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Applying for Social Security Disability

The Process Applying There are two ways to apply for social security disability benefits: directly with a representative from social security (in person or online), or online, through the social security website: Application Process Time Claims for disability benefits take more time to process than other types of Social Security claims — from 3 to … Continued

6 Legal Steps for New Parents

Health Insurance One of the most important steps when brining home your new bundle of joy is updating your health insurance to include the new baby. The majority of health insurance companies allow the child to be added to the insurance policy after the birth, regardless of whether it is during an open enrollment period. … Continued

5 Steps for Buying a Home in New York State

Inspections The home inspection is one of the most important steps in buying a house. In New York State, home inspectors are licensed and trained to check for very specific things. The typical home inspection should include a report on the following in the home: heating and cooling systems, electrical system, plumbing, walls, ceilings, flooring, … Continued

Child Custody

How are child custody cases decided? Each child custody case is different, but typically a child custody decision is based on the best interests of the child. This means that courts will prioritize the needs of the child above those of either parent. States have a slightly different definition of what a child’s best interests … Continued

Labor and Employment Law

Employment “At Will” New York State is an “Employment-at-Will” state. That means that an Employer may terminate an Employee at any time and for any legal reason or no reason at all. Likewise, an Employee may terminate his or her employment at any time. However, if an Employee has an employment contract (whether actual or … Continued

Guardianship Basics

Guardianship is a legal arrangement where a court gives a person the legal right to make decisions for another person who is unable to make decisions for themselves; such as a child, an incapacitated adult or someone who is developmentally disabled. In New York State, a guardianship case is handled by the Family Court, Supreme … Continued

What are my rights if I am arrested?

What is an arrest? You have been arrested when a police officer or private citizen takes you into custody or restrains you physically or verbally so that you may be held to answer for a crime or an offense; you may be taken into custody immediately or be given an appearance ticket similar to a … Continued

Child Victims Act (CVA)

Child Victims Act Previously, In New York State, the statute of limitation laws required most survivors of childhood sexual abuse to either file criminal charges or seek civil damages by the relatively young age of 23. New Law Under the new law, victims who survived sexual abuse as children will be able to file civil … Continued

Civil Appeals in New York State Courts

What is an appeal? If you believe that any errors were committed by the court in the proceedings in your case, you may have the right to ask a higher court to review the lower court’s determination. How does the appeal process begin? In most cases, taking an appeal refers to serving a notice of … Continued