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George Washington Gowen ~ In Memoriam (September 14, 1929 – March 14, 2021)

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It is with profound sadness that Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP announces the passing of our esteemed and long serving partner George W. Gowen on March 14th. George joined the firm upon graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1957 and, except for a brief interval, spent his entire career at the firm. During that time George mentored and guided generations of attorneys at the firm. George represented a diverse group of clients, including individuals, corporations and charities. He was especially proud of having helped a client sell the The Guennol Lioness, a Mesopotamian statue for $57 million dollars, a record for a statue at the time. Among his clients were the United States Tennis Association, the Explorers Club, The Voltaire Society of America, and numerous individuals, many of whom became his close friends. George is survived by his two daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marcia.

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Dunnington Client Alert: Executing a Will by Video During the Pandemic

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New York is now in Phase II of reopening after the COVID-19 shut-down.  Still, many people remain concerned about what the new “normal” means when it’s still possible to contract the virus and perhaps face an untimely death.  Having an updated estate plan can provide some relief from this anxiety, and you don’t have to leave home to accomplish it.  Right now it is possible to execute a new or updated will using video technology without having to physically appear in your lawyer’s office. Read More

Dunnington Client Alert: Complete This Health Care Proxy Now

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We hope you are healthy and safe.  The COVID-19 crisis reminds us of the need to have a Health Care Proxy.  This can be critical if you or your family have to deal with medical emergencies.

A Health Care Proxy enables you to appoint a person you trust to make medical decisions if you are unable to make them for yourself.   When could this happen?  Read More

Dunnington Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief For Authors Guild et al. In Dispute Over Film Rights To John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath

By All, Estates, Trusts and Private Clients, Featured, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

On April 29, 2020, Dunnington partners Ray Dowd and Olivera Medenica filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of The Authors Guild, The Dramatists Guild, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, and former Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman at the United States Supreme Court.  The case involves a dispute among John Steinbeck’s heirs over who should benefit from copyright termination rights.  Read More

Dunnington Client Alert: Estate Planning In A Pandemic

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Estate Planning In A Pandemic

Susan Rothwell, Partner

April 13, 2020

Note: Current Status of the Surrogate’s Courts.  As of this writing, the New York Surrogate’s Courts, which deal with wills, estate and trust issues, guardianships and adoptions, are open right now on a limited basis and only for essential and urgent matters.  What constitutes an essential and urgent matter for the Surrogate’s Court is being decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on which county you are in.  At the moment, anyone in NY county who needs access to a Surrogate’s Court Judge on this “essential” basis may have a private phone call with the Chief Clerk guidance and must submit any paperwork by regular mail.  No one may walk into the court without calling ahead.  All trials and hearings including guardianships and adoptions are postponed until further notice.

Estate Planning Now

In light of the devastating death toll and the ongoing threat of contracting COVID-19, it’s not surprising if you’re thinking about estate planning.  Here are some things to think about when you review your estate planning documents or consider drafting new ones if you don’t yet have a will or a trust.   Read More

COVID-19 Client Alert – Essential Legal Issues

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Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

COVID-19 Announcement:

Dear Clients and Colleagues:

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP is dedicated to protecting the continued health, safety and well-being of our entire staff while we continue to provide services to you.  First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and the medical professionals relentlessly working around the clock to fight this new global pandemic. Read More

When a Foreign National Dies with Assets in New York, What Happens?

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Update on What Wealth Advisors, Legal Advisors, and Globetrotters Need to Know

Susan Rothwell, Partner

September 26, 2019

If you’re a foreign national with ties to New York, you may own an apartment or a house, or have bank and investment accounts located here.  Whether you are an individual who bought an apartment for a child in college or an art aficionado getting an appraisal from Christie’s or Sotheby’s, it is worth considering what happens to these assets on death.  How do the next of kin or beneficiaries get access to the property?  What are the tax consequences? Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Dunnington Announces Launch of Guide To Doing Business in the United States

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WHEN:                  September 17, 2019 6:00 PM
WHERE:                230 Park Avenue, 21st Floor

NEW YORK–Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, a full-service New York City-based law firm serving the international community announced today the publication of Doing Business in the United States, a guide to assist business leaders, startups and individuals in navigating the most important business law issues facing foreign investors and entrepreneurs in the coming years.  The launch will be celebrated with an event for journalist members of the Foreign Press Association.

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