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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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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.   As we move forward, we want our clients to know that our full-service team is available to provide you with the assistance you need in whatever format makes the…

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