Getting divorced can be very emotionally and financially draining. If you have decided to file for divorce, it is always best to try to agree with your spouse about any property or asset divisions.  If there are minor children of the marriage, an agreement regarding custody and child support will be necessary to avoid a litigation in court.
If you and your spouse cannot agree, your divorce will be considered contested. In a contested divorce, the attorneys are usually the ones that come out the best.  If at all possible, you should try to resolve these issues to avoid the expenses involved with a contested divorce. 

One of the best solutions to avoiding the high cost of attorney fees is agreeing to have a mediator resolve any financial and/or parenting issues.  We The People of NY can give you a referral to a trusted divorce mediator who has the  training and legal knowledge to help put the emotional aspects aside and to assist you to come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce.  Often an agreement is reached after just one or two sessions.  The mediator will then prepare a formal report setting forth all the terms agreed upon. 

Once the report is reviewed by the parties, We The People of NY can prepare all the legal documentation necessary to move forward for an uncontested divorce, without the need for expensive attorneys.

How to Get Peace of Mind Before Your Vacation

We The People NYC - Saturday, July 27, 2013

All of us hope to one day have an “aha” moment when a light bulb goes off over our heads and the next great idea presents itself. 
Whether you have an idea for a product or phrase, symbol or design, if you’re looking for exclusivity, there are plenty of benefits to getting it trademarked, pronto.  
While it’s not mandatory to register trademarks, if it’s federally registered, it can provide a wealth of benefits. These include: 
 •  Public notice of your claim of ownership. 
 •  A legal presumption of ownership nationwide. 
 •  The exclusive right to use the trademark on or in connection with your inspiration for a new product or service. 
At We the People of NY, we’ll make it fast and simple to fill out the legal documents necessary for filing for a trademark. We’ll also save you money in the long run. Here’s hoping we see you coming in to trademark the next great idea or product!

Nuts and Bolts of Making a Will: Why You Need to Plan Ahead

We The People NYC - Monday, June 30, 2014

All of us here at We the People NY understand the hesitation about making a Will. Writing out your final wishes may feel like facing your own mortality, but in essence, it’s having a plan for the future to protect your valuable items, such as your home, possessions, stocks and bonds, and even your life savings in the bank.

Creating a Will is an important step to take if you have valuable items you wish to distribute as gifts to friends, family members, charities, etc. after your death. This helps in avoiding the burden your family members would take on trying to allocate your belongings if you don’t have a written Will.

A Will is a legal document giving explicit instructions on how to distribute all of your personal assets and property. A Will is also used to appoint a person you trust to manage your estate, name beneficiaries for your possessions and detail how and when they will receive it. 

If you should die without a Will, that is known as dying “intestate.” Each state has Intestate Succession Laws, which are used as ways to allocate your assets and possessions. Because you have not named any beneficiaries, it’s up to the state to determine where your belongings will go according to state specific court mandates of the Intestate Succession Laws. This takes you out of the driver’s seat when it comes to allocating your assets and making sure items of value, whether sentimental or monetary, are given to the people you’d like to receive them.

If you have children who are minors, Wills are especially important to ensure the well-being of your child or children. A Will allows you to appoint a guardian, who will be the main care provider for your child, and a custodian, who will be responsible for managing your child’s inheritance. Without a Will, these decisions will be made by the courts, without your say. Wills are subject to probate, which is a court directed process which monitors how your possessions and assets are distributed. The Probate Court is responsible for overseeing the distribution of your estate, as per your instructions.

A Will doesn’t need to be a permanent document. Changes can be made to Wills at any time, either by creating an entirely new document or making changes to the existing Will, known as a Codicil.

There are, of course, options for downloading forms for wills from the Internet. This may be tempting, but it is not advisable and you should be very cautious. Many sites claim that they are state specific and that they adhere to all state laws and mandates; however, we have seen many such “Internet Wills” that may not be valid or accepted by the Probate Court. Call us at We the People NY for a legally sound, valid will that conforms to all state laws.

Contact us today and let us show you why making a Will doesn’t have to be unpleasant – it’s just good planning!

Top 5 Reasons to Incorporate Your Business in 2014

We The People NYC - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Owning a business takes a lot of work and requires you to make many difficult decisions. One of the biggest decisions you will make at inception is whether to incorporate your business or not. While many small businesses launch as a sole proprietorship, opting for an incorporation could yield more benefits. If you are not sure whether to incorporate or not, consider the top five reasons most businesses do.

Why Incorporate Your Business?

You Separate Your Personal Assets – A corporation or LLC helps you separate your own assets from the business assets. That means you have limited liability for any business debts, obligations or lawsuits. 

Finding Funding Becomes Easier – Funding sole proprietorships is difficult. The business’s credit and financial history is tied to your own. So, if you have poor credit, so does your business. Also, third party funding parties such as venture capitalists and investors prefer to work with corporations.

Your Business is More Credible – Incorporating your business helps build its credibility with customers and vendors. Depending on your industry, some contracts might require a formal business structure. Also, larger companies are more comfortable working with incorporated businesses versus sole proprietors.

Potential Tax Benefits – Sometimes corporate taxes are lower than individual and self-employment taxes. Consult a tax professional to see if there are tax benefits for incorporating your business.

