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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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Since you are reading this blog, you probably live in or near Orange County, NY. In that case, you are ready for winter which, as we are learning as 2017 arrives, will have snow and ice. What follows is a discussion snow and ice injury liability and the rights and responsibilities of those of us…

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly new minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New…

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Facing Foreclosure Without Freaking Out   If you are facing mortgage foreclosure, you do have options.  There are two sides to foreclosure defense – the procedural track before the Court and the dealings with the lender on workout options.  Here, we are focusing on the workout options, but a borrower should note that there are…

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Nothing Stays the Same A historical safe harbor has been doing business using a corporate or limited liability entity.  Officers and employees were protected against claims for their actions as long as they were acting within the scope of their authority in the performance of activities on behalf of the company.  Another safe harbor was…

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Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Jacobowitz and Gubits Attorneys as 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits (J&G) is pleased to announce that Kelly A. Pressler, Jennifer Echevarria, Alanna Iacono, and Andrea Dumais have all been recognized by Super Lawyers as 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars. Super Lawyers uses a…

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Divorce and Taxes At Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP our matrimonial and our tax attorneys work together to discuss with you and resolve the dance between divorce law and tax law. This blog will waltz you through some of the most important issues typically relating to divorce and taxes. Filing Status. If you will soon be…

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Someone’s In the Kitchen Cooking shows on TV like Chopped, Iron Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen are all the rage. Everyone seems to want to be a chef. Here in the Hudson Valley we are blessed to have the Culinary Institute of America, which turns out truly talented chefs every year. Many of these choose to…

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This Solitary Tree Today we write about the TREE and what happens if someone cuts down your trees. Perhaps you own land which has but one tree. Or maybe your property is deeply covered with trees creating shade, a tree canopy delightful on those hot summer days. All yours to enjoy for as long as…

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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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