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Can I Get A Court Appearance In New York During COVID-19 Shutdown?

Microsoft Teams, or Zoom, or skype for business, or maybe just a phone call.  But if there is a judge, a clerk, a record and a written application, the Court can intervene; most times within 48 hours (during business hours) from our first phone call.  But you need an attorney that understands the virtual filing of papers, Read More

New York State Divorce and Family Law Legislative Updates

Domestic violence as a factor in equitable distribution determinations In late July, 2020, the New York State Equitable Distribution Law was modified to include domestic violence as a factor in equitable distribution determinations.  As part of the Public Protection language bill enacted as part of the NYS budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, Domestic Relations Law Read More

Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in Read More

Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

E-cigarettes Are Not the Healthy Alternative to Cigarettes that We Hoped For – and E-cigarette Companies are to Blame

As the popularity of e-cigarettes across the country has spiked, so has the number of cases of a dangerous, deadly, and mysterious respiratory illness. Vaping, the increasingly popular practice of inhaling vapor from a device by heating a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs, has been used in the United States for Read More

10 Ways to Stay Safe at College Parties

Whether at frat parties, house parties, or playing drinking games in a dorm room, chances are if you’re in college, you will go out from time to time. There is a lot of fun to be had in college and whether you drink or not, these ten tips can help keep you safe on your Read More

7 Ways to Stay Safe Using A Rideshare Service

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become the norm in most American cities. The convenience and availability have made this type of travel popular for both work and leisure. However, while the popularity of rideshare services has skyrocketed, so have the risks. Stories like the one about the South Carolina college student who was Read More

Five Things to Know Before You File for Divorce in New York State

As a New Yorker, you have options when divorcing. You can file for no-fault divorce by asserting that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for at least six months. You can also assert misconduct on grounds such as adultery, abandonment, cruel and inhuman treatment, and a legal separation of more than a year. Read More

What to Do After Your Construction Site Accident

Despite the federal rules that govern safety on construction sites, accidents happen. Sometimes accidents are just that – an unfortunate result of inherently dangerous work. But sometimes an equipment failure or issue with the site itself points to rules that were broken by owners, contractors or manufacturers. Unfortunately, injurious accidents happen all too often in Read More

How to Ensure Health Insurance Coverage After a Divorce

Under New York State Domestic Relations Law , health insurance companies are not required to provide health care coverage for divorced spouses. This means that if you are covered by your husband’s medical benefits, or vice versa, and one of you has filed for divorce, you may lose insurance coverage under your former spouse’s health Read More