Ease of Ownership and Management – A sole proprietorship requires extensive paperwork and sometimes even legal assistance if the owner of the business changes. But, a corporation or LLC can continue to operate regardless of who owns or manages the company. 

How to Incorporate Your Business

If you are ready to incorporate your business, you can go the do-it-yourself route. Be aware, however, that business incorporation forms are highly complex. Therefore, you should enlist the assistance of someone who understands these forms, the requirements and can help you complete your articles of incorporation accurately. Forms that are not completed correctly may result in a delay or denial of your incorporated status. 

We the People of NY can help you incorporate your business and complete the necessary business incorporation forms. While we cannot offer legal advice or tell you whether incorporating is right for you, we can help walk you through the process to form your own corporation when you are ready. 

Call 212-633-2200 to learn more about how to incorporate your business. Ready to incorporate? We The People, New York can help complete your business incorporation forms.

Divorce Paperwork Preparation Does Not Have to Involve High Attorney Fees

We The People NYC - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SET YOURSELF FREE!!  Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day should be a day to spend with the person you love. But some decide that they need a change in their love lives. We The People can help you with your divorce. We make everything very simple and easy without the cost of hiring an attorney. Call us or come in to start the process, just $499.00 plus court fees.

We The People of NY provides the legal document assistance to help make the filing for bankruptcy process as affordable and stress-free as possible. If you’ve been through bankruptcy, the good news is that you can have excellent credit again. But it will take concerted effort, and you’ll have to begin immediately after your bankruptcy is over.

Here Are 4 Tips to Establishing Credit After Bankruptcy

1)    Stay informed. Keep a close eye on your credit reports and credit scores. Check online or get a copy of your reports from all of the major credit reporting institutions: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 

2)    Open a secured credit card account right after you are discharged from a bankruptcy. Simply head to a bank, fill out an application and make a deposit into a secured account. The bank, in turn, provides a credit card with a credit line that's 50% to 100% of the deposit. Pay off the balance monthly. 

3)    Get a retail or gas credit card. Make sure your transactions will be reported to all three credit bureaus. Then, pay off your balance every month. Only buy what you can afford at the end of the month.

4)    Set a strict budget for essentials – not extras! Sit down and figure out how much money you absolutely must spend every month. Try to be as strict as possible when it comes to differentiating between needs and wants – for instance, you might want unlimited texting but you don't need it to live. 

By being methodical and following a consistent plan, you’ll see your credit score go up to, or even higher than, its former level.  At We The People NY, we’re here to help you.  We do the legal document preparation and walk you through the steps of how to file Bankruptcy; call us today to find out what we can do for you.

Today’s Travels: You Need to Plan Early to Get a Passport

We The People NYC - Thursday, August 07, 2014

The process of renewing a passport is a lot simpler than applying for a new one. It takes four to six weeks to renew one regularly or 24 to 48 hours if you file for an expedited renewal. To make the process go smoother, you need to get your passport photo taken and fill out the necessary paperwork.

Basic Requirements for a Passport Renewal

Passport renewals can be submitted via mail as long as the passport is not damaged, it is newer than 15 years, your name is the same, and you were at least 16 years old when the passport was issued originally. Unfortunately, if you do not meet these requirements, you will need to apply for a new passport. Regardless of whether you are renewing or applying for a new one, your passport photo must be updated.

To renew you will need to submit: 

  • A completed DS-82 Application Form 
  • Two copies of your passport photo
  • Your passport renewal fee payment
  • Proof of citizenship

Passport Photo Requirements

Not submitting a proper passport photo could result in a delay in your application. The U.S. Department of State has strict requirements for passport photos.

The requirements for your passport photo include:

  • The photo must be printed in color
  • The photo must be printed on a matte or glossy photo-quality paper
  • The picture must be 2-inches by 2-inches in size
  • The head must be placed between 1 and 1 3/8-inches from the bottom of the photo to your chin
  • Your photo must be taken within six months of submitting your application
  • The background of your photo must be white or off-white
  • You need a full-face view — no side shots are permitted
  • Facial expression must be neutral and eyes open

Because of rigid requirements for taking and printing the photo, it is best to leave the task to the professionals. We the People can help you take your passport renewal photograph according to the specifications listed by the U.S. Department of State. 

Call 212-633-2200 for more information and to get your passport photo taken. We the People, New York can help you with your passport photos. Get directions and visit us today

How Legal Separation Has Changed Due to Uncontested Divorce–Steps to File for Legal Separation in NY

We The People NYC - Monday, March 10, 2014

A legal separation is not a divorce – it is an agreement for couples who no longer wish to live together. Filing for separation in NY is can be the first step to an uncontested divorce. 

Prior to true No-fault divorces in New York State, in most cases, couples were required to be legally separated for one year prior to the divorce proceedings from starting. Now that New York has true No-Fault Divorce grounds, couples can opt to go straight for the divorce. No longer do couples have to be legally separated prior to using the Separation Agreement as grounds. 

