Chinese Insights on the Art of Listening
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Chinese Insights on the Art of Listening | Susan Ingram

{3:24 minutes to read}  During the holidays especially, we all seem to be doing more while at the same time finding less time and patience to accomplish what needs to be done. Our interactions and conversations with family, friends and others can end up being strained and less productive than usual. So I thought this was a good opportunity to re-introduce some concepts I’ve written about before on the subject of Active Listening.

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The Prophets of Profit: Uncovering Your Emotional Intelligence With Alexander Hamilton Dunlop
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The Prophets of Profit: Uncovering Your Emotional Intelligence With Alexander Hamilton Dunlop | Brian Califano

We were lucky to speak with perhaps our most enlightened guest to date, Alexander Hamilton Dunlop. Alexander is a Strategic Advisor, Guide and Life Coach who brings more than 20 years of professional coaching and consulting experience to his position as Founder and Director of the New York City-based Life Elevated.

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The Benefits of Getting an Attorney Involved Early in the Deal Process
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The Benefits of Getting an Attorney Involved Early in the Deal Process | Aimee B. Davis

{3:24 minutes to read} In October’s blog, Is a Letter of Intent Necessary in an M&A Transaction?, we suggested getting an attorney involved early in the deal process, even prior to finalizing a letter of intent. However, in transactions where there is no letter of intent, when is it appropriate to involve your attorney in the deal process?

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David’s Divorce Dictionary: Money
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David’s Divorce Dictionary: Money | David Kellem

David’s Divorce Dictionary: M is for Money

Definition: In divorce, the word money means “something of which there is not enough.” Based on my observations, the typical middle class family of four in eastern Massachusetts spends around $135,000 per year, after taxes, on a basic family budget:
  • Mortgage or Rent is about $30,000 per year;
  • Utilities and Heat are about $5,100 per year;

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Urgent Creditor Alert: Significant Changes to Bankruptcy Rule 3002 Effective December 1, 2017
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Urgent Creditor Alert: Significant Changes to Bankruptcy Rule 3002 Effective December 1, 2017 | Michael L. Moskowitz

By Michael L. Moskowitz and Melissa A. Guseynov Creditors beware: changes are afoot and attention must be paid to these changes or your rights in bankruptcy may be prejudiced. We have previously written about the practices and procedures required under Rule 3002 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“Bankruptcy Rules”). However, as of December 1, 2017, certain revisions to Bankruptcy Rule 3002 will both require secured creditors to file proofs of claim and substantially reduce the amount of time provided to creditors to file a proof of claim in Chapters 7, 12 and 13 bankruptcy cases.

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Pathology Pointing: Why it Doesn’t Work in Divorce
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What is the difference between Pollyannaism and a Balanced Realism Approach? {4:36 minutes to read} Pathology Pointing Our western medical model is pathology-based; our biology is organized around identifying problems. Evolutionarily, problems = danger. But could there be usefulness to hanging out in what is working? This takes a kind of courage — perhaps to overcome some fear that issues will get bigger or take over if you don’t keep watch over them. Who will do the worrying if I take a nap?

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Why Online-Only Marketing is Not Enough for Professional Services
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Why Online-Only Marketing is Not Enough for Professional Services | Mark Bullock

{2:35 minutes to read} Blogging, newsletters, and social media engagement are a critical part of building your Branded Expert status. These tools can do wonders to help expand your reach and keep you on the radar screens of those that are already familiar with you, as well as past and potential new clients.

This is important, because the majority of new business has, and always will, result from referrals.

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Current State of Restrictive Covenants Under New York Law
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Current State of Restrictive Covenants Under New York Law | Richard Friedman

The Basics: What is a Restrictive Covenant?

As is well known, many employers include provisions in employment and severance agreements which are designed to limit former employees’ actions after the employment relationship has ceased. A restrictive covenant is a contractual provision restricting the activities of a former employee or agent or the former owner of a company for a fixed period after the cessation of the employment relationship or after the sale of the company in order to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests.

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The Prophets of Profit: Small Business Champion, Nina Kaufman
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The Prophets of Profit: Small Business Champion, Nina Kaufman | Brian Califano

We were glad to sit down with small business champion and not-your-ordinary business lawyer, Nina Kaufman. Forbes Magazine calls Kaufman “One of the 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship.” The U.S. Small Business Administration named her their regional Women in Business Champion of the Year. In over 15 years in business, Nina has helped thousands of entrepreneurs generate hundreds of millions of dollars.

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One Man’s ADA Troll is Another Man’s Civil Rights Activist
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One Man’s ADA Troll is Another Man’s Civil Rights Activist | Andrew Weltchek

No one likes getting sued. Period. And if you think the plaintiffs are just pursuing a hustle it can make you even angrier. That’s how restaurant owners and landlords often feel about being sued by disabled plaintiffs — especially if they are serial plaintiffs. That is, if they’ve sued other restaurants — and gotten their legal fees paid by the defendants — because the front steps are too high, or the bathroom is downstairs, or the tables are too low, or whatever violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Giving Your Children the Gift of Peace for the Holidays
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Giving Your Children the Gift of Peace for the Holidays | Jeff Zimmerman

The holidays are stressful for families—and stress does not discriminate. It applies to families of all shapes and sizes including those that are intact, separated, or divorced. For families that have the additional challenge of recent divorce or separation, the first holiday season can be very difficult to navigate—there can, and probably will be, significant differences from what the children, and their parents, are used to (especially if the holidays are not celebrated together).

