Mental Health law crosses into all areas of legal practice. We have a unique family-focused law practice which guides families through the complex landscape of legal issues that impact loved ones with serious mental illness a n d/or substance use issues. We employ both straight-line interventions as well as those which require the ability to “think outside of the box” to develop appropriate and timely legal and clinical interventions.
We also represent individuals, families, and healthcare providers in proceedings relating to mental health law. Our services include representing individuals and hospitals in Mental Hygiene Law Article 9 proceedings for psychiatric treatment, continued involuntary hospitalizations, and Kendra’s Law proceedings. We also assist individuals and their families with securing treatment using Mental Hygiene Warrants; pursuing Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 Guardianships; Extreme Risk Protection Orders; and Orders of Protection.
As mental illness touches all aspects of a person’s life, outside of traditional mental health law matters we also represent individuals in criminal and employment matters, where mental illness and/or substance use disorders are a contributing factor. We have frequently partnered with other lawyers, in matrimonial matters, real estate disputes, trusts and estates cases, and defending doctors or other healthcare providers when their professional license may be in jeopardy. In all, we are here to assist clients with matters that are directly tied to mental illness, or matters that have a secondary connection, but require some mental health expertise.
If you, a family member, relative, friend or colleague require assistance, advice, guidance or even a second option as to any of these matters, please contact Maureen DiTata, Larry Berwitz or Moriah Adamo at (516) 328-2300 and we will be happy to make an introduction for you.