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Does Your Will Need To Be Revised Over A Change Of Address?

A question often arises when I prepare a will for a client and they are contemplating a change of address. Whether that moves takes them to the next town, next county, or another state, the question of will revision comes into play. The simple answer is that if you were a New York resident and Read on…

What Happens If I Get A Dwi In New York With An Out-of-state License?

Quite often a situation arises where an out-of-state driver who is licensed in another jurisdiction is arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New York State pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) 1192.2 or 1192.3. The main difference in the outcome of the case (and during the pendency of the case) will Read on…

Do Traffic Tickets Impact My Insurance Rates?

Most convictions for moving violations under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) will have some impact on your auto insurance rates. Obviously, other factors are also taken into account to determine one’s insurance risk such as age and accident history. Traffic convictions, whether misdemeanor or simple infractions, can impact one’s auto insurance Read on…

What Happens To A Bank Account When Someone Dies Without A Will?

When the owner of a bank account dies and that account holder did not have a Last Will and Testament, there are a few possible scenarios that can occur. If the account holder was the sole owner of the account and did not have any beneficiary or did not have the account “in trust for” Read on…

How Do I Access A Deceased Person’s Bank Account?

The question of how to access a deceased person’s bank account is a broad-based question, but is certainly one that people ask quite frequently and therefore merits a blog posting. The issue of access for a decedent’s bank account comes down to how the bank account is titled. In the context of a checking or Read on…

Can I Create A Power Of Attorney Using A Free Tool Online Or Should I Use An Attorney?

The creation of a Power of Attorney document is a critical document that can have far reaching consequences as it can convey very broad powers, and if not used properly, can lead to problems. Having an experienced estate planning attorney assist with the preparation of this important document is crucial. While it may be tempting Read on…

Can You Fight A Running Stop Sign Ticket If You Believe You Stopped Correctly?

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1172(a) states that every driver, unless directed otherwise by a police officer, must come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign. If not, and the motorist is found guilty of this traffic infraction, they face fines and the imposition of three (3) DMV points on Read on…

Understanding The New York Traffic Point System

Most moving violations committed in New York State have a point value assigned to such violations. Usually, the increase in point value is directly related to the seriousness of the traffic infraction committed by the motorist. For your reference, the point system with the various violations and the points assigned to each can be found Read on…

Should I Fight My Traffic Ticket or Go To Traffic School?

The answer to this question is not an either-or scenario, but rather an and scenario. In most instances, a motorist should both fight their ticket and go to traffic school (which ostensibly means enrollment in a NYSDMV approved defensive driving course). Most traffic tickets that a motorist receives on Long Island fall within the jurisdiction Read on…

5 Most Important Things To Look For When Selecting An Executor

When drafting your last will and testament, one of the most important components of the will is who is going to be the person who oversees your affairs when you pass away. In short, who do you want to select to be your executor. This is one of the reasons it is crucial to have Read on…