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August 28, 2018

     On April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law several bills included in the 2018-2019 State Budget, including legislation considered to be some of the nation’s most expansive sexual harassment laws.  Some of the measures passed include prohibiting mandatory nondisclosure provisions in settlements of sexual harassment claims, prohibiting mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims, extending sexual harassment protections to non-employees such as vendors and independent contractors, requiring public sector employees found liable of sexual harassment to reimburse the public for any award paid by a public entity for such claims and requiring state contractors to certify the...

August 22, 2018

     Aretha Franklin, with an approximate net worth of $80 million, passed away at 76 years of age at her home in Detroit, Michigan—reportedly without a Will. As if this was not surprising enough, Aretha had a special needs son (Clarence) who will need financial and other forms of support his entire life. According to Michigan law, Aretha's four children will receive their inheritance outright (not in trust) in equal shares. This could have a drastic impact on any benefits he is receiving now or in the future. So, how could this have been avoided and what would happen if this took place in New York? This article will discuss how assets will be distributed (in New York) if an individual never...

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