Category: Miscellaneous

Mindfulness and “Self-in-Presence”: A Tool for Divorce Mediation?
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Mindfulness and “Self-in-Presence”: A Tool for Divorce Mediation? | Rachel Alexander

{5:18 minutes to read} How do we get present? Last time we looked at the importance of mindfulness and getting present, so how do we do it? Practice, practice, practice!  And, softly, softly, softly. One suggestion: set an alarm on your smartphone to sound a gentle tone several times during the day.  When you hear it, simply bring your awareness back to yourself and your body, perhaps offering yourself the gentle prompt: “How am I right now? How am I feeling just now? Where is that located in my body?”.....

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Embracing the Change of Season
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Embracing the Change of Season | Aimee B. Davis

{3:36 minutes to read} As Oprah is to bread, I love summer! I love basking in the sun and watching the waves crash on the beach. I love socializing with friends, cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I also love the playfulness of the summer season, so accepting the transition from summer into fall is always a challenge for me. Why is it important to embrace the season you are in?

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Coping with a Computer Crash? Let it Go! Let it Go!
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Coping with a Computer Crash? Let it Go! Let it Go! | Aimee B. Davis

{3:30 minutes to read} In February, I experienced every computer user’s worst nightmare. My computer crashed, and unless I was willing to pay $3,000 to a forensic expert (a/k/a a professional hacker), nothing was retrievable from the hard drive. For several weeks prior to the crash, whenever I turned my computer on, it sounded like a plane about to take off. So, the crash was not entirely unexpected. In anticipation of the inevitable, I purchased a new computer, but unfortunately, my hardware died before I had a chance to set up the new system and transfer the data.

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3 Crucial Estate Planning Documents
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3 Crucial Estate Planning Documents | Peter Gordon

{4:40 minutes to read} Why should you have a living will, healthcare proxy, and power of attorney? People are living longer and enjoying fuller lives. However, it is possible that because of a sudden illness or injury, you may be unable to talk to a doctor to make decisions about your treatment or direct your financial decisions. To plan in advance, it is important to prepare a few simple legal forms.

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Look Who is Coming to the Mediation Table
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Look Who is Coming to the Mediation Table by Rachel Alexander

{4:54 minutes to read} What happens when attorneys join clients in matrimonial mediation? It’s anyone’s guess!

Generally, in my practice, divorce mediations are intimate, including only the parties and the mediator. This often adds to the sense of confidentiality and privacy. It works well for many clients who want to speak candidly about difficult issues in a safe, unbiased environment.

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Your Mental Health: Time for a Checkup?
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Your Mental Health: Time for a Checkup? | Danielle Bissett

{3:40 minutes to read} If you had a broken leg, would you ever not go to the doctor to get it examined? If your tooth cracks and you are in pain, would you ever not make an appointment to see the dentist? So, if you are struggling emotionally, why are you not looking for a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist to help?

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The Mediator Will See You Now…
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The Mediator Will See You Now… | Rachel Alexander

{4:18 minutes to read} Often, with the best intentions, clients prepare for mediation by trying to resolve as many things as possible before setting foot in my office. They think they’re doing themselves a great service, getting a running head start. However, in my experience, the opposite is true. The time to see the mediator is immediately.

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Is There Room For Other Professionals in Mediation?
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Is There Room For Other Professionals in Mediation? | by Rachel Alexander

{3:18 minutes to read} People going through divorce often discover they need more help than they initially imagined. Not only are they divorcing, but they now need:

  • Their own health insurance;
  • Life insurance to secure child support/alimony obligations;
  • Therapy to support the period of adjustment;
  • A real estate agent to list the home or find a new one;
  • A mortgage broker to refinance the home;

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How Do We Understand Family During Divorce?
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How Do We Understand Family During Divorce? by Rachel Alexander

{4:18 minutes to read} How do we understand family in a way that’s useful during divorce? First, it’s helpful to deconstruct and decide exactly and specifically what family means to you. When you spend some time “asking into” your initial wants, you can unearth your root values. For example, is it important to you to sleep under the same roof as your children? Of course that’s understandable, but what if we look further into it?

