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Common Vacation Accidents and the Injuries They Cause

People enjoying themselves on vacation are likely to be more relaxed, less cautious and consequently more prone to accidents. In addition, recreational activities can present special hazards that a vacationer is not accustomed to. Therefore, an ounce of caution goes a long way towards minimizing the risk of injury. Whether traveling or spending time at […]

Defending Yourself Against a Hate Crime Charge in New York

A hate crime is one that is motivated by a victim’s perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. When an offense is classified as a hate crime, the law provides for greater levels of punishment, known as penalty enhancements. New York hate crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, […]

New York’s New Simplified Power of Attorney: How it Can Work for You

A new law taking effect in June 2021 makes it easier for New Yorkers to prepare and execute powers of attorney to delegate the handling of financial and legal matters to an agent. The law will make it easier for people to use POAs for multiple purposes, such as estate planning. Under prior law, the […]

How Easing of COVID Rules is Affecting the NY Family Courts

As COVID-19 swept the country, court operations in New York came to a virtual standstill under lockdown orders. In-person trials, conferences and hearings were postponed indefinitely. Despite the innovative use of videoconferencing technology for some proceedings, case dockets swelled as new cases were being filed and older cases were on hold. Now, as schools, restaurants […]

Pros and Cons of Revocable Living Trusts in Estate Planning

A revocable living trust can be an effective method of distributing property to your intended beneficiaries without need of a probate proceeding. A trust is traditionally an agreement between two parties — the grantor and the trustee — directing how property is to managed and for whose benefit. But a living trust allows you be […]

How Does a Spouse’s Wasting of Marital Assets Affect a Divorce?

When it comes to dividing property in a divorce, New York is an equitable distribution state. Most of the assets and debts acquired by either spouse during the marriage are considered marital property and are divided fairly, though not necessarily equally. The judge will take various factors into consideration in making an equitable distribution, such […]

Leaving Property to “All My Children” is Not so Simple

As a parent, a major reason you should make a will is to ensure that your children are provided for — whether they are minors or adults at the time of your passing. However, leaving property to your children is not as simple as it may appear. Careful attention must be paid to the wording […]

Using Living Trusts to Avoid or Minimize Probate

Anyone who owns a real estate, has substantial bank accounts and investments or possesses other valuable property needs to consider the possibility that these assets will go into probate — the legal process that decides how a decedent’s estate will be distributed at death. Probate can be expensive, time-consuming and prone to complications. Fortunately, there […]

Should You and Your Spouse Have Mirror Wills?

When a married couple plans their estate, they often create identical wills, also known as “mirror wills.” This arrangement makes sense to spouses who want the same things when they pass away. Typically, each spouse leaves all their property to the other or to their children if the other spouse dies first. Mirror wills may […]

N.Y. Legislature Mulls Bill to Establish Presumption of Shared Parenting

If you’re considering a divorce and you have minor children, it’s understandable that you might be nervous about what to expect when it comes to child custody. Under current New York law, judges apply a range of criteria to determine whether custody should be granted principally to one parent, which would leave the other parent […]

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