Speakers’ Bureau

Book a FREE Presentation for Your Business, Organization or School

Attorney/Author, Robert Friedman is available to speak to your business, school  or organization on a wide variety of subjects that will be of interest to your employees, students  and members. Experienced in speaking to audiences of all ages and sizes, Mr. Friedman is always glad  to share useful information in a lively format. He enjoys the opportunity to educate the public and at the same time learn about the concerns of the people that he meets.

For a list of  upcoming seminars, please click here: https://www.wny-lawyers.com/upcoming-seminars/

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We have spoken to groups as small as ten and in excess of one hundred. Our list below is just a sample of what topics are available. Most presentations are 60 minutes and include time for questions and answers. If you would like to hear a topic not on the list below, please let us know and we can customize a presentation for you.

To schedule a presentation on Traffic Safety, Small Business Law, Elder & Estate Law, Landlord/Tenant Law and Real Estate Investment at  NO CHARGE please contact Robert Friedman at 716.542.5444 or complete the contact form.

TRAFFIC SAFETY

  • End Distracted Driving
  • Don’t Lose Your Driver’s License: Tips From the Traffic Prosecutor
  • Rights of Auto Injury Victims

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SMALL BUSINESS LAW

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ELDER &  ESTATE LAW

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LANDLORD/TENANT LAW

End Distracted Driving presentations can be scheduled for middle schools, high schools, colleges, hospitals, trauma centers, safety summits, school clubs, community groups and a wide variety of businesses. These educational, informative and inspiring talks will present the sobering statistics of our current safety crisis, share true stories of the costs of Distracted Driving, and offer simple steps that drivers can use immediately to help them and others End Distracted Driving. We are deeply concerned about what has been called a “growing epidemic” of distracted driving resulting in needless deaths and injuries on our roadways. Our children, inexperienced drivers and often passengers in cars being driven by other inexperienced drivers, are particularly at risk. Traffic crashes are now the leading cause of death for teens. The vast majority of teen crashes are caused by one type or another of common driver distractions. With the help of traffic safety professionals, physicians and behavioral scientists the EndDD.org (End distracted driving) power point presentation was developed to maximize opportunities for teen reflection and driving attitude and behavior change. The presentation is not confrontational and we do not lecture teens, but invite them to help solve a community problem of distracted driving. The presentation is evidence-based. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently highlighted the EndDD.org presentations as one of the most effective for teens. I will be giving distracted driving presentations to area high schools and want to work with you to keep our children safe through raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The presentation can be given in classrooms- health or physical  education , driver’s ed, or assemblies.

15 Ways to Avoid Probate. Drawing on over forty years of estate planning experience, Mr. Friedman explains estate and asset protection planning techniques; the risks and benefits of avoiding probate; the best forms of real estate ownership; the most common estate planning mistakes; recent changes in estate and gift tax laws; the duties of trustees and executors; myths about living trusts; when to update your will; and how to prevent will contests.

Guardianships for Incapacitated Persons 101. Mr. Friedman  explains New York Mental Hygiene Article 81 Guardianship court procedures, alternatives to guardianships, revocation of powers of attorney, Medicaid Planning, the powers and responsibilities of guardians and how to prevent and report financial elder abuse

Fourteen Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the Medicaid Laws  Mr. Friedman explains how to preserve your assets and plan for incapacity with powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, wills, trusts, transferring your home to family members, long term care insurance, prepaid funeral accounts, IRAs, pensions, properly documented gifts, spousal allowances and transfers, caregiver agreements and promissory notes.

Wealth Preservation and Accumulation Seminar Proper planning will legally protect your family and business from the tragedies that destroy financial security and peace of mind. You will learn: (a) techniques to minimize individual, estate and business taxes and maximize deductions; (b) how to minimize the costs and delays of probate; (c) how to qualify for Medicaid for nursing home care; (d) financial management and medical decision-making in the event of disability; (e) how to provide for your dependents and favorite charities; (f) asset protection strategies; and (g) business succession planning. The legal tools for retirement, financial and estate planning which will be discussed include wills, trusts, life estate deeds, limited liability companies, health care proxies, private annuities, IRAs and insurance.

Crucial Senior Updates Workshop on How to Survive Your Retirement. Learn How Working Closely With Your Lawyer Can Preserve Your Assets and Peace of Mind. How to protect your assets from catastrophic illness and nursing home costs, how estate taxes affect you, ways to invest in today’s economic times and ways to maximize your retirement distribution. The topics are: techniques to minimize the cost and delays of probate, how to qualify for Medicaid for nursing home care, financial management and medical decision-making in the event of disability, how to provide for your dependents and favorite charities and asset protection strategies. The legal tools for retirement, financial and estate planning which will be discussed include: wills, trusts, life estate deeds, guardianships, health care proxies, private annuities, IRAs, long term care insurance and life insurance.

BUSINESS KILLERS ®   WORKSHOP Avoid the six most common mistakes in planning and protecting your business. Assess how well you have protected your company from the six biggest mistakes and misconceptions  that can “kill” a business: (1)“I Know What the Business is Worth”  (regularly updating buy/sell agreements); (2)”I’m Too Busy Running the Company” (estate analysis); (3)”That’ll Never Happen to Me” (disability income insurance); (4)”There’s Plenty of Time for That” (succession planning); (5)”My Business is My Retirement” (diversified Investments);and  6)”You Can’t Beat Uncle Sam” (yearly tax strategies).

