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Partner, Sam Elbadawi was recently selected by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the "10 Best Attorneys" in Central New York for "Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service". The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys chooses attorneys for this award that have "achieved unparalleled success but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client".
Partner Kevin Van Duser was selected as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for New York, 2016 and 2017, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA).  According to the AIOFLA, recognition as one of “New York’s 10 Best Attorneys” is given to lawyers who “have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field” and “have an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating”. 
Kevin Van Duser represented a mother in a custody dispute where each side was seeking physical custody of their young daughter. After a two day trial, and post-trial briefs, the court found in favor of Sugarman’s client and awarded physical custody of the child to the mother, as well as final decision making on the issues of medical and education for the child, two highly contested issues at trial.

By David C. Bruffett, Jr., Esq.


Regarding New York’s ‘Move Over Law’: It is important to know that Section 1144 of the NYS Traffic Law, commonly called the ‘Move Over Law’, requires that drivers approaching a parked or stopped emergency vehicle, that is in the same lane of travel, must move over to an adjacent lane. On multi-lane roads drivers must move one lane away and leave a buffer space of one lane.

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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 Bruce M. Poushter, Esq.


In December, 2010, the Federal Estate and Gift Tax provisions were amended.

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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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