What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?
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What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will? | Tom Sciacca

{Read in 7 minutes}  At various points during my blogging, I’ve written articles on what happens when you die with a Will, and what are some things that you should consider when writing a Will — particularly one that you do yourself. However, it may come as a surprise that the majority of New Yorkers die without a Will, or as we in the law say, they die intestate.

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New Tax Law: Changes to the Personal Exemption
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New Tax Law: Changes to the Personal Exemption | Susan Moussi

{1:47 minutes to read} In this installment of my series on the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I will examine the personal exemption.

The personal exemption for 2017 is a deduction of $4,050 per every dependent, including the taxpayer and the spouse. That personal exemption for 2018 through 2025 is going to be zero under the new tax law. The question may arise as to whether or not the dependency exemption for the children still needs to be addressed in a divorce. The short answer is yes. 

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The Interactive Website Dilemma
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The Interactive Website Dilemma | Chris McDonough

Most lawyers have websites. Most lawyers create those websites to solicit business for their firms. In my opinion, not having a website is a grave mistake for almost every lawyer. Even when clients are referred to you, I would bet that nine out of ten check your website before calling. If you are not on the web, you might as well be invisible.

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Siri Is Not a Mediator! (Neither Is Alexa!)
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Siri Is Not a Mediator! (Neither Is Alexa!) | Joy Rosenthal

Recently The New York Times reported about the formation of an online divorce service called “It’s Over Easy” (“Angelina Jolie’s Lawyer Now Offers Quickie Divorces Online,” by Amy Sohn, February 4, 2018). This service is essentially an online questionnaire that is filled out by one or both parties and creates the documents needed to divorce in California and New York, with plans to expand to a few other states. While the founder, Laura Wasser, is a celebrity lawyer, it is meant to appeal to couples who cannot afford the cost of lawyers or even mediation.

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Achieving Greatness: Developing the Confidence to Overcome Challenges
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Achieving Greatness: Developing the Confidence to Overcome Challenges | Aimee B. Davis

{3:24 minutes to read}  I have a client who started his own business last year. We recently had a conversation about the challenges he faces. While on some level, he “knew he could do it,” he expressed concern about the amount of time it might take him to develop an expertise in sales. The question arose, is it worth it to try to become an expert in developing new skills, or is it better to delegate where you feel lacking?

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The Prophets of Profit: Becoming a Sales Evangelist with Donald Kelly
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The Prophets of Profit: Becoming a Sales Evangelist with Donald Kelly | Brian Califano

Donald Kelly, “The Sales Evangelist,” is a sales trainer who has successfully taken his sales methodology and system and created a very successful podcast called The Sales Evangelist. Donald helps teach effective ways for salespeople and entrepreneurs to find more qualified prospects, close more deals, and make more money through motivating sales training, online courses, one-on-one coaching, workshops, seminars and dynamic keynote presentations.

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Lender’s Passive Response to Debtor’s Inquiry Not an Attempt to Collect a Debt, Nor a Post-Discharge Violation of the Bankruptcy Discharge Injunction
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Lender's Passive Response to Debtor's Inquiry Not an Attempt to Collect a Debt, Nor a Post-Discharge Violation of the Bankruptcy Discharge Injunction | Michael L. Moskowitz

By Michael L. Moskowitz and Michele K. Jaspan A familiar scenario which Credit Unions and other lenders face is when their borrower obtains a discharge in bankruptcy, but still wishes to maintain a banking relationship with lender rather than try and obtain credit with a different institution. It is also common for Credit Union membership agreements to include standard verbiage that if the Credit Union incurs a loss due to borrower’s activities, or if an account is maintained in a manner to cause a loss to the Credit Union, then, in that instance, the Credit Union may terminate all accounts and services.

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Resolving to Create Deep Peace for Your Children
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Resolving to Create Deep Peace for Your Children | Lauren Behrman

January was “National Child-Centered Divorce Month,” and we can take this opportunity to look in the rearview mirror and ask ourselves what type of parents we have been. Are we parents who provide our children with the best we have to offer—including fostering the healthiest relationship possible with the other parent?

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Cybersecurity: Understand Your Exposure
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Cybersecurity: Understand Your Exposure | Ryan J. Cooper

A critical component of a good cybersecurity plan is an analysis of the insurance policies to make sure they cover the kinds of loss that leave your business most vulnerable. In our last post, we covered one of the most common cyber threats, the CEO Fraud or Business Email Compromise. Businesses that fall victim to the CEO Fraud suffer what is known as a first-party loss, which is not covered by many cyber insurance policies.

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How to Get Help with Your Managing Agent
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How to Get Help with Your Managing Agent | Andrew Weltchek

There’s nothing wrong with your managing agent except that the business is so tough.

Think about it. Board members for condos & coops are amateurs mostly and under pressure from their fellow apartment owners to save money. They know how much they are paying their managing agent, but they can’t really judge the service they’re getting.

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A Dead Person Owed You Money. Are You Screwed?
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A Dead Person Owed You Money. Are You Screwed? | Tom Sciacca

{Read in 4 minutes} Every now and then someone will come into my office who has spent a significant amount of money on behalf of a person who is now deceased. Perhaps this person paid for the funeral expenses, or maybe they made a loan to the deceased during his lifetime and he did not survive long enough to pay it back (hopefully the person sitting in my office is not a loan shark who’s the reason that the debtor is deceased – that would probably take a different kind of attorney!). What rights do these people have and what steps should they take to enforce these rights?