How to Survive Legally as a Landlord. Drawing on over 40 years of experience representing landlords, Mr. Friedman explains how to successfully screen tenants without discriminating, draft leases, quickly evict tenants and collect rent judgments. Learn about the twenty-one most common legal mistakes that landlords and their attorneys make.  Default notices, notices of petition and petitions are often incorrectly prepared, served and filed, especially with Section Eight tenants.  Landlords fail to protect themselves with key lease provisions. Landlords are not taking advantage of Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and other asset protection strategies. Landlords need to know what to do in the event a tenant dies or is arrested for drug-dealing.

“Fool-Proof” Lease Drafting Workshop. Drawing on over 40 years of experience representing landlords, Mr. Friedman details how landlords can protect their rights, expedite evictions and limit liability with the right lease language. All of the necessary lease clauses will be explained, including security deposits, repairs, utilities, late charges, pets, illegal activities, added rent, attorney’s fees, and restrictions on subletting and alterations.  Common lease drafting mistakes will also be presented. According to Mr. Friedman, “illegal or ambiguous clauses may render the lease useless and expose the landlord to lawsuits. Landlords need to know what can and cannot legally be included in the lease.”

How to Successfully Collect Rent & Damages” Mr. Friedman explains how to use tenant applications, money judgments, small claims court , guarantees, evictions, confessions of judgment, leases, skip tracing, property executions and garnishments to collect unpaid rent and damages. Landlords will be briefed on how to be prepared for all possible tenant defenses and counterclaims; what the costs to expect; how to properly prepare, serve the file eviction and small claims documents; and how to expedite evictions with key lease provisions.

How Landlords Can Prevent Discrimination Lawsuits. Landlords will learn about their rights and responsibilities under the federal, state and local fair housing laws. Drawing on over 40 years of experience representing landlords, Mr. Friedman will explain the U.S. Fair Housing Act, New York State Human Rights Law and local discrimination laws. Landlords will be briefed on recent cases and how not to  discriminate in advertising, tenant screening, apartment rules, lease provisions and evictions. Remedies available to tenants are injunctions, punitive damages, civil penalties, attorney’s fees and monetary compensation. According to Mr. Friedman, “proper tenant screening, lease drafting, advertising and record keeping will prevent landlords from being sued for housing discrimination. Landlords face enormous liability for discrimination including sexual harassment of tenants and denying tenants the right to have emotional assistance and service animals. “

The ABCs of Landlord Legal SurvivalDrawing on over 40 years of experience representing landlords, Mr. Friedman  answers  landlord’s questions about leases, evictions, limited liability companies, small claims court, buying and selling rental property, housing discrimination, screening tenants and civil liability issues.

COMMON LEGAL MISTAKES MADE BY LANDLORDS. Drawing on over 40  years experience in representing landlords, Robert Friedman  will explain common mistakes made by landlords involving lease drafting, buying property,  tenant screening, renter’s insurance, LLCs, lead-based paint disclosure, guarantors, renter’s insurance, rent receipts, default notices, evictions,  Section  8  requirements, collecting  money judgments, rental registry requirements, repairs by tenants, deceased tenants  and drug- dealing tenants .

How Real Estate Investors Can Avoid Probate & Estate Taxes Mr. Friedman  explains estate planning issues that are unique to real estate investors. Topics include: the most common estate planning mistakes; recent changes in the tax laws; the duties of trustees and executors; living trusts; and how to prevent will contests. Estate and income taxes can be reduced by properly utilizing trusts, charitable gifts and limited liability companies

How Real Estate Investors Should Plan for Death & Disability   According to Mr. Friedman,” with proper planning, real estate investors can provide for uninterrupted management of their multifamily properties in the event of death or disability.” Drawing on over 40 years of estate planning experience, Mr. Friedman  explains the legal, tax and management consequences of the various forms of real estate ownership and legal documents. He will discuss corporations, partnerships, Self-Directed IRAs, life estate deeds, living trusts, joint ownership, wills, powers of attorney and limited liability companies.

How to Quickly Evict Bad Tenants Mr. Friedman provides a step-by-step explanation of the legal procedures necessary to successfully evict tenants and obtain late fees and money judgments. Landlords will be instructed on how to be prepared for tenant defenses and counterclaims; what costs to expect; how to properly prepare, serve and file default notices and court documents; and how to expedite evictions with key lease provisions. According to Mr. Friedman,” Default notices, notices of petition and petitions are often incorrectly prepared, served and filed, especially with Section Eight tenants. Common mistakes in drafting leases and notices can result in long delays in evicting tenants and huge monetary losses.”

How Landlords Can Protect Themselves from Nightmare Tenants Drawing on over 40 years of experience representing landlords, Mr. Friedman details how landlords can protect their rights, expedite evictions and limit liability with the right lease language. All of the necessary lease clauses will be explained, including security deposits, repairs, utilities, late charges, and pets, illegal. author of  “How To Survive Legally as a Landlord”, he will provide a step-by-step explanation of the legal procedures necessary to successfully evict tenants and obtain money judgments. Landlords will be briefed on how to be prepared for all possible tenant defenses and counterclaims; what the costs to expect; how to properly prepare, serve the file default notices, notice of petition and petitions; and how to expedite evictions with key lease provisions.

Buyer Beware covers the most common mistakes made in purchasing investment property, the New York Property Condition Disclosure Act, the risks of land contracts, contract provisions which protect the buyer, title issues and unexpected closing costs. The second topic is

How Landlords Can Avoid Liability Lawsuits explains  environmental risks, discrimination suits, premises liability, criminal tenants, dangerous dogs, tenant screening, lease drafting, LLCs, preventative measures and proper insurance coverage. According to Mr. Friedman, “unsafe premises and dangerous tenants can expose landlords to tremendous liability.”