The last case of this week is an example of a case that should not have been appealed.
When you are dealing with interstate or even international custody disputes, it helps to know the applicable statutes cold. If you do not understand the application of the UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act), as codified in Domestic Relations Law Article 5-A (Sections 75, 76, 77, and 78), then you are doing a huge disservice to your client(s). Sure, parts of the UCCJEA are difficult, but the McKinney's annotations throughout are excellent and will walk you through all the complexities of it. Older, hardcore practitioners will own their own set of McKinney's (Consolidated Laws of New York, Annotated), as I do. But even the younger crowd of practitioners should have access to Westlaw, to be able to review the same statutes and annotations, as I do. As much as I love McKinney's, Westlaw is much better for immediate access to caselaw. So, as a compromise, I have both: McKinney's for the statutes and annotations, Westlaw for the caselaw.
When it comes to "reading the law", I'm old school: I want to be able to read the law from a book held in my hands. When I want a ton of caselaw, I like clicking a mouse.
Check out the website and find "Fees" on the right of the upper navigation bar. Click "Fees" and scroll down to "12Q: Do you handle appeals and, if so, how much do you charge?" I am certain that you will discover that my rates are very hard to beat. Give me a call or send me an email.
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