Now that the law has changed, people enter into Separation Agreements, not because they are legally bound to, but for some the following reasons (not all inclusive): 

1. As a means of emotionally entering into the divorce process

2. To give the spouse a chance to attain their own health insurance, housing, etc. 

3. To give themselves time to work on the eventual agreement

4. Ease into the process of living apart

Couples usually file for legal separation when both spouses conclude they cannot live together harmoniously any longer. The reasons could be many—one spouse has a drug or alcohol problem, children or other family members are involved, or there is a marital property issue to work out. A legal separation is not necessarily the end of the marriage, but it may be the start of the end depending on how the spouses work things out. 

A legal separation is a written agreement addressing the financial responsibilities of each party, the distribution of assets, custody and visitation arrangements (if children are involved), and child support, as well as how shared debts will be divided. When all matters of the legal separation are agreed to by both parties, it is said to be uncontested. Uncontested matters can be handled without an attorney, but getting an experienced legal document preparer is highly recommended. 

When filing for separation in NY, it is critical that the paperwork be done correctly because, in many cases, these documents are the basis on which property and/or financial distribution, child custody, support, and other important divorce decisions will be made. While married couples can work out a separation agreement on their own, having an experienced legal document preparation company prepare the separation agreement will help you be better prepared in the long run and help avoid any problems later on. 

Steps to File for Legal Separation in NY

The following are the recommended steps to file for legal separation in NY:

1. Determine the type of separation. In New York, there are two ways to become legally separated: file for legal separation, or ask the court for a separation agreement. 

2. Determine in which court to file for legal separation. In general, the separation agreement is filed in the county where you or your spouse resides. There is no requirement that a separation agreement be filed with the court before commencing a divorce. 

3. Decide the issues to be covered in the separation agreement (see above). Be sure you accurately fill out the information in the workbooks that We the People provides. Any mistake here could delay your divorce or cause the court to make changes in your agreement if your spouse contests the separation. These workbooks help our staff gather the necessary information to prepare the legal documents to court standards. We the People are not lawyers, so while we can’t give legal advice, we can help you through the paperwork process. 

4. Both parties must sign the agreement in front of a notary, which is also available at We The People. 5. If you choose to, you may file your separation agreement with the court. After signing, you may take your prepared legal documents, necessary copies, and filing fee to the county clerk’s office for filing. We The People can also file the document for you. 

Mistakes made when filing for separation in NY can mean a lot of stress and difficulty later on if the spouse contests the separation or decides to fight the divorce. Seeking timely help from professionals who are experienced in preparing the documentation for Legal Separation is one way to take some of the stress (and legal costs) out of the equation. 

The steps above will help you file for legal separation. At We the People, we’ll help you get started filing for separation in NY. Call 212-633-2200 for a FREE CONSULTATION today

New Year’s Resolution – File for Divorce without a Lawyer

We The People NYC - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Filing for divorce in NY doesn’t always have to involve a divorce attorney. Many married couples who want a divorce prefer to work things out on their own terms, without the involvement of lawyers. It is certainly not necessary to have a lawyer do the legwork that two smart individuals can handle on their own. 

Having an experienced legal document preparation company prepare your divorce paperwork helps keep the final costs down while ensuring that there won’t be problems later. Married couples can ensure that everything is properly handled without needing to involve a lawyer. 

Steps for Filing for Divorce in NY

The following are the recommended steps for filing for divorce in NY without a lawyer:

1. Reach an agreement with your spouse on all issues – including division of property, allocation of debt, child custody and visitation (if applicable), child support (if applicable).You’ll need to refer to a Child Support Worksheet to determine how much a non-custodial parent is supposed to pay the custodial parent. (Under some circumstances, you may vary from the state guidelines).

2. Determine the grounds (the reason) for the divorce – New York courts require this and the choice you make is important to how quickly your divorce will be granted. “No Fault Divorce” has become the most common ground chosen as under “No Fault”, neither party has to allege that the other did something “wrong.”

3. Obtain an uncontested divorce packet – there are two versions, one for a divorce with children and one for a divorce without children. You can obtain these by coming in to our We The People office or we could e-mail them to you if that is more convenient.

It’s important to understand that mistakes in the paperwork can cause a lot of stress and wasted time down the road. If you and your spouse can’t come to an agreement you have a contested divorce and an attorney will have to be involved – usually two (one for each side) – and the case will be finalized in court. That is a steep expense you certainly can avoid if you seek timely help from professionals who are experienced in preparing and checking legal documentation for accuracy. 

The steps above will help you file for divorce without a lawyer. At We the People, we’ll help you get started filing for divorce. Call 212-633-2200 for a FREE CONSULTATION today.

Begin the New Year Debt Free When You File For Bankruptcy

We The People NYC - Monday, December 02, 2013

Do you have a Will?  Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to make a Will? If you did or even if you didn’t, preparing a Will would be a perfect way to start the New Year. Creating a Will is an important step to take if you have any valuable items or for those with children to ensure their loved ones well-being. We can provide legal document assistance for preparing your Will to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We make the process simple! We provide you with a questionnaire that asks you all the questions that need to be addressed in a Simple Will. From your information we prepare the legal documents. We provide formal signing services as necessary, such as a notary and two witnesses for the signing. Our price for a Simple Will is just $199.