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Make Up 3 Stories
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Make Up 3 Stories by Carolyn Parr

Like Paris, Washington, DC is a city of outdoor cafes. One of my favorite things to do while sipping a margarita at Guapo’s is to make up stories about the people passing by. It’s fun to do with a friend. Recently, for instance, a clean-shaven, neatly dressed brown-skinned man with straight hair walked by. He wore a blue dress shirt, open at the neck, with his sleeves rolled up. He looked 30-ish, serious, focused as he entered Starbucks next door.

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Back to School: Shared Parenting Plan Challenges
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Back to School: Shared Parenting Plan Challenges | Melissa Burns

{3:18 minutes to read} As summer draws to a close, many parents are eager for their children to start school. While the largely unstructured summer schedule may be welcomed at first, it can be challenging for parents, especially those who work outside of their homes, to fill all of those days with activities for their children. When school resumes, so do the hectic and sometimes conflicting schedules that come with extracurricular activities.

  • Ava has soccer practice every Wednesday.
  • James has band practice on Thursdays.
  • Zoe has gymnastics class on Mondays.

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LI2day is Helping Make Great Strides!
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LI2day is Helping Make Great Strides! | Howard Raphaelson

Our run on Saturday, August 20, named in honor of Andrew Levine's mother and sponsored by the firm, was a huge success! A beautiful day was enjoyed by more than 650 people, which made it the largest attended 5K Charity Run in New York this year. What a great honor and privilege for the firm and the Levine family to be part of this great organization and to have this run named in the honor of Bonnie Levine. The LI2day is helping make great strides in the fight against breast cancer and in supporting individuals and families that are affected.

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When Is Cheating Not Cheating? …. NEVER!
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When Is Cheating Not Cheating? …. NEVER! | Ada Hasloecher

{4:30 minutes to read} Cheat: The act of deceiving or swindling; deception; fraud; To deal with dishonestly for one’s own gain. So states Webster’s New World Dictionary. This is the first year that I may “sit out” the Olympics. I’m truly, truly sad about it. For as long as I can remember, I have never missed a single one of either the summer or winter games.

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Want Your Work to Feel Like Play?
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{3:30 minutes to read} Recently, a number of people have asked us, “Where do you get the majority of your referrals?” This is a difficult question to answer. However, relationship building is the key to having a successful solo practice. Referrals come from all walks of life, including professional colleagues (current and former), as well as from friends.

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In the Heat of the Summer by Phil Ochs – 1965
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In the Heat of the Summer by Phil Ochs – 1965 | Ada Hasloecher

{3:54 minutes to read} For those of us of a certain age, the current social and political climate reminds us of the 1960s and the pervasive political and racial unrest that clutched almost a decade. Back in the mid 60s there were demonstrations, marches and assassinations—you name it. All in the name of an unpopular war, racial inequality, women’s rights—a seething unrest that permeated every aspect of American life.

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Rachel “Andy Rooney” Alexander—An Op-Ed Blog
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Rachel “Andy Rooney” Alexander—An Op-Ed Blog | Rachel Alexander

{3:18 minutes to read} Why is everything so truncated and terrible these days? Why can’t we have something that works well? Years ago, we had our credit cards swiped by store clerks. Then, we had to swipe them ourselves, and now we have chip cards, allegedly for our protection, that require considerably more time to process. Since I started using my chip card, I’ve had my first security breach. Chip credit cards—take longer, more complicated. Horrible!

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David’s Divorce Dictionary: Emotional Justice
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Definition: The elusive sense of fairness and validation clients rarely achieve in litigated divorces. What is justice? Well, there is legal justicewhich may be defined as the decisions made by courts of law. There is social justiceequality of treatment of others regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. There is blind justicemeaning the application of legal principles and rules without bias. And there is cold justicelegal punishment imposed on a perpetrator without mitigation or sympathy for the human condition.

