HoganWillig’s Estate Department represented two siblings in a hotly contested and litigated estate. The siblings were alleged out-of-wedlock children of the decedent. Our position was that the decedent had a long-standing relationship with our clients’ mother, even though he was married with marital children. Although the decedent had not completed a genetic blood test during his lifetime, we were able to have genetic testing completed of the known marital children against the DNA of the out-of-wedlock children to show evidence of a genetic link between all of the children.
This is the year 2010, and I encourage lawyers to get out of the habit of using static, outdated words and phrases in their writing. There are so many articles and books about “Plain English” which recite all these subjective guideposts for effective legal writing. I can break them all down into one general rule, which is: If you wouldn’t Say It, don’t Write It.
Congratulations! You’ve signed a contract to purchase a new home and now you are waiting for your mortgage to be approved and for closing to take place. You are excited to move into your new home and usually preparation and economizing is a responsible thing.
In November 2009, Governor Paterson signed the Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra’s Law. The law is named after Leandra Rosada who was eleven years old when she was killed while in a vehicle operated by a friend’s drunken mother. According to New York Defensive Driving Now, the law includes provisions that:
In today’s economy, Americans have struggled to make a decent income or keep their jobs at all, a situation several Western New Yorkers can sympathize with. Despite this sympathy, there are an abundant amount of large corporations in the Buffalo area that seem to be profiting off the economic misfortunes of others and, surprisingly, the culprits are the debt collectors that promise to help us out of debt in the first place.
It has long been rumored that the divorce rate in America has reached an all-time high with a predicted 50% of marriages ending in divorce. In New York State, the process of divorce has been especially renowned to be complicated, emotionally and financially damaging, and torturously long. This characterization seems well deserved considering, as NBC New York points out, New York was the only state in America lacking no-fault divorce legislation. However, this has now come to an end with the passing in the Senate on June 15th and in the Assembly on June 30th of the No-Fault Divorce bill and two other coupled bills regarding divorce.
In March of this year, Governor Paterson signed into law the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA). The law allows family members to make medical decisions, including decisions about withholding or ending life-sustaining treatment, on behalf of individuals who have lost their ability to make such decisions and have not prepared advance health care directives (such as a Health Care Proxy or Living Will).
Karen and Anthony Regan purchased 107 Blue Heron Court in 2007 from owners Elaine and Robert Altman. They spent $282,000. It should have been just another residential real estate transaction – completed, recorded and, except for those involved, forgotten. Instead, it may have far-reaching consequences in the local real estate market.
The release of Business First’s 2010 law-firm rankings – an annual barometer of how the Western New York legal community is stacking up – is out.
Local attorneys say while it has been anything but business as usual over the last 12 months, there are signs that things are looking up – or that the sky was never falling as some people forecast.
One of HoganWillig’s best practices is that we encourage ideas and suggestions that can improve our business from employees at all levels. Management offers genuine respect to everyone; an attitude that permeates through the entire organization that creates an open and honest environment to share ideas.