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Environmental Law: Biden administration proposes major green policies under infrastructure plan

George S. Van Nest

The Biden administration announced a major infrastructure plan captioned the American Jobs Plan in March 2021 with massive $2.3 trillion expenditures and a broad definition of what counts for infrastructure. The proposal addresses bridges and roads to an extent but ...

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A virtually perfect MCBA legal conference

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More than a year has passed since the start of the pandemic, and life has yet to return to any semblance of normal. Social distancing and mask requirements are still in place, and interacting in person inside for lengthy amounts ...

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Advocate’s View: Substantial Completion bill signed into law

Daniel Adams

New York continues to provide legislation designed to speed up payment to contractors. Following on the heels of Prompt Pay Act, (albeit 11 years later) Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Substantial Completion” act on Dec. 19, 2020. Various ...

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Commentary: Planning for changes to the federal estate and gift tax: Consider a CRUT or SLAT

Susan Herendeen

As the current administration nears its first 100 days in office, legislation and immediate priorities have remained centered on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening the economy following the passage of the American Rescue Plan. However, discussions are already underway ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Military academy entry as emancipation event?

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New York law states that “either or both parents” are obligated to pay child support “for care, maintenance and education of any unemancipated child under the age of twenty-one years.” FCA §413. Note that the obligation only extends to an ...

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MCBA President’s Message: The Rule of Law, Part II

Jill Paperno (Photo by Bennett Loudon)

In January, following the events of Jan. 6, I wrote about the rule of law. For many of us, as lawyers, the rule of law has been on our minds for a while, and certainly since the events of that ...

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Your Counsel: Clients who are ill or injured and employed

Steven Modica

Lawyers tend to limit their practice to a few areas. Nonetheless, people come to us with myriad problems — many of which fall outside our expertise. Through this column, we provide practical information to help you assist those who have ...

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New Jersey on the ethics of ‘reply all’ emails

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Lawyers have communicated with clients via electronic means for more than two decades. For most of that time period, email has been the preferred and primary method of electronic communication. However, over time, email — which is inherently unsecure and is ...

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Zoom etiquette guidance offered to New York lawyers

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If you regularly read my column you know that I’ve been encouraging lawyers to use technology for over a decade now. When I first started writing about technology, I highlighted the benefits that social media and blogging could offer lawyers. ...

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Insurance and Injury Corner: The latest update in dog bite cases

Christopher J. Lattuca

Few legal topics make for better cocktail party discussion than dog bite cases and the infamous “vicious propensity” rule. After all — and stop me if you have heard this before — dog owners are only liable for the injuries ...

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