Saratoga County and North Country areas. The firm presently represents over twenty commercial landlords and has lease enforcement responsibility for over a thousand residential units. The firm's principal has lectured to attorneys and real estate professionals in continuing legal education and management seminars on matters relating to landlord/tenant law. Perkins and Perkins also represents landlords on complaints presented to the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and the State Civil Rights Commission on housing related matters. The firm is able to provide experienced legal counsel to residential and commercial landlords on diverse matters relating to leased property, stored tenant belongings, lease renewals, security deposits and breaches of lease.
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MANUFACTURED HOUSING
     Perkins and Perkins is regularly consulted by the manufactured home industry, providing counsel and legal services to park owners, developers, new home dealerships, lending institutions, and transporters on virtually every aspect of mobile and manufactured housing law. The firm has previously been retained to study the effects of local and state legislation on the industry by a trade association and monitors for its out of state clients significant developments in regulatory matters of interest to the industry. Our recognized competence and many years' experience is of benefit to clients who require legal counsel practicing in New York State with a comprehensive understanding of the interrelated aspects of the manufactured home industry. The firm also provides comprehensive legal services to manufactured home parks, including summary eviction proceedings.
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PERSONAL INJURY
     The firm provides plaintiff's representation to individuals injured as a result of the negligence of others, including matters involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, construction site injuries, dog attacks, and defective products. Perkins and Perkins represents seriously injured adults and children as well as claims involving wrongful death.
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PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
     Perhaps the most difficult time for a family is the passing of a loved one and solemn duty of settling their estate. The probate or administration of an estate should be capably undertaken to insure, among other things, the proper and timely distribution of estate assets. Perkins and Perkins is experienced in the representation of executors and administrators in the fulfillment of their fiduciary duties and we have appeared in Surrogate's Courts throughout the region. The firm represents individuals in both large and small estate administration. We are experienced in matters involving will contests and in protecting the rights of beneficiaries.The firm also provides representation for voluntary administrators in small estates proceedings.
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WILLS
     The last will and testament is the legal document which generally makes known a person's directives for the distribution of their property, nomination of an estate representative, and in some cases, the selection of proposed guardians for minor children. New York law requires strict adherence to will drafting and witnessing procedures, and an improperly prepared will can result in the denial of probate. Perkins and Perkins is experienced in the preparation of last wills and testaments for married couples and individuals, and can advise clients as to the legal implications of testamentary trusts, specific and charitable bequests, devises of real property, and the nomination of fiduciaries. The firm also provides legal services in the preparation of durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills.
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ZONING
     Perkins and Perkins has represented clients before area zoning boards of appeal on such matters as petitions for variance of use, set back variance applications, and sign ordinance requests. The firm has successfully represented a neighborhood association which challenged the construction of a commercial business in a residential zone and has filed legal action to block the planned development of a strip mall which threatened the quality of life of a residential community. We represent clients in zoning cases involving area and use variances, sign construction, special use permits, and code interpretations. The firm also defends in court individuals and businesses charged with building code or zoning ordinance violations.
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