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Why Mediate Maintenance?
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{3:00 minutes to read} I was at a mediation conference recently and listened to a presenter talk about the new spousal maintenance guidelines. This got me thinking: a spouse who chooses to not work, or to work part time for a portion of the marriage, can face enormous financial difficulties following a divorce. After hearing the maintenance presentation, I am concerned that the new law may not be fair to the individual who left the workforce for a period of time.

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FEAR! — How To Face It Head-On and Turn It Into a Positive
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FEAR! — How To Face It Head-On and Turn It Into a Positive | Aimee B. Davis

{4:06 minutes to read} In May’s blog post , I discussed the value of taking a few long and slow breaths before embarking on any daunting task. I have an irrational fear of heights. I discovered this 25 years ago whilst climbing to the top of the cupola at the Vatican. In addition to hyperventilating and sweating my way to the viewing platform, when I arrived, I suffered the delusion that a strong wind would sweep me off the balustrade, carrying me to a dramatic death in the center of St. Peter’s Square.

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Divorcing Parents and Their Emancipated Children
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 Divorcing Parents and Their Emancipated Children | Susan Ingram

{2:36 minutes to read} If divorcing parents have children, the divorce law of the state in which they reside will determine the amount of child support that must be paid for the children’s basic and additional expenses. The state law will also specify until what age the parents are required to support their children.

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Setting Boundaries and Sticking to Them
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Setting Boundaries and Sticking to Them | Aimee B. Davis

{3:36 minutes to read} When you do good work, the reward (curse) is MORE WORK! Let’s say you are the BOSS…You’re looking to staff an important project. You see someone not so motivated (Barney), then you see someone who will jump on it and do it (Mary). You know you have to get this job done, there’s a deadline.

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Imagine: Positive Shifts in the Relationships Between the United States & Cuba
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Imagine: Positive Shifts in the Relationships Between the United States & Cuba | Saul Bienenfeld

“And the world will be as one.” The world-renowned music and lyrics of John Lennon symbolize the current trajectory of the relationship between the United States & Cuba. This is ironic, given Cuba’s historic view of The Beatles. In the 1950s and ‘60s, Fidel Castro said, “There will be no ‘Beatlemania’ in Cuba.” During that time in Cuba, The Beatles were considered to be a “vulgar, consumerist group” and “another tool of capitalist America,” (did he know they were British?) and people were actually imprisoned just for listening to the Beatles there.

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Technology Takes the High Road in Warehouses
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Technology Takes the High Road in Warehouses | George Grace

Technology has improved the way warehouses and delivery trucks deliver. Recently I met with some clients who were in the market for a warehouse space. Normally, when discussing a space, the client’s greatest concerns include the square footage, IT connectivity, and usable space—but in the world of warehousing, technology has reset the paradigm, and vertical space has become even more prized than the two-dimensional area of usable space.

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Proposed Elimination of 90-Day Interim Employment Authorization Document — Bad News for Immigrants
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Proposed Elimination of 90-Day Interim Employment Authorization Document — Bad News for Immigrants | Claudia Slovinsky

{5:30 minutes to read} USCIS has proposed to eliminate longstanding regulations that require the agency to grant an interim Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to an initial applicant if the agency does not adjudicate the EAD application within a 90-day period. The interim EAD, which is valid for up to 240 days, protects the rights of certain applicants for immigration benefits to continue or accept employment if the agency fails to adjudicate their EAD within a reasonable period of 90 days. Eliminating these regulations would greatly harm immigrants, their families (many of whom are U.S. citizens), and employers seeking to hire immigrants. In cases of USCIS inefficiency or delay, it would leave applicants without any viable remedy to enforce their right to work lawfully.

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Filing an Extension with the IRS
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Filing an Extension with the IRS | Bob Bordett

Taxes are one of those unavoidable things that we have to deal with every year. The deadline stays relatively the same, but many of us nonetheless find ourselves scrambling to gather our documents. The reasons for this are as varied as the taxpayers themselves, but many times it simply comes down to being disorganized and lacking time management skills. If you are in no way ready to file your taxes, it may be time to file an extension.

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