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Welcome to the New York Law section of FindLaw's State Law collection. This section contains user-friendly summaries of New York laws as well as citations or links to relevant sections of New York's official online statutes. Please select a topic from the list below to get started.

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  • Albany Laws

    Albany has been the capital of New York since 1797. A city steeped in history and culture, it was originally a fur-trading colony and is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original thirteen colonies. Today, Albany continues to ...

  • Buffalo Laws

    Home to the Buffalo Bills, lots of snow and some great chicken wings, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State. Located in Western New York, the city is home to over 261,000 residents. But in any city with economic and demographic growth,...

  • Home Buying Basics in New York
    By Brian Farkas, Attorney

    New York has a complex real estate market and many important laws and regulations. ...

  • How to Get a New York Divorce
    By Melissa Heinig, Attorney

    For some couples, ending the marriage is the only way for each spouse to be happy. Couples in New York have several options for pursuing a divorce. Continue reading to learn more. ...

  • How to Expunge a Criminal Record in New York
    Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors.

    For better or worse, the fact is that in the state of New York, you cannot expunge your criminal record. A record that is "expunged" is permanently erased. However, you can "seal" your criminal record in New York, which means it will become invisible...

  • Long Island Laws

    Everyone in Long Island has an opinion on the best of everything: where to get the best pizza, the best coffee, the best wine, or the best bagel. They also know that the best and most accurate legal information comes from local sources. The laws in L...

  • Newburgh Laws

    Newburgh -- once home to the American Revolution, it’s now a major part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan area. Laws and ordinances often vary from town to town, and it's important to know how the legal system works in Newburgh so ...

  • New York Abortion Laws
    Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors.

    How New York law regulates abortion within the state, including the statutory definitions of both legal and illegal abortions; the penalty for unlawful abortions; and consent requirements prior to the procedure.

  • New York Accident and Injury Laws

    With about 20 million New York residents (more than 8 million in New York City alone) the possibility of injury is always there in the Empire State. And while no one can go back and undo an injury, New York personal injury law provides a way for the ...

  • New York Adoption Laws
    Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors.

    Adoption law basics under New York law, such as who may be adopted; the age of consent for adoption; home residency requirements; and links to related adoption articles and resources.

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