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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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Limousine accidents in New York

During the holiday season, the demand for limousine services always skyrocket. These luxurious vehicles, stocked with treats, champagne, and built-in entertainment systems, take passengers to and from airports, hotels, and party venues. Many would argue that no holiday bash is complete without a ride in a sleek and graceful stretch limo. When passengers, drivers and…

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Snowplow accidents in New York City

Harsh, snow-loaded winters tend to be the norm in New York State. That is why people using the public roads and highways rely on snowplows to clear these thoroughfares and make them safe to use. It’s not an easy job, but snowplow operators have a moral and legal obligation to carry out their duties without…

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Effects of bankruptcy on co-signers in New York

If you are considering a New York bankruptcy and have guarantors or co-signers on any or all of your debts, then you may wonder how filing may affect them. Once you are officially bankrupt, doesn’t it mean that your creditors will now go after the people who guaranteed those debts? These are usually family members…

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Questions to ask a personal injury attorney

If you have been seriously injured in New York due to someone else’s negligence and want a personal injury attorney to represent you in a subsequent lawsuit, then choosing the right attorney for you is priority number one. How do you find an attorney you can trust and want to work with? By asking the…

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Social host liability in New York

During the holiday season, bars and private homes are going to be packed with merrymakers. Unfortunately, some of those revelers are going to drive while intoxicated and injure themselves or someone else. The New York dram shop laws impose liability on bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other public locations that serve liquor to a minor or…

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Personal injury awards and bankruptcy: What does the law say

When you file for personal bankruptcy in New York, you have the ability to exempt certain assets: in other words, protect them from your creditors. Personal injury awards and settlements up to a certain amount fall within this category, but the amount covered depends on whether you opt for the New York state or federal…

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Crane accidents in New York

Crane accidents easily rank among the most catastrophic events on construction sites. Their height and weight represent serious potential for accidental falls and collapses, and the possibility of hoisted cargo being dropped from high above the ground adds to the element of risk. In July 2016 hundreds of New Yorkers witnessed first-hand how dangerous cranes…

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Social media in New York divorce actions

Most people today are using some form of social media. It can be a great way to keep friends and family up to date about what you’re doing, especially if you don’t see them often. Unwise use of social media, however, it can get you in a lot of trouble, especially during a divorce action.…

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School child injuries in New York

Schools have both a legal and moral obligation to monitor employees and anyone else who interacts with the children. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Every year, New York parents receive calls advising them that their child has been hurt on school property, or they spot signs of mental or physical abuse when the child…

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Can you keep a credit card in a New York bankruptcy?

New Yorkers often wonder if they can keep a credit card after filing for bankruptcy, particularly if the card has a zero balance. On the surface, it seems like a counterintuitive wish. Consumer bankruptcies are intended to eliminate credit card bills and other debt so that they can have a fresh start. Yet they worry…

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Tips for handling a divorce during the holidays

The first holiday season after a divorce can take an emotional toll on anyone. Now that you and your spouse are no longer together, how will you handle family gatherings and other holiday celebrations that you used to attend together? Will the kids have to attend two sets of festivities? It all sounds daunting, but…

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Bridge collapse accidents in New York

New York City contains some of the world’s most famous and picturesque bridges. Every day thousands of people cross them on their way to home, work, and other destinations. Bridges are a vital transport link, but unfortunately, they also pose certain risks. In 2014 the American Road and Transportation Builders Association published a report stating…

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Faulty wiring injuries in New York

Faulty electrical wiring in residential electrical distribution and lighting systems is the fourth leading cause of home fires in the United States. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, nearly 60,000 fires are traced to electrical problems every year, killing an average of 490 people and injuring 1,440 others. In most instances, electrical problems present…

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Bankruptcy and apartment rentals in NYC

If you rent an apartment in New York and intend to file for bankruptcy, you may wonder how the decision will affect your lease. The answer is: it depends. If you have a standard lease and have been paying your rent on time as of the date you file, there will be no negative repercussions.…

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Failed security injuries in New York

If you rent an apartment in New York, you have the right to expect your landlord to take certain security precautions to keep you and the other tenants safe. The law states that landlords must provide a reasonably safe environment for building residents by taking all steps necessary to prevent foreseeable crimes. In New York…

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Father’s rights in New York divorces

If you are a New York father seeking full or shared custody of your children as part of a divorce action, it can seem at times as if you are fighting an uphill battle, even though research has suggested the following: Both mothers and fathers make unique and important contributions to the development of their…

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Fallen tree injuries

Trees are a beautiful example of nature’s decor. They are lovely, relaxing to look at, and contribute to a healthy environment by eliminating carbon dioxide from the air and replacing it with fresh oxygen produced by photosynthesis. In certain circumstances, however, trees can cause serious injuries and even death. In September 2015 a large tree…

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Student loans and bankruptcy in New York

Student loans have always been one of the most difficult, if not impossible, debts to discharge in a bankruptcy. A 2005 change to the U.S. Bankruptcy code even classified private student loans as “non-dischargeable,” placing them on a level with child support and tax liabilities. There is a remote chance that you can discharge your…

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Amusement park injuries in New York

We go to amusement parks to spend an enjoyable day with family and friends. The majority of these venues are generally safe and leave scores of visitors with happy memories. However, accidents can, and do happen, and when they do, the outcome can be devastating because the typical ride involves sudden turns, extreme spinning, fast…

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New York cohabitation agreements

In this day and age, many New York couples are foregoing marriage in favor of living together. Each couple has their own individual reasons for choosing cohabitation: some are morally or politically opposed to the concept of marriage, while others want to simplify the relationship from a legal perspective. If they decide that the relationship…

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Insurance bad faith

Dealing with insurance companies after a motor vehicle accident can be difficult and frustrating. If you have a valid reason to believe that an insurance company is not negotiating your claim in good faith, you may be entitled to take legal action against it. There are many ways that insurance companies can show bad faith…

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