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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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There are many factors to contemplate when considering a divorce. Our divorce tips will help you be aware of the impact a divorce will have on you, your children, finances, taxes, insurance and property. Here are some key factors to consider before filing for divorce: Divorce Tips, #1: Consider your Options There are many ways to approach a…

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Five Essential Considerations when lowering your Real Property Taxes The City of Newburgh Council voted recently to increase property taxes for 2017.  This means City of Newburgh homeowners and commercial property owners will pay more in taxes in 2017, with commercial property owners paying double the increase of residential property owners. Want to lower your real property…

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Tips to avoid a DWI this Labor Day Weekend in Orange County, New York You hear about them, what are they? STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends Did you know reports have shown that on Labor Day weekend 1 person dies every half hour as a result of a drinking and driving-related car accident?  That number is twice…

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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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What the Orange County Social Host Law Means to You: In the wake of community outrage over the December, 2015 death of fire fighter and beloved former Pine Bush High School student, Justin Speights, Orange County is fighting back against turning a blind eye to underage drinking. Most of us are aware of house parties…

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