Arbitration Agreements and Enforceability in New York State

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution and may be used to settle a dispute without using the courts. Article 75 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules contains the rules and procedures governing arbitrations in New York State. Importantly, there are rules and cases regarding arbitration agreements and when they will be enforced.

What is the Difference between a Contested and an Uncontested Divorce?

There are two kinds of divorces in New York State, contested and uncontested divorces. If one party does not appear in the divorce action or has appeared and has no objection, the action is uncontested. On the other hand, if the parties fail to agree on all issues and it is necessary to use the court to resolve them, the divorce will be labeled as contested.

New York Department of State Streamlines Benefit Corporation Formation

It is now easier and faster to create a benefit corporation in New York State. In addition to adding information about benefit corporations to its website, the NYS Department of State now allows you to form a benefit corporation online. This new process will reduce the time needed to get a benefit corporation up and running in New York.

Is It Illegal to Ride a Bicycle on the Sidewalk in the City of Buffalo?

This is a straightforward question. Unfortunately, the answer is not easily accessible for anyone who wants to comply with the rules of the road. Because of the inaccessibility of the law and the growing interest and use of bicycles in Buffalo, it is time to take steps to make the rule widely available so that our streets are safer.

Execution of a Last Will and Testament for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Special issues arise when drafting and executing a last will and testament for a blind or visually impaired person. The main issue relates to the execution provisions of the New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL). Because the EPTL requires testators (the person whose will is made) to sign the will and declare aloud that the document signed is his or her will, additional care should be taken to make sure that it is properly executed.

Bicyclists May Need Greater Protection to Prevent Accidents

Buffalo is seeing terrific upgrades to its bicycle infrastructure. The upgrades have included the installation of 11.3 miles of bike lanes in 2013. These lanes will hopefully not only encourage bicycling within Buffalo but also make it safer. A new report out of Rochester indicates, however, that a bicycle safety law has not been enforced.

New York Benefit Corporations and How to Form Them

Business owners typically incorporate because their lawyer or accountant told them to. There is a relatively new reason to consider as well. You may want your business to become a "benefit corporation" so that it not only receives tax benefits and legal protections, but also to hold your business to a higher standard. New York State started letting businesses register as benefit corporations in 2012 so that they can focus on their triple bottom lines of profit, people, and planet.

Father’s Rights – Changing or Hyphenating Your Child’s Last Name

Last names are important because they identify us with our families and remind us where we come from. Did you know that you can ask a court to change your child’s last name if it is not the same as yours? If you are the father of a child whose last name is different than yours, there are two main ways to change the child’s last name. The first way is to get the consent of the mother. If this doesn’t work, you can ask a court to change the child’s name over the objection of the mother under Article 6 of the NY Civil Rights Law.