If you are a U.S. citizen, and you’re traveling abroad  - even to Canada  -  you'll need a U.S. passport. Obtaining a passport is a relatively simple process, but you'll need to get started well in advance of your travels. Typically, it can take up to two to three months for your passport request to be processed and to arrive in your mailbox. 
Here are the Steps to Obtain a Passport: 

1) Complete form DS-11. You can download this form from the State Department's travel website, or you can pick it up at a passport facility. 

2) Go to your nearest acceptance facility or passport agency. You can find a list of the facility nearest you on the State Department's travel website. 

3) Submit your DS-11 form along with proof of citizenship, which includes a certified copy of your birth certificate or your naturalization or citizenship certificate. 

4) Provide proof of identity with a driver's license, naturalization certificate, government-issued ID or current military ID. 

5) Include a photocopy of all your identification documents with your DS-11 form. Include the front and back sides of all documentation. 

6) Pay the appropriate fee. You can find current passport fees on the State Department's website. 

7) Submit one color passport photo. The photo must be 2 by 2 inches and your head must fill 1 to 1 3/4 inches of the space. It must have been taken of how you currently look in the past six months. The photo must be taken on a white background, looking straight into the camera with your eyes open and a neutral facial expression. 

We’re here to expedite the photo process! We can take and print your passport photos in less than 10 minutes. Our photos meet all government requirements for U. S. Passports. What’s more, if you’re not happy with your photo – we’ll take another one for free.
Happy travels!

Making Your Mark: What You Should Know About Trademarks

We The People NYC - Friday, July 11, 2014

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Read how a man prepared his dog to fly business class for 30 hours from New York City to Bali, Indonesia! 


April 19, 2018

What Happens After I File for Bankruptcy?

People file bankruptcy for a variety of reasons but the most common are decrease in income (job loss), uninsured medical debt, and creeping credit card debt accumulated over many years. The truth is the bankruptcy court rarely cares why debtors file for bankruptcy.

But what happens after filing? What should you expect?

First the court will schedule a simple interview called a “341 hearing.” During this hearing you will meet in a conference room with someone called a Bankruptcy Trustee who has been appointed to your case. The Trustee’s job is to make sure you told the truth on your petition and that you qualify based on income. He may also ask you if you own real estate or other assets. The interview usually takes only a few minutes.

After a waiting period of around 2 months, your case will be discharged and your debts forgiven.

What about after discharge? Will I be screwed in terms of getting more credit? Can I ever buy a home, car, rent an apartment, or get a job?

We The People can help answer these questions in person if you’d like to stop into our office at 233 W. 14th Street in NYC. But here is generally what to expect after your case finishes:

Your credit will take a hit, but actually freedom from all that debt will eventually allow you to bring your score back up. Almost all filers receive new credit offers in the mail within a few weeks after their case concludes. This is because new creditors know you can’t file another Chapter 7 for eight years, so they’re sure they can be repaid.

Assuming you manage your credit well after filing, you will eventually qualify for a mortgage or car loan. It’s all a matter of bringing your credit score back up which CAN happen within 2-3 years if you take the right steps. We’ve seen many post-bankruptcy success stories.

Monday January 15, 2018

4 Myths About Bankruptcy

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy isn’t always simple. To make the process a little easier to understand, here are four bankruptcy myths dispelled:

Myth 1: You’ll lose everything

You may think filing for bankruptcy means giving up your house, car and any other assets you may have. In fact, you keep all exempt property.

The vast majority of Chapter 7 cases are no-asset cases, meaning the debtor gives up no possessions. Debtors can carve out some basic assets, called exemptions, that are set according to New York State law.

Myth 2: Paying off your debts is a better option

Filing for bankruptcy is one of the most serious financial decisions you can make, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. In fact, filing for bankruptcy may be the best option for you.

There’s the downside of the hit on your credit score, but frequently that will be outweighed by relief of stress and getting this problem solved and letting you move forward with your finances.

Many debtors find their credit score goes up much faster after a bankruptcy than it would have without one because they no longer have constant negative reports to the credit bureaus.

Myth 3: Filing for bankruptcy is a personal failing

People have this idea that bankruptcy is an admission of failure or a character flaw rather than a financial remedy that is available for a reason.

Given that roughly 57% of bankruptcies in 2009 were a result of medical bills and that over the past decade the cost of medical deductibles has grown seven times faster than wages have risen, many bankruptcies are likely the result of stagnant wages rather than poor financial management.

Whatever your reason for pursuing this form of debt relief, think of bankruptcy as a tool that can help you take control of your finances.

There are a lot of people out there who would be far better off if they filed bankruptcy. But they have such a resistance to it that they wait until they utterly break down or they have another real crisis that brings them in the door.

Myth 4: Bankruptcy will ruin your financial future

There’s no way around it: You can expect to have limited access to credit and to pay higher interest rates immediately after bankruptcy. But your credit score is actually likely to rebound after a few years.

A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, using data from credit bureau Equifax, showed that those who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 had an average credit score of 538.2 on Equifax’s scale of 280 to 850. But the average score jumped to 620 by the time those bankruptcies were finalized, about six to eight months later.

Further, there are a lot of ways to restore your credit after bankruptcy, such as getting a secured credit card. You will face some limitations, but taking advantage of the right financial products can go a long way toward helping you get on the right path for your financial future.

