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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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REGISTER TO VOTE.  You Know You Want To. The word “disaster” has been used to describe the New York primary election that was held in April.  Many people who wished to vote in the primary did not register in time to do so.  Here is the basic information you should know in order to avoid…

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Dispute Resolution:  7 Typical Provisions for Contract Negotiations When parties sit down to hammer out their commercial contracts, often left to the end as an afterthought is a dispute resolution mechanism. The optimal time to create strategies to avoid the time, expense and adverse business consequences of traditional litigation is before any dispute arises. In…

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New STAR Rebate Program   There’s a new STAR Rebate Program.  The STAR Exemption (lower property assessment) is being phased out and replaced by the STAR Credit (rebate check). If you are currently receiving a STAR Exemption, you do not have to register for the STAR Credit. You will continue to receive the Star Exemption….

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Now Is Your Last Chance To See If You Are Overpaying Your Property Taxes in 2016-2017 Challenging your tax assessment is a process. There are deadlines, research, necessary documentation and forms, rules, and property history that need to be considered. Don’t be scared away from considering this because it may appear complicated. We can simplify…

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There are new rules governing the loan process for real estate transactions. The new TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, referred to as “Know Before You Owe”, has new forms, and timing requirements that can slow down your real estate transaction. These new rules apply to loan applications made after October 3, 2015. The familiar…

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The City of Newburgh has a new Rental License law. This law applies to all residential rental properties, including single family homes and condominium units. The fees range from $150.00 for a single dwelling unit to $5,000.00 for a property with over 200 dwelling units. A Rental License Application must be submitted to the Newburgh…

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The residential housing market is still being battered as the result of the economic downturn of 2008-2010. There are still many foreclosures in process. Yes, increased values would help deal with the problem. However, there has not been a significant bump up in real estate values in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties. Hence, many of…

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