Notes for the Legal Community Updated 1/21/14
published by Paralegal Services of Buffalo (716) 852-2028

This page contains information for the legal community in Erie County, New York on topics such as: new rules in court procedures and other changes that affect the practice of law.

Next court holiday: 2/12/14 Lincoln's Birthday
Family Court, Buffalo City Court, Surrogates Court and Supreme Court are closed.
County Court, Federal & Bankruptcy Court, the Post Office and Banks are open. We are open.

Following court holiday: 2/17/14 President's Day
Family Court, Buffalo City Court, Surrogates Court and Supreme Court, County Court, Federal & Bankruptcy Court, the Post Office and Banks are closed. We are closed.

On 1/1/14 the NY State Minimum Wage is increasing to $8.00 per hour.
On 1/1/15 it will increase to $8.75 per hour. On 1/1/16 it will increase to $9.00 per hour.

1/26/14 A first-class stamp will cost 49 cents, up from 46 cents
You can still purchase “forever” stamps at the lower price until 1/26/14.

8/1/13 New fees at the Erie County Clerk's Office (fax #24)

2013-2014 Attorney Directories released on 6/17/13
Now available from the Erie County Bar Association. (price list = fax #10)

4/15/13 A new TP-584 form is now in effect and required for real estate transactions (fax #25)

3/20/12 New Supreme and Surrogate Court E-Filing System
If you are not computer savvy, we have attended the training seminar and are an Authorized Agent. We will process your papers and follow up on them. Call us for details.

Current list of judges, their courtrooms and their phone & fax #'s 2/12/13 (fax#9)

9/19/12 Erie County Clerk's Memo
Documents with small print will start being rejected due to scanning problems (fax #23)

3/10/12 Attorney Pictorial Directories now available
No fee to those with paid up membership to the Bar Association, 434 Main St.

Process Serving
We go to all of Western New York, including adjacent counties. Call for price quote.

Notary Service
We have been getting calls asking us to travel to hospitals, nursing homes or private residences to notarize documents. So we have added that to our list of services. Our fee depends on the traveling distance.

Old RJI forms no longer accepted as of 10/1/11 (fax #01)
Flyer from The Erie County Clerks Office will instruct you on how to get new forms.

Landlord - Tenant books and forms 3/7/11
A CD containing pdf forms is now available. If you want us to mail one to you, send us a check for $20.00. We also have a book called “A Guide to Landlord's Rights” from HOME. (mailing #7)

Erie County Clerk's requirements for filing divorces 12/21/10 (fax #30)

Buffalo City Court Filing Fees going up on 9/1/10 (fax #15)

New York State is increasing foreclosure fees on 9/1/10 (fax#13)

Need a certificate of abandonment in a Bankruptcy case?
Our fee is $45.00 plus the court disbursement of $9.50

Need a will filed for safekeeping in Surrogate's court?
Our fee is $10.00. We will file the will and return a stamped card showing the date of filing.

“How to become a notary” packet
Includes all necessary forms and a copy of the Notary Public License Law $20.00

Avoid the high price of gas (fax #14)
Fax us your request for items such as a quick copy of a deed, checking to see if an order has been signed, or filing an RJI for you. We have been servicing all the downtown courts for the past 31 years. Ask us for our rates for occasional use or on a daily basis. We are also connected with a delivery service that will pick up from anywhere in Erie County.

Need a Spanish translator / interpreter?
Call us. We have someone on our staff. $45.00 first hour, $20.00 each additional hr.

Attorney Pass for speedy courthouse access
The Chief Clerk's Office, 2nd floor County Hall has 3 part applications which authorize attorneys to enter County Hall without going through the metal detectors. We will mail it to your office for a $8.50 handling / mailing fee. (mailing #6)

Need to know the value of an injury?
We can provide you with a list of recent jury verdicts in New York State involving the same kind of injury. The fee is $425.00 per search. One week turnaround.

Locating a defendant or his assets
We can find current addresses, employment, bank accounts, real estate and motor vehicles (fax #12)

Need documents typed?
Send us your dictation tapes or video tapes. Phone conversations, Meetings, hearings. We will transcribe them. We can even let you use our recording equipment. (fax #27)

VHS video tape, DVD or CD duplication
The fee is $37.00 per copy. 24 hour turn around time.

Appellate Division Case List
We offer an Appellate Division Service that provides your office with the latest list of cases including case summaries. Our fee is $37.00 per month

Exemptions on Deed and Mortgage Tax
Mortgages between private citizens can save .25% on the mortgage tax by filling out a 253.1 affidavit and paying a $5.00 filing fee. Deeds with Senior Citizens as the grantor can get the transfer tax reduced from $9.00 per $1000.00 to $4.00 per $1000.00 by filling out an exemption affidavit. We can fax these forms to you (fax #16)

Audio Tape broken that contains valuable dictation?
We can take it apart and repair it for you. $50.00. Also, we can copy it to CD.

Filings in Niagara County
We travel to Lockport to perform filings in Niagara County. Our fee is $51.00 per filing. We are also part of a paralegal network which services every county in NY State.

Amortization Schedules
Contact Paralegal Services. Our fee is $25.00 for standard schedules. Custom schedules are no problem. Our turn around time is less than 24 hours

Do you need a list of your client's debts?
We can supply you with a comprehensive 3 bureau credit report (fax #18)

Need to hire a paralegal for your internal office needs?
We offer a year round internship program. Contact us for the resumes of graduates from our program.

Legal Composition Searches
If you are about to sue a business and need to know whether it is a corporation or an assumed name and the name and address of the person to be served, call Paralegal Services. Our fee is $49.00 per name searched.

Access to DMV Computer
Paralegal Services has a terminal connected to the DMV computer in Albany. We can perform license, registration and title searches. We can also provide valuable information for locating a defendant, a driving record, vehicle insurance or title information. Our fee is $49.00 per search. Same day service.

Copying social security files.
If you have a case in front of the office of hearings and appeals and need a social security file copied, call us. Our fee is $50.00 for the first 300 pages, $10.00 for each additional 100 pages. We will fax an authorization form for your client's signature.

Tax bills / receipts for real estate closings
Contact Paralegal Services to obtain copies of city tax, occupancy tax, user fee tax, county tax, and water tax. We will fax them to you and then mail the originals. Our service fee is $50.00 plus any receipt fees charged by the various tax agencies.

Franchise Tax Searches
Call us for a search of the New York State franchise tax records. Our search will tell you if the corporation is current with its franchise taxes. It will also list any corporate interest in real property. Our fee is $20.00 per search.

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