Licenses for home inspectors in New York are valid for two years, and are subject to renewal only after the completion of approved continuing education courses (Real Property Law § 444-f[1]). The Department of State today outlined the course requirements for licensed home inspectors seeking to renew their licenses. UnderRead More →

The Board of Trustees of the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA) has adopted new standards for IOLA accounts. It has in fact repealed the entirety of Part 7000 of 21 NYCRR governing the IOLA Fund, and replaced it with an entirely new part 7000. The purpose of the IOLARead More →

As reported yesterday, the Board of Trustees of the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA) has adopted new standards for IOLA accounts requiring such accounts to bear higher interest rates. Today Governor Spitzer announced that Citibank has agreed to participate in the expansion of the IOLA program thus providing accountsRead More →

The Appellate Divisions have made minor changes to the Rules for Continuing Legal Education. The first change makes continuing legal education courses in substance abuse control fall within the area of Ethics and Professionalism rather than Law Practice Management. The second change requires that effective January 1, 2008, the facultyRead More →

On Wednesday (September 19th), the Department of Corrections proposed new rules to prohibit inmates from contacting their victims. Under the proposed rules, whenever a victim (or other members of the public) indicates that he/she does not want to receive any correspondence or telephone calls from an inmate, his/her name shallRead More →

Governor Spitzer and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner David Swarts yesterday announced a DMV policy change that will allow all New Yorkers the opportunity to apply for state driver licenses without regard to their immigration status. In addition, the Governor and Commissioner also announced plans to implement aRead More →

The Department of Education today adopted new rules regarding the continuing education of dentists. The new rules increase the amount of continuing education course hours to 60 hours per each triennial registration period. In addition, the rules require that dentists complete certain coursework in New York State jurisprudence and ethicsRead More →

The New York State Senate Democratic Conference has joined forces with the State Banking Department, and lending and counseling institutions to help New York borrowers avoid unnecessary foreclosures. “Operation Protect Your Home” will bring lending institutions and housing counselors to New York City, Westchester and Nassau Counties in a seriesRead More →