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By Kevin Mahoney on May 24, 2014

Spring is finally here! If you are selling your house without the aid of a real estate agent, here is some information you need to know. One of the most important things you will need to do is create a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) contract for you and the buyer. This document will explain the terms and conditions of the sale, as well as the obligations of each party. Here are a few things the contract must contain:

By Kevin Mahoney on May 19, 2014

Towards the end of December, 2013, the Governor signed the “New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013” which contains a number of changes primarily to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law most of which become effective July 1st of this year. Changes to the law can impact your company based on a number of different factors, such as its size and purpose. The following are some highlights that may affect your company.

By Natalie Cappellazzo on April 25, 2014

Parting ways with your spouse does not necessarily mean divorcing your business.  In an ideal situation, you and your spouse hopefully agree that it is in both of your best interests to preserve the business so that it continues to provide income. 

By Natalie Cappellazzo on April 16, 2014

The number of VA-guaranteed loans reached a record high in the year 2013, with no signs of slowing down.  The steady increase represents an upward trajectory since the collapse of the housing market.  The Department of Veterans Affairs guaranteed approximately 630,000 mortgage loans in fiscal year 2013, about half of which were borrowed with the purpose of refinancing.

April 12, 2014

The 2014 National Healthcare Decisions Day is Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 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.

By Natalie Cappellazzo on April 9, 2014

Heading into April, tax season is now in full swing.  With the April 15th “Tax Day” due date quickly approaching, Americans filing their income taxes should be aware of increasingly-sophisticated scams.  Geared towards taxpayers eager to secure a large refund, the scammers employ a wide range of tricks to prey on individuals. 

April 3, 2014

On March 29, 2014, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement on New York State’s 2014-2015 budget which included several tax law changes.

By Natalie Cappellazzo on March 29, 2014

When companies downsize, they rely on severance agreements to shield themselves from the threat of lawsuits.  Among other legal components, severance contracts typically include a general release of claims, a non disparagement clause, and a covenant not to sue.  By agreeing not to sue their former employer, the departing individual receives money and/or other benefits.

March 22, 2014

Forbes has dubbed New York one of the worst places to die in 2014. The reason for the moniker is the estate tax which is a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. New York, along with only thirteen other states, still levies the tax. The state estate tax is in addition to the federal estate tax. 

By Leonard London on March 7, 2014

When starting a business you will face many choices, one of which is the form of entity to be used. Choosing the best entity involves many considerations including limited liability, partnership issues, public perceptions and tax considerations. The considerations for each business are different and must be evaluated in order to reach the best decision. What might be best for a lemonade stand probably would not be best for a machine shop. The possibilities include:

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