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24/7/365 Emergency Hotline: 631-348-1702

If you have been arrested, or in case of an emergency, our attorneys can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 631-348-1702.

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Brookhaven Votes to Penalize Short-Term House Rentals

The Brookhaven Town Board has decided to adopt a measure that permits Brookhaven Town to assess fines of up to $6,000, including a term of incarceration of up to six months, for those who rent their homes for fewer than 4 weeks at a time.  This recently adopted measure also makes it illegal to rent out swimming pools separately from a house. Some Fire Island communities are exempt from this new measure because of the prevalence of rental housing.  This new legislation continues a steady trend on Long Island of imposing more restrictions on short-term house rentals.  Short term rental companies and landlords face numerous challenges on Long Island.  On the North fork, for example, towns and villages are stepping up enforcement against owners who allow guests to stay fewer than 14 days.  Some officials are employing the use of artificial intelligence to police online listings or collect rental taxes.  It is meant to crack down on the growing trend of people who rent out their homes through services such as Airbnb, which has sometimes resulted in disruptive or destructive behavior by renters.

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LI Homeowners and Landlords Struggle With Squatters

Homeowners and landlords across Long Island are facing a growing problem: squatters. Although squatters have historically created legal obstacles for landlords and homeowners, more and more people have taken advantage of “squatters’ rights,” resulting in homebuyers purchasing homes or homeowners who discover unknown individuals occupying their property without the permission of the homeowner. Squatters can potentially create legal complications that result in substantial costs for those who need to remove them from their property. Continue reading “LI Homeowners and Landlords Struggle With Squatters”

44,000 NY Drivers Have Suspended Licenses After COVID Measures Expire

Approximately 44,000 drivers in New York had their licenses suspended as of December 1, as a result of failing to get an eye test for their licenses. These suspensions are the consequence of pandemic-era measures that allowed people to renew their licenses without getting the normally mandatory eye exam. This means that tens of thousands of New Yorkers may be driving around with suspended licenses, potentially without realizing it.

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Car Accident FAQ

Q: I just got into a car accident. What should I do?

A: First make sure everyone is ok. If someone is injured, call 911.  You should take pictures of the crash scene and the damage to your car.  You must share your personal contact and insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident.

Q: What is the best way to take pictures of the accident?

A: Use your phone to take pictures of the roadway, intersection, and the damage to the automobiles.

Q: Why do I need the insurance information of the other drivers?

A: The law requires that you exchange personal and insurance information with the other motorist(s) when property damage occurs.  You can be charged with a violation or crime if you leave the scene without providing this information.  Obtaining this information is also necessary to file an insurance claim. It is important to let your insurance company know about the accident right away.

Q: Who else should I get contact information from?

A: In addition to getting contact information from the other drivers, you should make sure to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident. They can provide valuable testimony that may help you with any litigation that may occur.

Q: Should I call the police?

A: If you have been  injured or if you estimate the damage to your car to be in excess of $1,000.00, call the police.

Q: When do I need to report an accident?

If you’re in a car accident in New York, and any person incurred more than $1,000 in property damage as a result of the crash, all drivers must file a “Report of Motor Vehicle Accident” form with the DMV no more than 10 days after the accident. Failure to do so can result in suspension of your driver’s license.

If anyone was injured or killed in the crash, you must immediately notify the police, and an accident report must be filed with the DMV. It’s a crime to leave the scene of a car accident that causes personal injury or death without taking legally-required steps like this.

Q: Do I need to see a doctor after an accident?

A:  You should see a doctor after an accident within 48 hours if you have any pain, suffer any injury, or the accident was more than a fender bender (moderate to high impact).  A doctor can perform a medical evaluation to ensure you receive any necessary medical care, and provide potentially crucial medical evidence of any injuries you suffered.

Q: What can I be compensated for after an accident?

A: If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence you could be entitled to the cost of any repairs to your vehicle, plus the costs of any medical bills or rehabilitation related to your accident. You can also receive compensation for lost time off work, loss of the ability to work, as well as any other pain and suffering related to your injuries.

If you have been in an accident, call the law offices of McGuire, Pelaez & Bennett, PC at 631-348-1702.

If you have been charged with a traffic infraction of crime we will fight hard on your behalf.

If you have been injured, we can make sure you file the proper forms right away to make sure your medical bills are paid, your automobile can be repaired, and you can get compensation for any injuries you incurred, including lost wages, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering and in some cases, punitive damages.

What Should You Do If You Get Into an Accident at Work?

