The Attorney’s Corner

New York State July Uniform Bar Exam Results Revealed

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November 4, 2016
New York State July Uniform Bar Exam Results Revealed

Tweet Last July, we shared that this is the first year that New York adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) which was implemented on July 26th.  A total of 10,297 examinees sat for the the exam which is the lowest number of candidates to take a July bar since 2006 according to the New York...
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New York’s First Uniform Bar Exam Kicks Off

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July 29, 2016
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Tweet In May of 2015, we revealed that New York State’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, announced that New York would implement the uniform bar exam (UBE) this summer.   The UBE is a legal entrance exam that focuses on general principles of law vs. New York State law.  According to the National Conference Bar of Examiners, New...
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Local Law 44 Requiring Housing Disclosure Upheld

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June 10, 2016
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Tweet Last Thursday, the New York Law Journal reported that a divided appellate panel ruled that the New York City Council was within its rights to pass a local law requiring the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to disclose data about subsidized housing projects.  The Appellate Division, First Department, ruled by a...
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Three Real Estate Agent’s Secrets Revealed

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June 3, 2016
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Tweet Shhhh!  Here are three secrets to keep in mind whether you are buying and or selling a home.    1. The agent’s commission may be negotiable.  Most home buyers assume that the real estate commission is always 6% and split 50/50 between the buyer’s and seller’s agent.  While this percentage is true for most...
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Questions to Ask before Buying a New Construction Condo PART ONE

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April 29, 2016
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Tweet As we shared last week, supertalls are springing up across New York City and a couple dozen more topping 1,000 feet high are in the planning or development phase.    Chic, new condo buildings appeal to potential buyers because of their open layouts, premium appliances and luxurious lobbies.  All of the bells and...
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Do You Have Funds or Property Waiting to Be Claimed?

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October 9, 2015
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Tweet Shockingly, there are tens of billions of dollars resting in unclaimed property funds which are run by individual states.  The majority of the funds are comprised of various stock dividends, tax refunds, orphaned 401(K) balances and bank accounts—all waiting for their rightful owners to claim them.  In the past, the Internal Revenue Service...
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Three Ways New York City Law Schools Partner for Success

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September 4, 2015
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Tweet Anthony W. Crowell, dean and president of New York Law School, recently published an article in the New York Law Journal focusing on how law school classroom education is complemented by ample opportunities for practical training in both traditional legal settings and new, high-growth fields requiring legal talent.  Law schools located in densely...
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Updated NY State Bar Social Media Guidelines

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June 26, 2015
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Tweet It is now common for lawyers to interact on a variety of social media networks.  LinkedIn is most attorneys’ medium of choice as the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey revealed that more than 98% of individual lawyers surveyed reported that they use LinkedIn. Legal ethics committees nationwide have issued conflicting, and...
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3 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Title Insurance Company

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June 19, 2015
3 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Title Insurance Company

Tweet Before closing on a property, it is crucial to know that the title is free and clear.  There could be delinquent taxes, unpaid liens, undisclosed heirs or other disputes that must be resolved before the home can be officially sold. Rafael Castellanos, managing partner at New York-based Expert Title Insurance Agency, was recently featured...
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New York Largest State to Adopt Uniform Bar Exam

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May 20, 2015
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Tweet On May 5th, New York State’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman announced that New York will implement the uniform bar exam (UBE) next summer.  The UBE is a legal entrance exam that focuses on general principles of law vs. New York State law.  It is prepared by the Wisconsin-based National Conference of Bar Examiners. ...
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