407 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 422-8769

Cerio Law Offices

Practice Areas

Business Law

Whether you are interested in starting a business or reviewing current business practices, the attorneys at Cerio Law Offices have the knowledge and resources required to assist you. We work closely with small and medium-sized businesses in relation to business formation, business and corporate tax issues, and business contracts. Additionally, we review franchise agreements and mergers and acquisitions, compliance with antitrust regulations, contractual obligations, and intellectual property rights. Our attorneys also assist business clients in litigation such as breach of contract, accounts receivable, and unfair business practices.
Business Formation, Contracts, and Litigation
At Cerio Law Offices, the business law attorneys counsel and represent clients in the formation of business entities including S-corporations, C-corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.
Our job is to help you establish a business, by being involved with the following:
 the development of articles of incorporation
 shareholder, organization and partnership agreements
 the expansion of bylaws
 indemnification issue
 establishment of company policies
 the development of effective personnel policies and employee handbooks

Legal Guidance for Businesses

As businesses grow and as time goes on, regulations and laws change. Therefore, in order to avoid liabilities, companies need legal guidance. But not every business can afford an in-house legal counsel. At the Cerio Law Offices, our business lawyers act as your legal counsel. We assist you by ensuring your company uses the best practices by reviewing current practices and assisting you in any legal changes.

Criminal Law

Being charged with a crime is a serious matter. Whether it is a violent crime, drug crime, alcohol crime, or sexual offense, the criminal attorneys at the Cerio Law Offices are here for you. Furthermore, if you are unfairly accused, over-charged, or have just gotten yourself into a bad situation, Tom Cerio and the attorneys at Cerio Law Offices will be there for you from start to finish.
We are dedicated to defending our clients when they are faced with the loss of their freedom, a possible criminal record, or an accumulation of points on their drivers’ licenses. You can expect the best defense, because our criminal defense lawyers are committed to protecting your rights.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you seek legal services as early as possible to better your case. It is our job to ensure that you get a fair result. Our team of dedicated legal professionals is available to help, providing you with legal representation in all areas of criminal defense.
If you have found yourself in a bad situation and need a criminal defense attorney, contact the Cerio Law Offices to discuss your case free.

Cyber Law

When firewalls fail to protect you, the cyber law attorneys at Cerio Law Offices will not. Cyber Law is a term regarding the legal issues in relation to computers, information devices, and other technologies. Whether you are the victim of cyber theft, cyber terrorism, cyber stalking, or identity fraud, the cyber crime lawyers at the Cerio Law Offices are here to defend you.
Cyber crimes are becoming more frequent because of the widespread use of the internet. People are experiencing harassment and threats via the internet, and also having personal or confidential information stolen. If you have been victimized by a cyber crime, the cyber crime attorneys at the Cerio Law Offices will assist you in getting what you deserve.
Contact the Cerio Law Offices for a consultation to discuss your case.

Divorce

Divorce is among the biggest challenges and life changes many people ever face. There are important decisions to be made, including personal, family, and financial decisions, and getting the right legal guidance can be imperative for your future.
If you are facing or considering a divorce or legal separation, contact the Syracuse divorce lawyers at the Cerio Law Offices. Our goal is to keep you well-informed throughout the process of a divorce. Many issues arise that can be a source for conflict, and Tom Cerio and the divorce attorneys at Cerio Law Offices will ensure you are given the information you need to make many difficult decisions.
Our firm handles all issues that may arise during a divorce, including:
 Property protection
 Assets and debts
 Child custody and visitation
 Spousal support
 Child support
 Domestic violence
 Guardianship
At the Cerio Law Offices, we understand that your divorce case is unique. Our attorneys will negotiate the best plan for you, and we will focus on compromising until both parties can reach an agreement.
To schedule a consultation with the divorce attorneys of the Cerio Law Offices, contact us today.

DWI/DUI

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) are serious charges and can affect your future if not handled properly. They can result in substantial fines, significant increases in insurance premiums, loss of your driver’s license, affect future employment and, in some cases, serving time in jail.
If you have been charged with a DWI or any alcohol related offense, do not hesitate in consulting a Syracuse DWI attorney. At the Cerio Law Offices, we understand the process of a DWI/DUI case. Our goal is to protect you to ensure that your rights are protected.
A DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) occurs if the blood alcohol content of the driver is between 0.05% and 0.08%. A first time offended can face imprisonment for up to 15 days, and the minimum fine is anywhere from $300 – $500. Furthermore, a conviction can result in the suspension of driving privileges for 90 days.
A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is considered 0.08% BAC, and is more serious than a DWAI. Driving privileges could be suspended for a minimum of 6 months. The minimum fine is $500, ranging all the way up to $1000, not including any applicable fees. The most extreme will face imprisonment for up to a year.
An Aggravated DWI is the newest and most extreme of the DWI laws. A person can be accused with an Aggravated DWI when they operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.18% or higher.
Don’t let a DWI ruin your life. Tom Cerio and the DWI lawyers are committed to helping you make the right decisions, even if you’ve already made wrong ones.
Contact the Cerio Law Offices today for a consultation to see how a DWI attorney can help you.

