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Fireworks injuries in New York

Late on the evening of July 4, 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was enjoying a holiday party in his Florida hometown. He had purchased $1,100 worth of fireworks to give the entire neighborhood a spectacular show, but when he retrieved one from the parked U-haul where they were being stored and lit…

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How social media can hurt your personal injury case

Social media has transformed the way people interact with one another. We use Facebook to share personal milestones and tweet our happiness and anger for anyone to see. While these social networks have huge advantages when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family, they also expose us to the danger of oversharing.…

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Common issues clients must overcome when filing bankruptcy

If you’ve decided that bankruptcy is the best solution to an overwhelming debt problem, you don’t want mistakes and missteps to prevent you from getting the relief you need. Below are some of the activities and transactions that may result in your petition being refused, as some debtors employ them to minimize the negative effects…

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Pain and suffering in a New York personal injury case

To many people, the concept of damages for “pain and suffering” is vague, but if you have been injured in an accident, these damages provide compensation for any severe physical and mental pain and mental anguish that you must live with in the aftermath. Examples include physical pain, anxiety, fear, insomnia, and even loss of…

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Establishing paternity in New York

Fatherhood includes certain obligations and rights. Once a child’s paternity is established, the father has the right to see him or her and be actively involved in his or her life. Even if he elects not to do so, then he still has both a moral and legal obligation to support the child. When a…

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Takata files for bankruptcy

The Japanese company behind one of the worst automobile safety scandals has filed for bankruptcy. Airbags have been instrumental in minimizing the injuries of automobile drivers and passengers, but once the danger presented by Takata airbags became known, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency responsible for automotive safety in the United…

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Filing a joint vs. individual chapter 7 bankruptcy

If you are married and considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a debt crisis solution, then you and your spouse will have to discuss whether you want to file a joint petition, file your own separate cases, or have one of you file alone. There is no right answer that applies to all couples equally—it all…

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Does workers’ compensation include psychological injuries?

Psychological injuries can be just as traumatizing as physical ones, especially when they are so severe that you cannot eat or sleep. Over time, physical illness can set in. Does this mean that you can collect worker’s compensation for mental stress allegedly experienced on the job? In New York it’s certainly possible, but the success…

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Protecting inheritances in a New York divorce

When you’re married, you share everything in your lives, even assets that you inherited. Perhaps your parents left you a beautiful vacation home, or you have a rare coin collection from your grandfather. If the marriage ends in divorce, you naturally want to keep that property, especially if it has strong sentimental and financial value.…

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Whiplash injuries in New York

If you were recently in a motor vehicle accident—as a driver or passenger- and now suffer from persistent and excruciating neck and / or back pain, then you may have suffered whiplash in the collision. Whiplash is a commonly used term for neck sprains and strains that occur when your neck is suddenly and violently…

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Ways that a criminal record can affect your child custody case

It’s common knowledge that a criminal record can have a detrimental effect on your life. Not only are there immediate penalties such as significant fines and possible incarceration, but you also face long-term complications such as restricted employment options, loss of access to public benefits, and even challenges when you seek custody of your children.…

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Dog bite liability in New York

According to the Center for Disease Control, over four million people are bitten by dogs every year in the U.S. It is an incredibly traumatizing and painful experience, especially for children, who compose a significant percentage of bite victims. Dog bites are actually the second most common injury for children that requires medical intervention, after…

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Divorce and marital debt in New York

Marital debt is any financial obligation acquired by one or both spouses during the course of a marriage. It is typically accrued to benefit the couple/family in some way, and can include: Mortgages to acquire family homes Car loans Personal loans Joint credit cards and lines of credit It is even possible for one spouse’s…

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Four tips for summer parenting time

As the last day of school before summer break approaches, we feel a more pressing need to confirm vacation plans for the summer. For divorced parents who have agreed to establish their own vacation schedule, this can be as difficult as it is exciting. We would love to take the kids to Disney World in…

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Accidents and injuries at the swimming pool

The weather is warming up, which means that Hamilton Fish Park, the John Jay Public Swimming Pool, Red Hook Swimming Pool, and other public swimming outlets in New York are going to be filled with people of all ages. All of them go to cool off and enjoy themselves, never suspecting that they could be…

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What are unclaimed bankruptcy funds?

