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May 10, 2016

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from a divorce client is, “Can I be charged with abandonment if I move out?”

May 5, 2016

IRAs and 401(k)s – the technicalities of retirement funds and finance can be overwhelming. When preparing for retirement, it is not uncommon to rely on the advice and direction of an experienced financial adviser, also known as an investment or retirement adviser, to help navigate different investment options and ensure your assets are protected.

May 2, 2016

Hopefully you have never received a call from a debt collector about a delinquent debt.  However, the fact is that millions of Americans have delinquent debt and interactions with debt collectors are part of their daily routine.  Whether that debt stems from student loans, unpaid medical bills or credit cards, the calls from debt collectors will start coming eventually.  Whether you are one of the people currently dealing with these calls or not, it is important that you understand what conduct is prohibited under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).

April 25, 2016

If you have driven on Buffalo’s I-190 in recent weeks, you probably are familiar with the Department of Health’s new billboard campaign to promote New York’s “Good Samaritan Law.”

April 20, 2016

“DBA” stands for “Doing Business As”, and can be abbreviated DBA, dba, d.b.a. or d/b/a. It is also known as an assumed name, fictitious name, or trade name. An individual or a business entity can obtain one or more DBAs.

April 15, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day is Saturday, April 16, 2016.  The theme for 2016 is It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

Over 100 million American adults have not designated an agent to make medical decisions nor documented the type of medical care they desire.  Although it is a difficult issue to address, it is important for all adults to consider who is best-suited to make medical decisions for them the event they become too ill to convey their wishes personally.

April 13, 2016

When you are taking steps toward establishing your estate plan and getting your documents in order to protect against future uncertainty, there are several items to consider. As part of your plan you will choose agents to act in your place for health care decisions (Health Care Proxy) and legal or financial decisions (Power of Attorney) which need to be made if you are alive but unable to make the decisions for yourself. 

April 11, 2016

Author Erik Qualman once said, “[t]he power of social media is it forces necessary change.”

While some might differ in opinion as to the use of the word “necessary” in the aforementioned quote, the fact that technology has changed the world is undeniable. With the explosive growth of social media, lawyers and clients are impacted by the evolving nature of discoverable evidence in a civil lawsuit.

April 1, 2016

Effective estate planning may reduce estate taxes, which will benefit you and your family financially. In the face of ever-changing tax laws, there is growing concern about how to best protect assets and secure them for future generations.

Anticipating your potential estate tax liability is a great place to start planning.  Estate taxes are due within nine months after the date of death. Therefore, advance planning is key to addressing tax liability.

March 29, 2016

Are you interested in buying a foreclosed property? Not only should you enlist the help of a real estate agent who has a background in buying and selling these types of properties, but you should also plan to consult with a real estate attorney who understands foreclosure laws and regulations—they are tricky and vary from state to state.

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