Joseph J. Tock

Joseph J. Tock


Firm Overview

If you have been injured in an accident or charged with a criminal offense, worries about the future may be intense. If you are preparing for a major transaction, confronting an estate matter or need legal counsel for your business, having an engaged, highly experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in the outcome.

Individuals and families across the spectrum of life in Putnam County, Westchester County and Dutchess County, New York, know where to go with all of these issues. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock, you can count on straight talk with genuine compassion. You will work out a strategy directly with a lawyer who knows the system one who will put your interests first.

The Counsel You Need To Make Confident Decisions And Resolve Legal Problems

For more than 23 years, individuals and families have been turning to our law firm for the guidance and advocacy they need in challenging times. Our lawyers and staff engage with clients and take the time to understand their needs. Our established areas of strength include:

-Results-driven criminal defense representation for people charged with DWI, drug crimes, sexual offenses and other offenses
-Personal injury representation after automobile accidents and other traumatic, life-altering events
-Comprehensive services to complete real estate transactions and address other real estate law concerns
-Estate administration and litigation, from estate planning through probate
-Business law counsel ranging from startup and formation assistance to ongoing consulting and dispute resolution

Immersed In Our Community Known For Legal Skill And Integrity

Our principal attorney Joseph J. Tock has been an active community leader in Mahopac for decades. His contributions have supported education, business development, youth athletics, health services and many other worthy causes. This level of commitment is the hallmark of our legal practice as well, as evidenced in numerous heartfelt testimonials from loyal clients. If you need a Mahopac criminal law attorney or trustworthy legal guidance in any other area community, we are here to help.

To make confident decisions about legal challenges, you need to know that your attorney has a track record of earning favorable results through rigorous preparation, adept negotiations and trial work. For a free case evaluation at a firm known for these qualities, we encourage you to call or email us anytime.
Main Office

Main Office
963 Route 6
Mahopac  NY  10541

  • 845-628-8080
Auto Accident
Car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes are unfortunately common on roadways in Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess counties. Although the risk is always there, no one expects to be involved in an automobile accident that causes serious injury or even a fatality. If you have been victimized by another driver's mistake, negligence, carelessness or recklessness, we are here to help.

You may be facing costly medical bills and a lengthy absence from work. You may even be dealing with a long-term disability or tragic family death that will change your life forever. However serious your situation and whatever your important concerns, attorney Joseph J. Tock will provide the legal advice and representation you need. He steps in to hold insurance companies accountable while accident victims focus on physical and emotional recovery.

After A Car Accident In Or Near Putnam County, Our Firm Is The Right Choice

At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock, we have helped people recover fair and just compensation in hundreds of auto accident cases. Mr. Tock has been practicing law for more than 30 years and he is widely respected for his knowledge, negotiating skills and ability to win at trial when that is what a personal injury or wrongful death case demands.

After any serious car, truck, van, SUV, pedestrian or bicycle accident, we will prioritize your case and your needs. Our firm's strengths include:

-Conducting prompt, thorough investigations to preserve evidence and prove fault and liability
-Involving highly qualified experts in accident reconstruction, health care, rehabilitation costs and economic projections to build compelling cases for our clients
-Locating and interpreting all applicable insurance coverage, including uninsured/underinsured (UI/UM/SUM) coverage, and any other sources of financial recovery
-Valuing personal injury and wrongful death cases accurately based on all relevant circumstances and applicable New York laws
-Negotiating assertively for favorable insurance settlements, taking claims into mediation, arbitration or court and providing zealous, highly effective trial advocacy
If you need a business attorney in Mahopac or any surrounding community, why not turn to one who has been named a Business Person of the Year by our Chamber of Commerce? Dozens of business owners rely on attorney Joseph J. Tock and our professional team for counsel from startup through expansion and every phase of operations.

