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Legal news you can use

The following is the first in a series of planned columns by Jim Reed, managing partner of the Ziff Law Firm of Elmira regarding news of a legal nature that readers might find timely in this ever-changing world.

By Jim Reed
Managing partner
Ziff Law Firm, Elmira

My family has had a home on Seneca Lake for 17 years, and six years ago, my wife Meg and I moved our children here year-round. We are proud to call Schuyler County our home now because the people have always made us feel welcome. It’s a special place to raise children.

That’s why I am excited to give back to the community by writing a new monthly column about legal issues for The Odessa File. I want to provide clear explanations and real value to readers by answering your legal questions and discussing legal topics in the news that are important to you. My common-sense legal tips might help you avoid expensive legal problems down the road.

Please send your questions, or suggestions for monthly topics, by email to

A personal-injury lawyer for more than 30 years, I am happy to discuss all types of legal questions and issues because the concepts can be complicated -- and most lawyers don’t take the time to explain what they know in a way that is easy to understand.

I talk about legal issues in the news on WETM-TV’s “Law Talk,” a segment broadcast during the noon news on Wednesdays. Recent topics I have discussed include net neutrality, how criminal suspects fight extradition from one state to another, and the latest news from our state capitol in Albany.

I want to tackle questions that are more close to home for Odessa File readers. Do you have a property line dispute with a neighbor? Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Do you have enough car insurance to protect yourself in case you have an accident? (I’ll evaluate your insurance policy for free and tell you if you have enough. Just email me and I will explain how I do it.)

Do you have questions about changes coming out of Washington, or new state and local laws in the new year?

Please take this opportunity to email me at with your questions and suggestions. And if you see me in the community one day, stop and say hello.


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