The Law Offices of Richard T. Haefeli, located in Westhampton Beach, NY, represents clients in legal matters relating to Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Zoning and Land Use and Municipal Law. Mr. Haefeli has established a client-focused law practice that provides thoughtful, knowledgeable legal services to clients after careful consideration of their needs.
Richard T. Haefeli has four decades of practicing law on eastern Long Island. He has worked with a variety of clients:
* developers and builders in land use, zoning and contract matters;
* homeowners wishing to buy, sell or improve their properties;
* individuals and couples making trust and estate plans;
* estate executors wanting probate and estate administration information;
* prospective and established business owners needing legal advice;
* property owners with land use problems;
* residential cooperatives in closings and other procedures and
* Village of Westhampton Beach in municipal matters.
An experienced litigator, Mr. Haefeli has been privileged to represent clients in all New York trial and appellate courts from the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeals. He has also represented clients in the Federal District Court, the Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to starting his own law firm in 1986, Mr. Haefeli first practiced law with the firm of Meyer and Wexler in Smithtown, N.Y. There he was involved in several significant criminal cases working with Leonard Wexler who later became a Federal District Court Judge. In the case of Kelly v. Johnson 425 U.S.238, Mr. Wexler and Mr. Haefeli appeared before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Haefeli served as Westhampton Beach Village Attorney under five mayors, developing his detailed knowledge of municipal law and procedures and of the details of the Village Code.When he was Village Attorney, he also litigated cases for the Village. An important case was the matter of Westhampton Beach Assoc. v. Incorporated Village of Westhampton Beach which established that the park fee in the amount of $776,307.00 was valid.
Mr. Haefeli received his J.D. from St. John’s University and his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University. He earned his B.A. in History from Providence College in Providence, R.I.
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