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By Pia Perfetto on September 16, 2019

The United States’ policies on gun ownership have been called into question in the wake of several mass shootings occurring across the country. The calls for action to stop gun violence have been varied, spanning from efforts to ban all weapons and firearm confiscation to mental health background checks on gun purchasers. Approximately eighteen (18) states in the U.S. have implemented red flag legislation which allows law enforcement or family members to seek a court order to, for the short term, take away firearms if they feel a gun owner is at high risk of harming themselves and others.

By Dzifa Gan on July 9, 2019

Summer is finally here which means the housing market is really heating up.  For those of you selling your residential property without the assistance of a real estate agent, there are a few things to keep in mind.  One of the most important documents that you will prepare is the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) contract, which you will enter with your buyer.  The contract sets out the terms of the agreement such as your purchase price and the obligations imposed on each party. 

By Pia Perfetto on May 6, 2019

529 Plans Explained

A 529 is a tax-advantaged investment account which encourages individuals to save for future higher educational expenses. Named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, the investment account offers tax-free withdrawals and earnings growth when the funds are used to pay for qualified education costs. You are not limited to investing in the state where you reside—Any U.S. state’s 529 plan can be used to pay for future college expenses at any qualified college in the United States. According to the Wall Street Journal’s The 6 Biggest Questions About ‘529’ Plans, American families have invested approximately $329 billion in 529 plans, with about $24,153 existing in each account.

By Kevin Mahoney, Pia Perfetto on April 2, 2019

Supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State lawmakers approved progressive bail reform on Monday, April 1, 2019.  The new pretrial detention laws compose one of ten (10) bills that make up the $175 billion state budget and are intended to balance what many perceive to be an unfair criminal system for those charged by state prosecutors.   

By Danielle DeJoseph on February 21, 2019

While it might be hard to imagine now, chances are you’ll need some help taking care of yourself later in life. Whether for injury/surgery rehabilitation, a chronic medical condition or advanced-age limitations, the time may come for aid.

Passage of the New York Child Victims Act has been a long and contentious legislative battle. HoganWillig PLLC has been directly involved in the fight to pass the Child Victims Act.  In 2015, Attorney William A. Lorenz, Jr. traveled to Albany to lobby for the bill with one of HoganWillig’s clients.  Assemblywoman Margaret Markey invited him to work with several downstate attorneys on amending the Child Victims Act in the hopes of getting it passed.  While the bill did not pass in 2015, HoganWillig continued to lobby on behalf of its clients.

By Keli Iles-Hernandez on February 7, 2019

Divorce is a tough subject. It’s taxing, it’s complex — and yes, it’s stressful. There are a lot of facets to a divorce, and all of the legal terms and procedures a divorcing couple may be encountering for the first time can be overwhelming. However, being well-informed can help alleviate some of the anxiety created by this life-changing event.

By Danielle DeJoseph on January 16, 2019

Estate planning will effect almost everyone at some point in their lives, whether it’s through creating their own estate plan, or through being a party to someone else’s estate. Despite its far-reaching effects, most of us are still in the dark about what estate planning entails. This results in a lot of problems that arise by the time it’s too late to fix them, as there is no revising your estate plan once you pass away. Fortunately, the most common estate planning mistakes are easy to avoid. 

By Rebecca Kujawa on January 7, 2019

Throughout our lives, we obtain medical care for all different types of conditions, diseases, aches and pains. From time to time, many of us feel that we – or a loved one – were not treated properly by a hospital or doctor. Regardless of the medical concern being addressed, doctors are required to exercise a certain standard of care. The standard of care is the generally accepted method of care a doctor of the same specialty would use when treating a patient afflicted with the same condition. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider breaches, or violates, that standard of care and the patient is injured as a result.

By Paul Pochepan on December 18, 2018

Q: What is Bankruptcy?                     

A: Bankruptcy is a process whereby a debtor can eliminate a significant portion of their total debt while retaining most if not all of their property. It was designed as a debt relief option for people who are having severe financial difficulties. It’s an option for people needing a fresh start financially.

Q: Who can apply?

A: An individual, spouses together, or a corporation or other entity. There are many different types of bankruptcy.

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