Trusted Advisers For Startup And Ongoing Protection Of Your Business Interests

Simply put, Joseph J. Tock knows what it means to be a New York business owner from decades of personal experience. He builds lasting relationships with companies and their leaders through strong understanding of their everyday challenges, key decisions and legal considerations.

Our firm in Putnam County is an outstanding resource for entrepreneurs and businesses across all sectors. We can assist with:

-Selection of the optimal business structure and formation of the right entity for your startup venture, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or limited liability company (LLC)
-Conversion to a different business structure and entity as your company grows, as when it becomes advantageous to form a corporation or an LLC
-Drafting, review and negotiation of partnership agreements, commercial leases and other important business contracts
-Business succession planning and other aspects of estate law that are unique to owners of companies and professional practices
-Commercial real estate purchases and sales, along with mergers, acquisitions, business sale or dissolution and other major transactions
-Assessment of liability and risk management through the purchase of insurance coverage

Benefit From Many Decades Of Experience And A Team Approach

Mr. Tock and our highly experienced team answer the call when a client needs prompt legal advice. We work with top-quality professionals in accounting, business valuation, insurance and other specialized concerns nearly every day. When disputes arise, our clients know that they will be represented by a proven litigator determined to find the best path to resolution.

If you would like to work closely with a lawyer who is in tune with our business community, enthusiastically supportive of economic development and respected in area courts, call 845-208-5995 or contact us by email. We look forward to learning about your business and how we can help you accomplish your goals, beginning with a free consultation.
Commercial Real Estate
If you are preparing to buy, sell or lease business property in Putnam County, Westchester County or Dutchess County, our knowledge, experiences and connections to other professional resources will be invaluable assets. Our capabilities cover the full spectrum of transactions at all levels of complexity, whether they involve buildings, land for development or multi-use property.

A Full-Service Resource For Business Property Buyers And Sellers

Our law firm is a trusted community fixture in Mahopac. We know market dynamics and trends as well as all relevant New York real estate laws. Builders, developers and business owners across all sectors of commerce know that they can trust us to be aligned with their goals and protect their interests.

You can turn to the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock with confidence for guidance and representation in matters such as:

-A planned purchase or sale of any commercial building or other property in Putnam, Westchester or Dutchess County
-Drafting, review, negotiation or other requirements involving a commercial lease agreement, including advocacy to resolve any complex commercial leasing dispute
-Equally rigorous and effective counsel if you have concerns involving residential property in our area

Alignment With Your Goals Focused Protection Of Your Interests

Our seasoned real estate lawyers and professional staff have many decades of relevant experience. We have established an excellent reputation among banks and other commercial lenders. We have strong relationships with experts in valuation and appraisal, land use and other specialized fields. It all adds up to the proven ability to provide full-service representation for our clients in any residential or commercial real estate transaction.

Every real estate transaction is financially significant and carries some level of risk. It is essential for your attorney and legal team to understand your business objectives and do everything possible to minimize that risk. For a free consultation focused on your real estate-related concerns or other business concerns, contact us by telephone or email anytime.
Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a drug crime, sex crime, burglary, larceny, assault or any other serious offense, you have a lot on the line. If you are trying to help a family member through a very tough situation, the best step is to consult a proven lawyer who knows the court system inside-out as soon as you can.

Count On Prompt, Focused Attention To Your Case

Mahopac criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock will prioritize your case, investigate thoroughly and help you make sound decisions. Attorney Joseph J. Tock is a former Bronx prosecutor and a veteran of many criminal trials who will analyze all aspects of your case.

