Recent Uniform Rule amendments are intended to bring Commercial Division Rules more broadly into general civil practice before the courts of New York State. While creating efficiencies, these also include potential traps for the unwary, such as new motion and discovery requirements. The Chief Administrative Judge December 29, 2000 Administrative Order implementing these changes, recognizes the Commercial Division as an “efficient, sophisticated, up-to-date court, dealing with challenging commercial cases, and has had as its primary goal the cost-effective, predictable and fair adjudication of complex commercial cases”. In this posting, we provide certain highlights of these Uniform Rule amendments.
As you read this article on a big, medium, or small-sized screen, you probably don’t need to be reminded that the pandemic has allowed many people to live more of their lives digitally. These days, you can do everything from socializing and shopping to learning and working online. So, it makes sense that online homebuying has also surged in popularity.
So, now Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) accepts payment in bitcoin. Now we know for sure the cryptocurrency is cool. But is it practical in more mundane transactions?
Renters’ insurance is a type of insurance policy that protects a renter in the event that something happens at their home, like a fire, flood, or theft. While homeowner insurance policies are designed to protect the property owners from the cost of those losses, renters and their possessions are almost never included. This means if you’re renting, be it a room or a whole house, you’re going to want to have a renters’ insurance policy of your own to cover your belongings in the event the unimaginable happens to your home.
You would think a balcony makes living in a New York City apartment a little bit nicer, right? After all, you get a little bit of private outdoor space, plus you can keep the door open for fresh air—and good ventilation is more important than ever in the Covid era.
On November 3, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.72, which extends the expiration date of numerous previous Executive Orders to December 3, 2020. Importantly, Executive Order 202.55 was among those extended, meaning sponsors and developers may continue to benefit from the tolling of various offering plan-related and other regulatory requirements for the time being.
We have been receiving many inquiries regarding the numerous and multi-faceted effects and ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on real estate development projects in New York City and, in particular, the recent policy changes affecting offering plans, required disclosures and sales and marketing procedures. In response to these inquiries, we have drafted the attached article to provide an overview of some of the noteworthy changes. It is important to note that many of these policy changes are in place temporarily and therefore may be revoked or modified in the future.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently issued Executive Order No. 202.18 (“Executive Order”) to temporarily suspend or modify statutes and local laws thereby tolling important statutory deadlines for the period of time commencing on April 16, 2020 and continuing through May 16, 2020 (“Tolling Period”)
Closing in the time of coronavirus is onerous but not impossible.
Developers are agreeing to a variety of contingencies, attorneys are personally ferrying dossiers between parties, and staid institutions including banks and co-operatives are being surprisingly flexible.
I have known Allan Starr for many years and worked with him on many projects. He has always exceeded my expectations. He not only knows the ins and outs of the law, but knows how to make the whole process easy and quick. I’ve found him to possess an incredibly astute legal mind, combined with a common sense approach that always accomplishes my goals. He’s not only a gentleman and a friend, but a brilliant lawyer.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber over the past twelve years. They are not only the utmost professionals, but also wonderful people who I have grown to love like family. I trust them with all of my new development projects and private clients, and we support each other in our business and personal lives. Starr Associates LLP has always been there for me and my clients and I would recommend them as highly as I recommend anyone.
Allan and I have worked together for decades; along the way, I have worked with Samantha Sheeber, Andrea Roschelle, John Rodriguez and Erica Starr and have always been pleased with their quick and accurate responses. They have worked with us on closings (with great and efficient results), restatements of stale plans, amendments and other assorted AG requirements, always on a timely and cost-effective basis.
“Working with Starr has been great on three condo projects in Manhattan to date. The accessibility and direct attention of the partners is unsurpassed. Allan and Sam have the interests of the owner at heart and make every effort to protect our interests in a responsible and defensible manner. Their practical approach and deep knowledge of the offering plan process and requirements of the AG office combine to make a highly effective and efficient package. At the associate level they have good support as well. The closing office has to be the best in NY – never a failed closing in 15 years. We are repeat customers and will be going forward.”
“Samantha Sheeber is a partner in making transactions successful. She’s resourceful, respected, smart, funny as hell, and is swift to constantly embarrass us (and clients) because she sees the end while we all muddle in the middle. She saves time. She is selfless and fast and conscientious. She’s loyal to the notion of selflessly getting stuff done. She cultivates great talent. And she makes the process fun, even when she is mad at us for asking the same impossible question 11 times hoping for a new result (a solution for which — by the way — she often discovers).”
“As an active developer in New York City, Magnum Real Estate Group is proud to have partnered with Starr Associates, LLP as our legal counsel in 5 significant projects valued at approximately $800 million. Over the last 5 years, Starr has provided us with exceptional advice on condominium Offering Plans and related transactions. Partner Samantha Sheeber, Esq. and her team have professionally guided us, and provided creative and effective solutions when needed.”
“I have had the fortunate opportunity, over the past 16 years, to work with Allan Starr and Samantha Sheeber who I consider to be experts in the field of real estate law. They, together with their team, have a deep understanding of Attorney General Offering Plan registrations and continually seek to identify creative solutions to complicated issues. Their level of integrity and commitment are unwavering no matter how large or small a project. I completely endorse Starr Associates LLP and look forward to our mutual continued success.”
“Starr Associates’ specialty in the creation and representation of condominiums is unmatched. Their knowledge, experience and professionalism in the office condominium sector is best-in-class. Starr Associates’ hard work and expertise has been critical to the success of our firm’s office condominium projects.”
“Starr Associates have been our condominium attorneys for many years. Their counsel goes well beyond just drafting the condominium documents, which of course they do extremely well. They also represent us and our brand with condominium unit purchasers, and with our lenders and partners on condominium related matters. We have always found Starr’s attorneys to be professional, responsive and cost-conscious.”