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New York Allows Attorneys to Represent Clients in Court in Civil Actions or Proceedings for Limited Purposes

In the latest legislative session, New York lawmakers amended the state’s Civil Practice Law and Rules to formally authorize attorneys to appear on behalf of parties in civil actions or proceedings for limited purposes. The change will allow attorneys to provide discrete services to clients who need legal help but want or need to limit legal expenses.

The amendment requires attorneys to file notice of limited scope appearance that includes their signature and the limited scope or purpose for which the attorney is appearing. This notice is in addition to any self-represented appearance the party may have already filed with the court.

Legislators also amended the state’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law to allow a director elected to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term to stay in the position until the end of that term, or for a term to be determined by the board which ends at an annual meeting and until his successor is elected or appointed and qualified.

Another change to the law allows directors who attend a meeting but aren’t present for a vote—due to a conflict of interest or related party transaction—to be counted as present at the time of the vote for the purpose of determining a quorum.

These and other changes are captured in the Spring 2023 edition of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated. Published by CSC, in cooperation with legal publisher LexisNexis®, this two-volume resource contains up-to-date New York business entity legislation and other valuable features that make legal research faster and more efficient.

The Spring edition contains the latest legislative changes through Chapter 104 of the 2023 Session. The Table of Sections Affected provides an overview of legislative changes, and Blackline Amendment notes following each amended section indicate exactly what text was added and deleted.

The Spring 2023 edition includes more than 30 new case notes from New York state and federal courts interpreting the law since the Fall edition. Also included are five new full-text cases covering minimum contacts for jurisdiction, alter ego doctrine, gifts to nonprofit corporations, and dissolution of an LLC.

More than 100 fillable New York forms for incorporation and formation, qualification, mergers, dissolution, and name reservation for all entity types are available on the LexisNexis Bookstore online download center. A list of the forms can be found in the book’s appendix. Up-to-date Publication and Fee Tables provide a snapshot of fees and publication requirements for the different entities.

The Spring 2023 Edition of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated is available as a two-volume softbound book or as an eBook, compatible with dedicated eReader devices, computers, tablets, and smartphones that use eReader software or applications. It is also available on the LexisNexis Digital Library.

To learn more about the Spring 2023 Edition of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated, call 1.800.533.1637 or visit us online at



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