When a debtor declares bankruptcy to eliminate their unsecured debts, the logical assumption is that their creditors practically line up to claim a share of any proceeds from liquidated assets or payment plans. Believe it or not, there is a large amount of “forgotten” cash being held by the federal court system, most of it…

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School bullying injuries in New York

Although New York has laws that prohibit bullying in schools, scores of students are threatened, harassed, and terrorized, both in person and online, every year. Schools are responsible for preventing bullying on their property, but it still happens, and to such an extent that some children refuse to go to school and others commit suicide,…

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Child support arrears

Parents are obligated to support their children even if their relationship comes to an end. When this happens, the typical arrangement is that the non-custodial parent pays child support to the parent who retains primary custody, with the amount calculated to cover the children’s needs and help them enjoy a lifestyle similar to the one…

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Will your car accident case settle or go to trial?

When you have a personal injury claim arising from a car accident, you’re probably wondering whether the case will settle or go to trial. In terms of statistics, an estimated 95 to 96% of personal injury cases are settled before trial. This is due to reasons like those listed below: Trials are public and can…

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Chapter 9 bankruptcy

Chapter 9 bankruptcy is specifically structured to address the needs of financially distressed municipalities, which can include a broad range of government entities such as: Towns Cities Counties Taxing districts School districts Chapter 9 allows these entities to reorganize their debts, extend repayment timelines, reduce the principal / interest, or obtain refinancing. In order to…

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Summer camp injuries in New York

When the weather turns warm, and schools close, many New York parents send their children to summer camp. These camps, which can be day outings or overnight adventures, are a great way to for kids to meet new friends, enjoy nature, and have fun doing a variety of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it is also possible…

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Four tips for summer parenting time

As the last day of school before summer break approaches, we feel a more pressing need to confirm vacation plans for the summer. For divorced parents who have agreed to establish their own vacation schedule, this can be as difficult as it is exciting. We would love to take the kids to Disney World in…

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Public beach injuries in New York

Summer is here, which means that beach season is also upon us. A trip to Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Fire Island Beach or Rockaway Beach is an enjoyable way to beat the city heat and catch up on our sun tanning or the latest novel. While most days by the seaside result in nothing worse…

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Title III bankruptcy: What it is and how it works

Hounded by creditors and low on financial resources, Puerto Rico recently filed a Title III petition in federal court. This is apparently the first time that an American state or territory has sought this type of relief from a crushing debt load (in this instance, $74 billion to creditors and over $40 billion in pension…

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The rights of injured passengers in New York car accidents

After a collision occurs, passengers have the same rights as drivers when it comes to seeking compensation for their injuries, which may include: Traumatic brain injury and/or facial trauma from striking the dashboard or window Whiplash and back injury from being rear-ended Widespread physical trauma from a side-impact collision Who is legally obligated to provide…

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Bankruptcy and child support

Imagine this scenario. Your ex has been ordered to pay you child support after your New York divorce, and she does—approximately half the time. As the months pass, many payments are missed and the amount of back child support due to you increases. Then you find out that she has just filed for bankruptcy to…

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ATV Safety

Over the Memorial Day weekend, a high school teacher was involved in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that led to her death in western New York State. The teacher crashed her ATV on a rural road in Yorkshire. She was only 33 years old. ATV crashes, many of which result in serious injuries, occur regularly…

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Public park injuries in New York

As spring develops into summer, public parks become increasingly popular with New York families. We head out to Central Park to walk along the winding trails and streams or enjoy some sun tanning at Sheep’s Meadow. On weekends we grab the kids and go to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the outdoor movies and take…

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What is Chapter 20 Bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 13 immediately after receiving a Chapter 7 discharge, it is known as a Chapter 20 situation. Its intended purpose is to allow you to discharge your unsecured debts via a Chapter 7 and then catch up on nondischargeable debts such as taxes and your mortgage in a Chapter 13 repayment…

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Four myths about traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a catastrophic and permanent effect on your life. Immediately after they occur, you face the financial and emotional challenges of medical bills and struggling with insurance companies. In the long run, depending on their extent, such injuries can impair your personality, mental and physical functioning, and even prevent you…

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Professional practice valuations in a New York divorce

When you and your spouse divorce in New York, all marital property must be distributed in a fair and equitable manner. If you own a professional practice, such as a medical, dental, legal, or accounting business, it is subject to division regardless of when you started or joined it. It’s a process that can be…

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Asbestos exposure injuries in New York

Although there are low levels of asbestos in our food, water, and even the air we breathe, it is seldom in sufficient quantities to make us ill. Certain types of blue collar workers, however are often exposed to asbestos in the course of their daily work. They include: Construction: General construction employees use asbestos-based products…

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How many times can you file for bankruptcy in New York?

