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Who Are You Going Trust to Be Your Trustee?

Who Are You Going Trust to Be Your Trustee? by Lisa Leonick

In order to answer this question, you need to understand a trustee’s job description. If you ask someone to be a trustee, you’re asking them to safeguard your property, perhaps for your benefit and certainly for the benefit of future beneficiaries of the trust. Trusts come in different shapes and…

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Incident That Causes Injury?

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Incident That Causes Injury? by James Leonick

Clients often ask how long they have to file a lawsuit following an accident. Like many answers involving legal matters, it depends. It depends on what caused the injury and how that injury came about. For instance, if you are involved in an automobile accident in New York State, the…

Luke Perry Gave His Family a Gift

Luke Perry Gave His Family A Gift by Lisa Leonick

On February 27th, Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry died quite unexpectedly. Despite being only 52, Perry had the foresight to give his family the gift of peace by planning for his own care and his estate. When a loved one is lost, it’s very comforting to know that the…

Why Should I Review My Automobile Insurance Coverage With My Lawyer?

Why Should I Review My Automobile Insurance Coverage With My Lawyer? by Lisa Leonick

My first employment, even while I was in law school, was working for a major national automobile insurance carrier. Because of this, I’m fairly well versed in the different types of coverages that are available, and more importantly, how they impact your life if you, a family member, or occupants…

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your House in Your Children’s Names

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your House in Your Children’s Names by James Leonick

Many of our clients come to us asking whether they should transfer their house to their children in order to avoid the future possibility of a nursing home or Medicaid creating a lien on it. There are some occasions where putting the house in a child’s name might make sense….

Your Lawyer CAN Handle the Truth

Your Lawyer CAN Handle the Truth by James Leonick

In a personal injury case, several acts or omissions by the injured party can have a negative impact on the viability of the case. These things typically concern communicating with any of the insurance companies involved, as well as providing full disclosure during the course of the case in order…

Anatomy of a Real Estate Transaction: From Contract to Closing

Anatomy of a Real Estate Transaction: From Contract to Closing by James Leonick

Many people who are first-time buyers don’t know the particulars of what occurs in a real estate transaction from the beginning to the end. For those who have bought or sold before, this will be a refresher. All real estate transactions begin with a Contract of Sale. Under New York’s…

What Is No-Fault Auto Insurance, and How Does It Work?

What Is No-Fault Auto Insurance, and How Does It Work? by James Leonick

A no-fault provision in your auto policy literally means you get benefits regardless of who was at fault in an accident. New York is a “no-fault state,” which means that all auto insurance policies sold in the state must include basic no-fault benefits. You may assume that if you were…

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…

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…

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