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National Pro Bono Celebration Week: Attorney Spotlight – Patty Rauh

Monday, October 25th, 2021

The last week of October is National Pro Bono Celebration Week. Hurwitz & Fine’s Estate Planning/Elder Law Attorney Patty Rauh is one of our most active attorneys in pro bono work.


Edward C. Robinson Featured in The Daily Record's Power 20 Trusts & Estates List

Friday, August 27th, 2021

Hurwitz & Fine Attorney Edward C. Robinson was recognized by The Daily Record as a "Power 20" Trusts & Estates Attorney. 


End of State of Emergency and Impact on Remote Notarizations

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that New York’s COVID state of emergency, in place since March 7, 2020, has expired as of today, June 24, 2021.  What this means in terms of remote notarization of documents is unclear as the Governor had issued Executive Order 202.7 providing for remote notarization of documents, which had been extended through and including July 5, 2021.  In essence, we have conflicting guidelines as to how to treat this issue. 


Final Revisions to NY’s New Power of Attorney Law Enacted

Friday, March 26th, 2021

New York’s power of attorney law (General Obligations Law Article 5, Title 15) was significantly amended in December 2020 to streamline both the power of attorney form included in the statute and its proper execution. At the time of signing, Governor Cuomo negotiated several amendments, to be formally adopted by the Legislature in future legislation. That “clarifying” legislation has now passed both houses and was signed into law by the Governor on March 25, 2021 (A02353/S00888) as Chapter 84 of 2021.


Virtual Notary Public and Witnessing of Estate Documents Continue Under NY Pandemic Relief Executive Orders

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Attorney Carly M. Speyer updates on the status of virtual notary public and witnessing of estate documents under NY Pandemic Relief Executive Orders.


New Modified NY Power of Attorney Law to Make Form Simpler and Easier to Execute

Friday, December 18th, 2020

On December 15, Governor Cuomo signed an amendment to New York’s power of attorney law (General Obligations Law Article 5, Title 15) that will make the power of attorney form simpler and easier to correctly execute. Attorney Carly Speyer explains more. 


SECURE Act Limits “Stretch IRA” Estate Planning Opportunities

Monday, June 8th, 2020

The rules for how an IRA account balance is treated upon the death of the account owner have changed significantly, and those changes could impact many families.


Changes to Medicaid Application Process in Light of COVID-19

Monday, April 13th, 2020

The NYS Division of Eligibility and Marketplace Integration issued a General Information System message to all Local District Commissioners and Medicaid Directors regarding changes to the Medicaid application and recertification process in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Hurwitz & Fine summarizes these changes.


The SECURE Act: What Retirees Need to Know

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

For many retirees, their retirement account is their biggest asset and one that they spent decades growing, but major changes could be coming to these accounts thanks to the pending SECURE Act, which is expected to be passed into law by 2020.


Why Your Power of Attorney May Not Be Enough

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

A power of attorney is an important tool in any life or estate plan, but it is critical to make sure that it achieves your objectives.