Joseph J. Asterita
Mr. Asterita is an attorney admitted to practice law in the state courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.
focuses on providing clients with his
expertise in three primary practice areas; Business Law; Estate Planning and Settlement; and Real Estate.
As an experienced business attorney, Mr. Asterita serves as a trusted advisor to a wide variety of clients ranging in type from individual entrepreneurs, restaurants and contractors, to public relations, media and information technology firms.
effectively handles their business formation and structuring needs, as well as handling commercial contracts, leases, business purchases and sales, and has handled and resolved numerous shareholder disputes and commercial litigation matters for his
also provides wealth preservation services through his
estate planning expertise, which includes the preparation of wills and trusts and the skillful incorporation of these instruments into comprehensive estate plans.
has written several articles on the subject (available on the firm's home page) and further provides representation to clients who have an interest in the settlement of an estate, whether by way of probate or administration, as well as handling estate litigation matters involving various disputes including distribution of an estate's assets, enforcement of a spouse or child's right to inheritance, enforcing or defending creditor's claims, or involving the failure of an executor or administrator to properly carry out their fiduciary duties.
Finally, Mr. Asterita
provides excellent representation to his
individual and corporate clients in various real estate matters, including residential and commercial purchase and sales, refinances and leases.
has successfully handled numerous related real estate litigation matters and disputes ranging from the enforcement of easements and property lines to the partition and sale of residential and commercial properties.
Mr. Asterita further supervises the firm's mortgage loan closing department and represents over a dozen mortgage lenders in connection with the closing of mortgage loans, whether in connection with a purchase or refinance, and even reverse mortgages.
is experienced in closing refinances that incorporate a CEMA designed to help borrowers avoid the costs of the substantial mortgage recording tax in New York, especially involving properties throughout the five boroughs of New York City where the mortgage recording tax is especially high.
Mr. Asterita earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs at The George Washington University and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.
While in Brooklyn Law School Mr. Asterita
studied abroad at the University of Bologna, Italy
, where he
focused on Business Law.
He is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Richmond County Bar Association and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.