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Getting Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption

Many of my firm’s business clients have been calling me to see if they can obtain money in addition to available government assistance for the losses they are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I advise them that it all starts with a deep dive into their insurance policies. Let’s face it, most of us […]

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Big Change in the Real Estate World: NY Just Eliminated Renter’s Paying Brokers’ Fees

When my son was looking for an apartment in Manhattan a few years ago, the sticker shock of the rental prices was the least of our issues. The worst was that some brokers wanted 15% of the annual lease up front along with first and last month’s rent and two month’s security. So for a […]

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NY’s Chief Judge Proposes Sweeping Court Change But Is It Enough?

The Times-Union in Albany reported today that Janet DiFiore, the state’s top judge, is proposing a monumental overhaul of New York’s judiciary structure in an effort to streamline an antiquated system she said is far too cumbersome for judges, lawyers and the people they serve. From the article: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore contends the existing […]

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Why Mina Malik Should Be Queens DA

This blog post is a bit of a detour from the normal scope of the website. But even though I am not a Queens resident, the race for Queens County DA is too important for me to not to put in my two cents: I would vote for Mina Malik if I could. Why?: (1) […]

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What Keith Bush’s Exoneration Teaches Us About Wrongful Convictions

Keith Bush  spent 33 years in prison for the attempted rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl on Long Island. He was exonerated at an emotional court hearing in Suffolk County Wednesday. For those interested in working in the field of wrongful convictions or those who just have a general interest in these types of cases, […]

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NYS Bar Issues New Civility Guidelines for Lawyers

Thanks in large part to the proliferation of social media (and, I would argue, the current WH occupant) civility has been going the way of the horse-and-buggy in public discourse. Emails, Tweets, Instagram, etc etc have made it easy and the norm to be rude, offensive and demeaning in a variety of communication platforms. So […]

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Time for NY to Pass Criminal Discovery Reform

Most people think of New York State as a bastion of liberalism and being “soft-on-crime.” In fact, New York has one of the worst sets of rules when it comes to providing discovery to people accused of crimes. An organization I am affiliated with called It Can Happen to You (ITCHY) which traditionally has supported […]

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Federal Courts Will Soon Feel Effects of Shutdown

As this article is being written, the US government is in Day 20 of a government shutdown. Tomorrow, January 11 – will tie the record for the longest shutdown and it is also the first day that many Federal workers will miss a paycheck – if goes through the 15th even more workers will lose […]

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Resolve to Get Your Legal Practice Ready for 2019

While we are all making our personal New Year’s resolutions this time of year, for solo and small firm practitioners, its just as important to engage in some introspection and planning for the coming year. Lawyers are busy people and solos and small firm practitioners are running a business while simultaneously practicing law. Its easy […]