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Avoid a DWI:  How much alcohol is too much? Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends” to better coordinate and promote county efforts to achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities.  The Association has found that when there is visible and reported heightened watch; drivers are less…

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Update on Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule that would expand the definition of “investment advice fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 1974 (ERISA).  This legislation, which was scheduled to be phased in April 10, 2017, will automatically elevate all financial professionals…

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New York Paid Family Leave…Finally! Until recently, individuals in the workforce in the State of New York had to choose between caring for family members – such as new babies and elderly parents – and not getting paid.  But not anymore.  In April 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that makes New York…

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Commonly Asked Questions When Buying or Selling Your Home   Q – When Should I Get a Real Estate Attorney Involved in the Transaction? A –  Whether buying or selling a home, you should get your attorney involved as soon as possible. You should explain to your attorney what you plan to do and ask how you…

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Going to buy or sell a home? Read This Before You Sign:  Spring is here, the kids are approaching summer vacation and now is a popular time to consider buying or selling a home.  We have prepared some commonly asked questions when it comes to buying and selling a home.  We urge you to read…

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Commonly Asked Property Tax Questions: A property owner calls and says “I pay too many taxes on my property.” There are two things that affect the amount of real property taxes: valuation/assessment of the property and the tax rate. Basically, the property should not be assessed above its market value. The first question is, “Do…

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Should You Submit to a Breathalyzer? As a Hudson Valley DWI defense attorney, I am often asked whether one should submit to a chemical test – commonly known as a “breathalyzer”- when they have been arrested on suspicion of DWI (“Driving While Intoxicated”).  Unfortunately, there is no simple, “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question.  The answer…

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Challenging your New York State property taxes can be a complex process. The attorneys at Jacobowitz and Gubits have extensive experience in challenging real property tax assessments. Our knowledgeable Hudson Valley attorneys have challenged all types of property assessments including industrial plants, apartment complexes, strip malls, condominiums, subdivisions, farmland, and more. We can help you determine…

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HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY! February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day. This is fitting since the existence of fresh water wetlands are vital for the survival of so many species, including groundhogs (and human beings, for that matter). Wetlands are land areas saturated or flooded with water, either permanently…

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Updating SEQRA: DEC Proposes to Update and Streamline the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last revised the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Bill Clinton was completing the last year of his first term in office, the Dallas Cowboys would shortly win…

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