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Matrimonial Matters: Pet custody now in NY law

The award of companion animals in a divorce has been an issue for several years. In 2015, the New York Senate and General Assembly passed a law addressing this subject, but the measure did not get to the governor’s desk ...

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Pennsylvania provides further guidance on secure client communication

Are you still using email to communicate with your clients about confidential matters? If so, you might want to re-think that approach. Because when it comes to secure communication, the tide is most decidedly turning. For many years there were ...

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Commentary: Navigating different obligations of next year’s state privacy statutes

Businesses have a limited amount of time remaining to prepare for various comprehensive privacy laws that will take effect next year. Five states have comprehensive privacy laws that will take effect: California (update to existing law), Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut and ...

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IP Frontiers: How to expedite a patent application

Generally, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) takes about 24 months to make a final decision on the approval of a patent application. Much of this time is due to the long queue that an application must get ...

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Environmental Law: Biden administration green energy policies run aground after OPEC slashes oil production

As we have previously reported in this column, American energy policy and the focus on climate change have been a central tenet of the Biden administration. Shortly after inauguration, the president signed an executive order declaring climate change a crisis, ...

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Here’s what the data says about law firm profitability

One of the top business struggles encountered by lawyers from firms large and small is getting paid. Collecting legal fees can sometimes be challenging, especially since clients avoid paying bills for several reasons. Some have cash flow issues, while others ...

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Separation agreement promises and matrimonial law

A recent decision out of Surrogate’s Court directly relates to the petitioners’ parents’ Separation Agreement.  (Matter of Estate of Richard N. Panella, Oneida Cty Surrogate’s Court File No. 2017, September 21, 2022).  While the case addresses a Will contest, matrimonial ...

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NYC Bar on ethics of copying clients on emails

Lawyers have used email for decades, ever since the mid-1990s when ethics committees determined that it was permissible for lawyers to use email to communicate about case-related matters. Fast forward to 2022, and most lawyers now use email at least ...

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