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Update: On August 21, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Manhattan and covering federal courts in New York, Connecticut and Vermont, granted a stay of the preliminary injunction discussed below, upon a motion filed on behalf of the State. This stay effectively lifts the preliminary injunction which itself lifted the 50-person limit for…

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The New State  Senate is considering new consumer protection  legislation. The legislation amends the General Business Law by adding a new article 29-BB entitled  “Prohibited Service Offer Practices”. This proposal addresses an age-old problem whereby consumers struggle with misleading offers of automatic renewals of merchandise and services. In a typical scenario, consumers believe they made…

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COVID LOANS ARE AVAILABLE TO NONPROFITS THROUGH NEW YORK FORWARD LOAN FUND In response to the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York has created a loan program called the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) aimed at small businesses, small landlords, and nonprofits. NYFLF loans will not be forgiven. The loans must…

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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, No. 1: Consider your Options There are many ways to approach…

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PROS AND CONS OF ESTATE PLANNING OPTIONS Which plan is right for you?  Here is an infographic created to highlight some of the pros and cons of estate planning options available.  If you have questions about your options, please contact Michael Wagner, Esq. to review these and other options with you and watch one of…

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Estate Planning Made Simple Free Zoom Webinar with the Cornwall Public Library Join us on September 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM for a virtual presentation of Estate Planning Made Simple featuring Michael Wagner, Senior Counsel at Jacobowitz and Gubits. This presentation is brought to you buy the Cornwall Public Library and Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP….

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DOCUMENTS ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE At 18 years old, your recent high school graduate is an adult with a full array of legal rights. You may not have considered this because they’re still your child. If your son or daughter is preparing to travel to college in a few weeks (or even if classes…

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COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM New York State has extended the deadline to Thursday, August 6, 2020 to apply for the COVID Rent Relief Program to help households experiencing an increase in their rent burden due to a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis.  Visit https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP for more information. To qualify for COVID Rent Relief Assistance, applicants must meet…

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Seniors’ and Disabled Right to Part Ways With Their Landlord     Update! The law was amended in June 2019 to include disabled persons. The New York State Legislature amended Real Property Law §227-a in 2019 to include “individuals with a disability” as additional covered persons under the statute.  Under the amended statute, any individuals…

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What is one to do when the Building Inspector denies you a building permit or says you are violating the zoning law? You can modify your plans of course, but what if you can’t afford to do so or are physically unable to modify them? What if you think the building inspector made a mistake?…

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CHILD DAY CARE PROGRAMS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR STATE ASSISTANCE Governor Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers throughout New York State. The goal is to provide incentives for closed day care centers to reopen, and for centers that are still open to increase their capacity. $20…

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FIREWORKS IN 2020! UPDATE: Do not bring in fireworks from Pennsylvania! Late on Monday, June 29, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced that he was “directing the New York State Police to establish a temporary Fireworks Enforcement Detail to stop illegal fireworks being brought to New York from Pennsylvania. This is in response to a spike of…

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WE’RE STILL HERE FOR YOU For the past many months, the firm has remained fully operational and continued to provide seamless, high quality legal services to our clients.  This was possible due to the firm’s historical investment in technology and its dedication to helping our clients achieve their goals ​in any circumstances.  Starting last week,…

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MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT AND CORONAVIRUS With private sector employment falling by over 22% in the Hudson Valley region from this time last year, it is anticipated that there will be a substantial increase in applications for modification of child support. Here are some thoughts to bear in mind if you have experienced a reduction…

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GAY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS (NY Times editorial headline 6/16/2020) On Monday, June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision which extended workplace protections to millions of people across the United States. Justice Gorsuch, writing for a 6-3 majority, ruled that federal law prevents employers from firing workers for being lesbian, gay,…

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All clients and visitors must complete a health questionnaire and submit to phq@jacobowitz.com prior to your required scheduled appointment. Click here for the questionnaire. CLIENT AND VISITOR POLICY 1.  Appointments are required. 2.    Visitors are limited to the waiting room, designated bathroom and conference rooms 1-3. Visitors will be asked to call our office…

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VIRTUALLY REOPENING THE CIVIL COURTHOUSE If you must bring a lawsuit against a person, a business, or for some other legal relief, you need to go to court. The New York State legal system never completely closed although, from mid-March to mid-May, it did pause almost all activity. That has now changed. It is now…

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OUTDOOR DRINKING IS BACK SUBJECT TO GUIDELINES The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has announced that effective June 4, 2020, outdoor, on-premises service of alcoholic beverages and/or food may resume in those regions that attain Phase 2 of the NY Forward reopening plan, subject to the following guidelines. The guidance remains in force through July 3….

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CONGRESS EXTENDS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM   Both houses of Congress have approved a bill making several material modifications to the popular Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The President is expected to sign the bill into law very shortly. The 8-week “covered period” during which PPP funds can be spent can now be extended, at the borrower’s…

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THE PANDEMIC AND YOUR FINANCES Many of us have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. There has been a lack of income due to loss of jobs, company layoffs and non-essential businesses being closed.  Rent and mortgages are due, monthly bills are stacking up, spending has increased, and credit cards have been maxed out….

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