Recent Blog Posts

PSAS Attorneys Volunteer at Elmwood Festival of the Arts Again

Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.

The Buffalo News reaches out to Steven Sugarman for Advice on Dealing with Disappointment and Managing Conflict Now that the 2016 Presidential Election is Over

Attorney and mediator Steven Sugarman provides his advice about how to deal with contrary opinions during a divisive election in "Tips on surviving Tuesday's election, from an etiquette expert, a divorce mediator, a boxing referee".

PSAS Attorneys Volunteer at Elmwood Festival of the Arts

Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.

Steven Sugarman Coaches University at Buffalo Law School Students To Great Success in International Competition

The University at Buffalo School of Law’s CJ Cook and Joe Lavoie took second place at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna, Austria.  They were coached by professor and professional mediator Steven R. Sugarman, Esq.  They credit their success to their ADR classes at UB, their training with Professor Sugarman, and the intensive workshop at the competition.

New Firearms Law in NY

A new law requires all executors and administrators of estates to file with the surrogates court a separate inventory of every firearm, shotgun and rifle owned by the deceased.  This inventory must also be sent to the division of criminal justice services in Albany.


There are new disclosure rules for mortgage loans that take effect for all mortgage loans applied for on or after October 3, 2015.  These disclosure rules apply to all lenders, to closed-end mortgages only on both purchases and re-finances.  

Change NY Divorce Agreement

It is possible to make changes to your New York divorce agreement or judgment, but there are certain standards that need to be met.

Slip and Fall Injury Claims

If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, you may be wondering who will pay the costs of your medical bills. In many cases, it will be possible to recover those costs from the property owner’s homeowners insurance or business insurance.

Same Sex Couples and the Law

Beginning on July 24, 2011 same-sex couples could marry in the State of New York. Even before that, New York recognized same-sex marriages that were performed in other states or countries when couples were looking to divorce. 

Prenuptial Mediation

Wedding planning is stressful enough.  Long, adversarial negotiations regarding a prenuptial agreement (also called an “ante-nuptial agreement”) only add discord to what should be a happy time.

Steps For Car Accident

There are several steps you can take immediately after a car accident that will help you with your no-fault or personal injury claim.

Pure Comparative Fault

New York law uses a doctrine known as comparative fault, also called comparative negligence. The goal of this rule is to make damages awards in personal injury cases as fair as possible for all parties involved. This rule applies in all personal injury

Personal Injury Claim

Bringing a personal injury lawsuit in New York State can be a complicated process, but it is made easy with the help of an experienced attorney.

Futility of War on Drugs

A recent article published in the Washington Post highlights the problems inherent in the skyrocketing incarceration rates for nonviolent drug offenders.

Injury Law Alert

 FAQs About Auto Accident             There are approximately 12 million car accidents in the United States each year.

Closed Period of Disability?

If you are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, you may have heard the term closed period. A closed period describes a scenario in which a claimant is not eligible to receive ongoing benefits<

Car Accident - 1 Dead

On August 19, a two-vehicle car accident in New Hyde Park left one man dead and two more injured. According to police, the accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Covert Avenue when a Toyota Camry collided with a Ford

Family Court Judges Bill

On June 26, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A.10139, establishing 25 new family court judgeships throughout the state. The bill was approved almost unanimously, with only one dissenting Senate vote

Steven R. Sugarman selected for The Best Lawyers in America

Congratulations to Steven R. Sugarman who has been selected by his peers to be included in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Mediation.

NY Divorce Process

Divorce can be a long or short process, and no two divorces are the same. However, the divorce process in New York follows a typical path with certain stages along the way. Here’s a look at the various stages .


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