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Ballot Selfies are Illegal Voting in New York on Tuesday? Thinking of taking a selfie or a snap chat of your ballot to document your vote? Think again…..You are breaking the law. Ballot selfies are illegal. Publishing a marked ballot on social media is a misdemeanor. New York Election Law §17-130 (10) states “[a]ny person who…

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New Law with Hefty Penalty for Passing Sani-Vans and Waste Collection Vehicles An old joke asks: what has 4 wheels and flies? As of November 1, 2016, it had better not be you driving a motor vehicle past a garbage truck. . . and here’s why.  There’s a new law with hefty penalties for passing…

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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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If you rely on your driver’s license for work, read this! Imagine you could no longer drive, effective immediately. What would you do? Living in the Hudson Valley, many of us do not have the option of taking public transportation to work, the grocery store, or the doctor.  We require and rely on driving ourselves.  You…

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Is It Necessary to Have a Court Decree Ordering Alimony To Take An Income Tax Deduction? I recently agreed to meet with a man who explained that the IRS was threatening to disallow his tax deduction taken for payments he had made to his wife pursuant to a home-made separation agreement. Taxpayer Charlie told me…

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ARTFUL ZONING IN THE HUDSON VALLEY On September 8, 2016, I attended the Orange County Chamber of Commerce breakfast to hear a great presentation by my partner, Gary Schuster, and Adam Demchak from Polich/Tallix Foundry, discussing the economic and cultural benefits associated with the many creative arts associated businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and non-profits operating in…

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Nonprofit Contributions:  Aiming at Dark Money, but Hitting Nonprofits Governor Cuomo has just signed into law a measure intended to shine light on so-called “dark money” contributions to political candidates by some nonprofit organizations. The law was immediately criticized by a wide array of nonprofit and other groups as both overbroad and inadequate. The law…

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Don’t be a Victim of Sexual Harassment The issue of sexual harassment is one that attracts much attention and from which many cannot turn away. The most recent and public example involves a plaintiff who is, according to her complaint, a graduate of Stanford University, an accomplished concert violinist and a trustee of the March…

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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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