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Buyer be smart: Consider owner’s title insurance

Donald E. Snyder, Jr.

When I first started practicing law way back in the 1980s, the common local practice was that attorneys representing home buyers would order the required loan policy of title insurance for the mortgage lender, but would not obtain an owner’s ...

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In memory of Justice Ginsburg — and Justice O’Connor

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Regular readers of this column know that, for the most part, this is a legal technology column. For more than a decade now, I’ve used this forum, and my background as a litigator, to share my thoughts and advice for ...

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The Inclusive Office: Black Lives Matter: The numbers incontrovertibly demonstrate systemic oppression

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Black people have been systemically oppressed for centuries in America; millions of harrowing personal experiences bear that out, and these voices are corroborated by an ever-expanding universe of empirical and academic data, studies, and analyses. Yet, many people find themselves ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Fees for the attorney for the children

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In Stefaniak v. Zulkharnain [180 AD3d 1366 (4th Dept. 2020)], the Fourth Department reviewed the award of fees to the Attorney for the Children (AFC), concerning an issue which it had addressed and remitted previously. Stefaniak v. Zulkharnain [119 AD3d ...

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Civil Litigation: Do the Due (Diligence)

Thomas Knab

“Do. Or do not.” — Yoda In most corporate acquisitions and commercial real estate purchase transactions, the buyer contracts for the right to conduct due diligence. In a corporate acquisition, due diligence involves the buyer’s comprehensive appraisal of the business ...

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Law firms and technology post-COVID: The latest statistics

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It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly 6 months now, and will likely be around for months — or even years — to come. While it’s hard to predict when the pandemic will end, one thing ...

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Advocate’s View: Navigating the status of evictions in New York State

Robert P. Yawman

As a result of the pandemic, New York protected both commercial and residential tenants from eviction. Eviction proceedings have been paused and modified for nearly six months because of Executive Orders, legislation, and judicial Administrative Orders. This article summarizes the ...

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Florida on the ethical issues triggered by the remote practice of law

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Since the start of the pandemic I’ve covered how the effects of COVID-19 have drastically altered the ways in which lawyers get their work done. The majority of lawyers have worked remotely at some point over the last six months ...

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Commentary: First-ever U.S. Federal Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Regulation—Aviation Emissions Standards

Natalie Cristo

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopting the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Aviation CO2 Emission Standards. Critics of the Trump Administration’s proposed rulemaking sulk over the likely fact that the standards will ...

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