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National Make A Will Month
August in National Make A Will Month 

Many people think that a will is only for those who want to set up trusts or save taxes.  That may be one benefit.  But the primary reason for making a will is to leave your property and assets to your loved ones and in the proportions you choose.

There are many stories about 'Do It Yourself' wills.  The desire to avoid a fee has resulted in delays, increased costs, and frustration of plans that were held to be invalid.

Take the time this month to be sure you have a legal will and if not, to create one.  A great time to review your will is after a marriage, divorce, children, or grandchildren; selling or buying real estate or a business; death or incapacity of a family member; relocating to a new state, financial or medical expense setbacks, and new tax law and Medicaid regulations.

Consultations are free at J&G and you can contact us at (845) 778-2121 if you would like us to help you.  

To celebrate National Make A Will Month - here is a wordsearch puzzle for you to complete.
Tips for Running a Nonprofit
Gary M. Schuster, who concentrates on business, nonprofit, and arts and entertainment law, gives five tips for running a charitable nonprofit. Learn more about director's duties, money, policies, committees, and political activity.

Click below to read Tips for Running a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.  

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation July 29, 2019
Here is a news update from Robert Lefland, Esq .

There have been developments in New York State regarding marijuana and it's use.

First, and foremost, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. And allowing adult-use marijuana was NOT enacted into law in New York in 2019.

On July 29, 2019, however, Governor Cuomo did sign legislation which decriminalized recreational marijuana use, meaning possession of small amounts of the drug will be punished by fine rather than jail time. The penalty for possessing about an ounce of cannabis will be reduced from a $100 fine to a $50 fine. Also, the new law will provide a mechanism for clearing the records of people who had been criminally convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Cannabis possession arrests and convictions for amounts decriminalized under the new law will be automatically expunged.

Stay tuned into changes impacting Cannabis and Hemp by visiting our website.
Michele Babcock appointed to the Sullivan County Chamber and Foundation Board of Directors
Congratulations to Michele L. Babcock, Managing Partner at Jacobowitz and Gubits on her appointment as board of director for the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  As a graduate of the Leadership Sullivan Class of 2018 and with an office in Monticello, Michele will be able to bring value to the community of Sullivan County through her role.  

Please join us in congratulating Michele.

Andrea Dumais and Kelly Pressler recognized as Super Lawyers 
Congratulations to Andrea Dumais, Esq. and   Kelly Pressler, Esq., both senior counsel at J&G.  Andrea and Kelly will be recognized as 2019 Upstate New York Rising Stars by Super Lawyers on August 12, 2019.  Join us in congratulating Andrea and Kelly. 

Pictured here is Andrea Dumais, Michele Babcock (Managing Partner), and Kelly Pressler of J&G.

Michael Wagner Admitted to the New Jersey Bar 
Congratulations to Michael Wagner who has been admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.   Michael will continue to expand his estate planning and asset protection, elder law, and wills and trusts legal services in both New York and New Jersey.   Michael also frequently presents Estate Planning and Asset Protection free seminars to educate seniors on how to avoid probate, protect their assets for their loved ones and much more.  
Have you provided sexual harassment prevention policies, complaint forms, and training to your employees?  Deadline of October, 2019 approaching!
Pursuant to a new State statute that took effect October 9, 2018, all employers are required to establish a sexual harassment policy and provide the policy in writing to all employees in their primary language, and continue to provide employees such policy on a yearly basis.  This applies to public and private employers, regardless of the number of employees.

We're booking now for on-site sexual harassment prevention training for employers to offer their employees.  Contact us today to schedule your training before the October 2019 deadline! 

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