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Think Taxes – Even After A Return Is Filed

After you file your 2004 tax return, you may feel like forgetting about taxes and finances for a while. But that’s not a good idea. This is the best time of the year for tax and financial planning. You can ...

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Child Permanency Mediation: A Collaborative Process For Success

Child Permanency Mediation is an example of adults coming together to achieve the best outcomes in a timely manner for abused and neglected children. In March 2004, the Center for Dispute Settlement began to mediate cases referred from Monroe County ...

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More On Blogging, WordPress And Filezilla

I have been writing about blogs for at least three years. By now you know that “blog” is a contraction of “web log,” a form of electronic publishing that began as publication of personal diaries and now can be used ...

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Supreme Court Recognizes Disparate-Impact Claims Under ADEA

On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much awaited decision in Smith v. City of Jackson, No. 03-1160, holding that claims of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 USC &#167 621 et ...

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Preferred Equity: Step Below Mezzanine

An investor seeking a higher return than that available to a mezzanine lender, and not unduly concerned about exit strategies, can negotiate a senior equity position as a “preferred equity” holder. Preferred equity is most often used when a property ...

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EPA Updates Cancer Guidelines Emphasizing Early-Life Exposure

Risk assessment, which in the environmental world means the identification of potential adverse effects to humans or ecosystems resulting from exposure to a substance, either naturally-occurring or manufactured, is a fundamental building block of environmental regulation. Standards for evaluating the ...

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Remembering Judge Harold P. Burke

Although my good friend, Coyne O’Brien is the recognized authority on our legal community’s historical past, I wanted to devote at least one column to a judge who left an indelible mark on me as well as the entire Rochester ...

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A Growing Need For Family Friendly Policies In The Workplace

There is a craziness afoot throughout the land. Mothers coast to coast are driving themselves to the brink, trying to raise perfect kids, who will go to perfect schools and get into perfect colleges and enjoy perfect careers. And it’s ...

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The Power Of The 'Irish Blessing' For Judge Reuben K. Davis

In 1980, Reuben K. Davis was elected a city court judge. I was president of the Monroe County Bar Association and a meeting was called in order to welcome him to his new position. As president, I was expected to ...

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What Could Be Better Than Mutual Funds≠

Is there a better alternative for investing your money than mutual funds≠ If you have $250,000 or more to invest, whether personal money, a rollover IRA or an inheritance, for example, consider a professional investment manager. These firms are called ...

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Party's Death During Matrimonial Proceedings

I sometimes research in a very polyphasic manner in that often while researching one particular topic, I’m distracted by others. (I guess I love this stuff just too much.) While recently researching a support issue, I came across a case ...

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