Born: New York, N.Y.
Admitted: 1992, New York and New Jersey
Education: Pace University, J.D., 1992, Union College, B.A., English, 1989; Certificate in Construction Management from NYU, June 2011; FINRA Securities Industry Essentials Exam, February 2021
Practice Areas: As a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, Ms. Helfand handles all areas of family law including but not limited to custody, alimony, child support, complex financial cases, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence matters. Tanya Helfand is a qualified mediator and certified collaborative divorce lawyer. She also handles guardianships and consumer and small business bankruptcies, Chapter 7 & 13.
Membership: Morris County Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association.
Experience: Tanya represents both men and women zealously in family law matters. She has experience working with individuals in real estate, the entertainment industry, bankers, stock brokers, attorney, physicians and manufacturers.
Biography: Tanya Helfand opened her first office in 1997 in Rockaway and then a second office in Livingston in 2007. In September 2010, the offices were consolidated to a larger location in Whippany on Route 10 to accommodate clients in both locations. She currently has a satellite office in Paramus as the office handles many cases in Bergen County. Ms. Helfand is also of counsel at the law office of Borstein & Sheinbaum located at 420 Lexingston Avenue, New York City, New York.
With 28 years of legal experience, Ms. Helfand focuses her practice in the area of Family Law. Ms. Helfand is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney. Ms. Helfand has successfully represented both men and women with complex custody and financial matters through negotiation as well as trial through conclusion. Settlement is best, but sometimes pursuing the matter in Court is necessary. Ms. Helfand is on the Superior Court’s Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel in Morris and Essex Counties. In this capacity, she has successfully provided settlement recommendations to couples who have been litigating for an extended period of time, (often over a year). She is also referred by the Courts as an economic mediator. She was a member of the Matrimonial Inn of Court in Northern New Jersey. She is direct and practical, and will always try to negotiate or mediate your matter first to resolve the case amicably; however, if you cannot obtain a fair and reasonable settlement outside of Court, Ms. Helfand and her staff are prepared to properly defend you through the conclusion of the matter.
Ms. Helfand handles bankruptcy matters including Chapter 7 & 13. She handles adversary proceedings in Bankruptcy Court relative to divorce matters. Ms. Helfand was a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court in Northern New Jersey. Ms. Helfand also handles guardianships. For several years, the Morris County Surrogate has appointed Ms. Helfand as independent counsel in guardianship matters, performing investigations and representing the incompetent individual.
Ms. Helfand has an extensive business background, which is extremely helpful with all the areas of her practice. Prior to opening her office, she owned retail businesses and has helped many professionals with their practices.
Also, before opening her own firm, Ms. Helfand worked as an associate at the law office of Herman Osofsky, Esq. in Passaic County. Mr. Osofsky is now of Counsel at the firm for more than five years.
Ms. Helfand is on the Board of the Jewish Law Symposium. She is an active supporter of Jewish Family Services and the Rachel Coalition. She won the Brava Award for Top Female CEOs in 2016, and the 2020 25 Leading Women in Business in New Jersey. She has also been nominated and selected to SuperLawyers for the last five years in a row. She is also an author. She speaks on the subjects of divorce and Bankruptcy throughout New Jersey. She wrote a weekly column for Desi Talk, a newspaper focusing on the Asian community. She is on the Essex County District VC Fee Arbitration Committee.