Monday, June 27, 2022

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Amendment for Uniform Standards of Eligibility in Family Court

The New York State Unified Court System is seeking public comment on a proposal that would implement eligibility standards for assigned counsel in all family court proceedings. This proposal would provide in part that:
1) “A person entitled to publicly funded counsel pursuant to [FCA 262, SCPA 407, or Judiciary Law 35(8)] shall be financially eligible for counsel when the person’s current available resources are insufficient to pay for a qualified private attorney, the expenses necessary for effective representation, and the reasonable living expenses of the person and any dependents.”

2) “Counsel shall be provided at the first court appearance or immediately following the request for counsel, whichever is earlier. Eligibility determinations shall be made in a timely fashion so that representation by counsel is not delayed.”

3) “A parent or legally responsible person, as defined by law, shall be entitled to and provided with immediate representation by counsel: (i) upon the filing of a petition or pre-petition request under Article 10 of the Family Court Act for an order for immediate removal of a child or temporary order of protection; (ii) where the court has received notice of an extra-judicial emergency removal of a child; or (iii) upon the filing of a petition alleging abuse or neglect against the parent or person legally responsible. In accordance with this entitlement, counsel shall be provided sufficiently in advance of the person’s first court appearance and shall also be provided for parents during a child protective agency investigation ….”

4) A presumption of eligibility when the person’s net income is at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; the person is incarcerated, detained, or confined to a mental health institution, or is currently receiving, or has recently been deemed eligible pending receipt of, need-based public assistance, or within the past six months, has been deemed financially eligible for counsel in another court proceeding in that jurisdiction or another jurisdiction.

5) A determination denying counsel by the court or delegated screening entity shall be in writing, shall include reasons for the denial and procedure for seeking reconsideration, and shall be provided to the person seeking counsel.

The request for public comment can be found here.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Notice of Entry: Judgment of Foreclosure

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that annexed hereto is a true and correct copy of the Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 16, 2022, in The Matter Of Foreclosure Of Tax Liens By Proceeding In Rem Pursuant To Article Eleven Of The Real Property Tax Law by the County of Schuyler, that was entered in the office of the Clerk of the County of Schuyler on June 16, 2022 at 4:15 pm.

Judgment of Foreclosure with Notice of Entry Ind No. 19-145 by Steven Getman on Scribd

Monday, June 20, 2022

Virtual Court Navigator Pilot Program Announced

Virtual Court Navigators help court users prepare for court appearances, find court forms, get answers to general questions, find
community programs and services, refer people to legal service providers, navigate the court’s website, and more. It is a free program, designed to help people who either have or would like to start a court case

On June 6, the Virtual Court Navigator Pilot Program began scheduling appointments for unrepresented court users in: Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Ulster, Broome, Tompkins, and Chemung Counties as well as Erie County Surrogate’s Court.

Users in those counties who want schedule a time to meet with a virtual court navigator, can complete the online intake form.

For more information about the Virtual Court Navigator Pilot Program click here.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Beware these Cryptocurrency Investment Risks

New York State officials are reminding the public of some of the potential risks of investing in cryptocurrencies. According to officials, investors in virtual assets should beware of the following:

• Highly Speculative and Unpredictable Value;
• Difficulty Cashing Out Investments;
• Higher Transaction Costs;
• Unstable “Stablecoins;
• Hidden Trading Costs;
• Possible Conflicts of Interest;
• Limited Oversight.

Even “legitimate” investments in virtual assets are subject to speculative bubbles and security issues, the report notes.

Members of the public who are worried that they have been a victim of investment fraud, can contact the Investor Protection Bureau or seek the advice of a competent attorney of their own choosing.

For more guidance on the possible risks associated with cryptocurrencies click here.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Second Amendment Legal Update, June 2022

A monthly update, prepared for the Schuyler County Chapter of S.C.O.P.E. NY, a statewide 501(c)4 organization dedicated to preserving the 2nd Amendment rights for the residents of New York State. News is current as of June 3, 2022 at approximately 12:00 pm.

For a complete PDF copy of this month's update, click here.