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Are Farm Breweries The Answer For A Suffering Agriculture Industry?

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by
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In the Hudson Valley, we have a longstanding tradition of farm wineries. However, today with both national and local family brands of craft beers, spirits, and ciders coming into the mix, we have numerous breweries, distilleries, and cideries all right here in Orange County. In fact, these are the new Read more

Passing The Pitchfork

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by
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Throughout the Autumn season, farmers open their [barn] doors to those looking to experience fall on the farm. Here in the Hudson Valley, locals and visitors alike enjoy apple picking, harvest festivals, and pumpkin-spiced treats. Agriculture is big business in New York, and it accounts for hundreds of thousands of Read more

Upstate New York 2018, Super Lawyers

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by
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Continuing on a legacy of achievement, BSR&B Partners Gardiner “Tad” Barone, Richard J. Shapiro, Austin F. DuBois, and William A. Frank have all again been recognized as Top Rated Lawyers by New York Super Lawyers for 2018. Gardiner “Tad” Barone Business Litigation (7th consecutive honor) Richard J. Shapiro Elder Law Read more

Congratulations, Megan!

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by
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BSR&B Associate Megan Conroy was recently honored as an Orange County Rising Star by the Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. It was a well-deserved honor for a hard-working and community-minded attorney! Megan, a graduate of the 2017 Class of Leadership Orange and a member of the New York Read more

The Hudson Valley Farm Business: An Exciting Time

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by
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When I was growing up in western Orange County, I was never more than a stone’s throw away from a farm, and am thrilled to still live in an area where I can so readily enjoy their products. My grandparents and parents were great friends with longtime family farmers, as Read more

Asset Transfers That Are Exempt From Medicaid Penalties

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by
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Under the Medicaid “look back” rules, gifts made by a nursing home resident within the five-year period preceding the date of filing a Medicaid application are scrutinized by the Department of Social Services to determine the impact of those gifts on the applicant’s Medicaid eligibility. Contrary to common perception, however, Read more

Totten Trusts: A Technique for Distributing Your Assets at Death

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by
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The most common method of distributing assets after death is by a will. A will has precise legal requirements, can sometimes require a lengthy probate proceeding, and should be drafted by a legal professional to ensure it adequately protects your interests regarding your assets (a house, a car, jewelry, furniture, Read more

Spousal Refusal: A Powerful “Crisis Planning” Medicaid Technique

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by
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For many married couples of advancing age, their greatest fear is that they may be forced to deplete virtually all of their assets if one or both requires long-term care. Given that the private pay rate for nursing home costs in the Hudson Valley averages over $12,000 per month, and Read more

Get Involved With Your Local Government

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by
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Your effort within local government can have a real impact on your community. Many issues that directly affect our lives are decided on the local government level. That is where you can contribute to your community and directly affect the lives of your friends and neighbors. Local governments in our Read more

Thinking of Sitting for the CELA Exam? What You May Want to Know Before Taking the Plunge

Posted on: January 29th, 2018 by
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  Read the article in the NYS Bar Association’s Elder and Special Needs Journal here. About three years ago I first considered taking the CELA exam administered by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). By then I had been practicing law for 25 years, with a primary concentration in elder Read more
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