New York Halloween Laws!

October 30th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online CLEHalloween is tomorrow, and that means that a night of trick-or-treating and mischief is sure to ensue. In addition to offering New York CLE, Marino Legal wants you to stay informed and safe this holiday. While it’s a very fun time for all, there are some laws that must be remembered while partaking in the festivities!

Zero Tolerance – In New York City, sex offenders must remain inside on Halloween. They cannot wear costumes, and cannot answer the door for trick-or-treaters. Given this rule is followed efficiently, it can offer a sense of relief for parents letting their children go about this Thursday.

Fake Gun Law – Fake guns are outlawed in NYC. So, if you’re going to be an outlaw yourself, you may need to consider a costume change. One exception is fluorescent colored fake weapons, which may kill your hard look, but will keep the police and people surrounding you happy.

The Mask Laws – Anyone over the age of 16 cannot wear a mask, unless you are at a masquerade. This is to protect all, and should be taken seriously. If you’re over the age of 16 and are going to wear a mask, you must be inside a home or at a masked event.

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Visit Marino Legal for your CLE online needs!

Supernatural Happenings & Law

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Law Cases - (0 Comments)
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New York has experienced some very interesting legal happenings. Law is constantly changing as new issues are brought about, and the cases which shape these changes hold the utmost importance. Staying up to date with your continuing legal education, whether in live classes or online CLE, is a must.

Today i’d like to take a look at a spooky court case which is very appropriate for the Halloween season! Stambovsky V. Ackley created quite a raise in the early 90s, and later became a staple in property law teachings. The Ackley family owned a home in Nyack, New York, which they had reported was haunted. Apparently spirits had shaken the mother’s bed, and stolen belongings from the children numerous times.

The entire town knew of the hauntings, as they has become a part of Nyack folklore. The Ackley’s had also had works published about the disturbances in outlets such as Reader’s Digest.

In 1990, the Ackley’s sold the house to New Yorker, Jeffery Stambovsky, without ever telling him of the poltergeist. He then later found out of the home’s reputation and brought the Ackley’s to court for fraudulent misrepresentation. Stambovsky’s case held up, not necessarily because the house was haunted, but because it was such common knowledge and had been written about in the past. This reputation affected the home’s value, thus upholding Stambovsky’s argument. Stay up to date with your New York continuing legal education with Marino Legal.


Changing Law in California

October 9th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)
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A recent law signed by Governor Jerry Brown just may be causing some changes in San Francisco. Changes in law and protocol can all be caught up on via online CLE. The new law was brought about by concerns for the environment and the health of the public. Certain chemicals used in flame retardant insulation in buildings contain extremely harmful chemicals. The two most common flame retardants used with foam insulation, HBCD and TCPP, are not chemically bonded to the insulation and thus have the potential to cause major harm as they float in the surrounding environment and are inhaled by individuals. Specific problems such as hormone disruption and nervous system development issues have been linked to these chemicals, which brought about the new law.

The new law isn’t quite banning these chemicals, but rather requires the state fire Marshal as well as the Building Standards Commission to review the standards for these materials in California. This may cause some debate in the future due to the fact that you are weighing people’s safety in two different lights. On one hand, their health may be affected by chemicals. On the other hand, they may be susceptible to being inside a burning building, which would effect their health all the same if not more. Stay up to date with your legal education and changes in procedure by checking out Marino Legal’s many different CLE online options.

Strange Laws in New York

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

Throughout your online CLE, you may not come across some of these extreme laws. Having knowledge of them may help you along the road, but regardless, some of these are kind of ridiculous. Many laws have been created are far more applicable the past, and some that are just extremely irrelevant in today’s world.

First, let’s take a look at the Kendall County law which poses restrictions on what you can do on your own personal property. The law states, “It is against town ordinances to camp out on your own land more than 72 hours a month. If you want to camp out for 2 weeks you need a permit, which can only be obtained once a year.” While humorous, this law is a classic case of invading people’s property rights and has the potential to raise some issues if enforced. Granted, this law is from the 1960s and may not be enforced as much these days.

Another state wide law in New York that has yet to be thrown out due to changes in times is one that states a fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll. Stay up to date on your New York CLE with Marino Legal.

Art Law Pt 2.

September 23rd, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Law Cases | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

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As we all know, going through the legal process can take a very long time. In this particular case, it took 35 years. We all remember the hit song “YMCA” by the Village People. It sounds like a happy fun time, but the legalities behind it caused issues and conjured up some inner group drama.

Victor Willis, the police man from the Village People, has just recently regained control of the rights to his many hit  songs he had written in the 70s, including “YMCA”, ” In the Navy”, “Macho Man”, and “Go West.”

What enabled this to happen was a provision of copyright legislation that took action in 1978. The guidelines stated that songwriters would hold “termination rights.” What does that mean? Pretty much, regardless of what you did with your writing, even if you signed it over, you would regain control of your work after 35 years. This enables Victor Willis to seize back full control of the songs he had written and he can know do whatever he’d like with the work. Although not completely sure how he is going to handle his new commodities, it’s been stated that he may ban the Village People from ever performing the song again.

Law is constantly changing, to keep up with your online CLE, or to see upcoming classes in NY Continuing Legal Education, head over to Marino Legal and see what you need to stay up to date!

