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BSF&B Partners Earn Upstate New York Super Lawyers Recognition

Four Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP partners have recently been named to the 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in recognition of their high achievements and standards within their respective legal fields.   “This recognition is representative not only of our partners’ efforts, but the efforts of everyone who works within the firm,”…

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BSF&B Partners Recognized by Upstate New York Super Lawyers

Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP Managing Partner Michael S. Blustein, as well as Partners Richard J. Shapiro, Gardiner “Tad” Barone, and William A. Frank have all been included on the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. Recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in each state, Super Lawyers is a national and…

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BSF&B partners recognized by Upstate New York Super Lawyers

Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2019

Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP Partners Gardiner “Tad” Barone, Richard J. Shapiro, and William A. Frank have once again been included on the New York Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a national and independent third-party rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The…

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Passing The Pitchfork

Passing The Pitchfork

Through proper and proactive planning, the farmer can protect the farm in the event the farmer becomes disabled without prematurely giving up control of the farm. Importantly, having a plan in place can prevent the farm business from stagnating in the event of the farmer’s disability, and dramatically reduce the risk of losing the farm…

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Hudson Valley Farm Business: An Exciting Time

The Hudson Valley Farming Business: An Exciting Time

When I was growing up in western Orange County, I was never more than a stone’s throw away from a farm, and am thrilled to still live in an area where I can so readily enjoy their products. My grandparents and parents were great friends with longtime family farmers, as am I. I also am…

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Upstate New York 2018 Super Lawyers

Upstate NY 2018 Super Lawyers

Continuing on a legacy of achievement, BSF&B Partners Gardiner “Tad” Barone, Richard J. Shapiro, Austin F. DuBois, and William A. Frank have all again been recognized as Top Rated Lawyers by New York Super Lawyers for 2018. Gardiner “Tad” Barone Business Litigation (7th consecutive honor) Richard J. Shapiro Elder Law (5th consecutive honor) Austin F. DuBois Business…

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Totten Trusts: A Technique for Distributing Your Assets at Death

Totten Trusts: A Technique for Distributing Your Assets at Death

The most common method of distributing assets after death is by a will. A will has precise legal requirements, can sometimes require a lengthy probate proceeding, and should be drafted by a legal professional to ensure it adequately protects your interests regarding your assets (a house, a car, jewelry, furniture, even pets). However, when it comes to money,…

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BETTER BUSINESS: The Triple Bottom Line

Better Business: The Triple Bottom Line

“No man is an island,” wrote poet John Donne, and certainly the same is true of any small business. The beauty of working with people who own and operate a small and/or family-owned business is that those people usually understand how important their surrounding community is to their own prosperity. They consider that community in…

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