Our negotiating and trial experience covers the spectrum of criminal offenses that can impact your freedom, your reputation and nearly every aspect of your life. Having handled thousands of prior cases, we will work closely with you to find the best strategy to deal with:

-DWI/DUI charges at all levels of severity, including vehicular assaults and those faced by multiple-time offenders and charged as felonies
-Other vehicle and traffic violations such as reckless driving and driving under suspension
-Drug offenses ranging from marijuana possession to charges involving cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs or other controlled substances
-Sexual offenses, including possession of child pornography and other Internet offenses
-Juvenile crimes
-Domestic violence and other violent crime allegations such as assault and battery
-White collar financial crimes
-Property crimes such as theft, larceny and burglary
-Other felony and misdemeanor charges
-Parole and probation violations

We Emphasize Practical Guidance, Discretion And Results

We know that the towns in Putnam County, Westchester County and Dutchess County, New York, are generally small, tight-knit communities. The stress you may be feeling about people learning that you or a family member is facing criminal charges is understandable. You can trust our entire legal team to treat your case with great discretion.

There are many ways to resolve a criminal matter, and we know them all. Whether you know you made a mistake or believe that the police did, we will fight relentlessly and strategically to protect your future. Call 845-208-5995 or contact us via email now for your free consultation.
Proven Defense for DWI/DUI Crimes
If you seek focused and diligent representation for a driving while intoxicated charge in the Hudson Valley region, turn to the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock.

Our firm represents individuals from Putnam County and the surrounding communities who are facing DWI/DUI charges. Our attorneys have a proven reputation for aggressive yet ethical client representation and for striving for an optimal client outcome in every case.

Contact us to discuss your case in a free consultation.

We Know the Law

We have defended thousands of DWI/DUI cases. Our firm's founder, Joseph J. Tock, will tell you that he knows the rules of evidence as well he knows his New York Mets baseball.

Because we understand the law thoroughly in this area, we are scrupulous in the prompt gathering of relevant facts and supporting evidence. We know what is admissible and what is not, especially related to blood alcohol tests and breath tests. We know which experts are respected by the courts and seek to secure them immediately on your behalf.

We have developed a comprehensive and proven process for handling these cases. Few other law firms make the same investment in their DWI/DUI cases.

Our Concern Extends Beyond Your Case

We take the time to listen to you and understand how this arrest has affected your life. If your drunk driving charge is related to a substance abuse problem or addiction, we can provide assistance and give you direction to help you get your life back on track. We do not use a heavy hand, but we have a wide network of resources available to us (alcohol assessment and evaluation facilities, in-patient and out-patient programs) and can point you in the direction that best fits your situation.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you are facing a DWI/DUI charge, contact us to find out how an experienced criminal defense lawyer from our firm can help. We serve all individuals, including Yankee fans, in Mahopac and the surrounding communities.
Estate Planning
Our law firm in Mahopac is a go-to resource for your full range of estate law issues and needs. A highly experienced legal team will assess your specific situation and act promptly to deliver solutions, whether you need to draft your will, navigate the probate process or address an inheritance dispute.

Wills And Trusts Probate And Litigation Services

We work with certified public accountants, tax experts and other professionals as needed to protect our clients' interests and futures. Whether you have a family business and very substantial assets or a more modest estate, you can turn to the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock with confidence. No estate matter is too complex for our attorneys and staff. Our services include:

-Drafting wills and trusts, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and other essential estate planning documents that are tailored to clients' individual needs, legally sound and structured to prevent and withstand challenges
-Efficient, experienced navigation of the processes required in the probate courts of Putnam County, Westchester and Dutchess counties for individuals and families coping with the recent death of a loved one
-Comprehensive estate administration services, with emphasis on diligence, compassion and affordability to reduce the burden on grieving families
-Comprehensive guidance and advocacy for executors, heirs and beneficiaries to New York estates including adept negotiation or estate litigation if necessary when inheritance disputes arise

Complete Succession Planning Extensive Real Estate, Tax And Insurance Knowledge

Each year, hundreds of valued clients benefit from our knowledge of title concerns and other real estate laws, tax implications of various estate planning decisions and all kinds of insurance issues. Resourceful business succession planning is another established area of strength.

