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August 2017 Archives

Using a trust in your estate plan could be a smart move

Estate planning can be a complicated process. Thankfully, the sooner you begin planning for your passing, the better prepared you are to enjoy your life. When you know that issues like your medical preferences (like organ donation or life support) and the division of your possessions is handled, you'll feel more prepared for the future. After all, you don't want to leave your family with debt, taxes or other issues to sort out after grieving you. You want your legacy to be more positive than that.

Proving negligence in dog bite cases in New York

In the 12 years leading up to 2015, it's reported the average homeowners' insurance claim filed over a dog bite nearly doubled from the prior years' rates. Currently, the average claim comes in at $44,320. This amount causes New York to rank third in terms of the highest dog bite claims states.

Jogger struck, killed by a car in Far Rockaway, Queens

A 36-year-old jogger was struck and killed by a car in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens the evening of Thursday, Aug. 10. According to responding officers with the New York Police Department (NYPD), the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at 11:50 p.m., near the intersection of Beach 29 Street and Segirt Boulevard.

Making sense of the different types of power of attorneys

Having kids, building an investment or asset portfolio, living life on the edge or aging are all important reasons to begin the estate planning process. People who have a will, health care proxy and powers of attorney in place will rest easy knowing that those who love them the most will be empowered to make decisions for them should the unexpected occur and they're unable to do so themselves.

Prevent child car accident deaths in New York

As a parent of a young child in New York, you want to protect your child against the chance that he or she will be injured or killed. Most parents will, therefore, strive to keep their children healthy with an excellent diet, make sure they go for regular checkups to the doctor and so forth.

Female amputee struck by train sues New York's Transit Authority

A young Brazilian woman has filed a lawsuit against New York's Metro Transit Authority (MTA) for undisclosed damages. The architecture student, now 21, alleges that the regulator's failure to install barriers along its subway platforms has led to countless individuals either dying or suffering significant injuries that have greatly derailed their career plans.

Slip-and-fall accidents – what it takes to prove fault

Slipping and falling is a common type of accident that often results in serious injuries. From concussions to broken bones, people can easily end up with high medical expenses after such a mishap. But when this happens, whose fault is it? Is it your fault because you were not paying enough attention or was it your favorite New York supermarket's fault for not putting out a caution sign about the wet floor?

Bike fatalities declining in New York despite no dedicated lanes

New York City has seen a significant increase in bicycle riders from 2005 until today. In 2005, there were just 170,000 people that were reported to ride bikes in the city. Today, with all the bike rental options that exist throughout the city, there are some estimates that there are 450,000. This equates to one in every five commuters citywide.