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Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP is organized into seven basic Practice Groups: Business and Banking Law, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, Workers’ Compensation & Disability, Public Law, Real Estate, and Trusts and Estates. Complex matters within each practice area are supervised by lawyers experienced in the type of matter being handled. 

Because of the size of the office and diversity of the attorneys in the firm, lawyers from one practice group are able to routinely assist and augment lawyers in another group. Each group meets on a periodic basis to discuss the status of assigned and new matters, as well as current developments in the law. 

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP represents public and private sector employers throughout New York State. The firm, which was founded in the 1890’s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 40 lawyers and a professional support staff. 

The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Drive, Binghamton. It has convenient branch offices located in Bainbridge, Hancock, Ithaca, Owego, Walton and Montrose, Pennsylvania. 

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  • Lawyers on Call: Family Tree Information

    Lawyers on Call: Family Tree Information

    Thursday, September 6 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-09-06 14:43:51 GMT

    Why does my lawyer need to know about my family tree as part of my estate plan? 

    Why does my lawyer need to know about my family tree as part of my estate plan? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Florida Domicile Tax

    Lawyers on Call: Florida Domicile Tax

    Thursday, August 2 2018 11:28 AM EDT2018-08-02 15:28:36 GMT

    Last time we talked about how to determine what the domicile is for a person who spends time between New York and Florida. Why is domicile so important?

    Last time we talked about how to determine what the domicile is for a person who spends time between New York and Florida. Why is domicile so important?

  • Lawyers on Call: Florida Transition

    Lawyers on Call: Florida Transition

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:21:58 GMT

    Bud, I understand that you will be leaving us soon for Florida. Could you address some of the issues people face if they spend part of the year up here and in Florida?

    Bud, I understand that you will be leaving us soon for Florida. Could you address some of the issues people face if they spend part of the year up here and in Florida?

  • Lawyers on Call: Last Word on Advanced Directives

    Lawyers on Call: Last Word on Advanced Directives

    Thursday, June 7 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-06-07 16:47:29 GMT
    Thursday, June 7 2018 1:12 PM EDT2018-06-07 17:12:42 GMT

    So today we are wrapping up our discussion on health care proxies and power of attorney forms. If I have signed a New York power of attorney and health care proxy and move to another state, or spend significant time in another state, will my New York forms be effective in that state?

    So today we are wrapping up our discussion on health care proxies and power of attorney forms. If I have signed a New York power of attorney and health care proxy and move to another state, or spend significant time in another state, will my New York forms be effective in that state?

  • Lawyers on Call: Activating Advanced Directives

    Lawyers on Call: Activating Advanced Directives

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:36:22 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:44 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:44:11 GMT

    Once a power of attorney form and health care proxy form are signed, do the agents immediately have the authority to act on the principal’s behalf? There is a significant difference between when the forms become effective.

    Once a power of attorney form and health care proxy form are signed, do the agents immediately have the authority to act on the principal’s behalf? There is a significant difference between when the forms become effective.

  • Lawyers on Call: Statutory Gift Rider Part Two

    Lawyers on Call: Statutory Gift Rider Part Two

    Friday, May 11 2018 11:23 AM EDT2018-05-11 15:23:25 GMT
    Friday, May 11 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:39:25 GMT

    We have been talking about the gift rider portion of the power of attorney forms. Once the rider is activated by initialing the one box in the main portion of the form, what additional steps must be taken?

    We have been talking about the gift rider portion of the power of attorney forms. Once the rider is activated by initialing the one box in the main portion of the form, what additional steps must be taken?

  • Lawyers on Call: Statutory Gift Rider - Part One

    Lawyers on Call: Statutory Gift Rider - Part One

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:38:53 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:38:53 GMT

    Last time we started talking about the “Statutory Gift Rider” portion of the NY power of attorney form. Why is this “rider” included as part of the form? 

    Last time we started talking about the “Statutory Gift Rider” portion of the NY power of attorney form. Why is this “rider” included as part of the form? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Power of Attorney Gifting Powers

    Lawyers on Call: Power of Attorney Gifting Powers

    Thursday, April 12 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-04-12 16:39:38 GMT
    Thursday, April 12 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-04-12 16:39:38 GMT

    As part of our ongoing in-depth discussion of power of attorney and health care proxy forms, could you describe the gifting provisions that may be included in a power of attorney form? 