Every year, more than four million people seek medical attention across the United States as a result of injuries sustained in the workplace, according to the National Safety Council. While many of these injuries are relatively minor, some can result in serious long-term harm that can follow you for the rest of your life. If that happens to you, make sure to follow these steps, which can maximize your chances at a favorable outcome in any litigation that may ensue:

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Five Reasons to Consider Getting a Restraining Order During a Divorce

If you are considering getting divorced from your spouse and have experienced domestic abuse from them, a restraining order (also known as an order of protection) may be able to help you. Not only can it help to protect you from your spouse, but it can have a number of other important benefits in your divorce case. Here are five reasons you should consider getting a restraining order during your divorce:

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How Do You Know if You Are in Police Custody?

It may seem like it is obvious when you are in police custody, but in truth, that question can become legally complicated. In fact, there are several reasons that the police like to blur the line between being in custody and being free, due to the legal implications of placing someone in custody. But how do you know if you are in police custody, and why does that matter?

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The Benefits of the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy Proceedings

One critical part of every bankruptcy is something known as the “automatic stay.” This legal order, while fairly obscure, is critical to people declaring bankruptcy, since it gives them the breathing room they need to sort out their finances. But what exactly is the automatic stay, and how can it help people suffering from severe financial distress?

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The “Fatal Four”: The Most Dangerous Hazards in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four major types of accidents that are responsible for more workplace injuries than any other. These “Fatal Four” accidents are especially common in the construction industry, where there are more accidents than in any other industry. But what are these Fatal Four, and what can you do to avoid them?

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Five Tips For Handling Your Child Custody Proceedings

If you are in the middle of a contentious divorce where child custody is an issue, you are likely very concerned about whether you will be able to obtain custody. While this should be a theoretical impartial matter, the fact is that people can do a lot of things to make their custody proceedings more likely to come out in their favor. Here are five important tips for handling your child custody proceedings to give you the best chance possible at a favorable outcome:

