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Avoiding car accidents on New York roads this winter

According to road safety authorities in New York, most storm-related deaths and injuries across the state are caused by automobile accidents. They urge people to drive only when necessary, and to adjust their driving to match the weather and road conditions. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, often with devastating consequences. Drivers should allow extra travel time, take care around snowplows, and remember that surfaces like bridges can be covered with invisible black ice.

Legal counsel can prevent common errors with wills and trusts

Estate planning can be a daunting process, and that might be why -- reportedly -- only about half of all Americans have legacy plans in place. Wills and trusts are essential for people in New York and elsewhere, to make sure their wishes are met for aging and possible incapacitation or death, of which the latter can happen at any time. Leaving it for a more appropriate time to draft a will could be a big mistake.

Hotel faces premises liability suit after birthday dinner

When people in New York and other states go to celebrate birthdays in hotels or restaurants, the last thing they expect would likely be to land up in a hospital. A woman in another state who went out to enjoy a birthday dinner claims the celebration turned into a nightmare when she drank water that contained liquid nitrogen. The hotel where this incident happened is now facing a premises liability lawsuit.

What to do before filing medical malpractice lawsuit

It is not uncommon for someone in New York or elsewhere to be in worse health after medical treatment than before. When this happens, it is only natural to want to hold the doctor or other health care provider accountable for damages. However, medical malpractice is a complicated field of the law, and it might be sensible to seek legal counsel from the onset.

Don't forget to update wills and trusts after a divorce

Ending a marriage is never an easy process, even if the divorce is amicable. It is not uncommon for people in New York and elsewhere to be so overwhelmed by property division, child custody and other issues that they push updating their wills and trusts to the back burner or forget about it altogether. There are essential estate planning matters to attend to at this challenging time.

Car accidents are primary causes of death among children

The Broome County Health Department, along with the New York State Police and other participants recently held an event to check on child safety seats in cars. This event arose from the concern about the fact that car accidents are responsible for the majority of deaths of children age 1 to 13 years. The lack or inappropriate use of booster seats and child safety seats may play a significant role in those statistics.

Car accidents: Never admit responsibility

Many New York vehicle owners drive for many years without being involved in any adverse incidents. It is only natural to come to think car accidents happen only to others, and if such a driver is then involved in a crash, he or she might be unsure what to do immediately afterward. Taking the wrong steps, like admitting responsibility, could be harmful.

Wills or trusts -- which is best?

In many cases, the first stumbling block for people in New York who want to get their estate planning done is understanding the different options. Some think they have to choose between trusts and wills, not realizing that they can have both. Many people choose to incorporate trusts along with their wills because it could ensure the proper execution of their orders.

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