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Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine?
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Do You Know the Story of Saint Valentine? | Deborah E. Kaminetzky

Back in the days of the Romans, a law was passed that the soldiers were not allowed to get married because it was believed that romance would take their minds off of the battle and they would not do well. A Catholic priest named Valentine married about 200 soldiers to their girlfriends in secret. His actions were discovered, and he was put to death. Later he was made a saint.

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Empathy or Sympathy: What’s the Difference?
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Empathy or Sympathy: What’s the Difference? | Susan Ingram

{2:54 minutes to read} With all the conflict and negativity in the world right now, I feel like a refresher blog on the subject of empathy is in order. I came upon this short video, The Power of Empathy, four years ago. It continues to be as delightful and fresh as when it first appeared. And, it accomplishes its task in only 3 short minutes of viewing time! So I invite you to click on the image below, enjoy the video, and then continue with the rest of my article.

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Abraham Lincoln Was RIGHT!
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Abraham Lincoln Was RIGHT! | Ada Hasloecher

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, and expenses, and waste of time.” – Abraham Lincoln (circa 1850)

{2:36 minutes to read} As we pay homage to one of our most beloved presidents this month, I thought it would be a good idea to be reminded that Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer before he became our 16th president. He was known for his brevity; bracing, common sense; great wit; and his ability to cut to the heart of any issue.

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Using a Co-Parenting Specialist
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Using a Co-Parenting Specialist | Jeff Zimmerman

Married couples with children have two distinct roles: spouses and parents. During divorce, the role of spouse ends; and the role of parent not only exists, but expands to two households. This results in a significant change to the “business of parenting.” Families need a parenting infrastructure that supports the two separate households —and co-parenting specialists can help!

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what lies beneath
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what lies beneath | jennifer safian

{4:06 minutes to read} In the early ‘60s, Marshall Rosenberg (1934-2015), an American psychologist, teacher and author, developed Nonviolent Communication, a process for supporting partnership and resolving conflict within people, in relationships, and in society. He worked as a peacemaker and founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization for which he served as Director of Educational Services.

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The Prophets of Profit: The Secret to Solving Any Business Puzzle With Eric Holtzclaw
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The Prophets of Profit: The Secret to Solving Any Business Puzzle With Eric Holtzclaw | Brian Califano

Have a problem in your business? Eric Holtzclaw can solve it. Whether it’s a marketing misstep or an operational impasse, this award-winning speaker and coach finds it, fixes it, and sets you free to do what you do best. We were glad to speak with Eric about the biggest challenges startups and entrepreneurs face, and why business owners need to be prepared to make the tough, yet necessary changes in order to achieve success.

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Copyrights 101: What You Need to Know (Part 2)
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Copyrights 101: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Last time we talked about how to get a copyright and when it takes effect. There are many things we use in our daily lives and you may wonder who owns the copyright.

Copyrights Owned by Individuals & Corporations

Any copyrights that are owned by individuals are always part of their estate. For work that was created after we became participants in the Berne Convention, the copyright lasts seventy years after the death of the last author. So, if you and your grandkids decide to write a song together, that copyright is going to last until you or your grandchild passes away. If you have a young grandchild, that could be pretty long.

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Refueling With Self-Care
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Refueling With Self-Care | Fabienne Swartz

{1:41 minutes to read} If we give, give, give, give, give and do not create time for self-care, all that’s left of us is an empty gas tank—as opposed to a functional and happy person.

Loving and honoring oneself is the only way to ensure that you can do the same for the ones you love—and this is accomplished by dedicating time for enjoyable activities that refill the tank.

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If I Can Waive Alimony, Why Can’t I Waive Child Support?
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If I Can Waive Alimony, Why Can’t I Waive Child Support? by Rachel Alexander

{5:45 minutes to read}   If I can waive alimony, why can’t I waive child support? Fair question. Here’s why: Alimony and child support are two different things and are treated differently under the law. Alimony might be a right of a spouse, but child support is the right of a child. And just like I cannot waive my neighbor’s rights to quiet enjoyment, I cannot waive the right of my child to be supported by both his parents.

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Restrictive Covenants in Franchise Agreements Under New York Law
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Restrictive Covenants in Franchise Agreements Under New York Law | Richard Friedman

What Are They?

Restrictive covenants are often found in agreements between franchisors and franchisees. The purpose of such covenants is to prevent franchisees—who are the owners and operators of businesses such as “chain-style” stores and restaurants—from harming franchisors by providing similar goods or services after the franchise agreement expires or is terminated. Restrictive covenants can serve to protect the good will of the franchisor after the franchise is reconveyed. See Jiffy Lube Int’l, Inc. v. Weiss Bros., 834 F. Supp. 683, 691 (D.N.J. 1993).

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Supermarkets Are Endangered Species in NYC Part 1
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Supermarkets Are Endangered Species in NYC Part 1 | Denisse Girón

{3:00 minutes to read} There is a serious affordability problem for retail business in Manhattan. Rents are adding to the affordability crisis because the landlord pays property taxes, which are passed down to the tenants through their rent. In addition, boutiques, stores in SOHO, and even billboards are all subject to the commercial rent tax (CRT), which retail businesses pay to the city, essentially giving them a double tax.

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Child Support is More Than a Child’s Expenses
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Child Support is More Than a Child’s Expenses | Clare Piro

{3:48 minutes to read} While the New York Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) is not perfect, it does provide a sensible framework for addressing the indirect expenses that a parent experiences. These indirect expenses are the most difficult to calculate and the most difficult for the child support payor to understand.

“I’m willing to pay 100% of my children's expenses for clothing, activities, medical insurance and expenses –why should I have to pay child support?”

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