discussing Finding a Lawyer in Great Neck or New York City

Monday, July 30, 2007

Finding a Lawyer in Great Neck or New York City

If you are looking to contact a lawyer in Great Neck or New York City, please feel free to contact the Raymond Iryami Law Firm in any number of ways. In addition to the addresses, phone and fax numbers below, please feel free to contact the Raymond Iryami Law Firm by email at info@raymondiryami.com or by Instant Message, screenname: raymondiryami (AOL/AIM/Gmail). Whatever way you choose, we look forward to serving you.

Raymond Iryami Law Firm P.C.
305 Madison Avenue, 46th Floor
New York, NY 10165
Telephone: 212-599-1081
Fax: 212-697-0877

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Raymond Iryami Law Firm P.C.
1010 Northern Boulevard, Suite 208
Great Neck, New York 11021
Telephone: 516-336-2586
Fax: 516-706-1540

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discussing New Government Position for Raymond Iryami

Sunday, July 29, 2007

New Government Position for Raymond Iryami

Earlier this month, Raymond Iryami was appointed by Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and (approved by) the Nassau County Legislature to serve on the Advisory Council to the Department of Senior Citizens Affairs. The Council assists the Department in coordinating County programs relating to senior citizens. The Council's duties include reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of existing services rendered by public and private agencies to senior citizens.

The appointment is the third government position to which Mr. Iryami has been named. He also serves on the Village of Great Neck Planning Board and previously served on the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights.

About Raymond Iryami
The founder of the Raymond Iryami Law Firm P.C., Mr. Iryami has represented individuals, commercial companies and healthcare facilities and professionals in corporate, commercial litigation, and regulatory matters. His corporate/business law experience includes drafting and negotiating asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, operating agreements, licensing agreements, and employment agreements. He has represented clients in state and federal courts on various commercial, corporate, and regulatory matters (including Article 78 proceedings). In addition, Mr. Iryami has advised healthcare providers as they seek to structure their practices in a way that complies with the myriad of state and federal regulations (such as Stark and the Anti-Kickback laws) that apply to them, and navigate the bureaucratic framework of state and federal agencies such as Medicare, Medicaid, New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the New York State Board of Pharmacy.


Mr. Iryami's legal writings and proposals have been cited by legal scholars and various media outlets, including ABC News and CNN.com. His writings on legal matters have appeared in treatises on contract law and intellectual property law. Professionally, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Health Law Section) and the Great Neck Lawyers Association and serves a pro bono attorney for the Sephardic American Medical Society. He is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook and the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a guest lecturer on contract law, and became the first student-assistant to edit the "Law of Contracts" by John D. Calamari and Joseph M. Perillo (West's Hornbook Series, 4th Ed. 1998).

Mr. Iryami has an extensive record of community service. In addition to his government positions, he currently serves on he Board of Directors of Golden First Bank, the Iranian American Jewish Federation, the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and COPAY of Great Neck, a non-profit drug and alcohol counseling organization. He is also the co-founder of the Persian Culture Committee, the Iranian-American Democrats of New York. He has previously served as a board member of the United Community Fund of Great Neck.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Iryami served as an assistant editor of the Great Neck Record, a Long Island weekly newspaper, where he received numerous community service awards, including a New York State Assembly Citation to "gifted journalist" for achievements in promoting better understanding involving Great Neck and its Iranian-Americans. A regular lecturer on the history and culture of the Iranian-Jewish community, Mr. Iryami has been frequently quoted in regional and national publications on matters relating to one of the most oldest Jewish communities in the world.

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Certificate of Need Applications (CON)

As described by the New York State Department of Health, Certificate of Need (CON) is the process that governs the establishment and construction of health care facilities in New York State.

Certificate of Need Applications (CONs) are required for all health care facilities, such as nursing homes and diagnostic and treatment centers (DNTs) that propose construction, acquisition of major medical equipment, changes in ownership and the addition of services.

A successful CON must typically demonstrate at least four elements:

1. Need: the need for the facility in the location proposed by the applicant.
2. Character: the fitness of the applicant to operate the proposed healthcare facility.
3. Competence: the competence of the applicant to operate the healthcare facility.
4. Feasibility. the financial feasibility of the proposed healthcare facility to generate revenues projected by the applicant.

The CON Application process involves compliance with various statutes set forth in the New York Public Health Law, and regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of Health. These statutes and regulations also describe the role of the Public Health Council and the State Hospital Review and Planning Council (SHRPC) with respect to certain applications submitted to the New York State Department of Health.