    As part of our ongoing in-depth discussion of power of attorney and health care proxy forms, could you describe the gifting provisions that may be included in a power of attorney form? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions

    Lawyers on Call: Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions

    Thursday, March 22 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-03-22 15:37:01 GMT
    Thursday, March 22 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-03-22 15:37:01 GMT

    We have been talking about powers of attorney and health care proxies. When it comes to health care proxies, is there anything that must be included regarding end of life decision-making?

    We have been talking about powers of attorney and health care proxies. When it comes to health care proxies, is there anything that must be included regarding end of life decision-making?

  • Lawyers on Call: Flexibility in Health Care Proxy

    Lawyers on Call: Flexibility in Health Care Proxy

    Thursday, March 8 2018 12:00 PM EST2018-03-08 17:00:24 GMT
    Thursday, March 8 2018 12:00 PM EST2018-03-08 17:00:24 GMT

    We were talking about the structure of the health care proxy and power of attorney forms and limiting and expanding the powers granted. What are some optional provisions to be considered in a health care proxy?

    We were talking about the structure of the health care proxy and power of attorney forms and limiting and expanding the powers granted. What are some optional provisions to be considered in a health care proxy?

  • Lawyers on Call: Flexibility in Power of Attorney Forms

    Lawyers on Call: Flexibility in Power of Attorney Forms

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:33 AM EST2018-02-22 16:33:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:33 AM EST2018-02-22 16:33:36 GMT

    We have been going over power of attorney and health care proxy forms. What kind of flexibility is provided in the forms? 

    We have been going over power of attorney and health care proxy forms. What kind of flexibility is provided in the forms? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Who to Appoint as Agent

    Lawyers on Call: Who to Appoint as Agent

    Thursday, February 8 2018 8:08 AM EST2018-02-08 13:08:37 GMT
    Thursday, February 8 2018 8:08 AM EST2018-02-08 13:08:37 GMT

    We have been talking about power of attorney and health care proxy forms. Once a person decides they want a power of attorney of health care proxy, who should they choose to act as agent?

    We have been talking about power of attorney and health care proxy forms. Once a person decides they want a power of attorney of health care proxy, who should they choose to act as agent?

  • Lawyers on Call: Signing of Advanced Directives

    Lawyers on Call: Signing of Advanced Directives

    Thursday, January 25 2018 10:40 AM EST2018-01-25 15:40:32 GMT
    Thursday, January 25 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-01-25 17:46:54 GMT

    Last time we started exploring the use of power of attorney and health care proxy forms. Who normally prepares these forms? A person can try to prepare these forms themselves. However I strongly recommend having a lawyer. Most attorneys, when they prepare a Will, will offer to prepare power of attorney and health care proxy forms for the client.

    Last time we started exploring the use of power of attorney and health care proxy forms. Who normally prepares these forms? A person can try to prepare these forms themselves. However I strongly recommend having a lawyer. Most attorneys, when they prepare a Will, will offer to prepare power of attorney and health care proxy forms for the client.

  • Lawyers on Call: Advanced Directives Overview

    Lawyers on Call: Advanced Directives Overview

    Thursday, January 11 2018 11:45 AM EST2018-01-11 16:45:31 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:19 PM EST2018-01-12 18:19:00 GMT

    Over the next few segments we will be talking about power of attorney forms and health care proxies. Can you provide an overview of these two documents?

    Over the next few segments we will be talking about power of attorney forms and health care proxies. Can you provide an overview of these two documents?

  • Lawyers on Call: Grantor Trust

    Lawyers on Call: Grantor Trust

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-01-12 17:58:42 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-01-12 17:58:42 GMT

    Last time we began talking about a special type of trust called a revocable or grantor trust. Could you go into more detail about how a grantor trust is created? 

    Last time we began talking about a special type of trust called a revocable or grantor trust. Could you go into more detail about how a grantor trust is created? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Provisions of a Grantor Trust

    Lawyers on Call: Provisions of a Grantor Trust

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-01-12 18:00:17 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-01-12 18:17:25 GMT

    We have been discussing the use of a living trust as a devise for avoiding probate. What are some of the important provisions of a trust?

