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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Finding Trustworthy Agents and Avoiding Elder Abuse

Q: What is financial elder abuse?

Addressing your financial concerns is a big part of the estate planning experience. Examining what you have and what you may need for yourself and your family now and in the future is all factored into what estate planning documents are best for your particular situation.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Legalization of Marijuana Could Impact NY Real Estate

Is it lawful to rent a space for a marijuana business?

New York may be the next state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Governor Cuomo issued a directive several months ago to study the potential impact of a regulated marijuana program, and just recently the New York State Department of Health Commissioner indicated that it will recommend legalizing the use of marijuana in its report to the state. Should New York authorize the use of marijuana in the state, many industries will be impacted.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

The Current State of the Staten Island Real Estate Market

Q: Is it a good time to buy or sell real estate on Staten Island?

Buying a home on Staten Island is likely the biggest transaction most people make in their lifetime, so hiring an experienced Staten Island real estate attorney to protect you and your investment is both smart and necessary. In fact, seeking legal guidance before or during the house-hunting phase can help avoid costly mistakes or delays later on. It can also save you money by giving you information to negotiate a better sales price and terms.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Buying a Second Home in New York

Q: Is buying a vacation home a complicated process?

Whether you are buying a home in New Jersey or need a New York real estate attorney to help you upgrade from a starter home to a larger home on Staten Island, it's hard to resist the appeal of living in or near New York City.

The St. George’s waterfront redevelopment project is transforming Staten Island and with attractions like the New York Wheel, restaurants, shopping, housing, and more, Staten Island has become a destination spot not only for tourists but for residents attracted to its unique vibe.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Avoiding the Most Common Estate Planning Mistake

Q: Is having a Last Will and Testament enough?

Skilled New York and New Jersey estate planning lawyers would likely agree that the number one biggest mistake people make--aside from not having an estate plan at all--is relying only on a Last Will and Testament (commonly referred to as a “will”).

A will is the required foundational document in virtually every


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Protecting the Inheritance of a Spendthrift Child

Q: Should I leave my estate outright to my spendthrift adult child?

Our children. From the moment they are born we want to protect them from anything that threatens them and leave them a secure future after we are gone. For that reason, many new parents make the wise decision to seek counsel from a skilled estate planning attorney.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Bitcoin and the Future of Real Estate

Can I buy a home in bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that has rocked the financial market. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies operate without the need for a central bank. Bitcoin has surged in popularity in recent years, with more companies now accepting the revolutionary currency.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Avoiding Will Contests in New York

Q: What situations often lead to a will contest?

Skilled Estate planning lawyers recommend that all people come in to establish an initial estate plan upon turning 18 years of age because, while it's difficult to consider, death or disability can strike even the young at any time.

Not only should


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NYC’s High End Real Estate Market Enters a Correction

How can I negotiate a good home price in a weakening market?

Real estate sales in Manhattan have plunged in the first quarter, marking the most significant sales drop in nearly a decade. Luxury homes in the area are now thought to be selling at their lowest level in at least six years. This weakening of what was thought of as an untouchable New York City real estate market reflects consumer uncertainty over the new federal tax law and fear surrounding the swaying stock market. Our


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Chatbot Promises to Write Your Will For You, But At What Cost?

What are the dangers of using a chatbot or other technology to make my will?

A taxation lawyer in South Australia has developed a chatbot that can automatically generate your will. The chatbot is named Ailira and already hundreds of people have used the bot to make an estate plan. For a fee, Ailira will ask the user a series of questions through text. This information is then collected and used to generate an automatic will or other estate planning document. While the chatbot offers ease of use, it raises some potential concerns as to the safety of a will created solely by a robot.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Eminent Domain Explained

What is eminent domain?

The concept of eminent domain recently made the news in New Jersey. The city of Hoboken had been attempting to obtain three acres of waterfront property through eminent domain. Now, the mayor of Hoboken has announced that the city will suspend all eminent domain efforts in response to a proposal issued by the mayor, who has alternative plans for the property. This aborted eminent domain action may have some New York and New Jersey residents wondering what exactly is eminent domain and when can it be used.


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