Sunset on Sunset Boulevard

Circa 1923: American silent screen star Gloria Swanson (1897 – 1983) in a scene from an unknown film.

The following is an excerpt from “Wills of the Rich & Famous: A Fascinating Glimpse at the Legacies of Celebrities”  by Herbert E. Nass, Esq.

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
March 27, 1899
Chicago, Illinois

DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH
April 4, 1983
New York Hospital
New York, New York

The only child of Joseph and Adelaide Svensson, Glo­ria May Josephine Svensson was born in Chicago in 1899. Gloria Svensson adopted the name “Swanson,” and she became the glittering goddess of Hollywood’s roaring twenties. Ms. Swanson summed up her larger-­than-life presence in films with her famous line in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard: “I am big. It’s the movies that got small.”

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Marketing with Client Pamphlets


by Michael L. Goldblatt

The introduction of the Guttenberg press in the 1400’s transformed the world by reducing the cost of printing books in Europe.  Printing presses also facilitated the use of pamphlets to spread views and establish reputations. Famous pamphleteers include Martin Luther (95 Theses, 1517), Johnathan Swift (A Modest Proposal, 1729), Thomas Paine (Common Sense, 1776), Emile Zola (J’accuse, 1894) and Martin Luther King (Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963).

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Housing Court Forms

Every once in a while, the court’s administrative office decides that a revision – or even an entire overhaul – of a longstanding form is required. This may be because the law, the procedure, some information related to the form has changed, or merely that the powers that be decide that the form just needs to be updated. It is not an unusual occurrence and, over the course of 130 years, Blumberg has experienced many of these changes and has risen to the challenge of each one!

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Above New York and Below New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe last will and testament
Georgia O’Keeffe

The following is an excerpt from “Wills of the Rich & Famous: A Fascinating Glimpse at the Legacies of Celebrities”  by Herbert E. Nass, Esq.

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
November 15, 1887
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH
March 6, 1986
St. Vincent’s Hospital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the unique artistic forces of the twentieth century. In 1916 she had a one­ woman exhibition of her paintings at famed photogra­pher Alfred Stieglitz’s legendary “291” Fifth Avenue gallery in New York. That show established O’Keeffe as an important emerging artist; she continued to delight critics until her death seventy years later at the age of ninety-­eight.

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New Tax Law Draws Attention to Independent Contractor Status

Three steps to take advantage of the 20% pass-through deduction in the “tax cuts and jobs act of 2017”

The new tax deduction for owners of pass-through entities in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has brought increased focus on the issue whether a worker is an “employee” (W-2 recipient) or an “independent contractor” (1099 recipient). Given the choice, employers may prefer 1099 reporting to avoid payroll costs and withholding of social security, Medicare, unemployment and income taxes. Meanwhile, many wage earners would want to be paid as independent contractors, if their pay could be deemed “qualified business income,” entitling them to as much as a 20% deduction.

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Aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Below is the first of two articles about aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The first is an expert analysis of the Act in  Questions and Answers on the Qualified Business Income Deduction by Sidney Kess that first appeared in the New York Law Journal. The second piece is shorter and focuses on the employee/independent contractor issue. Those of you who are particularly interested in the independent contractor issue will want to be sure to read the second article next week, then refer back to Kess’ tax analysis for the definitions of the terms used.

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Love 40-9

The following is an excerpt from “Wills of the Rich & Famous: A Fascinating Glimpse at the Legacies of Celebrities”  by Herbert E. Nass, Esq.

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
July 10, 1943
Richmond, Virginia

DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH
February 6, 1993
New York, New York

Tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe died from AIDS in February of 1993 at the age of 49, and was sur­vived by his wife, Jeanne Moutoussamy and their 6 year old daughter named Camera. (Her name was a reference to the career as a photographer of Mrs. Ashe).

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