If you have any questions about the Certificate of Need Application (CON), please feel free to contact the Raymond Iryami Law Firm at 212-599-1081.

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Federal Government Proposes New Tougher Stark Law Regulations (Stark Law)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just proposed new tougher regulations under the Stark Law (Self-Referral Law). The new regulations modify a number of physician self-referral provisions with the intent "to close loopholes that have made the Medicare program vulnerable to abuse."

The proposed regulations bear close scrutiny by physicians, as the proposed regulations may make it harder for physicians to comply with the federal Stark Law (Self-Referral Law). If you have any questions regarding the Stark Law, the new proposed regulations, or would like to receive a copy of the proposed regulations, please feel free to contact the Raymond Iryami Law Firm.

The proposed regulations are expected to be finalized in the fall, after public comments have been received. The deadline for submitting comments is August 31, 2007. Once finalized, the new regulations would take effect January 1, 2008.

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discussing Understanding Health Law (or Healthcare Law)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Understanding Health Law (or Healthcare Law)

I am often asked to explain what Health Law--also known as Healthcare Law--means. Health Law can encompass a wide variety of matters, but as it relates to our practice, Health Law involves representing healthcare providers in their business transactions, commercial litigation, or regulatory matters.

Still confused? Think of it this way. Healthcare providers--whether a doctor or a hospital--have all the typical legal needs of any business. They have to have a lease with their landlord or an employment agreement with their staff. But healthcare providers are subject to certain federal and state laws and regulations that apply only to healthcare providers. Even a sublease agreement between two doctors, if not done right, can result in a criminal violation.

With our knowledge of healthcare law, we can help healthcare providers comply with the myriad of regulations that apply to them.

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discussing Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Commercial litigation is what happens when businesses are not able to resolve their disputes on their own. It happens. Like any relationship, sometimes business relationships come to an end. And, when they do, you have no choice but to consult a lawyer to protect your rights.

At the Raymond Iryami Law Firm, we strive to help our clients resolve disputes before they incur the significant time and expense of litigating a case. But that is not possible in every case, and we vigorously pursue all legal avenues through the courts of the State of New York to seek, to the fullest extent of the law, the damages or other remedies to which our clients are entitled.

Whether your dispute involves another business, your current or former business partners--or a governmental entity that has improperly violated your rights--the Raymond Iryami Law Firm can be an effective advocate for your particular grievance.

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discussing Real Estate Law

Real Estate Law

Making a real estate decision can be one of the most exciting yet stressful decision you will make. There are many legal issues involved in real estate transactions that must be considered. Finding a qualified lawyer to handle real estate issues and set your mind at ease is step one!

Regardless of its nature or size, parties to a real estate transaction hope and expect that it will proceed as smoothly as possible. Thanks to our of-counsel attorneys, we offer legal representation in a variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including:
· Real Estate Contract Negotiation & Drafting
· Purchase Real Estate and Sale Transactions & Closings
· Financing Real Estate Transactions
· Commercial Leasing

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discussing Tribute to Professor Abraham Abramovsky

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tribute to Professor Abraham Abramovsky

I just found out some terrible news. Professor Abraham Abramovsky has passed away. He was 60, according to an email from Dean Treanor of Fordham University School of Law, where Professor Abramovsky taught.

I had just had lunch with Professor Abramovsky a couple of months ago where we discussed some projects. We were going to hold a seminar for doctors and other healthcare professionals on complying with STARK and the Anti-Kickback laws that apply to healthcare professionals.

It is such a shame to have lost Professor Abramovsky. He was more than my teacher. He gave me my first job in the legal profession; he hired me as assistant to help draft his regular column in the New York Law Journal. When it came time to applying to the big law firms that recruited us at Fordham, Professor Abramovsky gave me the most memorable advice: "Lifestyle matters." His point about the burden of big-firm life on a lawyer's family and friends was well-taken.

Professor Abramovsky was nothing but supportive when I told him about having my own law firm. That's when he suggested we hold that seminar together. I was going to cover the corporate and regulatory aspects of the healthcare laws, and he would cover the criminal aspects. And Professor Abramovsky knew fully well that healthcare professionals do have to worry about criminal laws in their practice.

In the end, Professor Abramovsky was, first and foremost, a father. And he never beamed more than when he would talk about his children. He was naturally proud to talk about how they have followed their father's footsteps. They will surely miss their father. I will surely miss my mentor.

