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  • Juvenile Law
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41 Questions Answered

Q. Do I need a lawyer to probate a will?
A: Under NY law it isn't required, but it is recommended. To probate a will, you will need to prove validity and execute the terms. Depending on the circumstances, this can be complex. It is always a good idea to speak with a lawyer before you try and do it yourself.
Q. What is a collaborative divorce?
A: This is a new area of law where couples can avoid some of the complications associated with a standard divorce. Each party must sign a pledge agreeing not to seek a settlement in court. In certain circumstances, it can save time and money. That said I recommend discussing your situation with legal counsel before making a decision.
Q. My husband and I were in a car accident. We are are separated and considering divorce. Can I sue him for my injuries?
A: Normally, no. Without a written spousal endorsement, one spouse can't sue another.
Q. I have been charged with a DWAI. Is this the same as a DUI?
A: No. A DWAI is considered a violation and is not a criminal offense. A DWI is a misdemeanor, which is a crime. Because it is a crime, it carries more serious legal consequences.
Q. Is New York considered a community property state?
A: New York is now considered an equitable distribution state. This means that if you get a divorce, the court will divide your property based on what is fair. It doesn't necessarily mean an equal split down the middle.
Q. I tripped on a loose piece of carpeting and fell in a restaurant, injuring me knee. Can I sue the restaurant?
A: The owner of a restaurant can be held liable if the owner or staff caused the hazard, or should have known of the hazard and failed to fix it. In determining whether the restaurant should have known, the courts will determine what is reasonable. I recommend that you speak with a lawyer for guidance and to exlore your options.
Q. I fell in a grocery store and really hurt my knee. I am thinking of suing. How long do I have to file a claim?
A: If you are unable to reach a settlement, you have 3 years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If your damages exceed $25,000., you will need to file in Superior Court. I encourage you to speak with counsel to assist you with this. Keep in mind that insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart.
Q. I have been charged with a DWI. If am convicted do I have to put a device on my car?
A: Yes. An Ignition Interlock Device is required for anyone who is convicted of a DWI in New York. The device must be installed for a period of 6 months in most cases.
Q. I don't have any property to leave in a will, but is a will a good place to appoint a guardian for my child?
A: Yes. It would be appropriate to name a guardian in your will. Keep in mind however, the court does not necessarily have to honor your appointment. They will also take into consideration what is best for the child, and determine whether the other parent is living for instance.
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