If you’ve already filed for bankruptcy once in New York, can you file again? The short version of the answer is, “yes.” But how long you have to wait before you may do so depends on what chapter you originally filed, which one you intend to file this time, and whether or not your first…

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Burn injuries in New York

According to the American Burn Association, every year nearly half a million Americans suffer burns that require medical attention. Some of these injuries are severe enough to be life-threatening and permanently disabling. A burn is the result of tissue damage after the skin makes contact with heat or chemicals. More serious burns can even damage…

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Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Here’s what you can keep

Chapter 7 is often referred to as the “liquidation bankruptcy” because it wipes out most, if not all, of your unsecured debts. This fact, combined with the relatively short duration of a typical filing, motivates a lot of people to use Chapter 7 to get a fresh financial start. There is a potential downside, however.…

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Can part-time employees receive workers’ compensation in New York?

Worker’s compensation plays an indispensable role in the nation’s employment system. It ensures that if you are injured while carrying out employment-related duties, your medical costs are covered. Many people, however, wonder if this protection is also extended to part-time employees. The answer is, yes. New York is not an elective state when it comes…

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Who will provide health insurance for my children after divorce?

When you and your spouse divorce, most situations that you maintained as a family unit will have to be restructured. These include living arrangements, finances, and even health insurance, the latter of which is a special concern if you have children. Technically speaking, medical insurance counts as a form of child support. Making it available…

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The bankruptcy means test: What it is and how it works

When you are struggling with more debt than you can handle, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can give you the fresh start you need. Unless they have significant assets that they stand to lose in this liquidation-type bankruptcy, most debtors prefer to file Chapter 7 because all unsecured and nonexempt debt is eliminated, there is no limit…

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Slip and fall in stairwells

In New York City, thousands of people ascend thousands of stairwells every year as they go to work, school, the upper level of a shopping center, and other locations essential to daily life. It is the responsibility of property owners in these buildings to keep the stairs in reasonably safe condition by carrying out regular…

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Dividing marital debt in a New York divorce

When a couple divorces in New York, it’s not only marital property that must be fairly evaluated and divided. Any debt accumulated during the marriage (and acquired for the benefit of both parties or their children) must also be equitably split between the spouses. Common examples of such financial obligations include: Mortgages Car loans Personal…

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Compounding pharmacies medical malpractice

A compounded medication is made when separate ingredients are combined in a specific dosage for a particular patient. While this process allows doctors to customize drugs for their patients, it has also resulted in serious problems that include but are not limited to medical malpractice claims that arise from the following situations: Using the wrong…

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Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a business

You started your small business with the best intentions, but thanks to a competitive marketplace, reduced consumer spending, and difficult economic climate, the once-promising venture is now drowning in debt. Could bankruptcy—specifically, Chapter 7—resolve your difficulties? It’s possible, but it also depends. What type of business is it? Chapter 7 bankruptcy will only eliminate dischargeable…

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OK Food Inc. recalls nearly one million pounds of chicken products

Back in March, Oklahoma-based company OK Foods Inc. recalled over 933,000 pounds of breaded chicken, citing concerns that the products could be contaminated by metal and other foreign materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that OK Foods Inc. became aware of the issue after five consumers alleged that…

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Fire deaths in New York City at 100-year low

In January, Mayor de Blasio confirmed that 48 people died in New York City fires in 2016, which is the lowest number of losses in more than a century. Officials attributed the decline to certain Fire Department initiatives, such as more consistent and stringent fire inspections, faster response times, improved fire education programs, and the…

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Reasons the court might dismiss your bankruptcy case

When you file for bankruptcy in New York, your case will have one of two outcomes: discharge or dismissal. What happens in your instance will depend on whether or not you fulfill the requirements imposed upon you by the bankruptcy court. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are required to do the following: File accurate…

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Carbon Monoxide injuries in New York

Carbon monoxide is also known as the “‘silent killer.” Its fumes are invisible and have no odor or taste, which can make it hard to know that you are being poisoned until it’s too late. Emitted by cars, furnaces, stoves and gas ranges, it can build up to dangerous levels very quickly. In high concentrations,…

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Takata airbag injuries

Takata Corporation has supplied airbag inflators to several different automobile manufacturers since 2001. These airbags have since been declared defective because they contain solid propellants without a drying agent that can absorb moisture and prevent product degradation. When inflated in older cars or moist/high-humidity environments, they can rupture and spray metal shards into vehicle occupants,…

