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Inheriting in New York

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When a loved one dies, whether expectedly or not, we find ourselves facing questions about that person’s final wishes. Outside the obvious funerary preparations, we also find ourselves having to disburse the deceased’s assets. Here at Urban Thier & Federer, we have a great deal of experience in assisting clients both in preparing wills and in helping heirs to inherit.  Inheritance can be a complicated process, but this article should serve to help you through it. How does inheritance work in New York? Inheriting in New York is a process that can be very simple, or it can be quite complicated. Generally, unless...

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Buying a Business in New York


In the work that we do with commercial businesses here at Urban Thier & Federer, we regularly work with clients who seek to buy a business in New York. Obviously buying a business in New York, as in any other state, is not like buying a new or used car. Such a purchase is a complex multi-step affair that will require the services of a lawyer, and we are available to help you in the process.  So how do you buy a business in New York? The first step in buying a business is finding a business that you want to buy....

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Wirtschaftsrunde – Christian Thier spoke on June 13 in New York

Thier spoke on Financial wealth and estate planning between the US and Germany Urban Thier & Federer is pleased to announce that Attorney Carl-Christian Thier  spoke at the Wirtschaftsrunde. Christian Thier, Partner at the law firm of Urban ,Thier and Federer focused on Financial wealth and estate planning between the US and Germany. The Meeting was held at the Miele Manhattan Experience Center  New York, NY 10155.We were delighted to be a part of this prestigious event. Attorney Carl-Christian Thier is a founding shareholder at Urban Thier & Federer and has extensive experience in international law, German American legal issues, Swiss American law,...

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Trends in International Law – German Lawyer Christian Thier Publishes Online Course

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International Legal Trends Course - German-US, Swiss-US, and Austria-US Issues Attorney Carl-Christian Thier published a continuing legal education course outlining current trends in international law. He focuses primarily on US-German, US-Austrian and US-Swiss legal issues. U.S. companies are often not aware of the legal landscape in Europe and law practices may be called on to give them guidance as they establish themselves abroad. Attorney Thier discusses domestic and foreign litigation, international laws that should be considered in each situation. He also covers how U.S. judgements are handled internationally. Other important factors such as double taxation and treaties that impact legislature and taxation...

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Recent Amendments to the Law: Alimony and Child Support, Military Personnel and Child Abduction

Recent Amendments to the Law: Alimony and Child Support, Military Personnel and Child Abduction You will see significant changes in the law affecting both alimony and child support in 2010 and 2011. Many of these changes may affect your child support and alimony claims, and may also warrant modification of existing orders affecting your rights and obligations to pay support into the future....

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Legal Pitfalls in Distributing Marital Property

Legal Pitfalls in Distributing Marital Property What is marital property? Generally speaking, Florida law defines the marital estate as any asset or debt accumulated or incurred during the marriage, and there is a presumption that the marital estate should be equally divided between the spouses. The title to the property or debt does not determine to whom it is distributed. Sounds simple, but many difficult legal issues arise in equitable distribution litigation. It is crucial for spouses going through a divorce to obtain competent legal advice regarding who is necessary to join as a party to the divorce action, exactly what constitutes...

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The Basics of Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases in the United States

The Basics of Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Cases in the United States Personal injury and wrongful death cases focus primarily on liability (who was at fault) and damages (how severe is the injury and what are the financial consequences of the injury or death). Liability: Liability is the determination of who is at fault for an injury or death. Many times more than one party is at fault. For example, in an automobile accident case, the client/injured party, another driver, vehicles owners, and others may all be at least partially liable or at fault for an accident. As another example,...

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Damages and Compensation in United States Based Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases

Damages and Compensation in United States based Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases The law cannot heal injuries or bring back a deceased loved one. However, in the United States the law can and does provide financial compensation to those who have been injured or killed due to the negligence or fault of another. Once liability has been found, the law seeks to compensate the injured person, or deceased’s estate, for all aspects of damages, both to property and person....

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Business Organization in New York: For-Profit versus Not-For-Profit Corporations

The incorporation or organization of an entity as either a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation carries significant benefits over an unincorporated entity, including personal asset protection, additional name and brand protection, taxation flexibility, deductible expenses, and perpetual existence. Depending on the intended purpose and structure of the entity, it may qualify for not-for-profit status, which significantly decreases the taxes assessed against the entity, but limits the scope of certain aspects of its operation, including mandating certain aspects of management and limiting distribution of profits and other activity. Whether an entity wishes to organize as a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, working with...

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