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Law firm planning: 5 ways to get ready for the new year

The holiday season is already upon us, and you know what that means: 2022 is right around the corner. Is your law firm ready for whatever may come now that COVID-19 surges are occurring all around the country, and the ...

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Commentary: How will the legalization of marijuana impact my criminal record?

Back in March, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. While marijuana was already accessible and largely distributed for medical ...

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Advocate’s View: New York judges provide important trial tools

Thanks to the work of several judges, New York lawyers and litigants can access free online resources that are invaluable for trying cases. The Guide to New York Evidence (nycourts.gov/judges/evidence) collects and interprets the state’s evidentiary rules in a convenient ...

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Defending against Title IX sexual misconduct charges: What students, parents need to know

Title IX charges are pursued aggressively by colleges and universities across the country. A Title IX allegation has the potential to ruin a student’s academic future and should not be taken lightly. Although these proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature, they actually afford students far fewer ...

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The 2021 holiday gift guide for lawyers

The year 2021 has been one to remember, and it’s hard to believe that it’s nearly over. With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. If you haven’t yet bought presents for the people on ...

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Real Estate Law: This for that: Advising clients in a forward 1031 Exchange

‘Tis the season for exchanging gifts, or, in real estate, perhaps the season to exchange one piece of property for another. Section 1031 Exchanges or “like-kind” exchanges are effective vehicles for investors in real property to defer capital gains tax ...

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Commentary: Six steps toward building a stronger security profile in 2022

These days, there’s a lot of emphasis on the implications of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other system compromises from bad actors on the world stage. We read about the “parade of horribles,” which can ensue after an event, and ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Adoption revocation must follow applicable law

The Fourth Department Appellate Division addressed an issue that arose in an adoption matter in the Onondaga Family Court.  In Re Tony S.H., Jr. [CAF 20-00300].  The question before the Appellate Court involved Social Services Law §383-c, relating to “guardianship ...

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Civil Litigation: Spoiler alert — The ins and outs of spoliation

In most commercial litigation in the New York courts, the parties and their lawyers spend much effort and expense in discovery. “Discovery” is the pretrial process of obtaining evidence from the opposing party that is or may be relevant to ...

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