A Step-by-Step Look Into the Process of Sealing Criminal Records in New York

If you’ve ever been charged with a crime, you’re naturally going to be worried about having a criminal record. It has the potential to haunt you for the rest of your life, limiting your job prospects and denying you access to certain public benefits and professional licenses. Is there any way to clear your record, or at least make the contents unavailable to anyone outside of law enforcement? New York law does not Read More

Identify Yourself: A Guide to the 5 Types of Business Entities

When starting a new business, the legal structure you choose is one of the most important decisions you will need to make. Your ultimate choice will affect the way the company is run, your degree of personal liability for business debts, the taxes you pay, and more. The key is to decide which entity accomplishes your personal goals while delivering the most operational and financial advantages. In New York, there Read More

TO LAWFULLY GROW YOUR BUSINESS, KNOW YOUR PARTNERS

KYP.  What does it mean? No, not “keep you posted.”  But stay posted: by the end of this article, we will explain what KYP means and how it’s a critical step in building your business the right way. Know your professional hire – a familiar refrain. Before seeing a doctor or hiring an accountant, most people exercise some due diligence.  In today’s world, due diligence tools are vast: a google search, checking out Read More

AVOIDING INVESTMENT FRAUD IN FOUR STEPS

A few months ago I received a call from my dad.  He had received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS demanding money.  These types of scam calls are prevalent and they target the 60 and over crowd in bulk, understanding that of the thousands of calls made, dozens and dozens will fall victim.  It’s a volume scheme and one more sophisticated citizens often manage to avoid.  But what about the scams Read More

“THE NIGHT OF” AND UNDERSELLING THE ART OF LITIGATION

“The Night Of,” HBO’s moody, intermittently cerebral look at the criminal justice system and the domino-like effect a single arrest can have on individuals, families and communities, gets much right about the police arm of the criminal justice process.  In its opening episode, it handles the Sergeant’s Desk – the nerve center of most New York City precincts – with an attention to detail lacking in almost every Read More

THE BASICS ON FINCEN AND THE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP RULE

Legal fiction has become passé. At least in the eyes of the Treasury Department. The US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has targeted legal entities with ties to money laundering schemes by requiring legal entities opening new accounts at financial institutions to disclose and verify identification of the entity’s beneficial owner.  Beneficial owner, in this context, means an Read More

TO STOP OP-ED ATTACKS ON PROSECUTORS, CALL FOR BALANCE

The New York Times is one of many publications that regularly lambasts prosecutors for misconduct.  In its latest Op-Ed, the Times suggests federal oversight for state prosecutors’ offices that “repeatedly ignore defendants’ legal and constitutional rights.”  Let’s leave aside the logistical barriers to this solution (lack of resources, identification of “bad” offices) and focus on the unbalanced approach to the Read More