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Death and Taxes

Benjamin Franklin once wrote “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this […]

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Born Under a Bad Sign

Since New York passed the Safety in Agricultural Tourism Act (herein the “Act”) in 2017, many horse farm owners have […]

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Buyer Beware

Generally speaking, New York is a caveat emptor, or “buyer beware” state in reference to residential real estate transactions.  In […]

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Pet Trust Primer

The ASPCA has a good “plain English” pet planning/pet trust primer on its website: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-planning/pet-trust-primer The ASPCA states in relevant […]

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What is a Living Will?

A living will is not an oxymoron.  Simply put, a living will (sometimes referred to as an “advance directive”) consists […]

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Easements Made Simple

Lately I have received an increasing amount of inquiries related to easements. A few examples: (i) a residential property owner […]

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Running With the Land

I am sometimes asked to explain the phrase “running with the land.” This legal term frequently arises in the zoning/land […]

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No CO, No Problem?

In Westchester County, New York, many older homes do not have a Certificate of Occupancy.  In other cases, property owners […]

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The (Not So Great) Gatsby

On September 17, 2014, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department decided the case entitled Patsis v. Nicolia, 120 A.D.3d […]

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Out on a Limb

In New York what happens when a tree trunk straddles a property boundary?  Perhaps surprisingly, this is a relatively common […]

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Local zoning regulations, especially in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties, often make it difficult to develop commercial real estate which […]

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