Next steps

Now that you know what will — and won’t — happen in the bankruptcy process, you might be ready to reach out to We The People for help with your Chapter 7 petition.Type your paragraph here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

5 Smart Things to do with your TAX REFUND

 5.   Take a vacation

4.   Pay off your credit card debts or use the refund to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - Only $499 @ We The People

      (plus Court fees if applicable).    

3.   Start the Divorce you have been putting off - Just $499 @ We The People (plus court fees).

2.   Have We The People prepare your Will (only $199).

1.   Start a Business – Incorporate @ We The People for just $324 (plus state fees).

      Call us today at (212) 633-2200.

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If you are planning to travel outside the United States you must have a valid passport. These days, even if you are only visiting Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean islands, including the Bahamas and Bermuda, you must have a passport that includes your picture. Having passport photos taken can be an inconvenience and more so, many photographers do not regularly take these specialized photos, so mistakes can lead to problems later -- when you've run out of time to get one taken.

Here at We the People, New York, we know and understand the rules for passport photos very well. You can get your passport photos immediately. Not only can we take and print your passport photo in less than ten minutes, you can rest assured that they will meet every requirement of the United States Department of State. We value your time and convenience. 

Passport Photos—Basic Requirements 

The important rules and requirements for passport photos are listed below. Passport photos must be: 

  • In color
  • Printed on photo stock
  • Made so that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. 
  • Taken before a background that is white or off-white
  • Without glare from prescription glasses
  • Without hats, hair coverings, or uniform clothing unless such articles are religious attire and are worn on a daily basis
  • May not be scanned, copied, or taken by a low quality phone or digital device

Get your passport photos taken in New York City today! 

We the People, New York is located in a storefront at 233 W. 14th St. NY, NY 10011. Call 212-633-2200 for hours of operation, or just drop in. No Appointment is Necessary!

Filing For Bankruptcy—What to Expect and How to Prepare for It

We The People NYC - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Divorce is a costly proceeding that not everyone can financially shoulder. While there are complicated cases that might require an attorney, there are also instances where a couple could complete their divorce forms without the cost of hiring an attorney. If you are going through a divorce, a divorce paperwork preparation service could be a good solution for you to consider. 

Divorce Laws and Your Attorney Fees

In 2010, the law was changed to state that a spouse earning a higher income could be required to pay the attorney fees of the spouse that earns less. While the law protects the lower income-earning spouse, it is not always necessary to hire an attorney to complete divorce forms in the first place. 

How Divorce Paperwork Preparation Services Can Help

If you and your spouse are amicable, you can do a pro se divorce. This saves you the cost of hiring an attorney and all that is required is to file the necessary forms with the courts. But, there are many forms to complete and these forms must be completed correctly in order for your divorce to be finalized. A divorce paperwork preparation service can help by: 

• Gathering the necessary divorce forms based on your situation (i.e. divorcing with children or divorcing without children).

• Assisting you with the completion of your forms (including a Petition for Divorce, Financial Affidavit, etc.)

• Helping you gather any supporting documentation required by the courts. 

• Assisting you with other finalization paperwork (i.e. Settlement Agreements, Affidavits, Findings of Fact, Proposed Judgments, and all other required documents).

While you could complete these forms on your own, submitting incomplete or incorrect forms could cause a significant delay in your divorce proceedings. We the People can help you with the divorce paperwork preparation process. Our specialists walk you step-by-step through the process and can supply you with a list of requirements. While we can assist you with your paperwork, we are not attorneys. 

Call 212-633-2200 for more information and to get help with your divorce paperwork preparation. We The People, New York can help you with filling out your divorce forms today to avoid the cost of hiring an attorney. 

Phone:  (212) 633-2200  |  Address: 233 W. 14th St.  NY, NY 10011

The Passport Renewal Requirements: Passport Photos

We The People NYC - Monday, March 24, 2014

A stressed marriage can be very hard on both the husband and the wife. Thoughts of filing divorce are common, especially after the holidays and during the beginning of the New Year. This is likely because many individuals in an unhappy marriage commit themselves to starting anew and ending a bad relationship.

This can be a stressful time, but it can also signify the beginning of a happier life. And why not? If your marriage hasn't been a happy one for some time, and if all your efforts have failed to restore the love that you and your spouse once had for one another, then why should you continue to be part of it?

Of course, this doesn’t mean that everything will be all peaches and roses once the decision is made to file for divorce. After all, you do have a history together, and even if the love is gone, the history and the happier memories still linger. This is why so many divorce lawyers see a surge in the amount of individuals who wish to file for divorce after the holidays—a sense of commitment often makes unhappy couples stay together through the holidays for the benefit of families or children, but not so long afterwards.

In fact, many couples are often eager to begin divorce proceedings in January, so that they can begin the New Year with a new idea of their future life. If you happen to feel like you may want to file for divorce, then you'll want to make plans to get your documents in order so that you don’t have to stress one minute longer than necessary.

A service such as We the People, New York can help you in your endeavor and ensure that your divorce goes as smoothly as possible. You'll be able to get help filing for divorce and getting all your documents prepared properly and efficiently, so that when the time comes that you need to present your documentation, the process can go smoothly. Our document preparations service can help you file for divorce if it is just you and your spouse, or if you have kids

We the People, New York is located in a storefront at 233 W. 14th St. NY, NY 10011. Call 212-633-2200 for hours of operation, or just drop in. No Appointment is Necessary! 