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The means test in a New York bankruptcy

When you want to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York and your income exceeds the state median for your household size, you are required to pass the means test. Its purpose is to prevent higher-income filers from taking advantage of the system and opting for Chapter 7 when they are capable of repaying…

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Financially preparing for divorce: What you can do

Divorce does not only change your marital status. It also creates significant changes in your financial situation. That is why it is important, even at such an emotional and stressful time, to prepare for a separate financial existence the moment you and your spouse accept that the marriage is over. The five steps below will…

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When to settle during a personal injury case

If you have been injured due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be understandably eager to settle the ensuing personal injury lawsuit, especially if your injuries have left you unable to work and the medical bills are mounting. It is important, however, to resist the urge to accept a low offer early in…

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Social security disability and bankruptcy

When disability benefit recipients investigate bankruptcy as a debt solution problem, they are naturally worried about how a filing will affect their income. How much of an impact bankruptcy has on your disability payments will depend on which chapter you file and how the payments are structured. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Bankruptcy laws generally…

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Drone injury in New York

Drones, which are also known as unmanned civilian vehicles or UCVs, have been a focus of public interest since the military started using them overseas as a lower-cost and effective form of warfare.  People buy them for personal entertainment, photographers use them to take beautiful aerial photos and videos, and property developers, engineers, and architects…

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When debt collectors call after your discharge

When you file for bankruptcy in New York, all of your listed creditors are provided with a notice of your filing. They also receive notification of your discharge once you successfully complete all of your bankruptcy obligations. There are, however, occasions when debt collectors will attempt to collect a debt that was included in your…

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Bringing a personal injury claim against the government

All kinds of injuries occur on public property. People trip on defective sidewalks, vehicles collide when traffic lights malfunction, and pedestrians stumble into excavation sites that are poorly marked, especially at night. In these cases, the agency responsible for maintaining the sidewalks or traffic signals should be held legally responsible, and they can be, under…

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Requesting your medical records in a personal injury case

When you are embarking on a personal injury claim, you will have to request your medical records, as these documents will serve as key evidence in any settlement demand or offer. These records confirm details such as: Proof of your physical injuries Assessment of the injuries Medical treatment costs, which can help to calculate any…

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What debts cannot be discharged in a New York bankruptcy?

When you’re overwhelmed by debt and unable to pay it within a reasonable time from, bankruptcy may appear to be your only solution. In most instances, filing can give you the relief that you desperately need… depending on what debts you are struggling with. With Chapter 7, you may have to liquidate non-exempt assets to…

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Avoid jeopardizing your personal injury claim

When you file a personal injury claim, your attorney will let you know what to expect and guide you through any litigation or settlement processes. There’s no denying, however, that suing for damages is a unique experience for most people, and you could unintentionally jeopardize your chances of a successful outcome in your case. Below…

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Where do gifts fit into New York divorce settlements?

When divorcing spouses divide assets, gifts often become a subject of dispute, especially if they are valuable ones. Under New York law, gifts to either spouse from a third party (e.g. a friend or family member) are the separate property of the recipient, but there are ways that they can become part of the marital…

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Assumption of risk in a personal injury case

Let’s look at a hypothetical situation. You are out rock climbing with some friends, and during the course of that outing, you fall and injure yourself. Now you want to sue the park or site where the accident occurred, claiming that they were negligent in maintaining the property or warning customers of unsafe conditions. The…

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Life after a New York bankruptcy

When people consider filing for bankruptcy in New York, one recurring question is, “Will I ever get credit again? Be able to buy a house? Get a car lease on favorable terms?” The universal assumption seems to be that after you file, you lose any chance of being able to benefit from the advantages that…

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E-cigarette injuries in New York

E-cigarettes, also known as vapes or e-cigs, are devices that use lithium ion batteries to turn liquid nicotine solutions into a vapor that you inhale. They consist of a mouthpiece, a tank / cartridge, microprocessor, atomizer, and a battery. There is a heating element in the atomizer that vaporizes the fluid in the tank /…

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Hidden assets during divorce

When two parties divorce, the ideal scenario is for both spouses to agree to a fair and equitable division of marital assets. That’s not always the way it happens, however. Spouses have been known to hide assets from each other in order to avoid having to share them. This is often the case when one…

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What is discovery in a personal injury case?

