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

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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 Examination

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

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…

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