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What steps should you take after a car crash?

Immediately following a car accident, it is understandable if you feel dazed, confused and even angry at the driver who crashed into you. However, it is important that you do not let these emotions get the better of you, as maintaining a calm demeanor can help you work through the

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Looking at the real cost of a car crash

After a serious auto accident, the insurance company will offer the injured party a settlement for medical bills, property damage and other expenses. Unfortunately, this offer rarely covers the full extent of costs that arise from this type of debilitating injury.  Families affected by a motor vehicle accident should understand

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What is distracted driving and what are the dangers of it?

Many drivers may not think twice about checking their cell phones or typing out a quick text while driving, but distractions on the road can lead to serious accidents. Distracted driving causes deadly crashes and other injuries, as well as loss of property and the possible destruction of your car.

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Injury after a rideshare accident

You may struggle with medical expenses or experience disability after a serious auto accident in an Uber or Lyft. Regardless of who caused the accident, you can file a lawsuit or insurance claim to cover the costs associated with your injuries.  Review the answers to common questions about rideshare accident liability. 

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Estate Planning

Is Putting my Child on the Deed to my Home a Good Idea?

One of the main goals of New York comprehensive estate planning is to avoid probate as much as possible. Probate is not only a very public mechanism, but it can also be expensive and take a long time. Some people think that putting their adult child’s name on the deed

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Poor lighting in hotels may lead to serious falls

The heavy flow of guests into New York hotels makes it critical that hotel owners make their establishments as safe as possible. Sometimes it does not take much more than installing the proper lighting inside a hotel and outside in parking lots and walkways to prevent someone from falling down.

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Who is liable for the injuries caused by a dangerous dog?

New York State laws hold owners of dangerous dogs liable for any harm or damage caused by their pets, including bites, attacks and knockdowns. To classify a dog as “dangerous,” however, requires an owner’s prior knowledge of his or her canine’s tendency to cause injury.  If an unprovoked dog previously

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Pedestrians can help protect themselves from an accident

As New York pedestrians and motorists cross paths, pedestrians cannot rely on drivers to avoid a crash. Walkers and individuals in wheelchairs are pedestrians under state law, and they must follow rules and practices designed for safety. Pedestrians must follow traffic rules The state lays out rules that help pedestrians

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How serious is drunk driving in New York?

Over the past several decades, advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and legislators have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.  Unfortunately, many residents in New York still refuse to put away their keys when they make the choice

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What is a Simple Will?

If the idea of crafting a will seems extremely daunting, you are not alone. Many people hesitate to start the estate planning process because it seems like it will be a big, complicated affair. However, this is not necessarily the case, and in certain circumstances having a simple will is

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Why New Parents Need an Estate Plan in NY
Estate Planning

Why New Parents Need an Estate Plan

As new parents, you and your spouse have plenty of things to think about. Estate planning likely is not one of them, but it should be. Why? Because regardless of your age or the amount of wealth you possess, good parenting requires you to provide for your new child.  The

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Dog bites may lead to life-threatening infections

Dog owners have a duty to contain and control their pets and keep them from harming others. When they fail to do so and the animal bites you, the repercussions may prove tragic. In some cases, dog bites may lead to a condition known as Capnocytophaga, which is a serious

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