PRACTICE AREAS

CIVIL LITIGATION

Some lawyers take your case and try to settle it quickly without much work. We’re different; we litigate. Our clients get results because we do the hard work. We do the legal research, develop a winning strategy, file appropriate pleadings, and argue our case in court. We have successfully represented clients with unsettled insurance claims, failed real estate transactions, car deals gone bad, and more. How do we do it? We litigate.

ONLINE REPUTATION DEFENSE AND REPAIR

Has someone left you an untruthful review that is harming your business? Are you being trolled and bullied by someone known or anonymous? Was there media coverage about something and now your Facebook, Google, and Yelp websites are getting buried with frivolous one star reviews from people who are not customers?

We have experience rehabilitating online reputations. Our work goes beyond reporting bad reviews or leaving new ones. We use a holistic approach, including in-house PR, reasonable and appropriate media advertising, and locally and professionally targeted impact.

We have experience with SLAPP and anti-SLAPP litigation, and practice defamation and privacy law. And we take legal and non-legal measures to solve your problem.

You don’t need to live with the overwhelming shame of a bad online reputation. There is something you can do to set the record straight in your community and with the public. We tell your side of the story, and work hard to bring tour life back to normal. We don’t let the bullies win.

REAL ESTATE LAW

Mr. Hirschhorn has over 10 years of experience in Real Estate law, and has helped clients in various matters:

Purchase, Sale, Lease, and Contract Review. Mr. Hirschhorn works with buyers, sellers, realtors, and title companies to ensure that the parties rights are being protected. We draft addendums, easements, and agreements to facilitate the sale of real property. When appropriate, we work with a title attorney who provides a title opinion to ensure that title will be properly conveyed.

Landlord. We draft and enforce lease agreements, perform efficient evictions, and can get possession back so that your property rights are restored. Whether the problem is non-payment of rent or material breach of the lease, we’ll get unruly tenants notified and served so that you are returned to possession.

Tenant. The most common issue we encounter is a lazy landlord’s failure to make repairs to the premises. We have successfully been able to avoid eviction for many clients and convince landlords to cooperate with tenants and perform necessary repairs. In cases where tenants have been harassed, we have been able to obtain judgments against landlords.

Foreclosure Eviction. Are you being evicted due to a foreclosure? We negotiate with the servicer and law firm that’s working to get you out. Many of our clients are able to stay for six months or longer, and receive settlements from the servicer to assist them in relocation. We know the law, and we stand up to the banks to give you a little breathing room. Sometimes our work means the difference between finding an apartment and being homeless. Call us as soon as you find out you’re being evicted, so that we can help.

Action of Ejectment. Do you have a guest that won’t leave? Is there someone who you let stay with you but who has overstayed their welcome? Eviction can be a slow process, and sometimes take months to complete. Some of our clients have adult family members staying with them who are abusing drugs and alcohol, threatening violence, or engaging in illegal activities. You don’t have to live with that in your house. Ejectment is an expedited way to make someone leave who doesn’t have permission to stay there. If there was no rental agreement, and they’ve never paid you any rent, we can get them gone in less than half the time of a standard unlawful detainer eviction.

Quiet Title and Adverse Possession. You’d be surprised how often this comes up. If you think you have a claim, we can help. When clear title to property isn’t possible due to complexities of a tax sale years ago, this may be an option.

FAMILY LAW

Adoption/Termination. We represent clients in adoption/termination cases where a step parent wishes to adopt a minor child. Sometimes this can be contested, uncontested, or touch and go. We will work through whatever comes up and help you do whatever is in your child’s best interest.

Divorce. Breaking up is hard to do, but it doesn’t always have to be. Some of our clients are able to do agreed divorces. Other clients have conflict to resolve with their soon to be ex-spouses. Whatever the case, we offer reasonable but firm representation to our clients. We make sure our clients receive a fair and equitable distribution of marital assets, and when appropriate see that they receive (or pay) a reasonable amount of alimony and child support.

Agreements. Separation, Prenuptial, Post-nuptial, Marital Dissolution. We draft sensible agreements that couples (or divorcees) can live with.

CONTRACT LAW

We are skilled in contract drafting, review, and negotiation. Our agreements are readable, understandable, and enforceable. Once retained, we quickly review contracts from received from other firms or create drafts of our own. Clients have full access to Mr. Hirschhorn and his office staff, and their business goals are translated into an enforceable, working agreement.

Mr. Hirschhorn also focuses on contract enforcement and pursues recovery of damages for contract breaches.

DEBT DEFENSE RIGHTS

When you get behind on your finances, creditors don’t have a right to harass you. Some of our clients say their creditors threatened to have them arrested! Don’t let them intimidate you. Even if you can’t make your credit card payments and your account is in default, we can help. Has the card company sued you? We can help. We’re usually able to settle our client’s revolving credit and loan accounts for 30% to 70% of the balance. In some cases we can even get the case dismissed because of your financial or health related hardship. We can protect your assets from creditors so even if they get a judgement against you the money in your bank account, your car, and your wages won’t be affected.

ORDERS OF PROTECTION

Are you being harassed by a family member or ex? Have you been accused of stalking? Does somebody refuse to leave you alone? We represent clients in Orders of Protection matters related to domestic abuse, sexual assault, harassment and stalking. When warranted, the court can award an Order of Protection to keep people from contacting one another. However, in some cases no Order of Protection is needed because someone is falsely accused. We have prevailed for clients in both instances. Our goal is to advocate for our clients’ safety and peace-of-mind.

ESTATE PLANNING

Nobody gets out of here alive. The best we can do is have the peace of mind and serenity knowing that our final wishes will be honored, and our loved ones will be taken care of when we pass. We consult with our clients and offer the right solution for their wishes and situation. We create some or all of the following for our clients: Trust, Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney For Healthcare (with Advance Directives). Completing your estate planning takes less time than you think. Our clients sleep easier knowing that if something happens to them, their affairs are in order.

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