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November 2017 Archives

You can take steps now to prevent a contest to your will

You see it all the time in the news when celebrities or the very wealthy die. Their family members, heirs and even business partners or friends end up challenging the estate plan or last will. This can lead to a lengthy battle in probate court. Assets that you intended to go to loved ones could end up paying for attorney fees and court costs related to protecting your last wishes.

The widow of a city street sweeper receives a $41.5 million award

The wife of a deceased 43-year-old New York City sanitation worker was awarded $41.5 million in damages on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The 18-year veteran with the city's sanitation department was making repairs to his own sweeper when his fellow employee lost control of one of his own.

Man injured in fall wins lawsuit against Walmart

When you suffer an injury due to someone else's negligence or recklessness, it is only natural to expect that person, company or other entity to take responsibility. For example, if an employee was waxing the floor at your local Elmhurst supermarket, there should be signs or barriers warning customers to stay away from or be careful in the area. However, if there are no warning signs and a customer slips and falls, the store could be liable for any injuries that customer suffers.

What the purpose of health care proxy is and how to appoint one

We'd probably all like to control our own destinies, yet few of us will ever get the chance to choose what happens to us if we find ourselves incapacitated in the hospital, unable to voice our own wishes. If you appoint a health care proxy, though, you just might. You can have this individual make some of the harder decisions about your health if you even become unable to make them yourself.

A 60-year-old sun panel installer falls to his death in Queens

A Queens construction worker, who'd been working on the roof of an area home on Thursday, Oct. 19, fell to his death at around 11:30 a.m. The Corona home that the 60-year-old electrician had been working at was being fitted with solar panels at the time of his fall.

4 hazards to watch out for on a construction site

Working in the construction industry in New York comes with an endless amount of dangers. In fact, you might spend almost as much time on a job site dodging potential accidents as you do working. From unstable trenches to a novice with questionable driving skills operating a forklift, hazards lurk around every corner.