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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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Source: Mentalfloss.com

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!

Meet our Online CLE Staff!

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Education | Lawyer - (0 Comments)
As muggy as it may be, winter’s approaching quickly, which means a new season of CLE online courses! Our winter curriculum features an impressive roster of law professionals, from Elliott Scheinberg, Esq., to William Horan, Esq.
Elliott Scheinberg is a graduate of Cardozo law school and a co chair of several Bar committees, such as the New York Chapters of the Amicus Curiae Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Inter Bar Association Legislation Committee. He has written extensively on his areas of legal expertise, publishing a number of books on the subject of matrimonial law and articles in the New York Law Journal.
William Horan is a loyal alum of New York’s own St. John’s University, having earned his undergraduate, MBA, and law degrees from the Brooklyn institution. He has has lectured on real estate and mortgage financing for the Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, Rockland County Bar Association.
At Marino Legal, we believe in technology’s ability to bring top quality education and information to the masses at their own convenience. This is why we provide our customers with a comprehensive, well-rounded online CLE staff of the same skill level you would find in any physical CLE class. Enroll today!

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Summer is coming to an end, which some may see as a total bummer, but in reality: it’s exciting. A chance to get back to school and to continue your education. In a week you could be starting your New York continuing legal education! If one thing is vital, it’s that you take this weekend to collect yourself, relax and get anything done you haven’t had a chance to do this summer. Here are a few things that may make this last weekend of the summer your favorite.

1. Go to the beach! if you’re like me, you’ve spend the entire summer saying you’re going to make it to the water, but haven’t had the time. This three day weekend might be exactly what you need! Head out to Long Island, or down to Jersey! Not in for the ride? Go check out some awesome attractions and get a hot dog at Coney Island!

2.Get in touch with old friends! Whether you haven’t seen them in a few weeks, or a few months, making sure your connect with your friends is very important! We live in a busy world, and it’s easy to lose touch with someone even if they live right down the block! Take Sunday or Monday to have a BBQ and rekindle your friendships.

3. Read! Get a new book, sit outside, and read it. Reading can be the most calming experience and, on a weekend like this, a very smart choice.

Now that you are all rested and collected, time to get back to productivity! Check out some online CLE through Marino Legal!

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!

new york cleDid you know that in under six months significant Ohio continuing legal education changes will be introduced which will affect attorneys, judges, magistrates, and new lawyers?

The first to be impacted will be attorneys and judges whose last names begin with the letters M through Z and whose biennial compliance period ends December 31, 2014. Attorneys and judges with last names beginning with letters A through L will be required to comply with the current CLE rules and requirements for the biennial compliance period that ends December 31, 2013. This group will not be affected by changes until the 2014/2015 biennial compliance period.

In November, 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted several changes including the doubling of the number of online CLE credit hours attorneys could earn, permitting attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours through pro bono activities*, and the elimination of the requirement to file final reporting transcripts.

These changes will need to be noted by providers of online CLE, so that the structure of courses can be appropriately re-configured.

If you’re keen to stay up to date on CLE changes, or are simply interested in improving your legal trivia, bookmark this blog today.

*Attorneys could earn 1 hour of CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono service up to a maximum of 6 credit hours for service performed during a biennial compliance period.