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The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce

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The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce
There is a difference between a Legal Separation and Divorce in the eyes of the court in New York State. The first makes it legally easier for reconciliation, while Divorce is intended as a permanent dissolution of a marriage contract. The decision is often one of the most difficult you'll ever have - and it's important to speak with a family lawyer during such an emotional time to understand the differences when it comes to legal and financial obligations.
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Health Care Proxy vs. Power of Attorney

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Health Care Proxy vs. Power of Attorney
Health Care Proxies and Power of Attorney are Estate Planning tools in New York State that can help ensure your wishes are met when you are no longer able to communicate them. However, there are some basic differences between the two documents that you need to understand in order to make the right choices, and avoid future disputes and complications.
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Do You Need a Lawyer to Adopt a Child in New York State?
Do You Need a Lawyer to Adopt a Child in New York State? The simple answer is no. Hiring a lawyer to adopt a child in New York State isn’t required, but it will make the legal process of adopting easier to understand. And it is important to understand all of the laws during this process since it’s such an emotional time for both the adoptive parents and the birth parents.
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Determining Child Custody in NY

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Determining Child Custody in NY
The separation of a child’s parents is a very traumatic event in the child’s life. Ideally, the parents can come to an agreement on what’s best for the child in terms of custody and visitation, and then formalize the agreement in the courts. When this is not possible, NY State courts will do their best to determine what is best for the child (or children) through Family Court and the divorce proceedings – that is their essential goal with custody.
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Categories: | Tags: Family Law , Divorce , Child Custody , Legal Custody , Physical Custody | Comments: (0) | View Count: (1168)
Protect Public Benefits for a Disabled Loved One with a Special Needs Trust
Special benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, help people with disabilities manage their long-term care needs. However, eligibility for these benefits are contingent on the individual’s income and assets, which can change as a result of a settlement or inheritance. That’s one of the primary issues Special Needs Trusts are intended to help remedy.
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Categories: | Tags: Estate Planning , Trusts , Special Needs Trusts , Family Law , Public Benefits , Medicare , SSI | Comments: (0) | View Count: (1042)
Alimony Law (Maintenance Law) in NY State; Determining Settlement Amounts
Alimony or “spousal support” in New York State is referred to by the courts as Maintenance. It’s a monetary amount mandated by the courts for one spouse to pay the “supported spouse” during and/or after divorce proceedings - and is considered separately from Child Support. In NY State, there's a simple formula for calculating Temporary Maintenance award amounts; Post-divorce Maintenance is more complex.
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Lawrence  Baker Rochester, NY.  Family Law and Business Law is not the only Law Larry practices.
Lawrence Baker is a lawyer in Rochester, NY. Lawrence Baker has been practicing law for over 36 years. Family Law and Business Law are some of the areas of law that Larry Baker has expertise. Hear Larry talk about it himself or read the full transcript from Larry Baker's Bio video here.
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What Landlords Can and Cannot Deduct from Security Deposits
If you’re a renter in NY State, you’re familiar with security deposits. And if you’ve rented at multiple locations over the years, you may have encountered a landlord that retained some or all of your deposit after you moved out. Not all landlords know the details of the law – and some just want to see if they can scrape a little bit more off the top. Your best defense against losing your deposit, besides a good batch of cleaning products, is knowledge of landlord/renters rights and the real...
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Understanding Personal Bankruptcy Options in New York State
So you find yourself buried in debt. Debts that you will never be able to dig yourself out of unless you hit the lottery. Well, waiting for the lottery might not be the best choice. Sometimes bankruptcy is your best option for restarting your finances and getting your life back on track. Whereas bankruptcy isn’t something anyone wants to do, it is sometimes the most sound financial decision you can make. Pursuing bankruptcy is a difficult decision, but if if you are considering it, the first st...
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What Legal Entity is Best for My Company? Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC, or Corporation
Starting a new business can be an exciting and rewarding endeavor. However, you need to make sure you organize your company with the legal structure that makes the most sense for your particular business. Not selecting the appropriate type of legal organization for your business can have crucial impact on the success of your business – and even on you, personally.
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Categories: | Tags: Business and Finance Law , Sole Proprietorship , Partnership , LLC , Corporation , Business Taxation | Comments: (0) | View Count: (3426)
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