To bring about a peaceful settlement or compromise between parties through the objective intervention of a neutral party.
INFORMATIONAL:With individuals interested in mediation, I act as the neutral third party to help resolve any dispute in a peaceful way. By facilitating the conversation between the two parties, I can assist in focusing on the pertinent issues at hand so that together, we can identify solutions that meet everyone’s needs. I understand circumstances may make it difficult to work together without conflict, but my role is to help you address the issues differently, communicate more effectively and ultimately find common ground.
Generally speaking, municipal law refers to any law that applies internally within the county, city, town or village.
More specifically, it is a combination of laws, regulations, ordinances and decisions that govern a municipality- like a city, town or local government.
INFORMATIONAL:As a former Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Poughkeeepsie, I defended, represented or advanced the municipality’s interests on behalf of its people. With my diverse legal practice, I’ve worked in the local courts for almost two decades. I understand the local municipal law concerns, and I know what local towns can do to protect their rights, and the rights of the people who live and work there.
If you are being affected by a local code or ordinance or are member of a municipal body that requires the expertise, counsel, and representation of a skilled attorney like myself, contact me.
Criminal law or penal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates social conduct and proscribes whatever is threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws.
INFORMATIONAL: A fairly well-known area of the law, criminal law pertains to crimes, prosecution and defense. Because it is also connected to the rules and statutes written by Congress and state legislators, it also covers a wider range of areas.
Regardless of the charge you may face, a seasoned legal professional is imperative. I’ve been involved in the local courts for over 20 years handling cases for clients ranging from traffic violations to misdemeanors. Perhaps the most important asset in your case is an experienced attorney who can help improve your situation. I will vigorously pursue each and every case and provide a level of attention that is unmatched.
Real Estate Law
Closing on the home of your dreams or other building complex can be exciting but complex.
INFORMATIONAL: As a lawyer, securing the best talents in the Hudson Valley-– handling real estate closings for many properties in Dutchess County over the years, I’ve learned how important a thorough knowledge of real estate law is when conducting these transactions. This is why a team oriented approach is optimal.
During a real estate closing, all pertinent documents relating to the property are delivered, along with the purchase price payment and the costs to settle the transaction. It involves several steps, which I will guide you carefully through, so that we can avoid any unforeseen challenges.
If you are in the process of purchasing a property, I can help facilitate the final, but crucial last steps of the closing. Call me at 845-843-1111 to learn more.
Landlord and Tenant Law
My practice area in this field is solely to represent landlords/property owners involved in landlord and tenant disputes.
INFORMATIONAL:These disputes can be a common occurrence during the process of renting, one that tends to surface when the parties involved are not fully aware of their obligations. Some of the general obligations of tenants include paying the rent on time, using care to not damage the property and refraining from subleasing without the landlord’s permission. A landlord is responsible for providing repairs on general wear and tear, making the property habitable before new tenants arrive and much more.
If you are a tenant facing eviction, call Legal Services of the Hudson Valley at 877-lshv-law to learn more or 845-471-0058 for the poughkeepsie office.
It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand their legal rights. For many years, I have represented both sides, either lords or tenants in finding solutions to their disputes, while protecting their rights. In doing so, I know how best to represent landlords.
If you feel as a landlord that your rights have been violated, call me to learn more about how we can approach the situation and work toward a resolution.
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Stella Isaza, Esq.
Attorney & Counselor
Stella Isaza is a solo practitioner, with a general practice concentrating in Family Law and Domestic Relations in her City of Poughkeepsie office, within Dutchess County. Prior to having her own practice, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Poughkeepsie, acquired her criminal defense experience with the Legal Aid Society in Sullivan County, NY, Associate in local firms concentrating in general practice, varied experiences with the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in Housing Issues, Domestic Violence and in Family Law, and involved within her community. She has worked extensively in matters involving domestic violence, divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, orders of protection, neglect, adoption, guardianship, separation, preliminary and post nuptial agreements, and advice involving collateral consequences such as criminal and/or Immigration. She speaks Spanish fluently.
Ms. Isaza is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Family Law Section, and Dutchess County Bar Association.
She has earned her J.D. in 1990 from Suffolk Law, MA and her B.A. from St. John’s University, NY in 1980. She is admitted to the NYS Bar.