The Internet’s False Prophets

Defamation, Libel, Slander

Online ramblings to vent anger are often presented as attempts to help others. People who use the Internet as an outlet for rage or to attack and accuse others will often veil their rants with a disclaimer that, “I just want to make sure this does not happen to anyone else.” Most often, you will find that the people who write such posts (if there were any way to know who writes such posts) have no history in their life of consumer protection or doing things for the purpose of helping others. To the contrary- these people are often narcissistic, self-involved, frustrated people who only think about how situations affect them. They do not have a true desire to help others. Their rants are merely a way to vent rage about others publicly, but yet try to come out looking like a good person- rather than a digital bully.

When reading online reviews, readers need to understand that when it comes to the Internet, it is usually the passionately angry and spiteful who take to the Internet to vent- often under the guise of trying to help others. But they are just trying to help themselves. Those who are satisfied or content with another person most often do not spend the time to tell the world why over the Internet- unfortunately. That is just not the nature of people- or of the Internet. Rage and anger are stronger motivators towards proclamations than is total satisfaction.

People’s true colors come out online: http://features.aol.com/video/pregnant-meteorologist-responds-bullies?icid=maing-grid7|maing15|dl6|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D638475

New York Lawyer Neil Siskind: Release of Real Estate Liens

New York Lawyer Neil Siskind
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Neil Siskind is the Founder of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:

Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

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We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm

We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

Following the real estate meltdown, lenders have been entirely inept when it comes to helping residential owners sell their properties with the necessary bank lien releases. One cause of this is the exorbitant amounts of loans closed at a rapid pace during the real estate boom, causing banks to fail to properly file and record transfer documents. Another cause is the voluminous number of bank to bank mortgage loan sales such that the banks holding the loan at the end do not have the documents they need to show a proper chain of title such that a title company will insure a buyer against the outstanding mortgage. A third problem is that the bank lien release departments are inadequately staffed to handle these enormous problems. Yet, a fourth problem is that banks often file liens against property upon a loan application being made, but where the loan never actually closes. This is actually legal.

In the case of co-op unit loans, once a loan is paid off, the lender must provide a UCC-3 document to cancel the UCC-1 document that protected their loan. Often, when a person applies for a co-op loan, the bank, with legal authority, files a UCC-1. When such loan does not get consummated with that lender, the lender is supposed to release that UCC-1. But they don’t. Then when the seller attempts to sell the property, there is an invalid lien on the property and that seller has to chase the lender down, which takes time and holds up closings.

In the case of mortgage loans, as opposed to co-op loans, even getting an entirely valid and required “mortgage sat” is difficult. This is even if there is a mortgage on title that had been satisfied 10 years ago, there may be no satisfaction document filed by the lender, which the lender must do. So at the time of an attempted sale, the seller must get that lender to provide the “sat”. It’s not easy. At such time, all parties have to begin to bargain with the title company to convince the title company that the loan was satisfied and has not been paid for years so that the mortgage will be omitted. However, title companies may still require monies held in escrow to cover their risk.

Lenders have made recent transfers of residential real estate a logistical nightmare for seller, buyers, title insures and attorneys. Since none of the aforesaid make any more money for dealing with these problems (unless they are extremely ponderous and time-consuming tasks in which case the attorney handling the issue may require additional fees), no one benefits and the economy suffers.

New York Lawyer Neil Siskind
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Neil Siskind, Attorney, New York: When Employees Become Partners

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

 

Issuing equity to employees requires a serious evaluation of various considerations. Equity can be offered in a main operating company, or in specific entities that are set up for specific transactions. In either case, equity is offered -or agreed to- for employees who offer enormous value to a business or transaction. These are incentive-based scenarios designed to reward valuable employees and keep them engaged and motivated.

In cases where such employees do not invest their own capital into businesses or transactions, like any other investor who invests no capital but obtains equity, they are in a low-risk situation. Of course, the risk is in losing their job- but they would still be an equity owner in the business or project once that equity is given. While there could conceivably be terms that require the equity to be returned on termination, these can become difficult legal battles.

Giving equity to an employee requires no less consideration than entering into a partnership with any other 3rd party. You need to know the background, abilities, commitment, financial ability and personal attributes of a partner. Whether the perspective equity holder is an employee or other 3rd party partner, there is no better protection for the employer granting the equity interest than requiring skin in the game (i.e. an investment of capital in return for the equity). Having said that, in the case of employees, when there is skin in the game, and the employee is given equity in a special entity rather than the whole business, he or she may become more focused on that transaction than on his overall job.

