Mr. Yau's legal practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions, business law, commercial leasing, estate planning, preparation of wills and trusts, probate and estate administration, real estate and landlord-tenant litigation, corporate governance, and creditors' rights.
Prior to his private practice serving the local community, Joseph Yau represented institutional banks, investors, and other creditors in their interest in real property collateral. In that respect, he represented clients in all aspects of legal matters including foreclosure litigation, title issues, bankruptcy proceedings, surplus money proceedings, strict foreclosures, landlord-tenant litigation, civil forfeiture and eminent domain issues, procuring and enforcement of money judgments, short sales, loan modifications, and mortgage restructuring.
Mr. Yau assisted and advocated on behalf of indigent tenants and their families in the Hempstead community of Long Island for their housing rights in various landlord-tenant legal matters, including wrongful evictions, warranties of habitability, summary holdover, and nonpayment proceedings. A graduate of Hofstra Law School, Mr. Yau was a judicial intern for a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Term, First Department. Mr. Yau also clerked with a Garden City law firm focused in the practice of elder law, estate planning, and probate litigation.
Mr. Yau is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York, and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association.
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