Executing a Power of Attorney in New York?

Power of attorneys are necessary, in many cases, for individuals or businesses wishing to conduct business via a third party. Under § 5-1501 of New York General Obligations Law, a Power of Attorney is “a written document, other than a document referred to in section 5-1501C, by which a principal

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Protection of Private Information in New York: SHIELD Act of New York

In this digital world, there’s one thing that we cannot live without – the Internet. As we are aware, the Internet became an even more important part of our lives during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Negatives go hand-and-hand with the benefits of the Internet. As we are aware, hackers are actively

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Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in New York Courts

The United States is a contracting state to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“Foreign Arbitral Awards Convention”). This New York law blog post details the steps necessary to recognize and enforce a foreign arbitral award

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Intestate Succession in New York: Dying without a Last Will and Testament in NY

In a previous article, we emphasized the importance of writing a “Last Will and Testament” and how a will helps protect your loved ones and allows you to determine what happens to your property after you pass. Under New York Law, when a person dies without a will, the Rules

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New Public Charge Rule Rescinded: How it Affects your Green Card Application?

A U.S. Federal Court in Illinois issued a decision rescinding the new Public Charge Rule of the Department of Homeland Security on November 2, 2020. The implementation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) of the new Public Charge Rule is halted. Thus, this Rescinded Public Charge Rule shall

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Challenges to Succeeding in Business in New York City

Life and work in the Big Apple isn’t all wine and roses for business owners in 2020, however, New York remains, still, one of the more attractive locations for entrepreneurs, business owners and investors looking to build a footprint in the United States. From Lady Liberty to Central Park, there’s

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Doing Business in New York: Listen to My Old Italian Mother to Succeed in Business in New York

New York is a great place to do business, however, those that do not follow my mother’s advice may end up lost in the forest or eaten by a shark. Listen to my mother and you shall be on your first step to a successful business in New York. If

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New York Lawyer Sean Hayes is Ranked a Top Attorney by Avvo for 2020

Hayes & Simon is proud to announce that Sean Hayes, a partner at Hayes & Simon, received the highest rating from AVVO.  AVVO is a leading attorney rating service and question & answer site.  Sean received the highest rating for his work in International Law. Sean is ranked a top

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Selling Goods and Services to the NY Government: NY Procurement Law Basics

Opportunities abound for creative and street-smart business to sell services, goods, commodities and technology to NY agencies and municipalities. While, the myriad of laws and regulations seem overwhelming, with a local business-savvy street-smart guide, doing business with the New York State, New York City and other municipalities can be rewarding

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Raising Venture Capital for your Startup or Small Business

Even during a pandemic, the appeal of being your own boss or an entrepreneur never loses its luster. The United States, Asia and other markets have proven to be exciting and happy hunting grounds for companies to explore new funding opportunities, and the COVID-19 shutdown has presented plenty of opportunities

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Cease and Desist Letters are an Efficient Means of Resolving Many Disputes

If you or your business is a victim of trademark infringement, copyright infringement, harassment, breach of contract or another harm, in many cases, a cease & desist letter drafted and sent by a law firm can help in resolving the matter in an amicable manner and with little cost. We

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Eviction Moratorium on Commercial & Residential Rents set to continue in New York until 2021

The Big Apple continues to present new opportunities to both new entrepreneurs entering the market and the established players who continue to call New York City home. No one is denying that we are all doing it tough. Commercial tenants have been put through the wringer with mandatory enforced business

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Reverse Merger Compliance & Disclosure Requirements: SEC Compliance Basics

In a prior article, we discussed the basics of Reverse Mergers (also referred to as reverse takeover “RTO,” reverse IPO, or a backdoor listing). And as mentioned in this post, in a reverse merger investors, typically, of a privately-held company acquire a majority of the shares of a publicly-held company,

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How Businesses can Mitigate Covid-19/Coronavirus Risks?

Numerous F & B, Accommodation and General Services business are facing dire predicaments because of Coronavirus-related restrictions on business and the state of the U.S. economy. Now business owners are facing the fear that these businesses may be sued by patrons or employees for the alleged contraction of Covid-19 at

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Recognition and Enforcement of a Foreign Divorce Decree in New York

Recognition and enforcement of a foreign divorce decree in New York is via the process of domestication of the foreign divorce decree. A foreign divorce decree may undergo a process of domestication which involves the recognition and enforcement of the foreign divorce decree. In short, recognition is when a court

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Hiring a NY Lawyer or Law Firm in New York: Due Diligence of NY Attorneys

Hiring a NY lawyer can be stressful. I have hired many associate and senior lawyers for my firm and a large international law firm I worked with. I find the vetting of lawyers requires high-level interview skills and a lot of instincts. In many cases, it is more art than

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Free Initial Consultation with a New York Lawyer

Hayes & Simon, an international law firm, is offering a free initial consultation with an attorney in New York. Your legal consultation may be schedule at: Schedule a Call. The call shall be with, in most cases, New York Lawyer Sean Hayes. Hayes & Simon, P.C. Hayes & Simon professionals are internationally

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International Distribution Agreements: Selling your Products, Systems & Services Abroad via Distributors, Agents & Franchisees

Our attorneys at Hayes & Simon see too many international distribution agreements, agent agreements and franchise agreements that are mere spun U.S. or European distribution agreements. These agreements are utilized for matters concerning the distribution of a products, systems or services abroad and should be based, in most cases, based

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Restrictive Covenants in New York Franchise Agreements: Strategic Use of Restrictive Covenants by Franchisors

New York franchise agreements typically contain restrictive covenants against competition and/or a franchisee non-compete clause. Such provisions are meant to prevent franchisees, whom are granted rights by the franchisor to operate a business modeled on the Franchise Program from engaging in business activities in competition with the franchisor during or

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Termination of New York Commercial Leases based on Violation of New York Law

New York landlords may terminate a commercial lease agreement based on a tenant utilizing a leased premise for a violation of New York or U.S. Federal Law.  A recent NY court holding leads credence to the understanding that even a single violation of law related directly to the illegal use

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