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Partner Paul Mullin was  re-elected as President of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation and partner Sam Elbadawi was elected as a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association Board of Directors.


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Partners Daniel Cavarello, Esq. and Paul Mullin, Esq. have each been named 2012 SuperLawyers for their exceptional legal performance.


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Sugarman Law Firm is proud to have been ranked as a Tier 1 best law firm in professional malpractice defense for 2013 by U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms". The firm's professional malpractice defense department assists architects, engineers, physicians, attorneys, accountants and other professionals in resolving claims.


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By Stephen G. Pesarchick, Esq. & Jenna W. Klucsik, Esq.  

 

The following discusses the substantive requirements of the Daubert standard and its application in vehicle fire loss cases. In addition to an in-depth case study, it also includes references to other helpful cases and important practice notes for anyone litigating a vehicle fire loss case in federal court or in a state court where the Daubert standard applies.


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Partner Paul V. Mullin, Esq. spoke at the 137th Annual Onondaga County Bar Association Dinner on October 25, 2012. As President of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation, Mullin spoke on behalf of the Foundation about the philanthropic efforts of the organization and its fundraising efforts to promote service and the law in the community.


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By Paul V. Mullin, Esq.  

 

A case law update.


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By Paul V. Mullin, Esq.  

 

A discussion of case law involving police liability claims.

 


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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.  

 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published form contracts for use by Owners, Contractors and Design Professionals since 1888. Over the years the AIA’s catalog of form contracts has evolved to reflect the needs of the construction industry. The AIA’s contracts are commonly used and their terms have been interpreted on hundreds of occasions by New York Courts. Although the AIA forms are typically an excellent starting point from which to create construction project agreements they should not be used indiscriminately or without consideration of their applicability to the circumstances of a particular project.


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By Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.  

 

If you are a Design Professional in the State of New York you have available to you a powerful tool for the reduction of risk. A special Statute of Limitations exists which can extinguish even valid claims like the shot clock in a basketball game nullifies a perfect shot that was taken after the buzzer. However, in order to maximize your potential to benefit from this law you must first understand how it operates and, most importantly, how to start the clock running.


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By Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.  

 

According to dictionary.com the idiom, “write your own ticket”, means “to set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes”. Design professionals who understand and effectively use limitations of liability can “write their own ticket” by reducing the risk they are exposed to from a particular project contract.


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By Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.  

 

Let’s face it; legal disputes have become a part of the construction process. Given that fact, I think there is something to be learned from those whose business is “disputes”, professional boxers.


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By Samuel M. Vulcano, Esq.

 

We all know about freedom of speech and the right to a jury trial. But what you may not know is that before those rights existed, the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to make a bad deal.


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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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