Tolling the Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations by Reason of Plaintiff’s Disability or Insanity - Case Update: Jemima O. v. Schwartzapfel, P.C.* The recent New York Appellate Division, First Department, decision of Jemima O. v. Schwartzapfel, P.C., 2019 NY Slip Op 08793 (1st Dept. 2019) sheds light on the often... Read more →


On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus a “public health emergency.” The deadly virus was first discovered at the end of 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since this time there have been confirmed cases in numerous countries across Asia, Europe and North America.... Read more →


Each year malpractice claims are made against lawyers by people that the lawyers never even considered to be their clients. Why? The lawyer did not send a declination letter after the initial meeting. The lawyer never explicitly communicated to the potential client, in writing, that he/she did not accept the... Read more →


Sometimes known as “the rat rule,” ABA Model Rule 8.3 requires every lawyer to report certain professional misconduct by other lawyers to the appropriate disciplinary authority. As a matter of professional responsibility, we attorneys are mandated reporters of other lawyers, and we were mandated reporters long before statutory mandated reporting... Read more →


The recent New York Appellate Division, First Department, decision of Jose Borges v. Alfred Placeres, 2019 NY Slip Op 29221 (1st Dept. 2019) sheds light on the often murky topic of when a legal malpractice claim can be assigned. The Borges decision helpfully explains some circumstances when a legal malpractice... Read more →


It’s that time of year again. Holidays, family meals, presents and Long-Term Care Awareness Month. That’s right. November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month. Long-term care, and particularly long-term care insurance, is one of the most important components of a person’s financial portfolio, and yet it is one of the most... Read more →


Your office manager accidentally clicks on a link in an email that appears to be from you. Now there are fraudulent emails being sent out from your office manager’s email account because a cyber hacker has gained access. You call your IT provider, get the situation under control, block the... Read more →


Life is unpredictable, but you and your loved ones can be prepared for the inevitable regardless of the “hows” or “whys”. Life insurance is increasingly important to protect the financial security of dependents, yet there are so many who have little or no coverage. According to the most recent 2019... Read more →