Estate Planning

Whether you are just starting a family or nearing retirement, it is important to have an estate plan. The purpose of an estate plan is to protect the assets that you’ve worked hard to earn, in case of a disability or death. Planning ahead for the security and well-being of your family can help you feel safe and secure.
At the Cerio Law Offices, we can help you transfer assets or set aside money for your family. Our estate planning lawyers work with accountants, financial planners, and tax experts when creating the best estate plan for you. We also work with the out-of-state adult children of elderly parents who need assistance in estate planning.
Determining What Works Best for You
The estate planning attorneys at the Cerio Law Offices advise and represent clients in regard to the following:
 Simple will
 Living will or healthcare directive
 Revocable and irrevocable trusts
 Special needs trusts
 Testamentary trusts
 Spendthrift trusts
 Continuity of business issues
 Guardianships and conservatorships
 Medicaid planning and elder care
 Probate administration

Medicaid Planning

Since Medicaid has a five year look-back penalty, it is important to promptly reallocate assets in order to avoid this penalty. The assets should be transferred through a trust or income distribution pool. If this fails to happen, you may be forced to sacrifice Medicaid coverage and spend down your assets. By keeping our clients educated, our estate planning attorneys can advise those in need of assistance with Medicaid planning.
To see how we can help you, contact an estate lawyer at the Cerio Law Offices today.

Family Law

At the Cerio Law Offices, we understand that the process of family disputes is a difficult and trying time. It can be an extremely complicated and emotional time in a person’s life, and our goal is to support and guide you through these difficult matters. The family law lawyers will gladly address your legal needs and alleviate the stress that family law issues may create for you.
Our Syracuse family law attorneys will provide you with experienced and compassionate representation in all matters of family law, such as:
 Divorce
 Separation
 Annulment
 Adoptions
 Child support issues
 Custody issues
 Visitation issues
 Domestic violence matters
 Orders of protection
 Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s)
 Post-divorce enforcement and modification
 Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial agreements
 Domestic relations matter
 Family court
 Division of assets & liabilities
To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact the Cerio Law Offices today.

Fraud

Health Care Proxy

Law Guardian

A law guardian is appointed to a case in which there are children involved. The role of a law guardian is to provide an unbiased view of what is in the child’s best interest, based on their wants and needs. This sometimes is difficult, especially when two parents are involved with different intentions and agendas. However, the ultimate goal of the law guardian is to reach an agreement with the parents and court.
In a case which concerns the best interest of a child that is involved, the Syracuse law guardians will serve as the children’s advocate. The primary law guardian at the Cerio Law Offices is Attorney Julie Cerio, who is committed to the best outcome on behalf of the children.
To schedule an appointment and discuss your case, contact the Cerio Law Offices today.

Litigation Support

Malpractice

You assume that you are able to trust your doctors. However, some health care providers fail to provide the expected standard of care through their mistakes, ignorance, negligence, lack of skill, and misdiagnosis. Serious injury or even death can sometimes occur as a result of a medical error. This includes a physician, nurse, or any other health care provider.
At the Cerio Law Offices, our medical malpractice attorneys have the experience you rely on to handle the complicated issues that arise in medical malpractice cases. We are dedicated to assessing cases of all kinds, such as:
 delayed or improper diagnosis
 negligence in providing care or treatment
 improperly filled prescriptions
 birth defects or injuries
 negligently performed surgical procedures
 wrongful death
If you are the victim of any type of medical malpractice, don’t wait to contact the Cerio Law Offices to discuss your case.

Municipal Law

Municipal Law is a mixture of ordinances, regulations, bylaws and decisions that govern a municipality. A municipality is a city, town, or local government unit formed by the state. Its purpose is to govern local affairs such as zoning, the delivery of services such as water and police protection, and the administration of local departments, such as the school system.
Cerio Law Offices represents towns, villages, schools, and other public and entities throughout Central New York. The firm’s municipal lawyers are dedicated and experienced to provide you with legal guidance in areas such as:
 labor and employment law
 public finance law
 zoning and land use
 environmental law
 general municipal law
 construction projects
 litigation and litigation avoidance
Contact the municipal attorneys at Cerio Law Offices today for more information.

