Why Do I Need a New Survey? [VIDEO]

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When you’re buying property, how do you really know what you’re buying?  We commonly refer to property, whether it’s commercial or residential, by a street address, but from a legal standpoint that doesn’t tell us enough. It doesn’t tell you if you are getting what you thought you were buying….

The Legal Process Following a Loved One’s Death [VIDEO]

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Due to the public health emergency, there have been many premature deaths this year. This leaves survivors to figure out the best way to deal with all of the loose ends.  One of the things that they have to address is the legal implications that come about when someone passes…

Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury Cases [VIDEO]

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Today I will highlight a few misconceptions I’ve heard from people over the years. One of the most common misconceptions is that when a case settles “out of court,” there hasn’t been a court process. Most times that is not true. Cases do not move well without the pressure created…

Why do You Need a Will? [VIDEO]

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Due to the pandemic, estate planning has become a hot topic. Here I will answer some of the frequently asked questions that our office encounters concerning estate planning. I already have a Will, what else is there?   The Last Will and Testament (also known as a Will) is really…

How Leonick Law Can Help You During the Pandemic [VIDEO]

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Business and law look different during the pandemic, and Lenoick law continues to work tirelessly on its clients’ cases, adapting as the world changes using new technologies and following new rules. James F. Leonick Leonick Law, P.L.L.C. TEL: (631) 486-9500 Email:

Will Medicaid Pay for My Home Care? [VIDEO]

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New York State’s budget passed in the Spring of 2020 was approved and there are some changes that have been passed that everybody should know about. Effective on October 1, 2020, there will be what’s called a two-and-a-half-year look-back period for the Medicaid program. This is important to know about,…

Urgent: Covid-19 and Your 18+ Year Old [VIDEO]

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One of the things that has come up recently due to COVID-19 is what happens when adult children who are away at college need medical treatment. Even if they live at home, if they end up in the hospital, you don’t have any legal authority to make decisions for them…

Call Jim — 30 Plus Years Representing Injury Victims [VIDEO]

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Often commercials for personal injury attorneys feature testimonials from people who claim that a particular law firm got them many times over the amount offered by the insurance company. It’s important to keep in mind that every law firm can make the same claim because insurance companies low-ball accident victims….

Ease the Fear — Know HOW and WHY Legal Fees Are Charged [VIDEO]

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 One of the things that has come up consistently throughout my career as an attorney is the universal fear of legal fees.  Everyone who needs legal services, for one reason or another, and regardless of the topic area, is always concerned about how much representation is going to cost…

The Benefits of Continuing Legal Education

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For any professional, it’s beneficial to obtain further education and to keep abreast of current information relating to their profession. In fact, attorneys in New York are bound to complete 24 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in a two-year period. CLE classes can be taken online or at a live…

Forming and Maintaining Your Corporation

Forming and Maintaining Your Corporation by James Leonick

Whether you are thinking about forming a new corporation or you have a current corporation, it comes with responsibility and paperwork that you might not necessarily know how to complete. What happens in your corporation is history being made, so it has to be documented. Whether through amendment or through…

How to Protect Yourself From a Mechanics Lien

How to Protect Yourself From a Mechanics Lien by Lisa Leonick

Congratulations, you’ve bought your dream home! Now, let’s say that you want to enhance your home and make it your own or you are in need of repairs. There is no time to do it yourself so you hire a contractor. When hiring a contractor, it is very important for…

4 Practical Reasons to Have a Lawyer Review Your Real Estate Documents Before Buying Property

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When buying property, whether it be a home or an investment, it’s always a good idea to have your lawyer review all documents before you put pen to paper, starting with documents from a real estate agent. Buying real estate requires knowledge of the field, but it also requires doing…

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…


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