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discussing Business & Corporate Law

Business & Corporate Law

Looking for a Business or Corporate law firm? Whether you are the owner of a mid-size company of 100 employees or just one person or doctor looking to set up your own business, you must navigate New York's laws and regulations relating corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships.

At the Raymond Iryami Law Firm, we can assist with multiple aspects of your corporate and business law needs ranging from starting the business by drafting its organizational documents--operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and the like--to the sale/purchase of the business, by negotiating and drafting the necessary documents in connection with an asset sale/purchase agreement. At each step of the process, you face important legal decisions that can significantly affect your rights and interests.

We stand ready to advise and help protect your interests with our knowledgeable experts in business and corporate law.

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OASAS Proposes Anti-Smoking Regulations

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services today proposed new regulations that, if ultimately promulgated, would require participating programs to ban smoking in their programs. Currently, these programs only focus on treatment for alcohol or substance abuse.

In proposing the new regulations, OASAS took the position that the programs' current focus on alcohol or substance abuse addiction would not be hampered by the new mandates to ban tobacco use. OASAS will now accept comments from the programs and the public before adopting the regulations.

The proposed regulations would be yet another layer of mandates on the programs with respect to smoking. Both New York State and New York City currently have in place laws that banned smoking in restaurants and other public places. The authorities had previously taken the position that these laws applied to substance and alcohol treatment programs, though I had successfully argued on behalf of a client that these programs should be exempt from general anti-smoking regulations.

The full-text of the proposed regulations can be found at:

http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/tobacco/providers/reg856.cfm

If you have any questions regarding the proposed regulations, please feel free to contact us.

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discussing When a Doctor's Best Friend is a Lawyer

Thursday, July 19, 2007

When a Doctor's Best Friend is a Lawyer

It is not unusual for doctors--or perhaps, anyone--to feel a bit apprehensive about lawyers. But a recent article in a business publication discusses how sometimes a lawyer can be a doctor's best friend.

Yes, some lawyers bring medical malpractice cases against doctors on behalf of their patients. No, most doctors don't care much for those lawyers. As the article published in the Las Vegas Business Press points out, however, there exist other lawyers who help doctors safely navigate "a virtual minefield of state and federal regulations." There are various names for this field of law. Health Law is one. I prefer Healthcare Law.

Healthcare Law (or Health Law, if you prefer) appears to be little understood, as evidenced by the number of questions we receive about this practice area. Healthcare providers--be it, hospitals, nursing homes, or doctor's offices--have all the usual legal needs of any business. They have to have a lease with their landlord. They need employment agreements for their employees. And, they get sued by their vendors, as any business might. Healthcare being a heavily regulated industry, however, healthcare professionals must also comply with a myriad of federal and state regulations. Federal and state self-referral laws (STARK Law). Federal and state anti-kickback law. State professional licensing rules. State public health law. State privacy laws. And, oh yes, HIPAA.

All of these laws and regulations are part of that minefield that the article discusses.

Fortunately, there is some good news. As alluded to in the article, healthcare lawyers are there to walk doctors and other healthcare professionals through the minefield. And there are indeed safe passages through the minefield. Successful passage depends on the doctor and the healthcare lawyer working together. Doctors who fail to reach out to such lawyers, the article says, do so at their own peril.

The article can be found at:

http://www.lvbusinesspress.com/articles/2007/07/13/news/iq_15368884.txt

If you have any questions about a healthcare law matter, please feel free to contact us.

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discussing Starting A New Business? The Truth About Legal Fees

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Starting A New Business? The Truth About Legal Fees

"Nothing, " I responded to the man who had asked me how much I charge to file the papers for him to start a corporation for his new business. Knowing that he would be surprised, I quickly provided the explanation:

"To start a corporation for your new business, all I have to do is to pick up the phone and basically provide the name that you want for your new business to this private agency that I use. And shortly thereafter, your company is formed!" I then explained that the client would, of course, have to pay for the state's filing fees, and the modest fee the private agency charges me for filing the necessary papers. But I pocket nothing. "I charge by the hour. What am I going to do--charge you $8.33 for the two minutes of my time?" I concluded, I don't think so. I charge nothing!"

The same applies whether the business to be formed would be a corporation or a limited liability company. The process will cost the client a few hundred dollars in filing fees and such. I get nothing--except the thanks of a satisfied client. And, in the end, that is all that counts.

