Practice Areas

The law firm of Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller, located in Ithaca, New York, serves individuals and businesses in Ithaca, NY, and throughout the area, including Tompkins, Corning, Steuben, Chemung, Broome, and Tioga counties. We are a full service law firm, handling legal matters in the following areas:

Criminal Defense

You need legal help immediately. An aggressive criminal defense attorney can do much to protect your legal rights and minimize the negative consequences of a criminal charge. The state has tremendous resources to try to convict you. You need a vigorous advocate on your side. We defend individuals accused of crimes, whether state or federal, misdemeanor or felony, including homicide, assault, drug charges, and white collar crime. We are proud of our reputation as being among Ithaca's leading criminal defense lawyers. We will be with you every step of the way.

Don't go it alone - there's too much at stake. Call (607) 273-5475 today.

DWAI / DWI

You thought it would never happen to you - now you've been charged with drunk driving. As you know, the consequences can be very serious - loss of your driver's license, fines, increased auto insurance rates, and possibly time in jail. This is a good time to have an experienced, aggressive DUI attorney on your side. If you have been charged with DUI, call Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller at (607) 273-5475 and find out your rights.

Personal Injury / Auto Accidents

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller represent people who have been injured, and the families of people killed, due to the negligence or recklessness of others. We can help you get just compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We have extensive experience in investigating and evaluating cases, negotiating with insurance companies, and, when necessary, aggressively taking cases to trial.

We handle auto accident and other personal injury cases that arise in Ithaca and surrounding areas, including car accidents, truck collisions, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, premises liability, products liability, and wrongful death. Call (607) 273-5475 for a free consultation. We take personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis - there is no attorney's fee unless you win your case.

Divorce & Family Law

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller handles all aspects of divorce and family law, including:

  • Divorce & Uncontested Divorce
  • Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Modification of Alimony, Child Support, Custody, & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence / Restraining Orders

Our attorneys understand that this can be a very stressful time, and work to make you as comfortable as possible with the legal process by answering all your questions, listening to your concerns, and keeping you well informed.

Wills, Estate Planning, & Probate

Do you need a simple will? Or do you have a complicated situation that requires some thoughtful planning? Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller provides a full range of services in estate planning and probate. We will assist you in the planning process itself and will prepare all necessary documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and related documents. We also handle the probate of estates, from the simplest to the most complex. Our probate practice includes litigation involving such matters as will contests and challenges to the validity of provisions in a will.

Elder Law

Elder law encompasses a variety of legal issues that may arise as we age. In addition to estate planning (see Wills, Estate Planning, & Probate), these issues may include Medicaid planning, disability planning (including planning for delegation of financial management and healthcare decisions to a spouse or another in case of incapacity or incompetency; for example, by use of durable powers of attorney, trusts, "living wills," conservatorships, or guardianships), and long term care and nursing home issues (including preserving assets to avoid impoverishment if a spouse must enter a nursing home).

Landlord / Tenant Law

We advise and represent both landlords and tenants on matters concerning apartment, room, house, and commercial rentals, including evictions and shutoffs and lease negotiation, drafting, and termination. We can advise you on the rights of both landlords and tenants, and help to resolve difficult situations in the most cost-effective and timely manner.

Real Estate Law

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller provides a full range of real estate services. We represent some of the largest developers in the Ithaca, New York, area, and we also represent individuals buying or selling a home. We handle purchase and sale agreements, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, title examinations, quiet title actions, and closings. We also have extensive experience in all types of litigation involving real estate.

Land Use & Zoning

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller handles all kinds of land use and zoning issues for both residential and commercial clients. We deal with developments, environmental impact statements, and building code enforcement issues. We represent land use and zoning clients before administrative agencies as well as in the courts.

Bankruptcy & Debtor / Creditor Law

Are you facing overwhelming debt?  Is your business having a hard time meeting the payroll? Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller represents both individuals and business clients in all stages of consumer and business bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13. Federal bankruptcy relief can stop foreclosures, repossessions, IRS wage levies and garnishments, creditors' collection efforts and harassment, and lawsuits. If you or your business are experiencing serious financial difficulties, call us at (607) 273-5475 to explore your options.

Business & Commercial Law

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller advises and assists businesses on all types of legal matters, including business formation, incorporation (both profit and nonprofit), purchase and sale agreements, leases, real estate transactions, loan agreements, employment contracts, secured transactions, risk management, reorganization, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business successions, shareholders' rights, sale of the business, and dissolution. When disputes arise, we vigorously represent our clients both in and out of court.

Litigation & Appeals

A large portion of our practice involves litigation, both criminal and civil, at all levels of state and federal court. Our work in litigation includes contract disputes, employment issues, medical malpractice claims, divorce and family law, personal injury claims, criminal defense, real estate law, business and commercial matters, and probate and estate matters. We are proud of our reputation for aggressive, competent representation in and out of court, and our record of success for our clients.

Holmberg, Galbraith, Van Houten & Miller
Attorneys At Law
200 East Buffalo Street, Suite 502
Ithaca, New York 14850
Telephone: (607) 273-5475
Fax: (607) 272-4140
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