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Commentary: New York State Power of Attorney changes coming June 15

Don H. Twietmeyer

On Dec. 15, a new law was enacted which completely overhauled the existing New York Power of Attorney statute that has been in place since 2009. As most of our estate planning clients have known over the past decade, the ...

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ABA releases ethics opinion on working remotely

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In 2020, the pandemic changed just about everything. One of the biggest areas impacted was the way that work was performed. Out of necessity, it was the year of working remotely for businesses across the country. And with increasing COVID-19 ...

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Environmental Law: Potential environmental policies in a new presidential administration

George S. Van Nest

With the presidential election concluded and a new Biden administration on the horizon in 2021, it’s useful to look ahead to potential environmental policies that may be implemented. Although environmental policy changes from administration to administration, the switch from one ...

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Advocate’s View: Foster care case may affect challenges to COVID restrictions

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A little over a month ago, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton challenges a decision by the city of Philadelphia to stop referring foster-care cases to a Catholic foster-care association because ...

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Legal Loop: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for lawyers

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2020 has been quite the year, and it’s been anything but easy. No doubt, you’re ready for this unprecedented year to end so that we can look forward to a new, hopefully much less eventful 2021. In the meantime, the ...

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IP Frontiers: Will Supreme Court intervene with runaway expansion of §101 by federal circuit?

Wayne Reinke

There is some concern in the patent-sphere about the CAFC conflating §101 (patentable subject matter) with §112 (issues with claim wording and/or support of claims in specification) and other considerations. There is no better example of this than the recently ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Finally, gestational surrogacy law passed in NY

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After years of waiting for New York to catch up with society and medicine, beginning Feb. 15, 2021, New York law will allow compensated gestational surrogacy contracts. The statute also overturns the 27-year-old law holding compensated surrogacy contracts as void ...

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10 tips for employers considering a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended that the FDA approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The question for employers once the vaccine becomes available for ...

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NYC Bar on the ethics of lawyers appearing in court during the pandemic

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In October, I wrote about an opinion issued by the New York State Bar that addressed the ethical issues presented when a lawyer sought to withdraw as counsel due to health-related concerns regarding in-person court appearances during the pandemic. As ...

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