    We have been discussing the use of a living trust as a devise for avoiding probate. What are some of the important provisions of a trust?

  • Lawyers on Call: Revocability of a Grantor Trust

    Lawyers on Call: Revocability of a Grantor Trust

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:02 PM EST2018-01-12 18:02:03 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-01-12 18:17:34 GMT

    We have been talking about the creation and funding of a grantor trust. Earlier you also called the trust a revocable trust. What do you mean by revocable?

    We have been talking about the creation and funding of a grantor trust. Earlier you also called the trust a revocable trust. What do you mean by revocable?

  • Lawyers on Call: Funding a Grantor Trust

    Lawyers on Call: Funding a Grantor Trust

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-01-12 18:03:56 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:18 PM EST2018-01-12 18:18:08 GMT

    Last time we began talking about a special type of trust called a revocable or grantor trust. Could you go into more detail about how a grantor trust is created? 

    Last time we began talking about a special type of trust called a revocable or grantor trust. Could you go into more detail about how a grantor trust is created? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Using a Trust to Bypass Probate

    Lawyers on Call: Using a Trust to Bypass Probate

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:57 PM EST2018-01-12 17:57:12 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-01-12 18:15:09 GMT

    We have been talking about probate, and various ways to avoid it if possible. In addition to using beneficiary designations and joint property, what are some other options to by-pass probate? 

    We have been talking about probate, and various ways to avoid it if possible. In addition to using beneficiary designations and joint property, what are some other options to by-pass probate? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Easy Ways to Avoid Probate

    Lawyers on Call: Easy Ways to Avoid Probate

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:54 PM EST2018-01-12 17:54:09 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:13 PM EST2018-01-12 18:13:15 GMT

    We are talking about some of the easy ways to avoid probate. One simple way we discussed was to name a beneficiary through a TOD or beneficiary designation form. What is another simple technique? 

    We are talking about some of the easy ways to avoid probate. One simple way we discussed was to name a beneficiary through a TOD or beneficiary designation form. What is another simple technique? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Early Probate Avoidance

    Lawyers on Call: Early Probate Avoidance

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:52 PM EST2018-01-12 17:52:04 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:10 PM EST2018-01-12 18:10:37 GMT

    If a person decides for whatever reason that they do not want their estate to be subject to probate, what options do they have?

    If a person decides for whatever reason that they do not want their estate to be subject to probate, what options do they have?

  • Lawyers on Call: Problem Areas for Probate

    Lawyers on Call: Problem Areas for Probate

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:44 PM EST2018-01-12 17:44:40 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:12 PM EST2018-01-12 18:12:59 GMT

    We have already talked about the pros and cons of probate. Are there specific situations where you strongly recommend that a person should take steps to avoid probate? 

    We have already talked about the pros and cons of probate. Are there specific situations where you strongly recommend that a person should take steps to avoid probate? 

  • Lawyers on Call: Surrogate Court Documents

    Lawyers on Call: Surrogate Court Documents

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-12 17:42:27 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-01-12 18:09:32 GMT

    We have been talking about the documents that need to be filed with the Surrogate Court as part of the probate process. Once the documents are signed and filed, what is the next step?

    We have been talking about the documents that need to be filed with the Surrogate Court as part of the probate process. Once the documents are signed and filed, what is the next step?

  • Lawyers on Call: Problem Probate

    Lawyers on Call: Problem Probate

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-01-12 17:39:17 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-01-12 18:09:14 GMT

    We have been discussing probate, and some of the problems that can develop during the process. Are there times when probate is not such a problem?

    We have been discussing probate, and some of the problems that can develop during the process. Are there times when probate is not such a problem?

  • Lawyers on Call: Probate Avoidance

    Lawyers on Call: Probate Avoidance

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:36 PM EST2018-01-12 17:36:26 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:08 PM EST2018-01-12 18:08:55 GMT

    Last time we started discussing probate - you mentioned that probate can be avoided - why is probate avoidance a good thing?

    Last time we started discussing probate - you mentioned that probate can be avoided - why is probate avoidance a good thing?

  • Lawyers on Call: Insurance and Medicaid

    Lawyers on Call: Insurance and Medicaid

    Thursday, March 16 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-03-16 19:58:43 GMT
    Thursday, March 16 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-03-16 19:58:43 GMT

    Most people over 65 have health care insurance, whether through Medicare, through their employer, or purchased on their own.  Does that type of insurance pay for nursing home skilled care?