Personal Injury

At the Cerio Law Offices, we understand how extensive the cost of a personal injury can be. Insurance companies can be misleading, so don’t accept a settlement without first seeking the advice of an experienced attorney. Our attorneys will determine the financial impact of an accident on our client through consultations with medical experts and life care planners. We take into account future medical treatment, in-home nursing care, physical therapy, medical equipment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our goal is to protect your rights when you’ve been injured.
The Cerio Law Offices represents clients in regard to the following:
 Car accidents
 Motorcycle accidents
 Pedestrian knockdowns
 Bicycle accidents
 Defective products
 Premises liability
 Construction site accidents
To schedule an appointment and discuss your case, contact a personal injury attorney at the Cerio Law Offices today.

Power of Attorney

Product Liability

Real Estate Law

Whether you are buying or selling a home, developing real estate, or investing in a commercial real estateventure, it is a significant investment. At the Cerio Law offices, we ensure that you are protected from both legal and financial liability. By working directly with real estate developers, investors, zoning committees, condominium boards, and home owners, we are able to acquire all the necessary paperwork, documentation, financing, title and deed records, and insurance requirements. Our real estate lawyers represent our clients in disputes that occur in the event of the sale of a home. With problems like asbestos and water leakage, our clients know that they are protected through litigation and our preparedness to respond.
Residential Real Estate
The real estate attorneys at the Cerio Law Offices work closely with home buyers, sellers, and condominium boards involving residential estate issues. Through careful research, we evaluate contracts, review financial terms, and help with indemnification issues. We work to advise our clients with legal advice with home inspections, terms that mandate mediation or arbitration, and determine the enforceability of community covenants.
Commercial Real Estate
Over the course of a commercial real estate project, our attorneys form consultative relationships with clients, addressing legal issues as they arise. We prepare all constitutional and legal motions regarding abandoned, under-utilized property to prepare for commercial real estate development.
Developers and Communities
Our attorneys are prepared for communities to voice concern over the impact of commercial real estate on their community. We represent developers in meetings and in interactions with community leaders, and will help you address all concerns reducing the probability for confrontation and delays.
Why work with a Real Estate Attorney?
Real estate agents have a financial motivation – if your deal falls through, they won’t get their commission. Their goal is to make sure your deal is finalized, regardless if there could be potential problems. Conversely, real estate attorneys at the Cerio Law Offices do not get paid a commission. Our main interest is to defend your legal and financial benefits. We are always on your side to guarantee you are hearing the truth and are being treated with the respect you deserve.

Traffic Tickets

A traffic violation may not seem like a serious offense, but it could have some serious consequences. At the Cerio Law Offices, our traffic violations attorneys will work to get your traffic offences reduced or dismissed whenever possible. Our goal is to protect your freedoms and keep your driver’s license.
Why have an attorney for traffic violations?
There are two main reasons to have an attorney for traffic violations: points and insurance.
If you get a traffic ticket and plead guilty, the DMV will assign you a certain number of points which go on your driving record. If you reach a certain number of points, the DMV will revoke your license. With an experienced attorney on your side, you have a better chance of reducing the number of points on your record.
When you get a traffic ticket, your auto insurance rate may increase. If you have a bad record, not only is your insurance more expensive, but your insurance company can actually cancel your policy.
At Cerio Law Offices, you will be represented in the towns and villages of Central New York. We will defend you on any of the following traffic offenses:
 Speeding ticket
 Cell phone ticket
 Stop sign/red light ticket
 Failure to signal
 No insurance
 Improper turn ticket
 Driver’s license suspension or revocation
 Commercial license
 Suspended Registration
 Driving on Suspended License
 Road rage
 Hit and run
 Negligent driving, careless driving, or reckless driving
It is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible, so contact the Cerio Law Offices today to discuss your case.

Trusts

In order to establish a trust, a trustee must be selected. There are generally two types of trustees:private/family trustees and corporate trustees. A private or family trustee may cost less than a corporate trustee; however, they are not usually bonded or insured. Therefore if a trust is mismanaged, the beneficiary may not recover what was lost. A corporate trustee is usually a financial institution that may be more expensive, and offers little flexibility in responding to the needs of the beneficiary. But a corporate trustee is almost always bonded and insured.
At Cerio Law Offices, we can help you choose a trustee that makes the most sense for you. Contact us today to see what our trusts lawyers can do for you.

Wills

Zoning Law