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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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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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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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Planning for Business Succession and Exit Congratulations on successfully building and growing your business. The odds were against you surviving more than 5 years[1], but you beat the odds. Have your thoughts now turned to retirement? Or cashing out? Planning for business succession and exit successfully will require as much planning as growing it. Business…

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Welcome to the Immigration Channel with Jennifer S. Echevarria.  Jennifer is an associate attorney at J&G who concentrates on immigration and employment law. She is fluent in Spanish and will be providing frequent updates on immigration legistation and Presidential Executive Orders to keep the Spanish-speaking community aware.  Each summary article can be found in both…

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HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY! February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day. This is fitting since the existence of fresh water wetlands are vital for the survival of so many species, including groundhogs (and human beings, for that matter). Wetlands are land areas saturated or flooded with water, either permanently…

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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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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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Kara J. Cavallo, Esq. Promoted to Senior Counsel at Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is proud to announce that Kara J. Cavallo has been promoted from associate to senior counsel effective January 1, 2017.  Ms. Cavallo has been an associate at J&G for twelve years, and concentrates…

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