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Another Recall in the Automobile Industry

Recently, Toyota Motor Company recalled over 656,800 vehicles involving both Toyota and Lexus models that were produced between May 2015 and March 2016. According to Toyota, the recall was due to a defective electrical issue that did not allow airbags to inflate during a crash. Over time, the electrical circuit would lead to the front and side airbag warning lights turning on, which would prevent the bags from deploying. The failure of the airbags to deploy in a crash could result in serious injuries or even death.

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Be Mindful: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIA) has announced that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Change Your Mind,” which will provide a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to remove the stigma associated with these injuries. It also empowers survivors of brain injuries and promotes the various forms of support available.
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Water Damage To A Property Due To A Neighbor

Suffolk County real estate lawyerNew York real estate disputes may arise from water damage that is caused by a neighbor’s newly installed landscaping. Water can seep into an individual’s home causing harm to the property. Ordinarily, a neighbor is not responsible for any damage stemming from natural runoff from rain or the land.  However, if a neighbor installs landscaping that alters the original condition of the land that causes more water to run onto the property than usual, resulting in damage, there may be grounds for recovery. Continue reading “Water Damage To A Property Due To A Neighbor”

Taking Children Out Of The Country

Now that school has begun, many parents may be planning a family vacation outside of the United States during a holiday break. For many divorced couples, this may present certain challenges, especially for those without a detailed custody agreement. Continue reading “Taking Children Out Of The Country”

Legally Preventing A Parent From Communicating With Their Child

While it is important for children to have a relationship with both of their parents, there are circumstances, such as dangerous or abusive behavior, when it is not in the best interest of a child to see a parent. In these instances, a parent can be legally prevented from having contact with a child. However, it is not a simple task and should not be taken lightly. Continue reading “Legally Preventing A Parent From Communicating With Their Child”

How To Establish A 50/50 Parenting Plan

legal parentsWhen establishing an equally shared parenting plan (50/50 parenting plan) it is important to develop a plan that is viable and will offer the most meaningful relationship for the children. In today’s society, many separated or divorced parents wish to be equally involved with their children’s needs, interests, and lives.  A parenting plan that is 50/50 can be created through a multitude of ways.  However, it must be developed through negotiation and compromise. It is important to remember that the plan must conform to the needs and best interests of the children. It is important to be familiar with and understand the difference between sole custody and joint custody prior to establishing a parenting plan. Working together with a legal professional to establish a plan is often key to a successful parenting plan. Continue reading “How To Establish A 50/50 Parenting Plan”

How is Assault Proven

In order to be convicted of assault, every element of the crime must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If it is shown that an element of the crime is missing, an individual must be found not guilty. In addition, the prosecution has the burden of proving every element of the case and must present evidence as to each element.

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Student Loan Debt And Equitable Distribution

In New York State, a judge will determine the equitable distribution of assets if there is no prior written agreement between the parties. Equitable distribution refers to the separation of assets and financial responsibilities of the parties. In order to properly complete this process, a judge must know all of the marital assets and debts, including student loans.

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Adult Adoption Is A Growing Trend

In New York State, an individual may adopt a person over the age of 18. This grants the person over the age of 18, the legal treatment of a biological child. Adult adoption often occurs for the purpose of establishing legal rights, including inheritance or recognizing a parent-child relationship. New York State does not have strict laws governing who is eligible to adopt as well as who is eligible to be adopted. For instance, in certain states, an adoptee must be a minimum of 10 years younger than the adopter. New York State only requires that the adoptee agrees to the adoption.

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