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Will Aretha Franklin's 3 handwritten wills resolve questions?

When a celebrity dies, New Yorkers are often curious to know whether the deceased person's estate planning was up to date, what is the size of the estate and who will inherit what. With the passing of Aretha Franklin last August, it was at first reported that she died without a will. However, it has since been noted that three separate wills, with different dates, were discovered among the belongings of the "Queen of Soul." Now, the question is, which of those wills, if any, will be deemed valid under the laws of the state in which she resided.

New York car accidents causing pedestrian deaths at record highs

The concern about the high number of pedestrian fatalities in New York has led to lawmakers proposing a bill to prohibit pedestrians from using electronic devices while they cross streets. According to estimations by the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 6,700 pedestrians died in car accidents in New York last year. It is not uncommon for pedestrians to be oblivious to their surroundings when they are focused on their smartphones.

Car-door crash might lead to wrongful death claim

Traffic laws in New York apply to all vehicle operators, including cyclists. However, bicycle riders are significantly more vulnerable than occupants of vehicles. For this reason, auto drivers are often urged to look out for cyclists, not only while driving but also when exiting their cars after parking. Not doing so might lead to wrongful death lawsuits.

Never events that can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits

Anyone in New York dealing with health issues would naturally expect medical care and the treatment environment to be safe. Many medical malpractice lawsuits follow adverse and serious reportable incidents that are also known as never events. According to the National Quality Forum, the list of serious reportable events includes drug errors, device and surgical errors, environmental and care errors, and even criminal events. These are all errors that put patients in medical facilities at risk of harm that could also be fatal.

Estate planning involves more than wills and trusts

Not everyone in New York understands the importance of estate planning. It involves more than just wills and trusts, and many people are misled by the myths that exist about this process, the first of which is that only those who are wealthy need to concern themselves with this process. Anyone with investments, a bank account, a car, a home or other assets can protect their own interests and the interests of loved ones by proper estate planning.

Call for safety steps to stop car accidents after child's death

A New York family has to deal with the trauma of the death of their child who was struck by a car. This tragedy led to a call by elected officials for improved safety that might prevent car accidents at the specific intersection. Reportedly, the accident happened at approximately 12:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday.

Cyclist runs red light, causing pedestrian to suffer brain injury

The New York Police Department reported that it is taking action against bicyclists who disregard red lights and ride against the flow of traffic. This followed an accident in an intersection that left a pedestrian with a severe brain injury. Reportedly, the incident happened in Midtown at about 1:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday.

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