Passport Photos Taken and Delivered Immediately

We The People NYC - Friday, October 25, 2013

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We The People NYC - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

We have moved down the block to 233 W. 14th Street.  Come visit us in our new space!  We look forward to seeing you!


We The People NYC - Monday, September 28, 2015

Now is the time to start that new business that you have been thinking about all summer. We The People will make the process simple and fast to incorporate your new business.  By incorporating, you have certain tax advantages as well as just looking more professional. In addition, by Incorporating or forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company), you can protect your personal assets if anyone should sue you. We have helped many, many people start successful new businesses and look forward to helping you!  We are real people who you can come see in our office or talk to us on the phone. We're here to help providing personal service you can trust.


We The People NYC - Monday, April 27, 2015

We The People of NY takes the best Passport photos and guarantees that it won't come out looking like your Driver's License photo.  We usually take 4-5 shots and let you chose the one you like. We print out two photos for you that meet all the requirements. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes. No appointment is needed.  Fast, friendly service.

Why Bankruptcy Isn’t the End of the Line for Your Credit

We The People NYC - Thursday, September 04, 2014

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​The Average Cost of an Uncontested Divorce

When you and your spouse agree to divorce and you also agree about how you’re going to separate your lives, an uncontested divorce can save you a great deal of money. Exactly how much it will cost you depends on several factors. If you hire a document preparation company like We The People, you might spend only $500. If you hire an attorney to take care of the details for you, that figure might be thousands of dollars.

Representing Yourself

If you decide you don’t want to use an attorney, you can use a document preparer to save a lot of money. This option is for situations where both spouses basically agree on how to divide any assets, handle child custody, and other issues. It's a great way to save money on legal fees and is perfectly acceptable to local courts.

Using an Attorney

If you choose to use a lawyer, the cost of your uncontested divorce will depend on where you live, who you hire and your fee arrangement. Many attorneys offer flat fees for uncontested divorces; others charge retainer fees, which act as deposits they bill against monthly for the hours they invest in cases. The average flat fee ranges from $1,500 to $4,500, depending on the complexity of your assets and whether you have children. If you retain an attorney, he will bill your deposit at the rate of $250 to $450 for each hour of his time. Attorneys practicing in large metropolitan areas may charge more than $450, and those in rural areas may charge less than $250.

Extra Costs

Whether you handle your divorce yourself or hire an attorney, there will be extra costs. In New York, the court charges you $210 for an index number plus $125 for a filing fee. If you use a sheriff or private process server to deliver your petition to your spouse, this will usually cost an additional $125. In most states, you can bypass this expense if you’re on amicable terms with your spouse. He can sign an acceptance of your petition or waiver of service, which you would then file with the court.

In Conclusion

For uncontested divorces, it is far cheaper to hire a document preparation service vs an attorney. You could save over $1,000 and in some cases much more. No matter which route you take you will have to pay the court costs.

​Monday, May 15, 2017

What is a Power of Attorney & Do I need one?

The Power of Attorney for finances and property matters gives legal authority to another person (called an agent or attorney-in-fact) to make property, financial and other legal decisions for the principal.

Your power of Attorney for finances and property is an important document. As a "principal," you give the person whom you choose (your "agent") authority to spend your money and sell or dispose of your property during your lifetime without telling you.

You do not lose your authority to act even though you have given your agent similar authority. When your agent exercises this authority, he or she must act according to any instructions you have provided or, where there are no specific instructions, in your best interest.

We can help you with the preparation of your Power of Attorney. Our fee to prepare the formal document and walk you through the process is $99.00.

We make it easy and simple. To get started, please come in or contact the office at (212) 633-2200.

If you are getting ready to travel for your summer vacation, now is the time to make sure you have a will and it is up to date. While generally most people do not like to their possible death, it is important to consider your loved ones and what might happen if you should die without a will. A will allows you to determine what happens to your assets and property after you are gone. It also allows you to decide who will take care of your children and who will be in charge of distributing your assets according to your wishes.

We The People can prepare a codicil (amendment) to your existing Will or prepare a new will in 2-3 business days and have the formal signing with witnesses and notary in our office. We make the process simple, fast, stress free and affordable. 

Will Filing For Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit Forever?

We The People NYC - Thursday, July 18, 2013

3 Key Reasons Setting Up an LLC Is Beneficial for Freelancers


Working freelance can afford you added freedom, flexibility, and control over your career. Setting up an LLC (limited liability company) provides protection and peace of mind while enhancing your professional reputation and clientele. Recently, more companies are hiring freelancers who have an LLC set up rather than hiring new employees.   Below, We The People of NY — a legal service provider in New York City — shares several key benefits of incorporating your business as a freelancer.

                                                         Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC.                 233 W. 14th Street

3 Benefits of Setting Up an LLC
1. Limited Liability

Incorporating your business as a limited liability company reduces your responsibility in case of a lawsuit, effectively shielding your personal assets from potential legal matters. Should you run into legal trouble without an LLC in place, your car, home, and investment portfolio may be used to satisfy a judgment in the plaintiff’s favor.

