New York State Significantly Changes its Estate and Gift Tax Regime
New York State recently implemented significant changes to the Estate and Gift tax regime for New York residents, and in some instances, for non-New York residents, as part of the April 1st budget bill. The State and Governor Cuomo have touted the changes as "taxpayer friendly," but the... »
The Right to Donate Organs
When Rohn Neugebauer, an otherwise-healthy 48-year-old man, died suddenly of a heart attack on March 16, his family knew he wanted to donate his tissue and organs to someone in need. Just a few months earlier, he had co-hosted a fundraiser for a local organ donation organization, the Center... »
Late “Law and Order” Actor Jerry Orbach is Playing a Starring Role in a New Legal Drama
Late “Law & Order” actor Jerry Orbach is playing a starring role in a new legal drama — even though he died 10 years ago reports The New York Post. The actor’s friend and former accountant is refusing to relinquish control over a Chase bank account belonging to Orbach’s company, Mingoya... »
Tenant Wins Round in Eviction Battle Over Late-Life Adoption
A Long Island City tenant who got herself adopted to claim a rent-controlled apartment won’t be packing her bags anytime soon. Maria DeTommaso, as she now calls herself, appeared in Queens Housing Court last week as her landlords tried to evict her from an apartment in which they say she... »
Spring Cleaning
Planning for bad situations can be, well, pretty depressing. Part of my philosophy is to plan well so that you can enjoy life. Here are some springtime tips and apps to get you prepared for the summer and easy living! Homejoy: Find a maid in your location and based on... »
Celebrity Death Match
Just because they're rich and famous doesn't mean they set it up in a way to pass it on to the next generation. Take Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is always especially tragic when anyone dies leaving young children. His tragic death also emphasizes the importance of continuing to examine... »
Avoid 529-Plan Pitfalls
A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. When college time comes, parents expect to be able to tap into their savings for the use it was intended, but beware! You... »
March Brain Teaser
Each of these puzzles represents a common saying or expression. Can you figure out what they are? STANDS 0_23456789 MEREPEAT o er t o GR 12" AVE faredce cotaxme no ways it ways eeeeeeeeeec you cont ol r poFISHnd 13579 AZ ch poorri Y Y guy guy   Scroll down for the answers! STANDS 0_23456789 Noone understands MEREPEAT Repeat after me   o er t o Painless operation GR 12" AVE One foot in... »
Reminder: Enjoy Life. 45 Tips On How.
I am not usually prone to forwarding or listing schmaltzy things, but this was touching and a good reminder to enjoy life .... Especially when my practice involves helping clients prepare for crisis! Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio. "To celebrate growing older,... »
Is Bitcoin a Fad or the Future?
What is Bitcoin?  Bitcoin is virtual money.  Over the past year the term has been frequently used and has gone from a wacky science project to mainstream currency.  What exactly is a Bitcoin?  What is it good for?  What does the future hold for online currency? One thing is... »
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