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The Forever GI Bill: A “Cliffs Notes” Guide for Veterans

At a time when unity on any issue in Washington, D.C. is a rare commodity, it was gratifying to see lawmakers quickly pass a significant expansion to the education benefits for U.S. military veterans. The Bill, called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, flew through both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the span of three weeks, passing both by unanimous votes. The Bill made its way to the desk of President Donald Trump where he signed it on August 16, 2017, with little fanfare. Lawmakers and veterans alike have heralded the GI Bill expansion from its introduction approximately one month ago through its passage in the House and Senate – calling it a “shining example” of bipartisanship.

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What’s In A Name?

In today’s Google®-world, for small companies, the answer is… EVERYTHING.

Marketing and branding always have been important for businesses, but with many potential customers searching Google® or other search engines for local businesses, a bland, descriptive name will not likely get you any new customers, or, for that matter, any repeat customers that once knew and may have forgotten the name of your business.

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What Is Adverse Possession?

Adverse Possession is when a person makes a claim to real property not based on buying it or receiving a deed for it but because they have possessed or occupied the property in a manner adverse to the true owner. The concept, dating back in English history, is that a person can make a claim to property by using it in such a way that the true owner should know of the use and exert its ownership by “ejecting” the possessor. In modern times this is done through an ejectment action in court.

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Contempt Toward Officials in the U.S. Military – Only the Commander-In-Chief can get away with using Twitter

A heated, emotional and bellicose climate is certainly not new to U.S. politics, but constant connectivity to a never-ending news cycle, combined with new forms of communication technology by way of social media presents new challenges for active duty and reserve service members.

As any Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine knows, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (“UCMJ”) sets forth various rules and standards of etiquette and decorum when publicly expressing opinions, views and political affiliation and/or ideology. Violations of these rules and standards can result in a court martial proceeding with quite severe penalties, including but not limited to confinement, forfeiture of pay and even dishonorable separation from the service.

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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems For Construction Industry Professionals

Since publication of our June 2016 blog article about the imminent Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) rules for the use of small unmanned aircraft, the final rule has been issued and the use of these unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”, or “drones”) is officially regulated by the Federal government for commercial purposes. In accordance with the new rules, unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds can be legally flown in commercial operations within the parameters established by the FAA in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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Village of Southampton Dimensional Regulation Changes

On April 13, 2017, the Southampton Village Trustees amended Village Code Section 116-17.1(E). The intent of the Village Code change is to reduce the maximum permitted total gross floor area for dwellings on lots located within Residence Zoning Districts R-40, R-20, R-12.5, and R.7.5, as well as Multi-Family Residence Zoning District MF-20, by the total gross floor area of accessory buildings located within these lots. The maximum gross floor area of dwellings within the R-120, R-80 and R-60 Residence Districts remains at 12% of the lot area of the lot, plus 1,500 square feet (Village Code Section 116.17.1(B)). Click here for entire statute.

Village of East Hampton Zoning Code Changes

Effective March 2, 2017, the East Hampton Village Trustees enacted two important zoning code changes (Local Laws 5 and 6 of 2017), which changed a number of definitions, including “Flag Lot”, “Lot Depth”, “Lot Width”, “Lot Width, Rear”, “Playing Court”, and “Structure” (Village Code Section 278-1).  In addition, the law changed the area and setback requirements for accessory dwelling units, residential accessory structures, and pool houses (Village Code Section 278-3). Click here for entire statute