When you are involved in a personal injury case, the process of discovery enables you—and your attorney to gather information about the other side’s case. There are several ways that important information can be gathered according to the state or federal rules of civil procedure. Interrogatories Interrogatories consist of a series of questions posed to…

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Personal injury awards in a New York bankruptcy

If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy in New York and have recently received an award or settlement in a personal injury case, then you may be wondering if it could be forfeited. The answer is: it depends. Any money you have, whether it was received as part of a personal injury settlement or awarded at…

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New York fitness club and gym injuries

We go to the gym to get fit. Unfortunately, we also occasionally get hurt. Gym and fitness club injuries can happen in a variety of contexts. The staff could give you improper instructions or fail to properly spot you during a weightlifting session. A piece of equipment could malfunction, with serious results. Yet people often…

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How to appear in Bronx Family Court telephonically

Sometimes circumstances leave you unable to attend your upcoming appearance date in Bronx Family Court. Perhaps you now live in a different state or even country, or an emergency has come up, forcing you to be out of New York when court is in session. Provided your absence is for a valid reason, you may…

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Reasonable expectations in your personal injury case

You’ve been injured, received medical attention, and have now hired a personal injury attorney to help you pursue a claim against the party whose negligence caused your injuries. You want to seek compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, medical treatments, pain and suffering and other past and future economic and non-economic losses.…

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Zombie debt

Although it sounds like the title from a bad movie, zombie debt is a real problem for modern consumers. It refers to a financial obligation that has been charged off or otherwise removed from a creditor’s books because the lender could not afford to pay it or could not be located. The majority of creditors…

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How to prepare financially for a divorce

Once you realize that divorce is inevitable, it’s time to review your finances. For years, you merged your financial identity with that of your spouse: you had joint bank accounts, credit cards, and lines of credit. Now, you have to establish your own independent financial profile. Here are some tips on how to accomplish that.…

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Self-employed and filing for bankruptcy in New York

When you are an independent contractor or the sole proprietor of a New York business, you may take more financial risks to get your business off the ground and keep it going during times when clients are few and far between. Sometimes these risks pay off, while other times they may send you so deep…

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How to minimize stress for kids during divorce

Once the decision is made to end your marriage, you’ll likely feel a powerful surge of emotions: grief, anger, sadness, maybe even relief. Chances are that your children are feeling just as strongly about the way their lives are about to change. How a child will react to the news of parental separation will vary,…

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How to conduct yourself prior to filing for bankruptcy

A New York bankruptcy can give you the fresh start that you need-if you don’t conduct yourself improperly prior to filing. There are certain actions and omissions that can have an irreversible impact on the success of your bankruptcy and prevent you from being successfully discharged or even able to file in the first place.…

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Fire escape collapse injuries in New York

Thousands, if not millions, of New York residents rent apartments, many of them in older buildings with fire escapes that might not be completely up to code. This is a serious concern, as fire escapes are intended to provide an emergency exit to safety in the event of a fire. While collapses are rare, the…

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School bus injuries in New York City

The holidays are over, and now children all over New York State are returning to their classes. Many of them ride in school buses, which are designed and intended to take them to and from school without incident. Bus drivers are supposed to drive carefully, and the vehicles themselves should be maintained and equipped for…

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Meeting with a New York bankruptcy attorney: What to expect

When you’ve scheduled a consultation with an attorney to discuss a New York bankruptcy, it’s normal to wonder what to expect. Although every bankruptcy attorney has their own approach, there are questions and discussion topics that appear in the majority of first meetings.  There are also documents you should bring that will make the whole…

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Skiing accidents in New York

Winter is here, and for the thousands of alpine sport fans all over the country, it also means that ski season has arrived. In New York State there are world-renowned ski resorts and slopes that are perfect for both weekend getaways and destination vacations. Skiing is an exhilarating sport that can involve high speeds, steep…

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Valentine’s Day after divorce

Even people who have never been massive fans of Valentine’s Day tend to feel alone on the first February 14th after their divorce. All those flowers, chocolates, red roses and restaurant specials are glaring reminders that you are now single, and can increase any sense of loneliness you may be feeling. Fortunately, with some preparation…

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Bar and nightclub injuries in New York

New York City has a lively nightclub scene, with world-famous bars patronized by celebrities, tourists, and locals alike. Most times, you enjoy a great night out with friends, but like many places where alcohol is served, you risk attack and assault by inebriated individuals out looking for a fight. Bar and nightclub fights can quickly…

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Common myths about New York bankruptcy

Although bankruptcy can give them the fresh financial start they desperately need, many New York residents refrain from filing because they have been discouraged by certain myths. To dispel these assumptions, it is important to understand what the bankruptcy process consists of and how it does -and does not- affect their ability to earn a…

