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Stephen Bilkis
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  • New York
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  • Criminal Law
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  • Domestic Violence
  • Estate Planning
  • Juvenile Law
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  • Bankruptcy
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  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
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  • English: Spoken, Written
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37 Questions Answered

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.
Q. I am going through a divorce and want to ask for child support. Does it matter that I make a really good income?
A: No. Pursuant to New York law, if you are the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent is responsible for child support regardless of your current income. Its always a good idea to seek the advice of legal counsel to ensure that your interests are protected.
Q. I filed and served divorce papers on my ex months ago, and have never heard a thing. What should I do now?
A: You may qualify for a default divorce. You will still need to file all required documents including an affidavit of service. I recommend that you consult with legal counsel to ensure your rights are protected.
Q. I was injured in a car accident. Does the insurance adjuster have any say in my medical treatment?
A: No. By law, you are entitled to "reasonable medical treatment" for any injuries caused by your accident. Of course what is considered "reasonable" may be up for debate. It is wise to consult an experienced lawyer for guidance.
Q. I have heard that in custody proceedings the court usually sides with the mother. Is this true?
A: No, there is no preference in awarding custody to either the mother or the father. Pursuant to Domestic Relations Law 240, either party can be awarded custody.
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