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Firm Profile

Wapner, Koplovitz & Futerfas, PLLC was initially formed in 1970 under the name of Wapner & Koplovitz. It is one of the oldest continuing law partnerships in Ulster County.

The firm consists of two partners, Joshua Koplowitz and Rod Futerfas; and an "of counsel" attorney, Rachel L. Cavell.

Founding partner Jerry Wapner retired from the practice of law in 2013.



Areas of Practice
  • Matrimonial, Family Law, Interstate Child Custody & Support, Adoptions, and Mediation
  • Real Estate, Municipal Law, Zoning Law, Condemnation, Business Law, Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
  • Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Surrogate's Court Practice, Decedent's Estates, Guardianships
  • General Civil Practice, Personal Injury, Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations, Creditor's Rights, Landlord/ Tenant Law, Guardianships, Appellate Practice

  • Areas of Practice, Described

    Civil Litigation: Representing clients in the prosecution and defense of general civil litigation in state court. Civil litigation includes all disputes that are formally submitted to a court, about any subject in which one party is claimed to have committed a wrong, but not a crime.

    As a "general practice" firm we are frequently called upon to handle a wide variety of issues including everything from simple to complex contracts to a motor vehicle accident.

    The firm also practices not-for-profit law and is counsel to a number of arts, religious and charitable organizations, as well as advising clients in their "for profit" business activities.

    Municipal Law: Rod Futerfas presently represents the Town of Woodstock and has done so since 1979. He has also acted as Town Attorney and Special Counsel for the Town of Ulster, the Town of Rochester and the Town of Denning. He advises the towns on a wide range of matters including zoning, planning, code enforcement issues as well as contractual issues.

    Real Estate Law: In addition to the traditional residential house and business acquisition closings, Rod Futerfas represents a large number of institutional lenders who provide mortgage financing for house purchases. He also handles real estate litigation covering such areas as boundary line and quiet title proceedings. He regularly accepts referrals on such technical matters from other practitioners.

    Rachel Cavell handles real estate matters out of our Kingston office and her Rhinebeck office.

    Adoptions: Rod Futerfas handles domestic, foreign and interstate adoptions and has represented both natural and adoptive parents throughout the adoption process.

    Matrimonial Law: Representing clients in negotiating separation agreements as well as pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements, and also representing them in contested and uncontested divorce actions. Josh Koplovitz has been practicing in this area for over 40 years.

    Family Law: Representing clients in the New York Family Court, including custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support.


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