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Author Archives: Bernadette Starzee

Men, whites ‘need not apply’

Producers of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” came under fire recently for advertising for “nonwhite” performers. The hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers features Latino and African-American performers in most of the prominent roles. While it’s common practice to state the ...

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Legal Language: Where there’s no will

The music world was shocked by the sudden passing of Prince last month. Another shock came when it was revealed the Artist died without a known will, leading the court to appoint a special administrator to decide the fate of ...

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Independent contractors not so independent

When employers use independent contractors instead of hiring employees, they avoid myriad costs, from payroll taxes to health insurance. But employers beware: In the current environment, your independent contractors are likely to be considered employees, and getting it wrong can ...

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Firms must provide tangible benefits to interns

Cash-strapped companies with bare-bones staffs may turn to unpaid college interns to help shoulder the load. But before these companies leap, they should look at the labor laws, as well as the ruling in a recent high-profile case. In a ...

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Scaffold Law reform costs under fire

At a campaign last month to reform New York state’s Scaffold Law, lobby organizers presented legislators with plastic golden eggs. Inside was a fortune that read, “Of course the trial lawyers don’t want to lose their golden egg. Make them ...

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Assembly OKs extending judge age limit

Should judges get kicked off the bench when they turn 70 – or, in the case of Supreme Court justices, 76? The New York State Assembly says no. Last week, the Assembly passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow ...

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Focus on proper planning to avoid trust tax

A New Yorker dies, leaving his Poconos ski house to his brother, a resident of Philadelphia. Because the creator of the trust was a New York resident, it is considered a New York resident trust. But because the trustee, the principal and ...

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The art of successful negotiation

A Long Island-based company was sitting on technology that was worthless to them but could be worth a lot to someone else. Stephen Young, counsel with Scully, Murphy & Presser in Garden City, representing the company owning the technology ...

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How to … Choose your financial advisor

Life takes financial planning — for future concerns such as college and retirement, as well as for the here and now. But when it comes to dealing with finances, many people feel intimidated by what they have to do and ...

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How to … Choose a commercial real estate broker

If you’re looking to buy, lease or sell commercial property, the first and perhaps most important step is to choose an excellent commercial real estate broker. Commercial real estate transactions not only involve large sums of money, but they’re also ...

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