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Wills, trusts and other essential estate planning documents

Estate planning is an exercise that reminds many people in New York of their mortality. That causes many to procrastinate, deciding that wills  and other estate planning  measures can be put off for another day down the line. However, having an up-to-date estate plan can provide peace of mind, particularly since no one knows when an accident or other tragedy may disrupt their lives.

What is wrongful death and who can file such a claim?

Anyone in New York who has lost a loved one as the result of another party's negligence might have questions about the recovery of financial and emotional damages. This is where the civil justice system comes in. While criminal charges might be filed against the party believed responsible, a wrongful death claim for financial relief could be filed in a civil court.

Medical malpractice: Doctor secretly used own sperm, not donor's

Couples in New York who are having trouble conceiving might consider a consultation with a fertility specialist. However, a medical malpractice lawsuit that was recently filed in another state might make them reconsider. A woman in her thirties recently discovered that the doctor who cared for her mother during her pregnancy was her father rather than the man she had known as her father for all these years.

Trusts: What is the purpose of a special needs trust?

Families in New York with disabled loved ones may consider available options to ensure their proper care. Special needs trusts can be set up to augment government assistance for a person with disabilities. Benefits provided by the state and the federal government typically cover no more than the individual's most basic and essential needs.

Not all premises liability lawsuits are successful

Although it is the responsibility of store owners in New York and elsewhere to maintain their properties in a way that would not pose hazards to the public, allegations of violations of such duties must be substantiated appropriately to be valid. Not all premises liability lawsuits end in a way that benefits the plaintiff. A recent case involving a fall in a Walgreens store in another state did not go quite the way the plaintiff likely wanted.

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