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discussing Oral Contracts Can Be Binding Too!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oral Contracts Can Be Binding Too!

Yes, it is usually a good idea to actually put any agreements with others into writing. And, yes, certain agreements--like an agreement to buy a house--must be in writing to be enforceable. But you can sue--or be sued--for breach of contract even if the agreement was never in writing.

A written agreement is actually one of three kinds of agreements that can be biding under law. A second kind is an oral agreement. Oral agreements, as the term suggests, are agreements that are made through spoken words. Asking the neighbor's kid to shovel your driveway for $50 might be an example of a binding oral contract.

The third kind of binding agreement is known as an implied contract. Implied contracts are made through conduct not words. Remember the squeegee men on the streets of New York City? They would rush to your car and start washing your window shield during red lights and then demand that you pay them for their service. Even though you had never asked them to wash your window shield, believe it or not, a binding implied contract could be argued to have been made by virtue of the fact that you sat there in your car watching the man perform the service and not objecting to his doing the work. (Of course, many would object but to no avail).

In the business world, the stakes are often far higher than the example of the squeegee man or the neighbor's kid. But the same concepts apply. There might be a binding agreement even if the agreement was not in writing. So a breach of contract can exist even if the agreement in question was made through spoken words or conduct.

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discussing The 'Best Lawyer in New York'---for You.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The 'Best Lawyer in New York'---for You.

So I was asked the other night by someone I met at a function if a particular lawyer was the "best lawyer in New York"? Best lawyer in New York? Hmmm.

The question was quite natural. We all want to use the "best lawyer" we can find. And for the money that lawyers often charge, we figure, he or she better be the best! Still, the notion of the 'best lawyer in New York' is a bit more complicated.

Ultimately, you want to choose the best lawyer in New York--for you and your particular matter.

To begin with, you need to make sure that the attorney of your choice handles the kind of matter you need. Your podiatrist brother-in-law may indeed be among the best in his profession, but he would be the first to refer you to a cardiologist if you are complaining of chest pains. To a certain extent, similar concepts apply in choosing a lawyer. I, for example, have never handled a divorce case in my years of legal practice and would be the first to refer such cases to those who do handle them.

That is not to say you need New York's most specialized lawyer in every matter. If you are looking to start your own small business, you don't necessarily need to hire a lawyer who has been hired by Microsoft. Sure, you do need a lawyer who is familiar with New York corporate law, but you are probably wasting your money if you are hiring for your start-up venture a law firm that primarily handles Fortune 500 companies.

In the end, the choice of the best lawyer for you may come down to comfort level and trust. You need to make sure that you can trust your own lawyer. How can you tell? Asking trusted friends is one way. Having a conversation with the lawyer can sometimes give you some clues. And, sometimes you have a third way.

That third way is to see if others have trusted him. Lawyers often list their affiliations with various professional or charitable organizations on their web sites. See if the lawyer has been entrusted with positions of trust and leadership in such organizations. No, it's not a guarantee. But using a lawyer who has been entrusted by a number of organizations and associations may be worthy of your trust as well.

Or maybe not. As I said before, the matter of the "best lawyer" is really a matter of the best lawyer--for you.

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discussing HIPAA Article Points Out Pitfalls for Providers

Sunday, July 8, 2007

HIPAA Article Points Out Pitfalls for Providers

In case you missed it, we wanted to share an article that first appeared in the New York Times last week about the troubles that HIPAA has continued to pose for healthcare providers. The article points out how HIPAA, a complex federal privacy statute, has been misunderstood. Even those who wrote the law are unhappy with the results:



"Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, a sponsor of the original insurance portability law, was dismayed by the “bizarre hodgepodge” of regulations layered onto it, several staff members said, and by the department’s failure to provide “adequate guidance on what is and is not barred by the law.” Further legislative measures are reported to being considered.



Of course, help cannot come soon enough for those healthcare providers who are trying their best to help comply with HIPAA. The only solace for them is that, with the proper legal guidance, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, and others healthcare professionals can navigate the confusing and hard-to-understand provisions of HIPAA.



The New York Times article can be found here:



www.nytimes.com (registration may be required).

Or here:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Hello Blogosphere!

Welcome to the Raymond Iryami Law Firm P.C. Blog! Here, we hope to share with you news, information, and perspective relevant to our practice areas and community. We hope you will find such information helpful. Naturally, we are also here to answer your questions. Please feel free to email me at raymond@raymondiryami.com.

Thanks for visiting our blog and our site.

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