Month: March 2020

NYSBA’s Virtual Hallway Immune to Social Distancing

When the Governor issued an executive order allowing notarial services via videoconference in the wake of the coronavirus, some attorneys wondered how to get started. One attorney posed this question on the very active Trusts and Estates Law Section community. Rather quickly, dozens of responses poured in about how to handle this seismic shift in … Continued

Hank Greenberg & Judy Perry Martinez | What The Legal Community Is Doing To Help Lawyers During Coronavirus Pandemic | Miranda Warnings

Hank Greenberg, President of the New York Bar Association and Judy Perry Martinez, President of the American Bar Association join David to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the U.S. courts and legal system and how bar leaders are addressing this crisis. Martinez provides an update on the steps courts are taking to ensure … Continued

Summary of Executive Order 202.12

On March 28, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.12 invoking new powers from a law passed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to temporarily suspend or modify laws necessary to assist or aid in coping with a declared State disaster emergency. On March 3, 2020, the Governor signed into law legislation that expanded his … Continued

Trusts and Estates in the Time of Coronavirus

The days of an individual signing their power of attorney form with an attorney and two witnesses sitting close by at the same table are over — at least for now. In the last two weeks, it has been common for estate planners to execute power of attorney forms on the hood of a car … Continued

Living Well in the Time of the Coronavirus

How is your stress level? Last week, I had to help get my 20-year-old daughter back from Europe, my 88-year-old mother was isolated in an assisted living facility and not allowed visitors, and the stock market tanked. Then they took away March Madness. This week you may be working remotely side by side with your … Continued

State Bar Association Launches Emergency Task Force To Assist Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Impacted by Coronavirus

The New York State Bar Association is establishing an emergency COVID-19 Task Force to Assist Solo Practitioners and Small Firms as they weather and prepare to recover from the severe economic crisis created by the coronavirus and its dramatic impact on the entire economy – including the practice of law. “COVID-19 is having a devastating … Continued

The Olympics Are Canceled; Now Bring in the Lawyers

The International Olympic Committee officially postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this week, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying the games needed to be rescheduled to “a date far beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.’ From … Continued