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Reviews

d gonzo
d gonzo
1709239423
This is the most helpful law office I've ever dealt with. Through the past few years they have handled traffic citations for each of my teen boys, who are otherwise good drivers but unfortunately experienced mishaps. In every case they were responsive and effective and have saved us significant money by working with the court to reduce or eliminate penalties and points. Highly recommended.
Great help. Chris really helped me understand what needed to be done. Thank you guys!
Muy buenos abogados
Danilo Ramos
Danilo Ramos
1708189224
They are very helpful, and honest
Danny Saturne
Danny Saturne
1708181555
Absolutely professional and efficient when handling my case.
Buen abogado gracias ayudarme a remover mi multa
Marie Tossaint
Marie Tossaint
1707773192
Karen was Very helpful and kind. she's the best! I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Louis Merced
Louis Merced
1707518284
Trust this law firm !
Very nice, quickly assisted, great response from everyone working here.
Marvin Sanchez
Marvin Sanchez
1706717726
Mr.Bennett and his team helped me when i needed them the most. Amazing work!
marvin deleon
marvin deleon
1706294947
Very helpful firm and people. McGuire has helped me a lot! Very thankful for this firm.
Fatima Amaya
Fatima Amaya
1706113584
The best thing I could see done was to do things legally and they are excellent and super professional, their assistants are very kind and helpful. I thank them for everything and that they have resolved my case with professionalism.
Troy Brinkhuis
Troy Brinkhuis
1706111589
Just Stop It!! Stop searching the Internet for a good lawyer to handle your traffic tickets. M, P & B are the best, so look no further. No, I am not a friggin cheerleader, nor am I being compensated to write a good review. Actually, I did receive something from Mr. Bennett and his team of professionals: Great Results!! I'm just a 50 something years-old Army veteran, and a guy who busts his a$$ every day to make a modest living. I don't have the time or money for mediocre results. When it comes to lawyers, I tend to be a bit skeptical, cynical and judgemental, but M, P & B (Mr. Bennett and his team, in particular) made me a believer. Thanks again, guys and gals at McGuire, Palaez & Bennett 👍👍
Brandon Morales
Brandon Morales
1705598327
I’m very happy with the outcome of my case since all was reduced to parking tickets and a small fine. They were super helpful and the work from my end was minimal. Overall good people and kind to customers, attorney Bennet did a really good job in court.
Jaime Mendez
Jaime Mendez
1705112699
Muy profesional ala hora de trabajarGracias Mr pelaez
Excelente atención y solución eficaz, recomendado al 100%
Tereza ramirez
Tereza ramirez
1704750780
Son muy buenos ami pues me ayudaron mucho asi que con gusto volveré en el futuro digo si Dios me lo permite gracias
Debbie Gangemi
Debbie Gangemi
1704642320
Christopher was great to work with. His staff was friendly and efficient as well. Chris spent endless hours ( even while away ) on a case and worked through everything for me. We would definitely recommend his firm. Thank you again.
julio cabreja
julio cabreja
1704599802
Jhoselyn Rodas
Jhoselyn Rodas
1703350596
Mr. McGuire and his team are super helpful, understanding, and professional throughout the process. They kept me informed every step of the way, which I appreciated! I highly recommend this law firm! Thank you so much Mr. McGuire!
Pete Sweat
Pete Sweat
1703271616
I hired Brett and his team to help restore my license which was suspended/revoked for years due to points/accidents. Fairly priced… after trying to take care of it on my own (paying fines and taking classes) I hired Brett, they did everything they could even after I moved from NY to FL, everyone who I spoke to was very helpful ESPECIALLY Daslin, she told me everything I needed to do and calmed me down when I thought I’d never get my license. Well it took some time but I am officially a LICENSED DRIVER! If you are having license problems don’t hesitate to call them, you won’t regret it. They even sent me my $100 money order back that went unused after my license was restored. 5 ⭐️’s
Kathy Mai
Kathy Mai
1703088891
We are very grateful that we got Mr. McGuire to represent us for our case! Mr. McGuire is extremely helpful and professional, he stayed on top of everything for us, and most importantly he helped us to achieve the result that we wanted. Mr. McGuire always open to talk and provided his professional opinions to guide us through the whole process. And his colleague Mr. Sorell was also helpful to support us at the final meeting. I can't say enough good things about Mr. McGuire and his firm, I really appreciated everything they have done for us, thank you very much!
rcassidy1952
rcassidy1952
1702906093
McGuire and his team done an outstanding job. Highly recommend!
Walter Vespe
Walter Vespe
1702827004
Mr McGuire has been our family lawyer for over 20 years. Mr McGuire has help my family from estate concerns to handling serious charges. His experience and knowledge of the law is second to none. I would Highly recommend
Tara Maddalena
Tara Maddalena
1702747130
Amazing law firm!!! They get it done. My husband and I have used Chris McGuire for different legal issues and he has been consistently wonderful. We recommend highly to all who have legal needs.
Sandy Niehr
Sandy Niehr
1702743650
McGuire, Pelaez & Bennett are great attorney’s who really cares about their client. Their fee is reasonable when I compared to other lawyers in the area. They are very knowledgeable and professional. Was always able to reach them and communicate with them whenever I had a concern. I highly recommend this law firm. Friendly staff too.
I appreciate the great customer service as well as the big help from everyone in the office. I would highly recommend them to any of my friends and family!
Jasmin Garcia
Jasmin Garcia
1702735811
They are the best lawyers ever! Highly recommend them. Super friendly and knowledgeable.
Jonathan Reyes
Jonathan Reyes
1701275264
Excellente trabajo me ayudaron con mi Caso!!
Mario M Gomez
Mario M Gomez
1700842836
Aurelio Marin
Aurelio Marin
1700677081
Excellent work. My 8 point ticket was dismissed. Chris & Dawkins are very helpful and nice.
McGuire, Pelaez and Bennett they were professional helpful was able to go to Mr McGuire when I felt uncomfortable very attentive. Nice pens too
wilis villalta
wilis villalta
1699392873
Cometí un error y ellos me ayudaron a resolverlo
Una oficina que me redujo todos mis tickets a tickets de parqueo sin puntos
Juan Pascual
Juan Pascual
1699302661
Una oficina demasiado buena el señor Bennett es excelente y honesto
Hanford tráfico másters for me excelente
La señora PELAEZ es muy eficiente en su trabajo se asegura que uno nunca tenga dudas sobre el caso muy satisfecho con sus servicios
christian brito
christian brito
1699042763
I am very satisfied with how i was represented and with the outcome ..I highly recommend this law office
WvGP XD
WvGP XD
1699039399
Valeria Abarca
Valeria Abarca
1698955299
Amazing attorneys & staff all around !
Melvin molina
Melvin molina
1698955026
Excelentes resultados abogados muy competentes
ramon barahona
ramon barahona
1698944743
It was a please working with you guys ! Appreciate you guys a lot.
Muy buenos
Muy satisfecha abogados honestos y buenos
Julio P
Julio P
1698087825
Excelente
Carmen Mayen
Carmen Mayen
1697817719
Un caso civil con ellos que a agotado mi vida pero con ellos a sido un proceso con paz y mucho entendimiento.
Edwin Figueroa
Edwin Figueroa
1697747169
recomiendo al abogado Luigi a ayudarle con sus problemas legales de corte en suffolk.
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