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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…

Video Surveillance: Dash-Cams and Red Light Cameras

Video Surveillance: Dash-Cams and Red Light Cameras by James Leonick

Dash-Cams Dash-cams are a double-edged sword. They can help, but they also can hurt. If you happen to be the person who has caused the accident, by having a dash-cam, you’ve created evidence for someone else to use against you. You may be forced to turn over your footage to…

Legal Resolutions for the New Year

Legal Resolutions for the New Year by James Leonick

At the start of every new year, there’s a mad rush for anything having to do with new beginnings and organizing your life, but it’s important to organize your legal and financial matters as well. This is something that most people should consider yearly. In the areas of practice that…

Paying for Long-Term Care

Paying for Long-Term Care by James Leonick

When it comes to long-term care expenses, there are three different ways to pay for it. Paying for these vital services is a challenge for most families. In this post, I would like to talk about three different ways to accomplish just that. Out of Pocket The first would be…

Home Sweet Home?

Home Sweet Home? by Lisa Leonick

Title insurance is a policy of insurance, just like a car insurance or homeowners insurance policy, that ensures against clouds on title. Judgments, liens, and prior issues that could severely undermine title to a property.  Here at Leonick Law, we’re often asked, Why do I have to pay for title…

Long-Term Care Reality Check

Long-Term Care Reality Check by James Leonick

Why is long-term care important? As we age, certain tasks — like opening child-proof bottles — get more difficult. When disability becomes so great that we can no longer perform the basic activities of daily living (ADL), long-term care is needed. ADLs include: Getting dressed in the morning; Cooking meals; Getting…

Accidents 101: Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Accidents 101: Be Prepared for the Unexpected by James Leonick

When an accident occurs, it is important to understand how each party should respond in order to ensure safety and preserve crucial pieces of evidence. Protocol can vary depending on the type of accident. Automobile Accidents There are some common options about what to do in the event of a car…

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