Our Mahopac estate administration lawyers and professional staff stand ready to help when you are thinking about your financial future or facing a problem with a contested will. Our immersion in our community and reputation for integrity will be important assets in this pivotal time. For your free initial consultation, call 845-208-5995 or contact us online.
Landlord and Tenant
Conflicts commonly arise between landlords and their tenants. Most of those disputes are related to lease agreements, late or missed payments and the general maintenance of the property. Whether you rent apartments, homes, retail space or commercial offices, you need qualified and experienced representation to safeguard your interests when a problem arises.

At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock, we have detailed knowledge of landlord/tenant law and real estate issues. Our attorneys can offer practical advice and confidently guide you in any disputes.

Representation for Commercial and Residential Landlords

We represent commercial and residential property owners and landlords in Putnam County and the surrounding communities with issues that include:

-Drafting, reviewing and enforcing lease agreements
-Settling rent disputes or other landlord/tenant conflicts
-Dealing with problem tenants and evictions

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Contact us to find out how an experienced lawyer from our firm can help you protect your property, rights and investments as a landlord. We have a convenient office location in Mahopac in Putnam County.
Personal Injury
In an instant, a car accident, a fall on dangerous property, an injury at work or another devastating event can alter anyone's life. Trying to recover while keeping up financially is a challenge no individual or family should face alone. You should have a caring, determined lawyer on your side to make certain you recover all available financial compensation.

Highly Experienced And Tenacious We Take Insurance Companies To Court

Mahopac personal injury lawyer Joseph J. Tock has helped thousands of people who were hurt through no fault of their own. When insurers deny claims and do not negotiate in good faith, our legal team in Putnam County takes personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits to trial.

Get The Caring, Personal Guidance And Representation You Deserve

You will receive personal attention and compassion when you turn to the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock. Your attorney will work closely with you and help you make solid, confident decisions. We do everything possible to prove liability and establish the total damages and costs our clients are facing after, for example:

-Automobile accidents ranging from rear-end and intersection collisions to head-on highway crashes, including those caused by intoxicated or distracted driving
-Motorcycle accidents, commercial truck accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents all of which typically cause extremely serious injuries
-Construction and other workplace accidents, which sometimes justify a lawsuit against a party other than the employer as well as a workers' compensation claim
-Dog bites and dog attacks
-Slip-and-fall accidents and other traumatic events caused by property owners' negligence and thus covered by New York premises liability laws

If we take your case, we will start building it for a possible trial from day one. We work with exceptional investigators, physicians and other experts to recover every dollar available for our clients. If no fair settlement can be reached, you will have an attorney on your side who is well-known and respected in the courts.

Free, No-Risk Consultation Call 845-208-5995 Or Reach Us Online

If you or a family member has been injured or you are involved in an insurance dispute contact us as soon as you can. We will provide a free initial consultation after any motor vehicle accident or other injury-causing event. We handle these matters on contingency, which means you will owe no attorney fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict that benefits you.
The days, weeks and months after a family member's passing are emotionally trying times. When your focus should be on memories of your loved one and keeping family close, many financial and practical concerns require attention as well. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock will provide compassion and sensitivity as well as assurance that your interests are protected.

Comprehensive Knowledge Of New York Estate Laws And Requirements

We have decades of experience serving as Mahopac probate lawyers for people with needs at all levels of complexity. You can turn to us with confidence for:

-Clear, practical advice and efficient handling of all matters associated with presenting the last will and testament, completing required notifications and filings, and other dealings with the appropriate New York surrogate's court
-Assistance with all aspects of asset distribution, including title transfers and other real estate concerns
-Guidance and skilled, determined advocacy should a will contest or any form of inheritance dispute arise

Our probate and estate administration clients include many trust executors, heirs and beneficiaries with complex financial concerns as well as families primarily focused on achieving the most orderly and timely settlement of a loved one's affairs possible. We are adept at preventing estate disputes, negotiating effectively to avoid their escalation and taking decisive action when they cannot be avoided.

