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What is a consent father versus a notice father?

In Matter of William [2022 Slip Op 03831] entered June 10, the Fourth Department addressed the issue of what creates a “consent father” whose agreement is required for an adoption, as opposed to a “notice father,” who is only required ...

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Sign of the times: NY to require cybersecurity CLE credits

When was the last time you attended a CLE course focused on cybersecurity issues? If you’re anything like most lawyers, chances are you’ve never taken one. But if you’re a New York lawyer, that will soon change. For many members ...

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Commentary: Can a misdemeanor be expunged in New York?

In the United States, about 45 million Americans, or 14% of the population, have been convicted of a misdemeanor. If this is the case for you, you might be asking yourself, can a misdemeanor be expunged in New York City ...

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Insurance and Injury Corner: CPLR 4549 and expanding admissibility of statements made by opposing party’s employee

New York recently enacted CPLR 4549. This new provision expands the cases in which hearsay statements by a party’s employee will be admissible as admissions of an opposing party. The new provision became effective December 31, 2021, and courts are ...

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Navigating the rough winds of layoffs

Ben Mudrick

Ask anyone in management or human resources and they will tell you that the hardest part of the job is letting people go, especially when it is through no fault of their own. Fortunately, most companies have not had to ...

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NY on the ethics of sharing phone contacts with mobile apps

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the iPhone was released. A lot has changed during that time, not the least of which is the number of lawyers who use smartphones, with the vast majority of attorneys ...

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Commentary: Do grandparents have visitation rights in New York?

For grandparents, the relationship with your grandchild can be one of the most important things in the world for you. But what happens when the child’s parents prevent you from seeing your grandchild or having a relationship with them? Sometimes, ...

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MCBA President’s Message: A return to leading from the front


That is what my hope for this year will bring. When I accepted the incredible responsibility of becoming president of the Monroe County Bar Association, I did so with the knowledge and humility to know that I am truly not ...

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