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Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) and Worker’s Compensation

Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) and Worker’s Compensation by James Leonick

They are hailed as independent medical examinations, hence the acronym, IME; our firm refers to them as DMEs or defense medical examinations. They are also referred to as insurance company medical examinations. Generally speaking, the examinations are far from independent; they are designed to gather information so the insurance company…

Personal Injury->Traumatic Brain Injury

Personal Injury->Traumatic Brain Injury by James F. Leonick

Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injuries can arise from any type of accident, and they can range from a simple concussion with short-term effects to a much more serious injury with long-lasting effects.  Concussions usually result in injuries of shorter duration. For example, we see cases where people have an…

Common Legal Misconceptions: Real Estate

Common Legal Misconceptions: Real Estate by James Leonick

There are a handful of common misconceptions regarding real estate. Unfortunately, the result of these misconceptions is hardly ever benign — it is important to have the facts in order to avoid problems.  Real Estate   Same-Day Sale & Purchase  People are often under the impression that the sale and purchase…

Personal Injury->Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Injuries

Personal Injury->Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Injuries by James Leonick

Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Injuries Those who suffer injuries of this nature need to have a lawyer representing them who understands the long-term consequences and costs involved in their future care. These complex cases have significant value because there are significant future consequences for the patient. Catastrophic injury cases are very…

Finding the Right Real Estate Attorney

Finding the Right Real Estate Attorney by James Leonick

During a typical real estate transaction, a real estate attorney guides their clients from negotiating the contract to securing a mortgage, arranging inspections and then going through closing, perhaps even supporting them through any post-closing issues. This process generally takes several months. For this reason, it’s important to have a…

So You Want to Be a Lawyer?

So You Want to Be a Lawyer? by Lisa Leonick

Many times we’re asked why we do what we do, how we got interested in it, and what a prospective law student can do to get to know the profession. What I usually tell people is: If you have a natural, inquisitive nature about the law, you can begin to…

Terminating a Disabled Senior’s Lease in New York State

Terminating a Disabled Senior’s Lease in New York State by James Leonick

New York State Real Property Law Section 227-a permits a senior citizen to terminate a residential lease if they are moving to either the residence of a family member or if they are: entering certain healthcare, adult care facilities or housing projects. The highlights of the statute include:  Individuals must…

Case Value or “What Is My Case Worth?” (Part 1)

Case Value or “What Is My Case Worth?” (Part 1) by James Leonick

It is common at an initial client meeting to be asked how much the client’s case is worth. Generally, I advise them that, although I know some information about their case, I don’t have enough information at the first meeting to determine case value. I think it’s important for people…

Estate Planning 101: The Importance of Basic Estate Planning

Estate Planning 101: The Importance of Basic Estate Planning by James Leonick

Everyone over the age of 18 should have basic estate planning in place. This includes the following four different documents:  Last Will and Testament; Power of Attorney; Healthcare Proxy; and Living Will.  Last Will and Testament  This document describes what will happen to your property upon your death and appoints…

A Video Is Worth a Million Words

A Video is Worth A Million Words by James Leonick

A picture is worth a thousand words. If this old adage is true, then a video is worth a thousand times more. Video footage can be accessed from a variety of different sources and shed light on the true circumstances of an accident. Footage can be obtained from a dash-cam…

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