When  employees become partners, dynamics instantly change, either overtly, or in the subconscious. Upon “giving” equity to an employee, be sure that the equity is tied to continuing obligations. Perhaps give an equity “option”, rather than the equity, that could be exercised upon the achievement of certain goals and upon reaching certain milestones. When requiring an employee to “buy” equity in a specific entity for valuable consideration, make sure that they are clear about their overall employment duties to the company. If an employee is being given equity in an overall operating company, remember, this is now a partner, and he or she will want to be treated as such. This will be the case especially where the employee is required to pay for his or her interests.

Contact New York lawyer, Neil Siskind by going to http://siskindlawfirm.com to get experienced counsel on your partnership and general business concerns.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Neil Siskind, Lawyer, New York: Employer-Employee Tensions

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: Neil-Siskind-linkedin

 

Employment relationships can be tricky for small businesses. They often start out with an employer having all the power in the relationship where an employee is in need of a new job. However, for good employees, they can not only become effective for a business, but they can become indispensable. The reason for this is that a small business owner works on a tight budget and a tight schedule and needs to lean on people whom he or she can most trust. Once a bond of trust is created, the employer can quickly become very dependent on a good employee. Moreover, in a small business, information floats around an office freely, and a key employee often knows a lot of information about the business- sometimes even more information than the owner knows, since people speak more freely in front of the employee and because the key employee is often on the front lines of day-to-day business activities, even more than some owners are.

Once an employee’s value increases, so eventually does his or her desire and demand for more money, benefits and more schedule flexibility. This often leads to either overt disagreement between the parties or a level of secret-anxiety on the part of the business owner, knowing that he or she is now reliant on another person and has to allow some leeway in his or her otherwise demanding requirements of employees.

In extreme cases, where employees truly begin to recognize their worth, they request an employment agreement, such that the employer can only fire the employee under certain specified circumstances.

Employers are cautioned to be active in the day-to-day activities of their businesses so as to not lose control, require all information to flow to the top, and to make sure that no one person becomes vital to the businesses’ survival. Employees, on the other hand, should ensure that their value is recognized, should seek to become indispensable, demand to be rewarded, and try to ensure that their futures are somewhat secure.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Neil Siskind’s “Brand” Advice For Manufacturers

Neil Siskind’s “Brand” Advice For Manufacturers

Manufacturers license a trademark when they believe that the trademark will allow for greater sales than their product would realize without such trademark on it. Thus, the manufacturer believes that the trademark has “brand equity” or “brand loyalty”. This means that the manufacturer believes that customers will be more inclined to buy their product with the trademark then they would be without it. Likewise, in the case where the product is sold through retail stores (as opposed to over the Internet), “brand equity” or “brand loyalty” means to a manufacturer that retailers will be more inclined to buy the product from the manufacturer where retailers also believe that the trademark has “goodwill” that will cause product to sell-through at retail.

For a manufacturer to determine if it’s financially worthwhile to license a trademark for use on its products, the first step is to evaluate the level of “brand equity” or “good will” attached to the trademark. These days, everyone refers to their company or their trademark as a “brand”. The word is overused. A name is only a “brand” when it acts like a brand, which means that it entices people to act (meaning to buy) just by its mere existence. A “brand” is a name that when seen or heard, moves people to an emotional reaction. Consumers should become happy, positive, uplifted or experience feelings of trust when they see or hear the trademark name (or its related logo). If a name arouses any of these feelings in consumers, it may move the consumer to purchase a product based on seeing such name attached to the product. This is a “brand”. But if a name does not arouse these emotions, such that mere viewing or hearing of the name does not, alone, encourage people to act, then it is not a brand. In other words, it lacks “brand equity” or “brand loyalty” and is simply a trademark that generates revenues, but lacks significant “goodwill”.

A manufacturer has to be sure to understand the difference between a trademark and a trademark that is a “brand” before it agrees to license such trademark. A trademark that by its mere attachment to a product does not encourage purchases, may have no more value to a consumer, and, thus, to a manufacturer, than any other name being placed on a product. In such case, the payment of upfront fees, sharing of income toward royalties and setting up manufacturing to allow for the licensed trademark to be placed on products could be a complete waste of time, money and resources.

