Regardless of the size of their estates, New Yorkers of just about any age are encouraged to do estate planning. For various reasons, financial advisers suggest that individuals should start with establishing wills and consider additional options that can reduce probate fees. Depending on the value of the assets, state and federal estate taxes might apply, along with probate fees.
Victims of accidents that were caused by the negligence or recklessness of others can suffer devastating consequences. A brain injury, for example, can adversely affect all aspects of the victim's life. Although recovery of losses might be pursued through the New York civil justice system, putting a monetary value on them is a challenging task.
The New York State Police reports that an investigation was launched after a recent fatal crash on the New York State Thruway. Such inquiries are typically made after fatal car accidents, even if there are no formal charges or citations filed. Sadly, regardless of the outcome of any investigation, every fatal accident leaves one or more families dealing with tremendous losses, and they typically have to cope with the financial consequences along with grief and anxiety.
People will not expect to be struck by a car while they are sharing a meal with family or friends in a restaurant. However, car accidents can happen in strange places. One such a crash occurred in a New York suburb on a recent Sunday evening.
When it comes to estate planning and the documents included, state laws vary. For that reason, New York residents must comply with specific requirements when signing wills. If the required formalities and legalities are not followed, the court might disregard the validity of a will and subject the estate to intestacy laws. Having a valid will is important to ensure one's final wishes are met.
Relationships between doctors and patients often involve sensitive and personal information, and for that reason, there are laws in New York and other states to enforce doctor-patient confidentiality. A doctor could be sued for medical malpractice if he or she breaches that confidentiality. The confidential relationship starts when a doctor takes on a patient, and it lasts forever -- even after the patient's death. However, exceptions exist.
Anyone in New York who is in the throes of divorce might be so overwhelmed by all the matters that need consideration and the many decisions that need to be made, that some crucial issues might be forgotten. However, reviewing estate plans must not be overlooked. The laws related to wills and divorce differ from state to state, but even if a spouse is automatically removed after a divorce, what happens if death should occur in the time leading up to the final divorce settlement? The surviving spouse will have legal rights to the estate if this should happen.
If visitors to any public facility suffer injuries while on the premises, the property owners or tenants might be held responsible. Although it might be unheard of in New York, even a church can be named as a defendant in a premises liability lawsuit. Such a claim was recently filed in another state after a pastor allegedly injured a church-goer who has been a member of the congregation for 15 years.