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Establishing a will can provide peace of mind

Some New York residents might prefer to avoid thinking about death and what would happen to their assets if they should die. However, taking the time to establish a will can provide peace of mind because the individual will know that his or her assets will be distributed according to the directions set forth in the will. Other documents that usually form part of estate planning include health care and financial powers of attorney, and it could also include trusts of different kinds.

Proving emotional distress after car accidents can be challenging

Anyone in New York who has been the victim of a serious auto crash will know the adverse affect the emotional distress can cause. Victims of New York car accidents suffer the psychological consequences long after physical injuries have healed. But how do they prove invisible injuries that could be more damaging than fractured bones or other physical injuries to the court during a personal injury lawsuit?

Car accidents: Cross-over crash kills motorcyclist

An accident investigation team along with fire departments, emergency services and the sheriff's office were at the scene of a crash involving two cars and a motorcycle. As in many other New York car accidents that involve motorcycles, it was the biker who lost his life while the occupants of the cars did not suffer serious injuries. Authorities say the crash happened in the late afternoon of a recent Sunday.

Premises liability: Whom can you sue for a shopping cart injury?

Choosing peak shopping hours to visit a busy New York supermarket could be hazardous. Along with the potential threats of wet spills and random objects in the aisles that could cause slips, trips and falls, consumers have to look out for the hazards posed by shopping carts -- especially if negligent shoppers are navigating them. Would injuries caused by shopping carts fall under premises liability laws?

Do you avoid thoughts and conversations about death and wills?

Having conversations with adult children about financial and other family matters is as important as having those "birds and bees" talks with young children or adolescents. Avoiding it is much easier, and authorities in the estate-planning field say a significant percentage of people nationwide, including New York, neglect to draft wills. Many of them only have these talks after medical emergencies -- but that might be too late.

Trips to amusement parks can lead to premises liability claims

New York parents who take trips to amusements parks on summer break with their children might not be aware of the hazards posed by different rides. Scores of premises liability lawsuits are filed against negligent amusement park operators and owners each year. However, there are steps that parents can take that might significantly improve their chances of returning home uninjured.

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