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Last will and testament

Many people wait too long to create a Will or a comprehensive Estate plan. There are many ways to create a will, some of which you could perform by yourself, however there are many pitfalls to avoid. Avoiding these pitfalls is the main reason to have an attorney prepare your…

The Nuts and Bolts of a Real Estate Closing

What happens at a Real Estate closing? Real estate closings take anywhere from one to two hours. Real estate closings can create a lot of anxiety since most people only experience them a few times in their lifetime. Before you get there, a lot of preliminary work is done. As…

Signing Estate Planning Documents

We’re in trying times with the pandemic, and the most unfortunate thing that some people have to deal with is the loss of a loved one. There are things that you should be aware of that need to be done after someone passes.  Steps to consider: 1. Contact the Social…

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Some of the most frequently asked questions that I field from clients and beneficiaries relate to the financial aspect of their loved one’s estate. Many family members want to know how much they’re getting and where the rest of the money is going.  Once an executor or an administrator is…

Estate Planning for 2021

Everyone has goals they set at the start of a new year. In this video, Jim discusses smart legal moves to make -if you haven’t already- to secure yourself legally.  Happy New Year! With the new year, I will suggest some legal resolutions for 2021. We all think about…

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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….

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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…

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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…

Businessman writing testament at notary public office

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…

Judge, Gavel, Justice.

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. If you or someone you know has new found legal needs, don’t hesitate to contact Leonick Law, we are…

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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,…

Notary with client in office

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…

Personal Injury Law

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….

Legal fees

 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…

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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 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. Forming and maintaining your corporation requires this knowledge. What happens in your corporation is history being made, so it has…

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…

Signing real estate documents

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? 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…

Deposition Tips

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…

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