Lacy Katzen Blog

Business Succession Planning - As Strategy

Business succession planning, as part of your business strategy, sets the vision for your end game. While it may be enticing to avoid succession planning given the uncertainty in the current tax and regulatory environments, this may be the best time to focus on your business succession plan.

Your Medical or Nursing Home Claim May Require Fast Action

Some nursing homes and hospitals in New York State are owned by a municipality.  This means the nursing home or hospital is owned by a State, County, City or Town.  Municipalities enjoy certain benefits including a shorter window of time in which they must be sued before a claim would be denied. The permitted period of time in which to start a suit is referred to as a statute of limitations.

Obtaining Medical Records

Medical records are frequently used for non-medical purposes, including for example, to prove entitlement to insurance benefits, prove health and fitness for employment, prove the existence of a disability, or to excuse an absence from court, school or work. Regardless of the reason you seek medical records, the following steps will help you obtain the records you seek:

Snowbirds Beware! Exclusions to Your Homeowners Policy Could Leave Your Home Uninsured

Some people purchase a homeowners insurance policy and breathe a deep sigh of relief, satisfied that their property is protected. Unfortunately most people do not take the time to read the policy to understand exactly what coverage they have purchased. An insurance policy is a contract in the eyes of the law. The insurance company need only provide the coverage it agreed to provide, nothing more and nothing less. Your policy has two different areas that must be reviewed to determine if you are protected.

Why a "single focus" law firm might not be the best choice for your personal injury case

We’ve all seen the ads. Hurt in a car? Our lawyers have a sole focus - we handle only car accident cases. The clear implication is they must be better because they do nothing else. But is a single focus law firm really better for you and your case?

2017 Medicare Premiums

Medicare Part B premiums will rise for most Medicare Beneficiaries in 2017. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the standard Medicare Part B premium for most recipients will rise in 2017 by about 4% from $104.90 to $109.00. Some will see a 10 % increase for Part B from $121.80 a month to $134 a month. Also, all Medicare recipients will have to pay a higher Part B deductible in 2017, which will increase from $166 to $183.

Volunteering for a Cure

As a regional law firm to the Rochester area, Lacy Katzen continuously strives to be involved in the community.  This year, Lacy Katzen employees were asked to anonymously nominate an organization in the community at which the Firm would volunteer.  Employees then voted on the organization that they wanted to support.  Based on this process, the Firm has elected to partner with CURE Childhood Cancer, a nationally recognized non-profit organization in peer to peer support for families with children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

So You Think You Want to Put up a Fence...

Robert Frost said “Good fences make good neighbors”.

Lawyers add, provided the fence is on the boundary line.

Fences are often intended to mark property lines.  If people see a fence they may rightfully assume it marks a property line.  If asked, lawyers will tell a property owner to place fences so the outside edge is on the boundary line or an inch or two inside the boundary.  Lawyers will often recommend they hire a land surveyor to place stake on the property line so the fence is located properly.

Lacy Katzen Attorney's Commitment to the Community

Recently, attorney Mary Fisher was recognized in the Cracker Box Palace newsletter for her outstanding volunteer work and commitment to the community.  The organization is a registered non-profit, no kill farm haven located  in Alton, NY that serves as the Large Animal Rescue for Wayne County and has an all-volunteer Large Animal Rescue Team.  Farm animals of all kinds come to recover from illness, neglect or abuse at Cracker Box Palace.  Mary has volunteered at Cracker Box Palace (CBP) for six years now and has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. 

New Overtime Rule from the United States Department of Labor Takes Effect December 1, 2016

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that it claims will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers – or give them more free time.

Key Provisions of the Final Rule