2. Legitimacy

[setting up an LLC] Becoming an LLC can attract new clientele by improving your professional reputation. Having the letters “LLC” next to your company name indicates you are serious about your business and are committed to providing clients with quality service. Additionally, many companies are using freelancers that operate under an LLC rather than hiring new employees.

3. Tax Benefits

Setting up an LLC provides you with a number of tax benefits, including simplified filings, the ability to select how you are taxed, larger contribution limits, and the option to lease personal assets to your corporation. The exact benefits will ultimately depend on your individual needs, goals, and business structure.

If you’re thinking about setting up an LLC, We The People of NY is the place to turn. Locally owned and operated with more than 12 years of experience, their affordable, high-quality legal service can assist you with a variety of matters, including divorce, bankruptcy, wills, power of attorney, and incorporating your company. Learn more about their business services online, or call (212) 633-2200 to speak with one of their knowledgeable and friendly people.

The holiday season is supposed to be one of merriment, but if you are struggling under a large debt, you may not find much cause to celebrate. However, as the New Year approaches, it is an ideal time to start your financial life anew without debt and a good forecast for the future. That is why many individuals who have a large amount of debt choose to file for bankruptcy in the beginning of the New Year.

A personal bankruptcy, while it may seem like that at first, is really not the end of the world. Bankruptcy gives many individuals and families the chance at a fresh start. While the road to financial recovery may be difficult, it is not impossible. It may mean learning how to budget properly, and avoiding credit cards or other monetary pitfalls that contributed to your financial problems in the first place.

The First Step

The first step is committing to the idea that when you file for bankruptcy, your financial situation will change. You must also realize that given time and effort, you will be better able to manage your finances and improve your future financial status.

The Second Step

The second step is figuring out which type of bankruptcy to file. There are different types and one may be more suited to your situation and needs than another. Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 are the most common forms of personal bankruptcy. Typically, these are filed when one needs to eliminate credit card debt, large medical bills, or another type of similar debt.

When You File

When you file for bankruptcy, you must also be sure that all necessary documents are provided and filled out correctly. If there are errors or missing information, the process could be delayed. At We the People, New York, our team can help you begin the process of filing for bankruptcy and ensure that all forms are accounted for and filled out properly. The more efficiently you file for bankruptcy, the sooner you can begin your debt free life and begin the road to recovery.

We the People, New York is located in a storefront at 233 W. 14th St. NY, NY 10011. Call 212-633-2200 for hours of operation, or just drop in. No Appointment is Necessary!  

Filing For Divorce is Stressful Enough—The Right Service Can Ease the Burden

We The People NYC - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When your debt obligations become impossible to meet and there are no other forms of debt relief available or appropriate, filing for bankruptcy may be your only alternative. Deciding whether or not to file for bankruptcy is one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make. But once you have made the decision, get timely and professional bankruptcy help.

A trusted legal document preparation service can be a useful resource when filing for bankruptcy. You can start the process to stop the threatening letters, the collection calls – and give yourself some time and a chance to start fresh and re-build your credit. 

These are some of the common questions regarding filing for bankruptcy: 

How long will it take for the creditors to stop calling? 

As soon as you start the process of filing for bankruptcy protection, your creditors are legally obligated to stop their collection efforts. Usually, the court mails a notice to all your creditors to inform them of your status. This can typically take a couple of weeks, after which the creditors should stop calling. 

What debt payments will you need to make? 

When you file for bankruptcy and it is approved, most of the debt you owe will be discharged and you won’t have to pay it. But it’s important to be aware that some debt may not go away. If you choose to keep your home you’ll still be responsible for mortgage, you will also be responsible for any money owed to the IRS, government guaranteed loans and child support. 

What assets will I still own? 

Most people tend to think that all their assets and valuables will be taken when they file for bankruptcy. That’s not really true. Exemptions on what you can and cannot keep after declaring bankruptcy will depend on your individual circumstances. Most people will find exemptions to let them keep what they own. Find a trustworthy bankruptcy help agency to provide you with the information to determine which assets you will be able keep after filing for bankruptcy. 

For more information on filing for bankruptcy in New York, contact We the People of NY. Call us at 212-633-2200 for expert bankruptcy help today.

Avoid a Contested Divorce by Divorce Mediation

We The People NYC - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

While recent U.S. Bankruptcy Court statistics indicate that Bankruptcy flings have dropped almost 15% for the 12 month period ending March 31,  many people are still having financial difficulties.  We are often asked if filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy will prevent them from obtaining credit cards or qualifying for a car loan or mortgage in the future.

Once your Bankruptcy case is completed and you get your formal  "discharge" of debts from the court, you cannot file for Bankruptcy again for another 8 years.  The credit card companies know this so are more willing to take a chance issuing new cards since whatever debts you take on will not be able to be discharged again for at least another 8 years.  Many customers tell us that their credit scores actually get better after the Bankruptcy process for exactly that reason (and the fact that you are starting out again debt free).

There are many Credit Repair and Debt Consolidation companies advertising how they can help you with your debts.  Many of these turn out to be a waste of money and many others are just scams so be very careful. 

We The People of NY is a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

We The People of NY Support Gay Marriage...and Divorce

We The People NYC - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Making the commitment to get married and spending the rest of your life with the person you love does not always result in living happily ever after. Obviously, same sex marriages face the same challenges as everyone else.

