New York Matrimonial Law: Service by Publication

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In a divorce, it sometimes is “impossible” to find and personally serve the defendant-spouse. After other efforts have been made, service by publication may be used as a last resort after “diligent” searching by other methods under CPLR 315. Service by publication is time consuming and may be costly. A poor person’s fee waiver for certain court filing fees is …

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Land Uses with Urban Agriculture

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Although land use and zoning issues can also affect agriculture in rural areas throughout New York state, an urban or suburban farmer should carefully review the zoning code.  According to Dean Patricia Salkin at Touro Law Center in the “Counseling the Local Food Movement” webinar with the American Bar Association, there are several zoning mechanisms that can be used to promote small-scale …

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Hear Me Talk Farm Estate and Succession Planning on Heritage Greenhorns Radio

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I will be on Heritage Radio Network out of Brooklyn tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 4-4:30pm ET during the Greenhorns Radio spot.  My interview focuses heavily on the farm estate and succession planning (not purposefully – it’s just the way the conversation went).  I’m a huge believer that families should have open and candid conversations about succession planning of …

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Happy Fourth Year Anniversary to this Blog (and my law practice)

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I hope my readers had a great Fourth of July.  I just got back from the Berkshires.  You can see some of my pictures on Instagram.  Back to business.. I had a great first, second, and third anniversary for this blog, but I have to say – Year 4 has been the best.  Thank you for support from my blog …

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Interested in Starting an Agriculture or Environmental Law Practice?

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I will be joining Natara Feller, an energy lawyer, on April 9, 2013 to discuss starting an agriculture or environmental law practice.  The “Quick Teleconference” is hosted by the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (“SEER”) Special Committee on Young Lawyers and the Special Committee on Law Students.  The Quick Teleconference is free for SEER members …

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Mediator for the New York State Agriculture Mediation Program (NYSAMP)

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Since completing the mediation apprenticeship program with the New York Peace Institute, my Community Dispute Resolution Center (“CDRC”) in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I have been admitted to the roster of mediators for the New York State Agriculture Mediation Program (“NYSAMP”).  NYSAMP works with the CDRC’s in each country throughout New York to provide free mediation services for the New York …

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Completion of Community Mediation Apprenticeship

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As I noted in this post, I have been participating in the New York Peace Institute’s Community Mediation Apprenticeship Program.  I started my journey in December 2011 by completing the 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training.  I then started the 13 – week classroom portion of the apprenticeship in January 2012.  New York Peace Institute has strict standards for its apprenticeship program …

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Workshops Available at FamilyKind on the Upper West Side in New York City

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As my readers know, not only am I a food and agriculture lawyer but I also have a family and matrimonial law practice.  I wanted to point out a helpful organization here in New York City for you folks who may be going through a separation or divorce:  FamilyKind. It offers separate classes for adults, children and teens to better …

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Supervised Child Visitation in New York

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When one parent (the custodial parent) has physical custody of a child, the other parent (the non-custodial parent) usually has visitation rights (i.e., “parenting time”). There is an assumption that a parent has a right to unsupervised visitation with his or her child absent any threat to the child’s wellbeing. However, if the court finds that there is a threat …

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Member of the NY State Council on Divorce Mediation

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I have recently become a member of the NY State Council on Divorce Mediation (“NYSCDM”).   You can find me on the list of divorce mediators for New York County (Manhattan) using this search.  Here is the complete list of divorce mediators.  It has a nice blog you can subscribe to on information about divorce mediation.  You can also follow …

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Land Use Tools for Promoting Urban & Suburban Agriculture

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According to Dean Patricia Salkin in American Bar Association’s “Counseling the Local Food Movement” (May 2012), the following zoning tools can be used to promote small-scale agriculture production within city limits: Comprehensive Plans. This is the over-arching plan upon which land use regulations are adopted.  It is important that the comprehensive plan itself emphasize the importance of small-scale commercial agriculture …

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New York Office of Community Gardens

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While reading this publication, I was reminded about the New York Office of Community Gardens with the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.  Pursuant to NY Ag & Mkts Article 2-C, Section 31-h, the duties of the office are as follows: (1)  identify vacant public land suitable for community gardens; (2)  coordinate interested community groups with appropriate state or local …

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