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Get Off My Property!! The Counter-Arguments.

We’ve all heard that commonly yelled phrase “get off my property!!” Some of us may have even been the intended listener of that order, which is to say some of us have been troublemakers on someone else’s property. In either case, that demand by the property owner is...

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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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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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