Barbara Katsos

Barbara Katsos - Highly Trained Legal Professional

Possessing experience and training as both an educational administrator and a legal professional, Barbara Katsos began preparing for her career as a student at Finch College in New York, where she earned a bachelor of science in elementary education and received teaching certifications from the New York State Department of Education. Following this, she gained admittance to New York University to earn a master of arts in special education as well as a PhD in educational administration. Later, Barbara Katsos returned to academics at the University of the City of New York Law School in Queens, where she completed her juris doctor.

Currently, Barbara Katsos utilizes her training and expertise as owner of the Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, PC, in New York City. In this position, she handles a variety of legal matters, including estates, real estate law, and corporate law. She also teaches the American Criminal Justice System and Legal Ethics part time at a New York college for criminal justice students.

Mrs. Katsos was chosen to serve as legal counsel to the Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust. Furthermore, she served the Queens County Supreme Court as a court-appointed referee.

Establishing Defamation in a Civil Suit

Dr. Barbara Katsos is an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of areas, such as estate planning, wills, trusts, and commercial litigation. Her private practice, the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos, focuses on providing clients with a tailored experience that includes compassion for their stressful situation. Dr. Katsos has won a decision from the Supreme Court Appellate Term on defamation.

Defamation is a general term that refers to the making of a statement that is harmful to someone's reputation. There are two kinds of defamation. If the harmful statement is written and published, it is termed “libel,” and when the statement is spoken, it is called “slander.”
To be successful in a defamation suit on behalf of a client claiming injury, an attorney must prove five things:

1) A statement was made
The statement was made orally, in writing, or expressed in any other way.

2) The statement was published
The test here is that the statement was seen or heard by a third party. Published here means the statement can be printed in a book or newspaper or simply painted on a wall.

3) Statement caused injury
The statement caused injury to the victim. It hurt his or her reputation.

4) Statement was false
A true statement, despite being harmful, cannot be defamatory. A defamatory statement must be false.

5) Statement is unprivileged
The statement should not be protected by any privilege. For example, testimony during a trial is privileged, hence an injurious statement made by a witness on the dock cannot be defamatory.

Estate Planning Considerations for Singles

Attorney Barbara Katsos, owner of a private law office in New York, has nearly 20 years of experience practicing law. The team at the Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos has a wide breadth of experience and helps clients with a variety of concerns including wills, trusts, family law, real estate, and international business transactions. Barbara Katsos has a great deal of experience in estate law.

According to the last U.S. census, more than 50 percent of the American population is currently single. Estate planning for singles and a knowledge of the unique factors involved in the legal facets of the process have become significant needs. Attorneys with experience in estate planning can help singles assemble a tailor-made, comprehensive plan that will ensure their wishes are fulfilled following their death.

Singles should keep in mind several issues when considering their estate plan, including:

1. Heirs. When a single person dies without a will, all assets are usually distributed along blood lines. Children are usually considered first, followed by parents, siblings, and other relatives. If no living relatives are found, all assets are passed to the state. Singles should create a will or trust to ensure that their assets are distributed to the individuals and charities they desire.

2. Power of attorney. In the event that an incident occurs rendering a single person incapable of managing their finances or medical decisions, someone needs to act on their behalf. Trusted individuals who are good with finances can be named the durable power of attorney. Healthcare directives should also be considered in order to ensure that medical decisions are being made by a person of the individual’s choosing.

3. Beneficiaries. Following a divorce, the death of a spouse, or the birth or adoption of children, singles need to make sure that the beneficiaries on their life insurance and retirement assets are changed accordingly. If these changes are not made, benefits could potentially be passed to ex-spouses or others.

What Is a Living Trust?

For nearly two decades, Barbara Katsos has owned the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos, PC, in New York City. As an experienced attorney, Ms. Katsos assists clients with a range of matters, including living trusts.

Similar to a will, a living trust is a legal document that spells out how a person would like their assets--real estate, savings, investments, vehicles, and other property--distributed to their dependents and heirs. The main difference between a will and a living trust, however, is that a will becomes effective only after a person’s death and must go through a lengthy and public probate process before assets are distributed.

With a living trust, a person can bypass the probate process and ensure that his or her beneficiaries receive their assets upon their death or if they become incapacitated and can no longer manage their finances and other affairs. In addition to saving time and avoiding court proceedings, a living trust provides privacy and makes certain that all asset transactions stay out of the public record.

A living trust is appropriate for many people, especially those with larger estates and/or complex financial situations. Those looking to set up a living trust or a will should always consult a qualified estate-planning attorney for assistance.

Estate Planning: Protect your Assets

Barbara Katsos, the owner of The Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, PC, offers legal assistance to a variety of clients, including those seeking counsel in corporate, real estate, commercial, and international law, as well as those dealing with wills, trusts, and estates. With a special focus on estate planning, Barbara Katsos provides customized recommendations to each client.

Estate planning is the process of determining who will receive your money and possessions after your death. A lawyer provides valuable feedback to ensure that you make effective decisions, particularly in the preparation of a will or legal trust. Regardless of how you allocate assets in a legal document, however, many assets must still go through the probate process of your state of residence.

One way to avoid the probate process is to utilize a revocable living trust, a document that incorporates all of your assets and that you can modify as needed. After your death, your named trustee can manage your trust and thus prevent the court from becoming involved in your estate.