It doesn’t take a legal expert to understand that a divorce typically results in the separation of two parties who previously acted as a financial, spiritual and social unit. Because parties tend to be highly dependent on one another prior to a divorce, New York law has recognized that the lesser earning spouse is typically entitled to maintenance payments (commonly referred to as alimony) for a certain duration of time. As the law currently stands, because money was transferred out of one spouse’s income and into the other’s income, the tax law is currently structured to recognize this transfer and has allowed for a tax deduction by the spouse paying maintenance.
Even savvy shoppers can fall victim to a Cyber Attack. By following our tips below you can avoid worrying about identity safety and focus on calculating how much you saved!
From time to time, and particularly during the holiday season, I am asked by kith and kin alike about the responsibility a homeowner has to prevent people from drinking too much at a holiday party. Concerns range from the health of the person drinking copious quantities of punch to the legal liability and of the host who provided the punch. I cannot offer an opinion on the healthy amount of punch, but I can provide some insight into issues that may arise when a drunk guest leaves a party and injures someone.
Have you ever wondered what will happen to your Twitter, Facebook, and Bitcoin accounts after your death? In an era dominated by technology advancements, proper estate planning for the modern day incorporates final digital asset wishes into Last Will and Testaments. Anticipating and arranging digital media assets prior to death will do more than give you peace of mind; it will simplify the process of managing your post-death estate for your family, and trustee.
In light of recent events in the United States, it’s important to understand the laws around secure ammunition and firearm sales. Below is a summary of the “NYS SAFE Act” which can be used as a basis to understand the legal limits around owning and operating a firearm.
Parents of children accused of bullying can now face jail time under new legislation passed by the City of North Tonawanda, which took effect on October 1, 2017. By holding parents accountable for their child’s misconduct, North Tonawanda Common Council members hope that this new law will prevent and protect children from bullying, especially in schools. Parental penalties include a $250 fine, and/or 15 days in jail, if twice in a 90-day period, their child violates any city law, including bullying. By requiring parents to have greater control over their children, North Tonawanda hopes to become a safer city.
The recent security breach at the Equifax credit reporting agency exposed extensive personal information on 143 million Americans. Computer hackers gained access to consumers’ names, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth from Equifax files, creating serious potential problems for consumers.
New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) affects not only employees but employers, too. It is important to stay up to date on this legislation and how its passing can affect your business. Unlike The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which only applies to companies with 50-plus employees, PFL will apply to any employer with one additional employee.
Legal Limelight, a weekly feature, includes a Q&A with one of our attorneys or valued employees. Keep reading to learn all about this week's guest, Jeffrey J. Tyrpak.