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Ice skating accidents in New York

When you live in or around New York City, the cold weather season gives the idea of ice skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center a decided appeal. When you skate on a crowded rink, however, you run the risk of slips, falls, and even serious injury like the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Spinal…

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Benefits of hiring a family law attorney

Many individuals who are about to become involved in a New York family law matter, such as divorce, child custody, and support, or spousal maintenance, wonder whether they should hire a family law attorney to represent them or save some money and handle their own case. While there is no law that requires you to…

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Firefighter line of duty injuries in New York

New York firefighters battle dangerous conditions as part of their duty to protect the citizenry. Although risk of injury and death is part of their job, it does not mean that firefighters have no rights when it comes to their safety and well-being. Unfortunately, many New York firefighters are injured and even killed because property…

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Pensions and bankruptcy in New York

Many people who are preparing to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in New York worry that they will lose their New York State pension and other retirement assets. The reality is that in practically all cases, you will be able to keep your retirement accounts. New York bankruptcy exemptions are quite…

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Uber injuries in New York

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services have increased in popularity across New York State. They appeal primarily to commuters who either dislike or do not have access to public transit but find regular cab travel cost prohibitive. A couple of taps on their Uber smartphone app and they’re off. When you travel in a motor…

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What cases does a Bronx family court lawyer handle?

Family law deals with domestic relations, so Bronx family court lawyers represent clients in divorce proceedings and associated matters such as spousal maintenance, child custody and support, and division of marital property. Many lawyers also assist victims of domestic violence in civil protection court order proceedings. Child custody There are two types of custody arrangement…

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Pharmacy malpractice in New York City

Pharmacists and pharmacy professionals have an obligation to provide safe and quality medical care to patients. When they are negligent in their responsibilities regarding the standard of care (for example, causing someone to take the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage), serious illness, permanent injury and even death can occur. According to the Institute of…

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Filing for bankruptcy if you live in another country

Financial difficulties can hit anytime and anywhere, which means that when circumstances make it advisable for you to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you could be living and working outside of the United States. Does this mean that you can’t file here? Not quite. But there are certain requirements that must be…

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Botulism food poisoning in New York City

Botulism is a serious and potentially life-threatening type of food poisoning. It is caused by eating foods that have been contaminated by a neurotoxin derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Incident levels are comparatively low, with fewer than 30 cases of food-based botulism occurring in the U.S. each year, but the mortality risk is considerable…

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Automatic temporary restraining orders

You’ve decided that you want a divorce, and are pretty sure that your spouse is not going to be gracious when you tell them. You wouldn’t put it past him or her to spitefully take money from a joint account to reduce the financial resources you can take away with you. Is there anything that…

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Shopping mall injuries in New York

New York City is a mecca for shoppers. It is packed with shopping malls with stores that range in scope from luxury retail to urban chic to affordable family-oriented outlets. Like all public venues that host crowds, however, shopping malls have potential dangers that can cause injury and even death. They include: Slips and falls…

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What if a relative dies in a New York bankruptcy?

When someone we love passes away, we grieve and celebrate their lives at a funeral or memorial session. Then we move on with our own futures. But if you are one of that person’s heirs and he or she died while in the midst of a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, then the estate distribution…

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ATM assault in New York

Nowadays, most of us use an ATM when we want to withdraw money.  Practically all banks provide ATMs in a well-lit area near the building entrance, available 24-7 to people with a bank card.  It’s a convenient and easy-to-use system that also, unfortunately, attracts criminals. Thieves and muggers know that people who enter a vestibule…

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Litigated divorce in New York

A litigated divorce is one where both parties can’t come to an agreement and resort to the courts to settle their differences. This type of divorce usually happens when one party refuses to settle on key issues, deliberately hides information such as financial records, or refuses to disclose details about all property they owned prior…

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Apartment fire injuries in New York

Apartment fires injure thousands of people throughout the State of New York every year and leave many more homeless. A lot of these incidents can be attributed to causes beyond the building management’s control, such as negligent residents leaving burning candles unattended, smoking in bed, and other careless activities. Other mishaps, however, could have been…

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Unpaid college tuition in a New York bankruptcy

Although Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges most unsecured debts, student loans are a significant exception. Anyone who has attempted to be relieved of this often-staggering financial burden will say that it’s next to impossible. Before 1976, education-related debts could all be discharged via bankruptcy. This, predictably, resulted in scores of students amassing debt for higher degrees…

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