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In a decision issued Friday, August 7, 2020, the Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby, Chief US District Judge for the Northern District of New York, granted a preliminary injunction to two couples looking to marry that may provide relief to many others across the State. Click here for the full decision. Pursuant to Executive Order 202.45,…

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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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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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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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SUPPORTING THE NON-PROFITS SUPPORTING YOUR COMMUNITY The Poughkeepsie Journal recently published a very sobering article on the economic challenges facing so many non-profits in our area. The economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic , as well as the economic anxiety that we are all feeling, is resulting in a substantial decrease in funds available…

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.22 IMPACTS REAL PROPERTY TAXATION ASSESSMENT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES Taxpayers and municipalities statewide should be aware of potential changes to real property tax assessment and grievance procedures for 2020 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. On April 20, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.22, which…

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Free Simple Will for Healthcare Workers Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, a full-service law firm, is extending a special offer for a free simple will to area healthcare workers during the month of May, 2020.  In appreciation of all of the healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing homes who are risking their health during this COVID-19…

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TAPPING INTO YOUR 401(k) DURING COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic has reduced income to millions of Americans. As part of the CARES Act, Congress enacted special rules pertaining to early withdrawals and loans from tax-favored savings vehicles like 401(k) and IRA accounts. Withdrawals Previously, an early withdrawal from a 401(k) or IRA was subject to a…

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE For the past several 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 this week, our attorneys…

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A New YIMBYs (Yes In My Backyard) Perspective on Housing Recently, the New York Times published a very interesting and informative article by Conor Dougherty chronicling the efforts of a group of people in California to reexamine some of the common assumptions related to the need for dense residential developments in our communities.  Mr. Dougherty…

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