Frequently Asked Questions

July 9, 2020
Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy

What are My Rights as a Creditor in a Bankruptcy Filing?

By Lance Portman. What are your creditor rights in New York bankruptcy filings? Despite Federal initiatives to support businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and […]
March 25, 2020
Buying or selling a home

Buying or Selling a Home

By Daniel C. Stafford. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful venture. These residential real estate tips will help you be as prepared as […]
February 23, 2020
Healthcare proxy and Power of Attorney

Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney and Healthcare Proxy NOW?

By Rebecca M. Blahut. Do you have a Healthcare Proxy and Power of Attorney in place? Few people want to think about what will happen to them […]
December 22, 2019

Four Common Estate Planning Questions

By Catherine Stefanik. I have a Will; why do I need an estate plan? A Will is part of an estate plan, but an estate plan […]
October 28, 2019
being sued

Someone is Suing Me! What Should I Do Now?

By Kimberly Hunt Lee. While it is certainly distressing to learn that you are being sued – and there are many reasons it could happen – […]
August 29, 2019
arbitration and mediation

When Disputes Arise, Consider Arbitration or Mediation

By Hon. George D. Marlow. Research shared by the American Arbitration Association, also known as the AAA (not to be confused with the automobile service), has shown […]
August 8, 2019

What You Must Know About Recent Changes to New York State’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws

By David L. Posner. In 2018 New York State strengthened its anti-sexual harassment laws, which included a new requirement that employers provide annual, interactive training to employees, […]
August 8, 2019

How to Minimize Employer Liability for Personnel Decisions

By David L. Posner. With unemployment at near record high rates, there has been a marked increase in the number of recently terminated employees who are […]
July 8, 2019

I’ve Been in an Accident. Now What?

By Matthew V. Mirabile. Accidents happen… and in the moment, it can be hard to know what to do next. We hope you will never need […]
June 9, 2019

Handling a Boundary Line Dispute with Your Neighbor

By Richard R. DuVall. While it is not unusual to have improvements, plantings, or the like encroaching from one parcel of property onto a neighboring parcel, […]
May 9, 2019

How Can I Protect My Assets in Retirement?

By Ellen L. Baker. Like many people, you’ve probably worked hard, planned and saved over the years with the goal of living comfortably in retirement and […]
April 5, 2019

Business Legal Concerns: Address These Now to Save Time, Money and Heartache!

By Richard R. DuVall. Many business owners go into business with an idea, a dream and perhaps a few partners. With the excitement of a new […]
April 2, 2019

When Your Business Partner or Shareholder Quits

Business partnerships are complicated, especially when an owner, partner or other key member decides that it’s time to leave. Whether friendly or acrimonious, you will have […]
October 16, 2018

Tax-Savvy Ways to Maximize Your Charitable Giving

By Ellen L. Baker. New tax laws implemented in 2018 have changed some of the tax benefits of philanthropic giving. Here are some common questions and […]
May 3, 2018

Solving Disputes Through Arbitration or Mediation

By the Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt. When disputes arise in business and in personal matters, litigation may not be your best course of action. Arbitration and […]
May 1, 2018

If You are Arrested, Keep Calm, Keep Quiet and Call Us

By Matthew V. Mirabile. Even a momentary lapse in judgment can result in a person being arrested and charged with a crime. Sometimes innocent people are […]
April 25, 2018

In Case of Fire, Stay Cool

By Phillip Shatz. The fire itself may not be your only problem. Beware of anyone who promises you something for nothing. Imagine the chaos when your […]
March 25, 2018

Should I Appeal My Property Tax Assessment?

By J. Joseph McGowan.   No one likes receiving tax bills — least of all those in excess of your fair share. If you own property […]
February 25, 2018

The Importance of Estate Planning

By Ellen L. Baker. If you have not prepared an estate plan or have not recently updated your plan, ask yourself the following questions: Do you […]
January 25, 2018

What Does a Bankruptcy Notice Mean to Me?

By Lance N. Portman. The mail arrives and instead of a check in payment of your well aged receivable, it is a bankruptcy notice concerning someone […]
November 24, 2017

What Does It Mean When One of Your Customers Files Bankruptcy?

By Lance Portman. You just found out that one of your customers has filed for bankruptcy.If you obtained this knowledge from receipt of a notice from […]
August 25, 2017

When Your Business Partner/Shareholder Quits

By Richard R. DuVall. This paper will discuss the considerations that a business owner, partner, manager or other person who has been in a business relationship […]