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  • What are the Inheritance Rights of an Adopted Child in New York?

    As a general proposition, I think its pretty safe to say that its an undying love for children and a desire to help foster them throughout their lives that drive most people to adopt in the first instance. Regardless of whether the adoption takes the form of a child from another ...

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  • Can My Spouse Disinherit Me?

    Heres a question that attorneys (remarkably) hear all too often. As a spouse in New York, am I permitted to write my partner out of my will? That seems like a pretty basic premise, right? For any myriad number of reasons, would you have a right to elect that your spouse not recei...

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  • Know Your Rights As a Debtor and Stop the Collection Calls

    Its become far too common place lately. In an era where individuals are carrying larger defaulted credit card debts or huge medical bills because their underlying treatments werent covered by major medical, more and more consumers are facing the constant ring of their phone as de...

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  • WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR “FOREIGN JUDGMENT”?

    For most individuals outside of the legal community, the term foreign judgment typically evokes images of a lawsuit originating in some far off, perhaps even exotic, locale. Reality, like so often is the case, is usually strikingly different from peoples perceptions. While there ...

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  • How Much Protection Do LLC Members Have From Personal Liabilities In New York?

    When you formed your New York limited liability company (LLC), you probably did so with the intention of shielding your personal assets from creditors. Generally speaking, a members assets are in fact well shielded from creditors that have judgments against the LLC itself. That s...

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  • What Is a Private Improvement Mechanics Lien?

    Contrary to what the name might imply, a mechanics lien in New York has nothing to do with your auto mechanic. Rather, these are security interests that can get filed against the title of real property when an improvement has been made thereto, but not monetarily satisfied. These...

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  • Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

    Although its a lesser known version of identity theft, stolen identity tax refund fraud is a quickly growing epidemic. In a typical tax refund fraud case, a thief steals someones Social Security number or other personal information, and uses it to file a fraudulent tax return see...

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  • Estate Planning In a Digital Era

    In an era where digital media has become an increasingly important and real component of our everyday lives, it should not be surprising that issues concerning individuals digital interests at death are now coming to the forefront of the estate planning arena. Times are certainl...

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  • How to Fight an Unfounded Debt Collection Action

    Whether its a sign of these uncertain economic times or something more is unclear, but one thing is certain: creditors, especially those holding credit card debts, are currently pursuing their rights like theres no tomorrow. More and more debtors are finding themselves harassed b...

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  • IRS Issues Guidance for Spousal Estate Tax Exemption Rules

    For those with significant enough estates, new guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service relative to estate-tax law changes that Congress passed late in 2010 will come as welcome news. The new rules relate to maximizing federal estate-tax savings without costly pre-death pl...

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