There are many manufacturers that sell product directly to the consumer over the Internet or in catalogs (or even by infomerical). A true “brand”, a brand that has mass appeal or mass goodwill, would likely be too costly to license in such situations unless the manufacturer has a large enough customer base to make the costs of a brand license worthwhile. Having that level of scale with manufacturer-direct-to-consumer sales and bypassing distributors and/or brick and mortar stores, is rare. Also, in this type of sales model, products are sold one item at a time. It would be difficult to project the point in time when the break-even point or a profit could be reached. (Catalog companies having their own proprietary trademarks are a separate matter since no upfront payments and sales royalties are paid to a third-party.)

Niche products for niche markets could provide an exception. Historically, a trademark became valuable as a license-able property once the core product(s) under the trademark reached sales of about $100,000,000.00. In the case of niche markets, however, which can be more easily reached in terms of marketing and sales because of the Internet, lower revenue numbers may still permit a trademark to be worthwhile to a licensee as a “niche” brand. Due to email, the Internet and social media, a company can bombard its target market with consistent messaging. Before the Internet and social media, the only way to do this, en masse, was through television and print, which, for smaller companies is cost prohibitive. But, when handled properly, the Internet makes brand messaging and communication with customers, en masse, cost-effective. Using television ads to reach a specific market is not financially sound. But using social media and email to do so can be. Thus, a highly-exposed niche “property” with lower revenues may present a financially-sound licensing opportunity for a manufacturer that is targeting a niche market, because the trademark owner’s marketing costs are low, allowing for licensing fees and rates to be affordable, while the trademark is ever-present to its customers. It still would not necessarily work for brick and mortar retailers, who need to attract a wide customer base, as opposed to a niche base. But for manufacturer-direct sales online, profits through licensing under this model are possible.

Manufacturers need to know their customer and distribution channel intimately to determine if a product name has “brand equity” or “brand loyalty” with such customer base such that a license of the trademark for placement on products would be likely to result in significantly more sales than could be achieved by selling the product with their own proprietary trademark attached.

 

New York Lawyer, Neil Siskind
http://siskindlawfirm.com

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

Currculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

 

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com/
http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/
http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Lawyer Neil S. Siskind Launches Website To Help Seniors

Neil Siskind, a Manhattan based business and real estate attorney, has launched a service targeted at helping seniors navigate legal landmines. Siskind’s brainchild, Savingseniorcitizens.com was created to ensure that seniors (defined by the company as a person over 65 years of age if female, and over 70 years of age if male) are not abused, defrauded, bullied or harassed. Specifically, if any person or company owes money to a senior or is seeking money from a senior, Neil Siskind’s Savingseniorcitizens.com services may be available to check into the facts and protect the senior’s rights. “Seniors are a vulnerable demographic and a large demographic” says owner and President, Neil Siskind. “There are a lot of people who need a lot of protection but who can’t afford a lawyer’s hourly fees” Siskind explains.

Seniors must qualify for the Savingseniorcitizens.com’s services by being over 65 years of age for women and 70 years of age for men and having no children who are attorneys. According to Neil Siskind, “These qualification are designed to target the most vulnerable seniors who are most susceptible to fraud and harassment, people over 69 years of age, and widowed woman over 65 who have no man in the home and who often have no business experience.”

Savingseniorcitizens.com is about people. It is about putting up a wall between those who seek to take advantage of the elderly and the victims whom they target. Through Savingseniorcitizens.com, people who owe money to, or who are seeking money from seniors now have an attorney they have to deal with- so they better be sure that they are acting within the law” says Neil Siskind.

If you are a senior or know a senior who is being harassed by collection companies or other unscrupulous individuals trying to extract money, or if you are, or know a senior who is owed money from a person or business but can’t seem to get it, call Neil Siskind or visit Savingseniorcitizens.com to learn how the company may be able to help you in an affordable way. If you are being asked to sign even the most basic agreement, contact Neil Siskind and Savingseniorcitizens.com to review and explain the document to you before you sign.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://savingseniorcitizens.com
http://siskindlawfirm.com

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: NEIL SISKIND- linked

Neil S. Siskind, Real Estate Lawyer

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: Neil Siskind- linkedin

 

As part of a long career as a business attorney, Neil Siskind has handle hundreds of real estate transactions. Such transactions have included purchases and sales of office buildings, shopping centers and apartment buildings, negotiations of office leases and retail leases, and purchases and sales of condominium, co-ops and single family homes.

