Your lawyer cannot settle any action without your consent. Your lawyer is required to register his address with the NY State Court system. If your case was in court, then you can check those records to determine what happened with your case.
Once you obtain a private attorney, the prosecution is required to share such information with him or her.
The public defender cannot force you into any plea that you do not wish to take, but they usually have limited time for your case (most are excellent attorneys, but have so many clients that they cannot devote as much time to one client as a private attorney).
Consult with a private attorney regarding your case. Many good ones are active on this site.
Follow Mr. Rothstein's link, but you will likely find the forms to be messy and possibly overwhelming.
Just as I can fix a problem in my home/apartment, it may be better for me to pay someone to do it. There are numerous factors that must be considered before you can even determine if going it alone is worth the risk: marital assets, the amount of debt and whose name it is in, physical property, spousal maintenance, child support, your financial circumstances, your spouse's finances, tax...
The attorney fees may vary, but at minimum the court costs will be $335.00. This is for the purchase of the index number (210), filing of the Note of Issue and RJI (125).
If you do not required a separation agreement, then you may only incur attorney fees of 1000 to 3000 dollars.
You can call the Suffolk County Bar Association at 631-234-5511 for a recommendation on a local attorney who practices Matrimonial Law.
If you retain an attorney, they may file a motion with the court wherein your husband is required to pay your attorney's fees and/or make payments for your support during the proceeding. This would depend on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, respective incomes, etc..
Both answers before are correct, but for your own sake, you might want to check out the mortgage or if there are any liens on the property before you start, as the home can only be transferred subject to those being paid off or assumed by someone else.
She should receive interest if there was a judgment in place. If your girlfriend was seeking this Support for over five years and filed enforcement actions, it is highly likely that there are judgments in place.
I agree that this should have been covered as part of your divorce. Yes, you will have to pay the taxes and costs of closing, but first retain an attorney to at least examine the divorce to determine if there are provisions regarding the sale / buyout.