misdemeanor arrest

What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

New York falls in line with most other states in dividing crimes into two central categories. There are misdemeanors and felonies. Both levels of crimes can carry significant penalties. There are, however, some distinctive features of misdemeanors and felonies that should be noted. What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony? Generally speaking, […]

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estate tax exemption

Portability of the Estate Tax Exemption

The federal estate tax is applicable to the transfer of property after a person’s death. The tax can end up taking a significant portion of the estate’s value. The good news is, however, that the tax only applies to the part of the estate’s value that exceeds the federal estate tax exemption amount. With proper […]

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alimony

How Long Will I Have to Pay Alimony?

In New York, alimony is referred to as “spousal maintenance,” although you may sometimes hear it referred to as “spousal support.” Spousal maintenance is a payment made from one spouse to another during or after a divorce. The intent behind an alimony award is to try and permit both spouses to continue to live a […]

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living trust in an estate plan

Are There Different Types of Trusts Used in Estate Planning?

A solid, comprehensive estate plan will help ensure that there will be a smooth transfer of assets to a person’s selected beneficiaries once he or she passes away and that everyone’s best interests are protected the whole way. Without proper planning, inheritances can be whittled away by taxes, excessive court costs, and irresponsible spending on […]

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cross-examination

How to Prepare for Cross-Examination

Criminal trials are complex and, of course, can be very stressful, particularly for the defendant. If you are called as a witness in a criminal trial, whether you are the defendant or not, you should be as prepared as possible for what is going to happen, or what might happen, when you are on the […]

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special needs trust

The Benefits of a Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust is a legal tool designed to both hold and protect assets for the benefit of a disabled beneficiary. The structure of a special needs trust allows both a special needs individual, as well as family members and loved ones, to contribute assets and other resources to the trust and have them […]

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courtroom

What Is Proper Court Etiquette?

Watching courtroom dramas on TV is not exactly an accurate portrayal of what going through the criminal justice system may look like. While there may be some truth in these representations, it is still important to separate reality from TV dramatics. If you are going to court, whether it be as a defendant, witness, audience, […]

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woman seeking a family law attorney

What Should I Look For in a Family Law Attorney?

Choosing a family law attorney can be a daunting task when you may already be in the middle of an overwhelming situation. Whether a divorce, child custody issue, or other family law matter, having the right attorney by your side can not only make the difference as to the outcome of your case, but it […]

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attorney discussing a pour over will

What Is a Pour Over Will?

Estate planning is so much more than a last will and testament, although most people associate the two. Estate planning has a number of valuable legal tools you can put in place to help you accomplish unique, specific goals that meet your own objectives. For instance, have you ever heard of a pour over will? […]

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judge at a trial

What Are the Benefits of a Judge Trial?

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may face the difficult choice of whether you want a bench trial or trial by jury. A bench trial is another way to say that you want a trial by judge, or you want a trial where the judge, as opposed to a jury, decides […]

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