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How Long Does Mediation Take?
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How Long Does Mediation Take? | Susan Ingram

{3:18 minutes to read} When I first meet with my clients, they often ask me how long the divorce mediation process will take. My answer is: it depends. In reality, it depends on any number of different factors, such as:

  • How complex their issues are;
  • Whether they have children or not;
  • Whether they’re both “on the same page” as to the end of their relationship; and/or
  • Whether they’re waiting for certain events to occur (such as the sale of a home) before finalizing their arrangements.

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How Can a CSA Help Seniors and Their Families?
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{2:45 minutes to read} I began New York Financial Organizers in January of 2015. During the previous four months, I explored the world of geriatric services, joining a wonderful organization, the Orion Research Group, as an exploratory member. Many other members suggested that I become a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).

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Preserving Your Parental Relationship through Mediation
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Preserving Your Parental Relationship through Mediation | Jennifer Safian

{3:54 minutes to read} Brad and his wife Claire had decided to divorce, and Brad paid his attorney a large retainer to file the divorce action. But when he told his wife, she proposed they resolve their divorce through mediation. Brad called me and was wondering whether they could come to mediation even though he had already filed. I told him he could. (See my two previous articles: Do We File for Divorce Before Starting Mediation? and Filing the Divorce Action)

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Why Thanksgiving Matters (and It’s Not About the Turkey)
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Why Thanksgiving Matters (and It’s Not About the Turkey) | Eileen Coen

Today I want to share a special gift.

Actually, some might call it “re-gifting” but I call it “paying it forward.”

Here is The Thanksgiving Reader, written by Seth Godin and freely distributed to thousands, maybe millions of people. Seth is one of my favorite bloggers, a best-selling author and prolific writer about leadership and doing work that matters.

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Ungrateful and Pissed Off? A Curmudgeon’s Survival Guide for Thanksgiving
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Ungrateful and Pissed Off? A Curmudgeon’s Survival Guide for Thanksgiving | Rachel Alexander

{6:00 minutes to read} Don’t look now, but here comes Thanksgiving! When you are already in survival mode, a holiday can add insult to injury. If you are bracing for the holidays as a newly divorced family, maybe spending your first Thanksgiving without your kids or extended family, “celebrating” anything can seem absurd. Forced festivities can increase the sense of what’s missing and highlight not only what you are not grateful for, but what you’re actually pretty pissed off about.

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The Prophets of Profit: Most of the People You Need are Already in Your Network with Judy Robinett
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We’re honored to have had the chance to speak with “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” Super Connector, Judy Robinett, has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader. Author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits, Judy has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, VentureBeat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

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What is the Difference Between Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting?
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What is the Difference Between Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting? | Susan Ingram

{3:12 minutes to read} There are two basic concepts that describe the way in which parents raise their children following a divorce. These approaches are significantly different, and in fact, are at opposite ends of the parenting spectrum. One approach is referred to as Cooperative Parenting and the other as Parallel Parenting.

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Why Schedule a Mediation Consultation?
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Why Schedule a Mediation Consultation? | Ada Hasloecher

{3:30 minutes to read}  There is no doubt that mediation is a lot less costly than litigation in every way – financially, emotionally and time-wise. The three main reasons people choose mediation are:

  1. They want to do things as amicably as possible;
  2. They want to do what is in the best interest of their children; and
  3. They want to save money.

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Weltman & Moskowitz Forms Strategic Alliance with Chuhak & Tecson
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Weltman & Moskowitz Forms Strategic Alliance with Chuhak & Tecson | Michael L. Moskowitz

Founding partners Richard E. Weltman and Michael L. Moskowitz are pleased to announce that effective May 15, 2017, the attorneys at Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP have become Counsel to the Chicago-based Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. law firm. This alliance allows both firms to develop new relationships and to expand Chuhak & Tecson’s presence in New York and New Jersey. Both firms remain independent.

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The Prophets of Profit: Making A Global Impact With Shimmy Mehta
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The Prophets of Profit: Making A Global Impact With Shimmy Mehta | Brian Califano

It is fitting that, as we begin to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we share our conversation with successful philanthropist, Shimmy Mehta, founder of Angelwish. Angelwish is a digital nonprofit that provides an accessible way to grant wishes to millions of children who suffer from chronic illnesses. Below are some highlights from our conversation in which Shimmy takes us behind the scenes of his incredible charity and discusses the global importance of paying it forward.

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Why Do I Have to Pay My Neighbor to be Able to Work on My Building?
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Why Do I Have to Pay My Neighbor to be Able to Work on My Building? | Andrew Weltchek

Because he can’t stop you from setting up your scaffold on his property, if that’s the only way to finish your job. It’s a trade-off. This is New York City, after all. Sometimes—in fact lots of times— the only way to work on your building is to set up on your neighbor’s property.

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