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How Traffic Law is Affectd by COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound effect on the operation of the New York court system. While the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) has not itself been amended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain Court and DMV procedures have been altered. For example, DMV expiration dates have been tolled Read on…

The Risks of DIY Estate Planning

With the advent of the internet and the age of information, people may believe that by conducting a simple Google (or other search engine) search, they can effectively and properly produce an estate planning that satisfies their needs and the needs of their family. In most cases, the risks of such estate planning without the Read on…

Estate Planning Tips for Single People

For the single person, proper estate planning is just as important as it is for those who are married. A single person may also have children but does not reside with a partner. Nonetheless, single people should be mindful or the importance and necessity of a proper estate planning structure for their future. It is Read on…

What Is The Difference Between a Cell Phone Ticket and an Electronic Device Ticket?

There is a difference between receiving a Uniform Traffic Ticket in New York for a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 1225(c) (operating motor vehicle while using a mobile phone as opposed to VTL 1225(d) (use of portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle). What both violations share in common is the Read on…

Will Hiring An Attorney Save Me Money on a Traffic Ticket?

The short answer to this question is YES. However, the real concern (although money is always a concern) should be reduction of traffic points, or in some instances, reduction of a traffic misdemeanor (a criminal) charge to a lower, much less serious traffic violation. There are certain court costs that can not be waived. For Read on…

Should I Have An Estate Plan For My Pet?

There are specific provisions that can be set up in the context of a will to provide a funded trust for one’s pet. I sure understand that a pet is a loved one that is part of the family. A provision should be included within the context of the will that creates a testamentary pet Read on…

Registering Your Will With a Probate Court in New York

When a client executes a Last Will and Testament at my office, the question arises as to which party would like to keep the original last will and testament. Typically, the original will is either kept with the attorney in a secure location like a fire-proof safe or the person executing the will (testator) will Read on…

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Living Wills and Health Care Proxies

Quite often, people can get confused and interchange the use of the term “living will” and “health care proxy”. While the two terms are not synonymous, they are often combined into one document known as a “Living Will and Health Care Proxy”. Typically, the living will sets forth advanced medical directives for health care professionals Read on…

When To Get a Power of Attorney for a Parent

The question often arises as to when to get a power of attorney for an older parent. There is no one simple answer to this question but there are certain factors to be taken into consideration when making this decision. The Durable Power of Attorney is a powerful document that grants the agent the power Read on…

Can Getting A DWI Cause Me To Lose My Job?

The question of whether a conviction of DWI can cause you to lose your job is largely a function of the nature of your work. Clearly there is a stronger likelihood that a career that involves transportation or the care and safety of others can jeopardize one’s job. But remember that there are jobs wherein Read on…