However, a same sex couple who marry in one state where it was legal and later move to another state where it is not recognized may not be able to get divorced in that new state.  Same sex marriage became legal in NY on July 24, 2011.  Therefore, same sex couples that were married elsewhere may get divorced in New York if they meet the residency requirements. Our office has already completed a number of same sex divorces. 

While making the decision to divorce a partner is always difficult, We The People of NY offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all of the LGBT community.  


We The People NYC - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Many people are still struggling in this tough economy. With layoffs and good jobs still hard to find, we have seen many people come in to start their own businesses. This might be the right time to start your own business or take your existing business to the next level by deciding to form a corporation or LLC.

There are a number of different types of business entities but the most common are the LLC (Limited Liability Company) or Subchapter "S" Corporation. Both of these create a separate legal entity that protects you from any personal liability (for any corporate debts or lawsuits). In addition there are tax benefits to operating as an LLC or Subchapter "S" Corporation

Forming a corporation or LLC also makes your business look more legitimate and professional.

If now is the time, we are the people.  You can call us at (212) 633-2200 or just stop in to get started.  We will do all the legal document preparation and can have your business incorporated within 2 business days.

Don't be fooled by others that may advertise a cheap price (such as LegalZoom) but charge you extra for services we provide for free and for things you don't even need.

We The People of NY provides honest, personal service you can trust.

5 Reasons to Review Your Will - Or Make One

We The People NYC - Saturday, May 04, 2013

Spring is the time to start switching things over for a new season and throwing out things you realize are outdated or that you will never use again. It is also the time that many people start planning a summer vacation.

One important thing people often overlook is updating (or making) their Will.

These are some of the reasons to review and update (or make) your Will:

  1. Divorce
  2. Remarriage
  3. Change in assets
  4. Children
  5. Death (or falling out) with someone named in your will

We The People can prepare a codicil (amendment) to your existing Will or prepare a new will in 2-3 business days and have the formal signing with witnesses and notary in our office. We make the process simple, fast, stress free and affordable.

We welcome you to call us or just stop in to our conveniently located storefront office.  No appointment is necessary.

Passport Photos

We The People NYC - Friday, April 12, 2013

We The People of NY now can take and print your Passport Photos while you wait.  We have added this service as a convenience to the community as our former neighbor that used to take photos, Memory Keeper, recently went out of business.  You may stop in to get your Passport Photos taken without an appointment. 

Is Bankruptcy An Option For Your Debts?

We The People NYC - Friday, March 15, 2013

Lately, there have been many TV commercials advertising debt consolidation services and Bankruptcy attorneys.  More than 1 million people filed for personal bankruptcy in 2012, largely due to the bad economy.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by creditors filling up your voice mail with collection calls, filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy might be the solution.

For most, the hardest part of filing for Bankruptcy is deciding whether or not to do so.  Bankruptcy is designed for those having financial difficulty and do not have the ability to pay their existing debts.  It is intended to give debtors a "fresh start."

New York (and all states) have laws that protect certain kinds of assets and property (such as household goods, clothing, money in qualified retirement plans, your car and even your home  - up to a certain value)

We The People of NY makes filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as affordable and painless as possible. We are a debt relief agency.  We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Valentine's Day and Divorce

We The People NYC - Saturday, February 09, 2013

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples will be exchanging gifts, going out to eat at nice restaurants or just spending time together as part of the special day. Some may even get engaged or married. However, many others will be going right to divorce lawyers to file for divorce.

According to a recent report by – a website offering professional profiles for both attorneys and other professions – filings for divorce typically increase significantly (often about 40%) around Valentine's Day.

There generally appears to be a few categories of people who file for divorce around Valentine's Day:

The first group of people are those who decided over the holidays and made getting a divorce one of their New Year's resolutions. For whatever reason, they have thus far failed to take the necessary steps to end their marriage but now have geared up to take action.

The second group are those whose marriages may be on the rocks and who are waiting for the outcome of Valentine's Day to determine whether or not they want to proceed with a divorce.  This is the last straw, so to speak.

If you are in either of these groups and would like to learn more about the divorce process, you should strongly consider speaking with the friendly, affordable, convenient legal document preparers at We The People of NY who will prepare all your divorce paperwork and walk with you through the process. Whether you need help getting a divorce with children or getting a divorce without children, you can call or stop in without an appointment for free information with no obligation.  We The People on NY provides personal service you can trust.

Legal Document Preparation Services New Website

We The People NYC - Monday, January 07, 2013

We The People of NY, a Legal Document Preparation company has just launched our new website.

We specialize in Divorce with kids and Divorce without kids, Bankruptcy, Incorporation, LLC's, Wills, and so much more.

Located within one block of 9 subway lines We The People of NY is easily accessible to all.

Contact us by calling 212-633-2200 or submitting an online form.

Our store hours are:

  • Monday:          10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday:         10am - 6pm
  • Wednesday:    10am - 7pm
  • Thursday:        10am - 6pm
  • Friday:            10am - 6pm
  • Saturday:        10am - 3pm
  • Sunday:          Closed

We look forward to helping you with your legal document preparation needs.