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  • Jan 06, 2020Dean Roberts and Abbey Horwitz to Present on Estate Planning and Trust Ownership for Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts and Abbey M. Horwitz, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak to the shareholders of Morningside Heights Housing Corporation. The presentation will take place Saturday, January 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., and again on Thursday, January 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in New York City.

    About the Presentation

    Topics to be discussed include how estates are handled in the state of New York, what shareholders can do to create a more seamless process to protect their assets, and the forms and uses of trusts available to the shareholders of Morningside Gardens. Throughout the presentation, Roberts and Horwitz will answer questions from attendees.

    “Often, co-op shareholders forget the importance of including the cooperatives when thinking about their estate planning and trust administration, so I feel it is crucial to let them know that they have options and we’re here to help,” said Roberts. Horwitz added, “Estate planning and trust administration is much more complex than just making a will. It is essential to make people aware of what services are available to them.”

    About the Presenters

    Dean Roberts

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums. He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

    Abbey Horwitz

    Horwitz practices primarily in the area of estate planning and administration.  She is experienced in preparing wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and other estate planning documents.  She is also experienced in administering estates and trusts, including counseling executors and trustees; preparing estate, trust, and guardianship pleadings; preparing estate and trust accountings; preparing estate tax returns; handling estate tax audits; and preparing releases and waivers for distributions from estates and trusts.

    In addition, Horwitz has experience preparing corporate and LLC filings, including certificates of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, operating agreements, and IRC 501(c)(3) filings.

    Horwitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University in 2018; her J.D. from New York Law School in 2006; and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.

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  • Apr 08, 2019Dean Roberts to Speak on Cyber and Internet Issues

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Cyber and Internet Issues Affecting Co-Ops and Their Board of Directors” at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 13.

    Roberts will discuss specific procedures and policies that board members and co-ops need to take into consideration when it comes to cyber and internet issues. The meeting, set for 9:15 – 12:00 p.m., Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated House, in Bronx, will also include a question and answer session, networking opportunities, and “What’s New in Your Co-Op.”

    Roberts focuses his practice on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987, and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Mar 01, 2019Dean Roberts Master Class Lecture for HABITATU

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is a featured co-lecturer for HABITATU’s Master Class: Legal Topics for Experienced Board Directors, “Board Makeup.” Run by HABITAT and National Cooperative Bank (NCB), HABITATU is a free online course platform for Co-op and Condo Board Directors.

    The course covers important issues concerning board director make-up and their obligations, including who can serve, sponsor obligations, and removing directors. For more information and to register for the course, please click here.

    Roberts focuses his practice on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987, and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Feb 08, 2019Dean Roberts to Present on Estates and Trusts for Co-op Shareholders

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Estate Planning and Trust Ownership” to shareholders of Morningside Heights Housing Corporation. The closed presentation will take place Saturday, February 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m., and again Thursday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m., in New York City.

    Roberts will discuss how estates are handled in the state of New York, what shareholders can do to create a more seamless process to protect their assets, and the new forms and uses of trust now available to shareholders of Morningside Gardens. Throughout the presentation, Roberts will answer questions from attendees.

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Apr 11, 2018Dean Roberts Speaks at Meeting of Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Legal Issues for Our Co-ops” at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 14.  Roberts will discuss decreased shareholders and the issues presented for boards and management.  The meeting, set for 9:15 AM– noon, at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated House, in Bronx, will also include a question and answer session, networking opportunities, and “What’s New in Your Co-op.”

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Jul 26, 2017Dean Roberts Participates in Interactive Panel Discussion on Cooperative and Condominium Law

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., joined three other local attorneys on an interactive panel sponsored by FirstService Residential, the largest property management company in North America. The session, “Protecting Your Cooperative and Condominium Assets: Liability Exposures Facing Board Members” took place on July 19 at FirstService Residential’s headquarters in New York City.

    Roberts and his co-panelists spoke on (1) quality of life issues including accommodating service, emotional support and therapy animals, and effectively addressing smoke, noise and odor complaints; (2) how the Freelance Isn’t Free Act impacts boards; (3) how to successfully amend by-laws to go smoke free; and (4) real estate tax assessments, protests, and the impact of abatements.

    Roberts’ area of focus is real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/ purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roebrts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/ tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors  and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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