Turn To A Legal Team Known For Strength, Efficiency And Integrity

Having drafted thousands of legally sound wills and trusts, our attorneys and staff are well equipped to anticipate issues that may arise during probate and estate administration. We know the applicable laws when someone has died without a will (intestate) and have the proven capability to favorably resolve conflicts over kinship, estate document validity, proper asset distribution and more.

We primarily assist clients with interests throughout Putnam County, Westchester County and southern Dutchess County. We will be glad to provide a free consultation focused on your legal needs in a time of great loss and grief. Call 845-208-5995 or contact the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock online to put our experience to work for you.
Real Estate
All transactions involving real property in New York are financially significant. Any number of complex issues can arise, making it essential to work with a lawyer who is knowledgeable, engaged and readily available to address all your concerns. Experience and reputation matter.

A Highly Regarded Resource For Real Estate Counsel, Closings And More

The professional team at the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock in Mahopac has many decades of experience completing efficient, problem-free residential and commercial closings throughout our service area. Many business owners and developers not only rely on our firm exclusively for their real estate needs they also recommend us without reservation to other potential clients. Our strengths include:

-Full-service counsel and representation for buyers and sellers who are pursuing either commercial real estate transactions or residential real estate transactions
-Commercial leasing services, including drafting, review and negotiation of lease agreements that serve our clients' interests
-Representation of landlords in landlord-tenant disputes that may require decisive action to enforce a lease or complete an eviction

Decades Of Experience A Reputation For Skill, Rigorous Attention To Detail And Integrity

Our valued clients range from many of our service area's finest builders and contractors to first-time homebuyers and families in need of real estate law counsel along with estate administration services. In all we do, we focus on providing the best client experience possible and real, tangible value.

If you need a proven, trustworthy real estate attorney in Putnam County, Westchester County or southern Dutchess County, we encourage you to contact our firm for a free consultation. Simply call 845-208-5995 or reach out to us online and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Traffic Tickets
Fighting Traffic Tickets in Putnam County and Beyond

A traffic ticket should not be viewed as a minor or unimportant charge. Such violations can adversely affect your driving record, your insurance rates and your driving rights. A violation can also put your commercial driver's license (CDL) at risk and affect your current and future employment opportunities.

At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock, we represent both local and out-of-state drivers who were pulled over in New York. Put our reputation and more than 30 years of trial experience and strong client advocacy to work for you. In many cases, we can appear in court on your behalf so that you do not need to be present. Contact us to discuss your case.

We Have Defended Thousands of Cases

Our attorneys have a proven and sustained record of successfully contesting traffic tickets, and we can defend you against a variety of charges, including:

-Reckless driving
-Driving with a suspended license
-Moving violations
-Weight and measurement violations
-Distracted driving (cell phone/texting)
-Other traffic tickets

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Contact us to find out how an experienced defense lawyer from our firm can help you fight your traffic ticket. We have a convenient office location in Mahopac in Putnam County.

Joseph Tock

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury/Negligence
Criminal Defense
Real Estate
Wills, Trusts & Estates
Small Business Law
Landlord/Tenant Law

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court, 2008

Professional Associations & Memberships:
American Association of Justice
American Bar Association
Bronx County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
Putnam County Bar Association
--Director 2000-Present
--President 2005-2006
Trial Lawyers Care
St. John's University of Law Criminal Law Institute Board of Governors (Founding Member)

Honors & Awards:
Business Person of the Year, The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, 2006

St. John's University School of Law
--Jamaica, New York, J.D. 1983
Honors: Accelerated Two and One-Half Year Program
Honors: St. Thomas More Scholarship for Legal Research
Honors: President, Student Bar Association

St. John's University
--Jamaica, New York
B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) 1981
Major: Criminal Justice
Honors: Dean's List, 1977-1981
Honors: Gold Key for Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice
  • St. John's University School of Law