Neil’s experience was initially obtained in New York’s most prominent real estate law firms and continued in the representation of businesses who have been primarily engaged in real estate investments or who have had real estate issues as ancillary to their non real estate operations. A qualified business lawyer must have strong real estate experience in order to handle the needs of business owners in all industries. Often business owners have their own personal investment or residential real estate related issues that they want their known counsel to handle. Neil Siskind has the real estate experience that businesses and their owners need.

Issues such as title, tax, tenant, landlord, partnership and construction issues must be handled with a detailed and experienced real estate eye. While many residential real estate lawyers are not qualified to handle an apartment building purchase or office lease, most commercial real estate lawyers have never even handled the purchase of a co-op apartment. Neil Siskind has handled a large volume of all such transactions.

A good business attorney has diversity and depth in his background and has a catalog of skills to call upon. Neil owns and manages his own real estate which gives special insights into an investor’s or business’s needs in a transaction from an ownership viewpoint. Neil Siskind is an experienced business and real estate lawyer who can handle commercial and residential transactions.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Neil Siskind, Experienced Business Attorney

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:

Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

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Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/

FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work: Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

New York Lawyer, Neil S. Siskind has been an attorney in New York for nearly 20 years. Neil has worked in prominent New York law firms and acted as In-House Counsel to a major manufacturing, licensing and distribution organization for over 10 years before starting his own law practice.

Working in law firms is a very different experience than acting as a company’s  In-House Counsel.  As an In-House lawyer, a lawyer is more involved in day to day business matters that affect a business’s operations than a law firm attorney would be.  It creates a holistic view and approach to business matters. Law firm lawyers tend to see pieces of issues after they unfold, rather than being part of issues from the moment they materialize.

It is important for your attorney to have In-House experience so that he or she is able to approach legal issues in ways that are practical to a client’s operations. Yet, the law firm experience is vital towards knowing how to handle things in a professional manner and with the appropriate amount of distance. Neil Siskind has experience in both capacities.

Moreover, a lawyer that has actually owned and operated businesses is priceless. Neil Siskind has owned several of his own businesses and handles his own investments and has experienced for himself the fortunes, misfortunes and challenges of business ownership. This gives a lawyer like Neil Siskind the ability to view transactions and conflicts from an entrepreneur’s and client’s perspective. Many attorneys have never owned a business and do not fully understand the stresses and urgency of an entrepreneur, which can make counsel to a business owner vague, academic and ineffective. To advise a business owner without ever having been one leaves a major gap in the necessities of small business counsel.

Contact New York Lawyer, Neil Siskind if you need business counsel that has been tested in various environments and comes with the experience of having himself been in the business trenches.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/
Neil Siskind supports his community: http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind, Attorney, New York: Lease Negotiations Need Internal Timelines

Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer
http://siskindlawfirm.com

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Review Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Government Background:
Learn about how we try to give back http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving
Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work: Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/champion-children/
FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:
-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
-Founder, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/

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Tenants who do not have vast office space approach their new lease needs in very basic ways. They are generally concerned with:

1. The permitted use of the space

2. The rental rate

3. The right to renew the lease

4. Electrical capacity (for restaurants) and plumbing capacity (for certain medical tenants).

5. Limits on personal liability

The tenant’s lawyer, however, has many more concerns and responsibilities, which the lawyer has to explain to the tenant, since a lease negotiation for a large space can take weeks (even months), leaving the client frustrated. A lease has many legal snafus which a good lawyer must navigate to ensure that a client has at least some exit strategies, where possible, should business go in the wrong direction. Moreover, the day-to-day operation of a building and the space as handled by the landlord can be very technical, and the lawyer has to ensure that the services to the space are as needed at all times- including air conditioning, elevators, trash and security.

The attorney and client need to understand eachother’s needs from the outset so that we work together on a timeline that is acceptable to a business’s need to operate and to a lawyer’s needs to properly service and protect the client. There will always be points where the business owner tells the attorney to drop an argument or where an attorney tells a client that he/she strongly advises the client against signing a lease with a particular provision.

