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Estate Planning After The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018, is considered the most significant overhaul of the U.S. Tax Code since 1986.  The changes will have a profound impact on individuals, trusts, estates, and businesses in a variety of ways. Generally,...

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Surface and Subterranean Water Rights

(This is the final part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) When I was a boy a neighbor of ours built a wooden fence around his horse pasture. It had large posts and wide rails, and was painted with dark paint right down to the ground. When spring came...

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The Case of the Mischievous Monkey Selfie

A cynic in my house once described a selfie as a portrait of a monkey taken by a jackass.  For those of you still trying to get reception on a television set with a rabbit ears antenna, you might have missed the case of the monkey selfie.  Naruto, et al v. David John...

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Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Copyrights

Everybody knows that January 1st is New Year’s Day, but did you know that January 1st is Copyright Law Day as well?  Like New Year’s Day, Copyright Law Day is an international observance, intended to celebrate the laws that protect the efforts of authors of all forms...

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Docking and Mooring Regulations on Canandaigua Lake

(This is the second part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) After my freshman year of college I spent two years living in Honduras. I was exposed to an entirely new culture and witnessed firsthand the harsh economic realities faced by many people....

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Public and Private Rights on Canandaigua Lake

(This is the first part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) Usable fresh water is one of our most important and limited natural resources. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that less than 1% of the Earth’s water is available...

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Is Your Business Ready for Your Departure?

You are getting on in years, are the founder of a successful business, and are starting to think about the next phase of your life and retiring.  Maybe you are just getting tired of the daily grind and would like to travel or spend more leisure time with...

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The Revenue Act of 2017? 2018?

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee revealed its 429-page “simplification” of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”). This article will attempt to summarize the proposed bill and we will follow up from time to time to as the bill winds its...

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