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Employer or Contractor? Are you an employer or a contractor with people who perform labor and services for you? Are those service providers your employees or independent contractors? The distinction makes a big difference for both insurance and tax reasons. A big battlefield is with respect to workers compensation insurance premiums and employee payroll taxes….

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SLIP AND FALL – NOW WHAT? Here in the Hudson Valley, the winter means it is slip and fall season. If you slip or trip and fall and get hurt because of the negligence of someone else on their property, you may well be entitled to financial damages for your pain and suffering. Negligence generally…

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The divorce rate in New York State is among the lowest in the country. However, many people still end their marriages for various reasons. It is one of the most difficult decisions one can make in life, and divorce can be physically, financially, and emotionally draining. Before filing for divorce in New York, it’s important…

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Press Release For more information, contact: Michele Babcock, Managing Partner, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, 845-778-2121 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jacobowitz and Gubits Names Two New Partners WALDEN, NY – Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP is pleased to announce that Kara J. Cavallo, Esq., and Kelly A. Pressler, Esq., have both been named Partner, effective January 1, 2020….

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Alternatives to Divorce and Options for Separating If you are having difficulties in your relationship with your spouse, it can help to know the different options that are available to you. Marriage Counseling Meeting with a marriage counselor can help bring to light any underlying issues causing difficulty in a relationship, and provide guidance to…

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Estate Planning and Asset Protection Free Seminar – March 24, 2020 You and a guest are invited to join us for this free Estate Planning and Asset Protection Seminar on March 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM at J&G, 158 Orange Avenue in Walden, NY. Register Here – Seating is Limited so reserving your spot is…

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New Tenant Harassment Bill Signed Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation (A.6188/S.2605) protecting rent-regulated tenants by preventing landlords from creating unsafe, disruptive or uninhabitable conditions in an effort to force tenants from their homes. The previous law only provided protections to tenants who could demonstrate physical injury and did not take into account the conditions…

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AVOIDING SLIP AND FALLS WHEN YOU’RE 55 AND OLDER   Being 55 years old is surely is not as old as 55 used to be. Now at 55 you can be fully employed, if that be your pleasure, and looking forward to many more productive years. You can volunteer, exercise, travel, participate in sports or,even…

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WHAT THE ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL HOST LAW MEANS FOR YOU     It is holiday time. Food and drink and parties. College kids home from school. So now is the time to think about what is your responsibility for those around you, who are under 21, in your home, drinking alcoholic beverages. If you are over…

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Three Things Every Senior Should Know About Divorce Divorces after the age of 55 are becoming increasingly common, and those leaving long-term marriages are now more likely to enter into new marriages. Here are three topics to keep in mind if you are contemplating a divorce or entering into a new relationship: Division of retirement…

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Debt and Divorce Debt and divorce often go hand in hand. It can often be more complicated dividing up debts that have been incurred during the marriage than separating assets. More importantly, relying on your soon-to-be-ex to pay debts that appear on your credit report can have long-term, negative ramifications if things turn nasty, as…

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Michele L. Babcock Elected to Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board of Directors Press Release For more information, contact: Valerie Gross Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, Director of Marketing and Business Development, 845-778-2121  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WALDEN, NY – The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that Michele…

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Including Your Pets in your Estate Plan All dogs may go to heaven, but what happens if you get there first? As an estate planning attorney, I frequently advise clients on how to protect assets from long-term care and nursing home costs, estate taxes, probate, and more. But for some people, there’s more to estate…

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Gary M. Schuster Re-Elected to NYCON Board Press Release For more information, contact: Michele Babcock Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, Managing Partner, 845-778-2121  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WALDEN, NY – The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that Gary M. Schuster, Partner concentrating in not-for-profit, business, arts and entertainment, was re-elected…

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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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Guide  To  Getting  Out  – Divorce  Tips Click here to download Guide to Getting Out pdf booklet The hardest part of getting a divorce can be that first step into the unknown. Here are some pointers so you can decide if it is time to speak with an attorney. Three signs that it is time…

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New Law Requires Transparency in Real Estate LLCs On September 13, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. James Skoufis which amends the state tax code to promote transparency in the ownership of limited liability companies (LLCs) that own residential real estate. In recent years, LLCs have become the business entity…

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Are You Aware Of The Human Rights Law Changes? In August, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation which advances the New York Human Rights Law. Provisions which will take effect October 11, 2019 (60 days after Governor Cuomo signature) include: Any harassment based on a protected characteristic that rises above “petty slights of trivial…

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What to know about Medicaid’s 5-Year Look-Back Period Nursing homes in the Hudson Valley can cost upwards of $15,000.00 per month. Qualifying for Medicaid to get those costs covered is critical. You may have heard that there is a five-year look back period if you want to shield your assets from nursing homes. Here’s what…

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One More Step Towards New York’s Clean Energy Future I recently had the opportunity to attend an excellent presentation by Houtan Moveni from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (“NYSERDA”), which was hosted by the Orange County Planning Department. Mr. Moveni discussed the action by the New York State Public Service Commission to…

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