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President Obama’s 2014 Immigration Executive Order

President Obama’s 2014 Immigration Executive Order

On November 21, 2014, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an executive order that would defer the deportation of millions of people who do not have legal status to be in the United States.     To qualify for deferred action under the executive order, a person must meet the following...

Married Same-Sex Marriage Couples and Immigration Update

This past June, the Supreme Court ruled The Defense of Marriage Act, the law preventing the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, unconstitutional. Previously, even with New York and fourteen other states passing laws allowing gay marriage, DOMA had barred the federal government...

Rent Stabilized Apartments are Now Protected under NY Law When Filing Bankruptcy

Rent Stabilized Apartments are Now Protected under NY Law When Filing Bankruptcy

For the last several years, those considering filing bankruptcy in New York who lived in either a rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartment had to consider the possibility of losing their home if they filed bankruptcy. It seemed crazy that some of the most vulnerable among us risked becoming...

President Obama takes action on Immigration when Congress doesn't

President Obama takes action on Immigration when Congress doesn't

On November 20, 2014, President Obama laid out a sweeping plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system. This plan will drastically alter the lives of many undocumented immigrants living in the country. Although, most people have only heard discussion in the news about the part of the plan that...

Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage Fraud

Can you imagine claiming that you and your family are destitute and even homeless and at the same time claiming that you are wealthy and getting millions in mortgages?  That is exactly what 15 people are accused of.  In fact, 12 of them were members of the same family.  Today the U.S. attorney in...