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What Is the Burden of Proof in a Criminal Case?

The burden of proof, regardless of whether it is a civil suit or a criminal trial, is the burden that the prosecution or plaintiff must meet in order to be successful in the legal pursuit at hand. For prosecutors in a criminal case, they are looking to meet the burden of proof in order to […]

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I Had Another Child, Can I Get Child Support Reduced?

After a separation or divorce, life keeps moving forward. For many, it can feel like the start of a new chapter. You are likely to go on and build new relationships. You may even end up having more kids. With changes in circumstances, such as a new child, you may wonder how that can impact […]

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What Is Covered by Attorney-Client Privilege?

Some people may have a vague sense of attorney-client privilege. To most, it may appear as some sort of expansive, invisible shield that keeps anything that goes on between them and their criminal defense attorney hidden. While the attorney-client privilege does offer significant protection surrounding communications between a client or a potential client and attorney, […]

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How Remarriage Can Impact Estate Planning

After putting an estate plan in place, life continues moving forward. Families change. There are marriages and there are divorces. There are births and there are deaths. Because of this, it can be critical to keep your estate plan updated to reflect your most current life circumstances. After a major life event, take the time […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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