    Most people over 65 have health care insurance, whether through Medicare, through their employer, or purchased on their own.  Does that type of insurance pay for nursing home skilled care?

  • Lawyers on Call: Ethics and Medicaid

    Lawyers on Call: Ethics and Medicaid

    Friday, January 12 2018 12:10 PM EST2018-01-12 17:10:22 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:06 PM EST2018-01-12 18:06:12 GMT

    While Medicaid planning is clearly legal, are there any moral or ethical considerations that enter into the planning process?

    While Medicaid planning is clearly legal, are there any moral or ethical considerations that enter into the planning process?

  • Lawyers on Call: Medicaid Decisions

    Lawyers on Call: Medicaid Decisions

    Friday, January 12 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-12 16:57:18 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 1:06 PM EST2018-01-12 18:06:47 GMT

    For several segments now we have been talking about Medicaid planning, including making outright gifts to children, using Irrevocable Trusts for investments or using deeds with a retained life estate for their home. It all sounds very complicated, how does a person concerned about Medicaid decide what to do.

    For several segments now we have been talking about Medicaid planning, including making outright gifts to children, using Irrevocable Trusts for investments or using deeds with a retained life estate for their home. It all sounds very complicated, how does a person concerned about Medicaid decide what to do.

  • Lawyers on Call: Creating Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts

    Lawyers on Call: Creating Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts

    In previous discussions we've talked about the benefits of parents transferring their home to their children and retaining life use as a part of the medicaid planning process. Can something similar be done with stocks, similar funds or investment accounts?

    In previous discussions we've talked about the benefits of parents transferring their home to their children and retaining life use as a part of the medicaid planning process. Can something similar be done with stocks, similar funds or investment accounts?

  • Lawyers on Call: Medicaid and Gifting

    Lawyers on Call: Medicaid and Gifting

    Medicaid is a Federal/State government program that pays for skilled nursing home care.

    Medicaid is a Federal/State government program that pays for skilled nursing home care.

  • Lawyers on Call: Protecting Assets

    Lawyers on Call: Protecting Assets

    Friday, January 6 2017 12:02 PM EST2017-01-06 17:02:31 GMT

    Protecting your assets is important if you need to go into a nursing care facility.

    Protecting your assets is important if you need to go into a nursing care facility.

  • Lawyers on Call: Medicaid Planning Process

    Lawyers on Call: Medicaid Planning Process

    Friday, January 6 2017 12:07 PM EST2017-01-06 17:07:41 GMT

    For many people their most valuable asset is their home. Quite often when I meet with clients it is their home that they are most interested in protecting.

    For many people their most valuable asset is their home. Quite often when I meet with clients it is their home that they are most interested in protecting.

  • Lawyers on Call: Transferring a Home

    Lawyers on Call: Transferring a Home

    Thursday, January 12 2017 3:45 PM EST2017-01-12 20:45:23 GMT
    Thursday, January 12 2017 3:45 PM EST2017-01-12 20:45:23 GMT

    During the Medicaid planning process, a person or couple might be thinking of transferring their home to their children.

    During the Medicaid planning process, a person or couple might be thinking of transferring their home to their children.

  • Lawyers on Call: Retained Life Use

    Lawyers on Call: Retained Life Use

    Retained life use a type of language put in the deed which states parents retain the right to stay in the house until they die. "Retained life use” language in most cases, but not all, is used in a Medicaid planning real estate transfer situation.

    Retained life use a type of language put in the deed which states parents retain the right to stay in the house until they die. "Retained life use” language in most cases, but not all, is used in a Medicaid planning real estate transfer situation.

  • Lawyers on Call: Lifetime Gifting

    Lawyers on Call: Lifetime Gifting

    Friday, January 6 2017 11:34 AM EST2017-01-06 16:34:25 GMT

    There are estate tax benefits, income tax benefits, and Medicaid planning benefits that can be achieved by a person making gifts to their heirs while they are still alive rather than waiting until they die to make bequests.

    There are estate tax benefits, income tax benefits, and Medicaid planning benefits that can be achieved by a person making gifts to their heirs while they are still alive rather than waiting until they die to make bequests.

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