Tatia D. Barnes, Esq.

Estate Planning & Surrogate's Court Appearances,L.L.C., Corporate & Business Law Assistance

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Firm Overview

My practice focuses on providing clients with high quality professional service in a cost effective manner. My unique approach is based on the concept of preventive legal counseling. By learning a client's industry and business practices, I am able to empower them with an understanding of the legal ramifications of their business operations. Throughout the course of the attorney-client relationship, the business owner develops a keener approach to business concerns, which ultimately saves money. The resulting success benefits both the client and the community overall. This is a vision I developed in law school, and it's quite fulfilling to finally practice what started as a provocative theory of an eager law student.

After several years of planning, I recently established myself as a solo practitioner, and was retained by several clients immediately. It has been an exhilarating experience thus far.

Example cases

SMOKING GUN SUBPOENA - A commercial tenant was improperly charged "additional rent" fees, but in the midst of attempting to clarify the billing, the owner sued to evict for non-payment of rent. The client was adamant that the proper rent was paid, and refused to negotiate any amount that included monies already paid. So I prepared the case for trial and submitted a subpoena for the person who collected the rent for the owner during the disputed time period. My client was blood thirsty to go to trial because of the injustice suffered. He also wanted his day in court to see the facts emerge during the "smoking gun" cross examination I was prepared to conduct. However, while waiting to be sent out to a trial part, the owner's attorney approached me, and we began an earnest discussion of the matter. We coaxed our clients to sit down with us in a conference room for further discussion. In the end, the "misunderstanding" regarding the rent collection was resolved. The additional fees were clarified, a settlement was reached, and the business relationship between the commercial tenant and owner was repaired.

CONTRACTOR IN DISGUISE - A corporation utilizing independent contractors for a new project retained me to develop the necessary terms and to prepare the written agreements. In the end, the Board of Directors indicated that the contract was a "bit lengthy" and asked that I draft an abbreviated version. I invited the Board to meet with me one Saturday afternoon to review the terms of the contract. During that meeting, I educated the entire board on the recent regulation developments in their industry along with the Internal Revenue Service's analysis of employer-employee relationships. The contract was approved, and I consulted with the Board on various legal issues for several months thereafter. When the project was completed, one of the contractors submitted a claim for unemployment benefits against the corporation. In the response I submitted on behalf of the corporation, I provided a detailed description of the industry regulations and practices, my client's adherence to same, and a full analysis of the annexed evidence supporting the fact that the corporation had adhered to the IRS guidelines in dealing with this particular independent contractor. My client prevailed, and the claim was denied.

Main Office

Main
325 Broadway
Suite 201
New York  NY  10007

Phone
  • (917) 289-1075
Fax
  • (718) 228-9109

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

$200

Hourly Rates

$200

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Bronx Listing
    By Appointment Only 51 Westchester Square
    Bronx,  NY  10461

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Being a full service law practice, I'm involved in various areas of law. Business Law permits me to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs towards further growth and success. My Wills, Trust & Estates practice allows me to provide additional services to my business clients in managing the rewards of their hard earned success.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients to educate themselves regarding the legal issues that concern their businesses and families. The law permeates every inch of their existence as business owners, property owners, investors as well as members and leaders of their communities. I invite them to seek my expertise as a legal professional, just as I seek medical expertise from my own physician (and I actually attend medical visits with a list of questions). Educating themselves in the law only leads to a stronger business network, more resourceful families and hopefully, flourishing neighborhoods and communities.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'm regularly retained to review legal documents people have prepared on their own (or prepared by a law student family member). It is for this very reason that my hourly rate ranges to such an affordable amount.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the various ethical restrictions attorneys are bound to govern themselves by. After an initial consultation, I would prefer to enter into an attorney-client relationship first, and then assist the client to the best of my legal and ethical abilities. If an attorney-client relationship were not possible, then I would refer that person to one of the many legal volunteer programs for pro se litigants.

Tatia Barnes

I've provided a rather detailed history of my legal career on my firm web page. Without repeating that information here, my legal career has been a very rewarding experience. As a result of my practicing as an Assistant District Attorney and trial associate, I am an aggressive, polished, and creative attorney. I enjoy litigating. I also have enjoyed assisting business owners with their legal circumstances and industry practices for several years. It seemed natural to venture out to establish a full service law practice designed to meet the legal needs of small businesses and families. There have been several instances where I was retained to handle a court matter for a new client, and then assisted them with their Estate Planning and business legal needs.

My experiences in dealing with people from all walks of life, and from various areas of the legal field have taught me to treat each person with human dignity, regardless of what side of the podium they are standing on. For example, one day, walking down the street with a former employer, we were approached by a disheveled gentleman calling out my former employer's name. He got my attention first, so I smiled, said hello, and tapped my former employer on the arm. My former employer turned around, called the gentleman by his name and shook his hand heartily. Although he was semi-homeless, he was a client, and the firm managed settlement funds he received in a large civil litigation case.

Communication. I speak to my clients and learn what their needs are. I need to understand their concerns in order to address them thoroughly. There is an ongoing collaboration that makes that attorney-client relationship work well. Communication is key.

Personal interests:

I love hiking and chocolate ice cream!

License
  • Bar Number: 4324109
    New York , 2005
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004
    New York, NY
    Commercial Real Estate

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