Recent Free Legal Questions answered by
Richard Bryan


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Mom passed and I am executor of the will. As agreed by my other siblings, we will need to sell her...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom. The general rule is that the cost basis of... more

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my father passed away and there were 3 children, 2 biological and 1 step-daughter-never adopted. in...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. Once you've answered the second question,... more

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How does the IRS determine indirect gifts?
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The rules are contained in the Income Tax Regulations sec. 25.2511-1(a) and following. There are... more

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Under N.Y. Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney Effective 6/13/2021, the section titled (f)...
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That's a great question. As you know the Power of Attorney statute was recently revised, and for... more

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my mother passed away unexpectedly. Me , my sister , and her newer husband are beneficiaries to her...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom. New York is not one of the states which... more

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My husband and I purchased a home two weeks before we got married. He put $100,000 down on the...
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The house is definitely part of the divorce proceeding. If you guys can't figure out a solution,... more

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Hi, I am in the process of starting a food delivery business & am curious what type of license...
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Congratulations on starting your own business! I'm not exactly certain what services you'll be... more

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New york tenant’s broker collecting commission from both landlord and tenant. Is it legal to...
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There's no law which prohibits a broker from collecting a commission from both parties. Good luck. more

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I recently bought a house and found the neighbors shed is partially on my property. It apparently...
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Almost certainly he will have to move the shed. Sometimes these cases are very fact-specific... more

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My step-father is the executor of my recently-deceased aunt's will. I paid for all of the funeral...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your aunt. In New York, funeral expenses (and federal... more


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