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November 2, 2012

If you are considering adoption as a means to create or add to your family, you may be aware that the United States Internal Revenue Code allows for an Adoption Tax Credit of up to $12,170.00+ for “qualified adoption expenses” paid or incurred by adoptive parent taxpayers. Please keep in mind that the Code allows for a taxcredit (a dollar for dollar reduction of federal tax) and this is not a mere deduction against taxable income. This is by far the largest tax credit available to individual taxpayers. The Credit was made refundable by law for 2010 and 2011, but is not refundable in 2012- meaning only families with federal income tax liability will benefit from this Credit in 2012. Also of significance is that the Adoption Tax Credit is available per child. The Adoption Tax Credit not only encourages parents to adopt children in need, but it makes adoption affordable for many that would otherwise be unable to complete their families.

October 30, 2012

Before purchasing a cell phone for an adolescent, parents should consider some potential consequences for both their child and themselves if the cell phone is not used responsibly. The consequences of the behavior below may outweigh the benefit of being able to pull up the internet to resolve a friendly debate.

By Diane Tiveron on October 24, 2012

Although no method is full proof, we thought we would provide some information and tips on how to avoid identity theft. The tips include the following:

October 22, 2012

During last summer’s legislative session the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill that will require insurance companies in to include supplementary underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage (SUM) in their policies at the same level as the insured’s own liability limits.  Although not signed into law by Gov. Cuomo yet, this is an important piece of consumer protection legislation for all insured automobile drivers to understand.

By Robin Friedman on October 8, 2012

After reading a recent article in the Buffalo News entitled “A brief review of how Social Security disability payments work” I thought I could address some of the issues that in my experience many people face in navigating and understanding the system.

Depending on your own situation, you may be eligible for one or more of the following:

October 5, 2012

There are three basic estate planning documents that all individuals should consider when making a life plan strategy. The specific content of each document will depend on personal and family circumstances, but, everyone should consider having the following documents in place:

By Bruce Ikefugi on October 1, 2012

There has been a dramatic increase recently in the number of septic system problems in home sales in Western New York. I believe this is occurring due to the aging of the systems, as well as changes over the years in technology and building department requirements. The houses too, have changed over the years and, for example, a homeowner may have converted a basement or den into a bedroom, or installed a shower in the basement or elsewhere. This may not have been done in connection with a building permit and an inspection from the Town. The septic system may not have been enlarged to accommodate these changes.

September 21, 2012

There are special rules that apply when suing the City of Buffalo for personal injuries. One of these special rules requires prior written notice of defects before you can successfully bring a claim for personal injury. As with most rules there are some exceptions, including if city workers created the defect or where a ‘special use’ conferred a benefit to the city.

September 18, 2012

The instant you realize that you are financially overextended the walls of your reality start closing in fast. The financial burdens begin to dramatically take effect and the weight of the debt and the pressures associated with creditor collection efforts start taking its toll on you psychologically, mentally and oftentimes physically. So whether you seek information out via the internet, talking to friends and family, or seeking legal advice…invariably you start exploring your options.

September 11, 2012

With insurance fraud on the rise, personal injury victims are often confronted with the accusation that the incident that they are seeking to recover for (slip and fall, car accident or work related injury) did not ever happen in the first place.

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