Art Law Pt 1.

September 16th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Law | Law Cases - (0 Comments)
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Throughout time copyrights and intellectual property have brought about some extremely controversial court cases. While most of the larger cases fell years ago, some have made a major impact in more recent years. I’d like to focus on a case that took a few different turns between the years of 2009 and 2011.

It started when Richard Prince decided to make a series of paintings he called “Canal Zone”. These paintings were exhibited at the Gagosian gallery. He made 28 paintings that included images from French Photographer;s book Yes, Rasta from 2000. The book was a photo diary of Rastafarian people he had made while traveling in Jamaica.

In 2009 Cariou brought a suit upon Prince for copyright infringement through his Canal Zone exhibit. On March 18, 2011 US District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled against Prince claiming that his use of the works was not fair, and Cariou was completely in the right. This decision stood for a while, and Cariou actually destroyed some of the works during that time.

On April 25, 2013, the US Court of Appeals fort he Second Circuit decided otherwise and overturned Judge Deborah A. Batts Ruling. They ruled that 25 of the works were deemed transformative and fair, and only 5 of the works were to be send back for further review.

Staying up to date on intellectual property laws is a much, and through CLE online you can do so. Nobody want’s to be the one to make an awful court decision. Stay up to date with the law. Check out the Marino Legal CLE website for inoformation on New York continuing legal education.


Marino Legal CLE will be holding a weekend of continuing legal education this October in New York, New York. This will be one of their Bridge the Gap weekends. Bridge the Gap weekends are designed to satisfy a full year of New York CLE credits. These classes are open to any attorney, newly admitted or veteran from New York or New Jersey. Hosting these weekends semi-frequently, if one is not able to attend both days for one weekend of sessions, they may come to another session of the same day on a different weekend.

Bridge the Gap weekends feature two days of education, each day consisting of four individual lectures which cover different topics of law. For those would rather attend a live lecture than complete CLE online, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. The next Bright the Gap weekend will be in October.

Here are the details:

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Sunday, Obtober 20th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

Practitioners of law deal with a lot. Apart from dealing with clients whose beliefs they completely disagree with (on either moral or simply logical grounds), they often deal with situations that many might not consider in the light of law. But as ineffable as such situations may seem, their solutions are simple, and can be found in many of our own online CLE courses.

The legal system emphasizes the pursuit of hard proof; so what’s a lawyer to do when a case  is based on something unprovable–the supernatural? Let’s look at a case that occurred in New Jersey last year. A young couple rented out a three-bedroom ranch house in Toms River, then quickly sued for their money back on the grounds that the property was haunted. For evidence, the couple sought testimony from a paranormal investigation agency and a pastor. The orthodontist who owned the house was naturally inclined to believe that the couple simply realized they couldn’t afford the house, and filed a countersuit, and his lawyer argued that since no prior tenants had made any claims of paranormal activity, the landlord couldn’t be held liable for failing to disclose such things; while New Jersey disclosure laws require property owners to disclose any causes for “stigmatization” to their renters, the house bore no such reputation among neighbors prior to the claim.

Estate law is one of the many subjects covered in our online CLE courses. We’ll prepare you for anything from property damage to poltergeists.


NY continuing legal education is sometimes considered something to be taken with a pinch of salt by legal professionals, but the reality is, if you don’t keep up with the times, then you get left behind in ways you probably never imagined.

Consider the recent case of former congressman Alan B. Mollohan, who served in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District for nearly 20 years. On July 26 of this year, the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of 42 attorneys, Mollohan being among them.

The 42 attorneys failed to provide proof by July 31, 2012, that they had taken the necessary 24 hours of continuing legal education between July 1, 2010, and July 30, 2012. As a result, they are suspended from practicing, with the suspension remaining in effect until the attorneys take the necessary CLE hours and pay the state Bar a late fee.

Not adhering to New York CLE requirements (or other state’s CLE requirements for that matter) not only lands you with a hefty fine, but also irreparably tars your reputation. Entrusting a lawyer with a case requires immense trust on the part of the client, and failing to fulfill obligations is far from a good start for legal professionals looking to raise the standard of success.

Ensure your clients rest assured by signing up for online CLE today!

A Guide to Relaxing on Vacation

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Law | Lawyer - (0 Comments)

NY continuing legal educationAfter a year of depositions, contracts, and client calls, August is an ideal time for a getaway to de-stress. The catch is, many of us don’t quite know how to relax when finally granted a rare respite from our hectic schedules.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a how-to for those in need of some quality relaxation.

Unplug and switch off. You may consider your cell-phone an additional limb you can’t do without normally, but quality down-time is difficult to achieve without cutting yourself off a little. Certainly, utilize modern technology for navigating around your vacation resort and use your currency exchange app to see if you’d be scoring a deal on that decades old bottle of brandy but, by and large, you want to limit time spent tapping on your touchscreen.

Call a halt to military planning. It’s understandable you want to make the most of your free time but drafting to-the-hour itineraries is ultimately going to breed stress rather than serenity. Make vague plans and stay flexible – you aren’t attending NY continuing legal education courses now.

Catch some ZzzZz’s. The last thing you want from a vacation is to return home more exhausted than when you departed. Don’t hesitate to hit snooze on your morning alarm clock!

Bon voyage from all at the leading New York continuing legal education providers!