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Partner Kevin Van Duser receives AV Preeminent Judicial Award from Martindale-Hubbell: According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent Judicial Award is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting the confidential opinions of the Judiciary, and is a testament to the fact that judges rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.   Further, being awarded the AV Preeminent rating from both Peers and the Judiciary is the “highest possible distinction as an attorney”.
The Sugarman Law Firm is proud to welcome Bradley Morien to the firm.  Mr. Morien joins the firm as an associate in the Syracuse office in the Business/Corporate and Real Estate departments.  Bradley is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law.  Prior to joining the firm he operated a general practice law firm as a sole practitioner and of counsel.  Click here to view Bradley's complete bio.
Kevin Van Duser, assisted by Stephen Davoli and Heather Berry, represented a Financial Advisor being sued for an alleged breach of contract relating to the sale of a Financial Advisor Practice with a book of business value estimated in excess $50,000,000. It was alleged that the Sugarman client owed the seller $497,000 plus interest. A Counterclaim was served on behalf of the client alleging that that the seller violated the covenant not to compete contained in the contract for the purchase of the business. After a 6 day non-jury trial, the judge found in favor of Sugarman’s client, d...


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Michael Riehler and Paul Mullin recently attended the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA) Annual Meeting in Austin Texas. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the leading restaurants and retailers from across the country to meet with risk managers, third party administrators and defense attorneys all experienced in the common goal of defending restaurants and retail businesses in today's litigation. The conference included experts in claim investigations, alternative dispute resolution, trial issues, and handling claims in the digital world we now live.&nbs...


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In a closely-watched case, the United States Supreme Court (5-4) has ruled that closely-held corporations cannot be required to provide contraceptives coverage (as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)) as required by the Affordable Care Act. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. et al. No. 13-354 (June 30, 2014).


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Sugarman Law Firm Real Estate Department Exhibits at GSAR Event
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the members of the Sugarman Law Firm Real Estate Department (Bruce Poushter, Shelby Redmond, Bridget McConnell, Yvonne Klaister and Michelle Andrews) showed their support with a booth at the annual GSAR (Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors) Hats off to you Associate’s Day at the OnCenter. The theme of this year’s event was the roaring twenties. The SLF booth highlighted our founder, David Sugarman, by displaying published newspaper articles of his featured cases from 1924-1929.
The Obama Administration has delayed the federal requirement for mid-size employers (50-99 employees) to provide health insurance to employees. Mid-size employers will not have to comply until 2016. Also, the Administration backed off the full implementation for larger employers. Employers with 100 or more employees will need to offer coverage to 70 percent of full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 or they will be subject to tax penalties. Employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees are generally exempt from the requirement to offer coverage. There is still uncertainty on how ...


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New York Labor Law prohibits terminated workers from receiving unemployment benefits if they are receiving severance pay that exceeds the state’s maximum weekly unemployment benefit. That benefit is currently $405.00. This applies even if the severance payment is a lump sum. The new rule effects only terminated workers that apply for unemployment benefits after January 1, 2014. Employers must be aware that there are loopholes to this provision and employers need to review any standard severance agreements in light of this new rule. 

The United States Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor that the provision of federal law that confined marriage to a legal union between a man and a woman invalid.


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By James G. Stevens, Jr., Esq.

 

It is human nature to sometimes be a little casual in our approach to smaller tasks. After all we’ve done them many times in the past without a problem and perhaps even picked up some decent fees for limited effort (or at least picked up some cash flow that helps with the overhead). As attractive as that low hanging fruit may be sometimes, don’t let your guard down. “I did it for a low fee or no fee” is not a defense recognized in the law. Your duty to your client and the public is not dependent on the size of the job or the size of the fee. The duty is always to comply with the standard of care.


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Many people may think that they don’t have enough money or assets to necessitate having a will but your will can do much more than just designate the beneficiaries of your estate. Having a will allows you to have control over many aspects of your estate, it allows you to dispose of your assets according to your wishes subject to certain rules with respect to spouses, leave charitable bequests, appoint a guardian for your minor children, appoint the person who will take care of your estate once you die, this person is referred to as your “personal representative” or “executor”, create trusts for minors and/or persons with disabilities, among many other things. Even if all of your assets are held jointly or with named beneficiary designations, it is still important to have a will as a back-up. In addition, having a will in place may allow you to avoid federal or New York estate tax.


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By Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.

 

Business owners spend thousands of dollars annually producing insurance to protect others. Workers compensation insurance helps defray injured employees medical expenses and lost income. General liability insurance protects customers by providing compensation for damages resulting from defective products or unsafe conditions at your of place of business. Automobile liability insurance of protects individuals injured in accidents and involving vehicles owned by your business. Although each of these forms of insurance are necessary none provide any direct protection to the business owner or family member injured in an automobile accident.


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