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It’s Happy Hour at the NY State Legislature for Brewers, Distillers, and Cideries   You can’t swing a hand-crafted artisan cocktail or local craft beer around the Hudson Valley without hitting a farm distillery or farm brewery.  And it’s wonderful! The farm distillery, farm brewery, farm cidery, and farm winery industries and their “New York…

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Should Convictions and Arrests be Reported on Job Applications? As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I frequently am asked about whether convictions and arrests must be reported on job applications or, for those already employed, whether they must be reported to their employer. Getting into legal trouble is unfortunately easier than one might think….

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Considering Solar? Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have made solar growth a priority in New York State by offering attractive incentive packages for individuals, businesses and utility scale solar providers.  In February, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced that state supported solar power in New York had increased nearly 800% from December, 2011…

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  Allison G. Cappella, Esq. of Jacobowitz & Gubits Graduates Leadership Orange Class of 2017 The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that Allison G. Cappello, Esq. has graduated from the Leadership Orange “High Rollers” Class of 2017.  Allison Cappella, Esq., is an associate attorney with Jacobowitz and Gubits,…

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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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David B. Gubits of Jacobowitz and Gubits Receives Fifty-Year Service Award  Honored by Orange County Bar Association   The Orange County Bar Association held its 106th Annual Awards and Business Dinner Meeting on May 4, 2017, at Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, New York.  At this event, David B. Gubits, a partner…

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Exiting Unfavorable Contracts We work with someone that designs, manufactures and distributes certain goods internationally. Under prior management, they entered into an unfavorable contract granting to a particular company exclusive distribution rights in a very lucrative foreign territory. There was no minimum sales requirement. The contract also stated that it could be terminated only upon the…

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Can You Cancel the New York Durable Power of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document by which you give to another person (your “agent”) the authority to take legal and financial actions for you, on your behalf. Powers of attorney are commonly used in elder law and estate planning to enable children…

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  MY VIEW by John C. Cappello   “Whatsoever you have done unto the least of my sisters and brothers you have done it  onto me.”  In the Hudson Valley we are blessed to have a number of nonprofit organizations working to help feed, clothe, shelter and provide a hand up to our sisters, brothers…

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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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