The beginning of a good lease negotiation requires that lawyer and client understand the objectives of the other and agree on a realistic timeline to achieve those objectives. Once lawyer and client are on the same page, they can be a better, more unified force to negotiate with a landlord. Attorney Neil Siskind can help structure and negotiate your office lease.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Community Work: http://savingseniorcitizens.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional references can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/
Neil Siskind supports his community: http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind, Attorney, New York: Celebrity Brand Deals

By: Neil Siskind, New York Lawyer http://www.siskindlawfirm.com

Over the course of the past 20 years, celebrity-based and celebrity-driven fashion brands have exploded. In the 1950’s and 60’s, celebrities, such as Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy, were photographed wearing certain brands which created national buzzes for the respective brands and designers. But the appearance of Brooke Shields in a Calvin Klein Jeans television commercial in 1980 marked the real beginning of the modern-day phenomenon in the fashion industry where great brand exposure is not simply an “ancillary effect” of famous people voluntarily associating themselves with fashions – but is the main motivation for celebrities to wear certain brands in public. They are well-compensated for doing so, in one way or another.

There are a variety of methods that can be used for celebrities to push and promote brands. A celebrity may be compensated to appear in a brand’s commercial (think Michael Jordan for Hanes), a celebrity may be engaged as a paid “brand endorser” (think of athletes who wear only one brand of sneaker or exclusively use one brand of tennis racket), or a celebrity’s name can actually be used as the name of a product (think Donald J. Trump suits or Cindy Crawford furniture).

In the case of the latter-most example above, celebrities enter into trademark and copyright license agreements with manufacturers who then create product using a celebrity’s name, and sell the product to retailers for sale to the public.

In some cases, celebrities actually create and manufacture product lines of their own, as opposed to licensing the use of their names to third-party manufacturers. Examples of this would be the Sean John line, where Sean John (Diddy) Combs initially controlled the product line (and may still do so), and Kathy Ireland, who, in many cases, personally owns and oversees design and manufacturing of her lines.

Products can have more success when they are “celebrity-driven”, as opposed to being “named after” a celebrity. The apparel brands Sean John and Rockawear were great successes, whereas if these brands were named “Puffy” or “Jay-Z”, it is easy to imagine that they would have faltered.

The celebrity-branded-product industry has become increasingly important to celebrities themselves, and not only to manufacturers. This is especially true in the music industry where selling albums and CD’s is no longer a reality, due to the digital music industry. Musicians can no longer count on making millions of dollars from album sales, but need to rely on making themselves into brands so that they can demand large sums for personal appearances, television guest spots, concerts and merchandising. This merchandising aspect is one substitute for the album sales revenues of the past. This is why you see musicians today “acting-out” in public and creating public spectacles, and aggressively flaunting their attractive physical attributes. They are forced into such behaviors in order to draw media attention and increase their values as celebrity brands in order to enhance and maximize their non-album sales revenues.

Celebrity merchandising and licensing requires a good understanding of your product, your target market, retailer needs, and profit margins, so that you select the right celebrity with whom to work, and pay the right price for the rights. You need to decide if your money is best spent using trademark and copyright licensing strategies, or, instead, using your own trademark and having the respective celebrity appear in commercials. If you decide to license, you need to determine if you want a product line named after the celebrity, or if you would prefer to use a new trademark you create, for which a particular celebrity’s career and persona will be the driving forces.

If you are a celebrity, whether you be an actor, musician, or athlete, you need to evaluate your brand appeal, and identify the right partners to whom you will grant the rights to use of your name and likeness, in exchange for royalties or equity. You also should determine if, instead, you want to actually be involved in and control product design, production, and distribution through your own business entity, rather than licensing rights to another company. In either case, you also should consider if you want your name to be the brand, or if you want to create a trademark using something other than your own name, but for which your persona is the driving force.

Call Neil Siskind at The Siskind Law Firm http://siskindlawfirm.com/ to discuss your licensing strategy and needs.

Neil S. Siskind
Attorney at Law
http://siskindlawfirm.com
Neil Siskind’s personal and professional accolades can be found at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/
Neil Siskind supports his community: http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

-Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work: Volunteer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

-Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

-Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work:

Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse: www.savingseniorcitizens.com

siskindsenior-logo

Champion Children – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to inspire people with stories of  children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/

FreeStart Business – The Siskind Law Firm We seek to help put war veterans and senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of  the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/

Neil Siskind’s Philanthropic Work:


-Hudson Riverfront Land Preservation
Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank to educate the public about, and advocate for the children of absentee fathers. http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:
Established and operated a temporary legal clinic offering inexpensive legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, plan estate matters, organize finances, start small businesses and obtain governmental assistance such as Medicaid.

Neil Siskind’s linkedin URL:Neil Siskind