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The best time for trusts and wills is upon entering adulthood

Many young adults in upstate New York put estate planning on the back burner. They typically regard wills and trusts as unnecessary and something to address when they are middle-aged. Few of them realize that death or incapacitation can happen in the blink of an eye, at any age. Being young does not make them invincible. When they start earning money, estate planning is as much of a responsibility as budgeting, balancing bank statements and getting insurance.

Distractions and speed cause most fatal car accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the daily average of fatal crashes nationwide, including upstate New York, is 90 people. This is based on 2014 data when more than 32,600 people lost their lives in car accidents. Those numbers included single and multiple-vehicle wrecks. Some of the people who suffered fatal injuries died at the scene while others succumbed to their injuries later. In many cases, the survivors are left with long-term health problems or even disabilities.

Car accident: Hit-and-run driver strikes 2 teenagers

An Upstate New York community was shocked by the events that caused the death of one high school student, and critical injuries to another teenager on a recent Saturday. Reportedly, the two were struck by a pickup truck on State Route 176. A police report indicates that the car accident occurred shortly after midnight while three teenagers were walking on the road's shoulder.

Unregulated restraining device may cause wrongful death

New York residents would be hard-pressed to avoid recent news stories regarding people that have suffered injury or death while in direct contact with law enforcement officials. The topic can be controversial, and in many states, people are taking legal action on behalf of victims. Recent cases nationwide may provide evidence that suggests that a spit mask, a type of hood used to restrain a person, may be the cause of wrongful death in some situations. 

Wills: Different people can be named as guardians

When parents in upstate New York do estate planning, they might have questions about nominating guardians. Suppose someone who is the ideal person to be the guardian of a child is not good at managing finances. Likewise, the best choice for an estate guardian might not be suitable as a guardian of children. Although two different people may be named as guardians of a person and estate finances, specific questions must be asked before appointing them and finalizing wills.

Car accidents: Rear-end crash kills 2 children

Lives lost in preventable crashes are understandably traumatic experiences for the surviving family members. However, when children are killed in car accidents, it is usually even worse. On a recent Thursday, two children died after a pickup truck smashed into the rear of a minivan in upstate New York.

Man files medical malpractice suit after allergic reaction

A man in another state recently claimed that a radiologist caused him to suffer a life-changing allergic reaction. He is thus seeking monetary compensation for the injuries he suffered as a result of the alleged medical malpractice accident. Likewise, patients in New York who suffer harm at the hands of doctors have the right to seek damages through the civil court system.

Tips may help make process of creating wills more productive

Thinking about estate planning usually is not high on many individuals' to-do lists in New York. However, creating wills is critical for ensuring that their assets are protected down the road. Here are a few tips for making the most of the estate planning process this year.

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