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How Second Marriages Can Affect Your Estate Planning As a long time estate planning and elder law attorney, my clients have gone from mostly married couples at the beginning of my practice to a varied array of combinations of people who wish to provide for each other and their families. Often, I now see couples…

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What is a Will and Why Does Everyone Need One A Last Will and Testament is a document that states your final wishes. Every Will must be submitted to the Surrogate’s Court after death so the Court can determine if it is valid and enforceable. This is the procedure known as “probate.” Everyone who is…

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Ten Years After Ten years ago, after more than a year of meetings, intense research, visits and interviews at senior centers, and discussions with town officials, our group was poised to embark on an ambitious project – the Town of Montgomery Seniors Independence Project. Who’s in our group? An amazing assortment including public officials, representatives…

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Marcia Jacobowitz, Esq., partner at the law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, was honored by the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANY) with the Dorothy Kartashevich Consumer Award. The award was presented to Ms. Jacobowitz at CHCANY’s Statewide Conference held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY on November 1, 2016….

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I have been experiencing an unusual phenomenon in my estate planning and elder law practice over the last month or so. There has been a literal rush of clients wanting to have living trusts prepared. While I am always happy to help new clients, this was somewhat above the norm. Typically, clients seek estate planning…

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ZOOM IS TOO FAST The glossy advertisements and promotion for using Legal Zoom evidence that going too fast isn’t the best choice. Going the cheapest is also dangerous. Establishing an entity for a new business is much more than filing forms. There are many important decisions that should be part of any business entity formation….

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New Family Paid Leave Law New York State has adopted a new Family Leave Law that is funded by payroll deduction from employees’ salaries and is mandatory regardless of the size of the employer.  One supporting rationale has been that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world without paid family leave….

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Over the years, it has not been difficult to be critical of New York’s lack of support of seniors.  The State has moved towards making it more difficult to become eligible for Medicaid for those who are in need, there’s been radical cuts in staff for agencies such as Office for the Aging, and we…

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Until this summer, New York did not have any law regulating the training and skills of surgical technologists in healthcare facilities. Surgical technologists play a key role in the operating room by assisting surgeons during procedures, maintaining a sterile surgical room, and ensuring that equipment is functioning properly. On July 31, 2013, Governor Cuomo signed…

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