Practice Area: Family Law

NYSBA Calls for Statewide Equity for the Increase in State-Funded Compensation for Assigned Counsel

Sherry Levin Wallach, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement today following the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2023-24 executive budget proposal: “Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized the need for increased pay for assigned counsel in New York State. But her proposal calling for lower rates upstate relative to downstate is … Continued

Law on Electronic Notary Services Goes Into Effect Feb. 1

A new law, NY Executive Law Section 135-c, authorizes notaries to perform electronic notarial acts by registering with the Department of State and complying with new rules. Notaries wishing to provide electronic notary services will be able to register with the Department of State starting on Feb. 1. After Jan. 31, New York State will no … Continued

New York State Bar Association Champions Historic Right to Marry Law

Sherry Levin Wallach, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement today about President Biden signing the Respect for Marriage Act into law: “With President Biden signing the Respect for Marriage Act today, the right to marry has now been enshrined into federal law. While same-sex couples rejoiced when the U.S. … Continued

President Biden Signs Historic Right To Marry Bill

President Biden signed a historic bill enshrining the right to marry into law today.  All states will be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and same-sex marriage will be recognized at the federal level. “With President Biden signing the Respect for Marriage Act today, the right to marry has now been enshrined … Continued

New York State Bar Association Commences Lawsuit To Raise 18-B Rates

Children and indigent adults are being deprived of their constitutional rights to meaningful and effective representation in the criminal and family courts because pay for assigned counsel in the state has not been increased in 18 years, the New York State Bar Association contended in a lawsuit filed today. The sole exception is New York … Continued

Two Capital Region Lawyers Honored for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare by New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association honored two Capital Region legal champions with the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare — Justice Elizabeth A. Garry, presiding justice of the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, and Rensselaer County child advocate Douglas Broda. The award recognizes vital work undertaken … Continued