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How to Have a Successful Probate in New York

Posted by Irena Mykyta | May 06, 2024 | 0 Comments

How long does the probate process take in New York? Clients often ask me this important question. The answer is - approximately between 4 and 12 months. A lot depends on how complex your case is - how many beneficiaries there are in the will, whether there are any distributees (closest blood rela...

How to Change Your Will in New York

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Mar 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

A last will and testament in New York is a legal document instructing what should happen to your assets and property (known as your estate) at the time of your death. But it does not stop there. You can assign a guardian for children and appoint an executor for your estate, and much more. Over th...

Who needs a Will in New York?

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Oct 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

A last will and testament is a document you create to instruct how you want your property distributed upon your death. Who gets the house? Who gets which antiques? Who gets a bank account? Who takes care of the pets? These are just some of the questions upon which a will answers and instructs, an...

How Is Immigration Status Affected By a Divorce?

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Jan 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

The United States has the sixth-highest divorce rate globally; about 50% of all couples who marry will potentially end up getting divorced. A divorce can be a devastating event for just about anyone, but it's especially problematic for immigrants who have recently acquired a green card or are in ...

Probating a Will in New York

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Dec 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Probate is the legal process during which a court approves the terms of a deceased person's will regarding property and other assets, collectively called the “estate.” After payment of the funeral expenses, administration expenses, and any debts the deceased person owed, the remainder of the esta...

Special Immigrant Visa for Afghan Nationals

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Nov 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Special visas are available for certain noncitizens due to their work or efforts to assist the United States with military missions or operations abroad. Those who help the United States from their home countries risk harm to themselves and their families, and the special immigrant visa program i...

How to Transfer from an F-1 Visa to an H-1B Visa

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Nov 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

After graduating from college or graduate school, many international students wish to transfer their F-1 visa to an H-1B visa with sponsorship from their employer. These students have two options for applying for the H-1B visa. First, if they've already secured work and their employer is willing ...

China’s Aggressive Trademark Strategy: Should We Worry?

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Oct 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

An increased rate of trademark applications can be a sign that a country has a robust climate for innovation. Other factors may be at play, however, in the sharp rise over the last few years in applications in the U.S. by businesses based in China. American entities should take note of the effect...

What the Fight Over the Memoji Trademark Can Teach Us

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Oct 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

In July 2021, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals issued its opinion in Social Technologies LLC v. Apple. In that case, Social Tech sued Apple for infringing upon its registered trademark for the word “Memoji.” In defense, Apple argued that Social Tech's mark should be canceled because Social Tech faile...

Estate Planning in New York: How to Transfer Your Property

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Sep 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

People across the globe covet New York real estate, and many of the city's condos and homes are passed down from generation to generation. It's a common misconception that when a New Yorker dies, their real property is automatically transferred to surviving heirs, but the truth is a bit more comp...

How to Help an Elderly Parent with Estate Planning

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Watching your parents age can be an emotional and stressful process. Acknowledging our own mortality­—not to mention the mortality of our loved ones—is difficult and uncomfortable to talk about. But your help could be critical in getting your elderly parent the estate planning help they need. Wh...

Quick Start Guide to Common Types of Trusts

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Sep 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

One way to ensure you control where your assets end up after your death is to create a trust. A trust is created when the trustor gives the trustee (a third party) the right to handle their assets on behalf of a beneficiary, ensuring the beneficiary receives exactly what you want them to get. In...

The Art and Science of Protecting Your Company's IP

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Jul 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Did you know that fried-chicken chain (and social media marketing superstar) KFC follows only 11 accounts on Twitter? Six of those are men named Herb; the other five are the former Spice Girls. It's a clever nod to the company's famous trade secret, its tightly guarded chicken-seasoning blend com...

How to Preserve Your Trademarks

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Once you register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it's your responsibility to preserve the mark and ensure that it continues to represent what's unique about your business. If you don't preserve your trademarks, you risk forfeiting the exclusive rights to use them....

How Has President Biden Changed Immigration?

Posted by Irena Mykyta | Feb 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented.Among the immediate changes are:• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place.• Deportations* were paused for 100 days...

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