Courts to Start Managing Non-Essential Cases Virtually
The New York State court system announced today that beginning on Monday, April 13, 2020, its virtual courts will begin handling more than just essential and emergency matters. Judges were directed to review their caseloads and assess in which matters conferences can best advance and possibly resolve a case. Judges... »
Remote Witnessing of Estate Planning Documents Now Permitted in New York
On March 19, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order that permits remote notarization. Today, April 7, he took that executive order one step further, allowing acts of witnessing estate planning documents required under New York State laws to be performed remotely. The Goetz Fitzpatrick Trusts & Estates group... »
Making End of Life Decisions While Living Under Threat of COVID-19
This is a guest blog post by Judith Schwarz, PhD, RN, and the Clinical Director of the not-for-profit organization End of Life Choices New York. We recently heard from an emergency room physician who works in a New York hospital and she had some important advice she asked us to... »
Remote Notarization Permitted Under Executive Order
On March 19, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a temporary modification of law that authorizes any notarial act that is required under New York State law to be performed utilizing audio-video technology, subject to the following conditions: The person seeking the Notary's services, if not personally known to the Notary,... »
Tips On How to Manage This New Normal
Kids are off school for months and you’re working from home. Going out for a meal to get away isn’t an option, nor is hiring a babysitter, lest they bring an infection into your household. Adjusting to this “new normal” has a lot of people reeling. Here are some... »
Video: What Estate Planning Issues Arise in Second Marriage Scenarios?
Estate planning takes a whole different twist when there is a second marriage, particularly if there are children of a previous marriage involved, and even more so if there are children from the second marriage as... »
Learn About Estate Planning While You Binge Watch This Winter
Poor estate planning is responsible for its fair share of family drama, so it's not surprising that Hollywood has glommed on to it in their pursuit of the next blockbuster. Here are six TV series and movies that illustrate quite clearly (in case we haven't been successful in doing... »
The Emoji: Just Another Form of Overstated Communication?
Unicode Consortium, inventors of the ubiquitous emoji, have announced the most popular one of late: the crying with laughter face. Runners up: the single heart and the happy face with hearts in its eyes. That’s great news, right? It means love and laughter prevail over expletives and a pile... »
What Constitutes a Valid E-Will?
In order for a will to be valid, it needs to be in writing, be signed by the testator, and be witnessed by at least two people. (Having it notarized is strongly advised.) Up until recently, however, no matter how a will was drawn up, it needed to be... »
Are You Leaving a Legacy of Hate?
As a parent, you want your children to get along. Ideally be close. You want them to be able to rely on and support each other. This doesn't always happen in the childhood years, but more often than not, sibling rivalry and conflict dissipates after kids leave home, and... »
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