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Living Wills and Other Advance Directives Help You Plan for Emergencies

Estate planning is not just about how you want your property handled following your death. It can also be a vital part of ensuring your health and economic well-being later in life. This includes planning for emergency situations in which you may be unable to make decisions for managing your healthcare and financial affairs. By […]

What Happens to the Family Home in a Divorce?

One of the most difficult issues that comes up during a divorce is what to do with the family home. More than just another asset to be divvied up, the home is the place where the family gathered for evening meals, where holidays were shared and where children grew up. In addition to holding this […]

How to Prove Another Driver’s Distraction Caused Your Accident

If you were hurt in an auto accident that you think may have happened because the other driver was distracted, there’s a good chance you’re right. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the nation. If you suffer serious injuries beyond what your no-fault insurance will cover, you’ll need to prove […]

Relocating With the Children After Divorce

After a divorce, the parent with primary custody of the children may have a need to relocate to another area for work, family or other reasons. Whether a court will grant a custodial parent’s request to move depends on what is deemed to be in the children’s best interests. One consideration for a court deciding […]

Advantages of Putting Assets Into a Living Trust

A living trust is a method of preserving and investing wealth during your lifetime and earmarking the proceeds for designated beneficiaries upon your death. It is also called a revocable trust because it gives you the power to alter or terminate it. Living trusts provide numerous advantages that make them useful tools in estate planning. […]

What Are Your Plea Bargain Options in a DWI Case?

If you’ve been charged with drunken or impaired driving in New York State, you face substantial negative consequences, such as fines and license suspension. In some cases, it is possible to plea bargain a DWI to obtain a more favorable outcome. However, New York law restricts plea bargains for certain DWI offenses. Knowing your options […]

The Limits of New York’s Marijuana Legalization Law

New York has generally legalized recreational use and possession of marijuana and cannabis-containing products. However, there are still restrictions that you need to know in order to avoid possible criminal prosecution. Here is a summary of what is now legal in New York for individuals age 21 or older: You can possess up to three […]

How a Pour-over Will Helps Achieve Your Trust Objectives

Individuals may choose to create a trust, in addition to a will, when they desire a high degree of control over the distribution of their estate. The most common type of trust is the revocable living trust, which allows individuals to place their assets into a trust but still use them while they are alive. […]

Splitting Business Interests When You Split with Your Spouse

If you own all or part of a business enterprise and you’re getting divorced, your stake in the company may be not be yours to keep. Your spouse may be entitled to an equitable share of your ownership, even if he or she played no part in acquiring or running the business. The key question […]

Enforcing Child Custody and Visitation Rights in New York

Child custody and visitation disputes are common during and after a divorce. Society generally favors having minor children maintain a close relationship with both parents, even when they live in separate households. Unless otherwise ordered by a court, people have a right to see their minor children. However, enforcing those rights can be challenging. In […]

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