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“Children are sponges”. We’ve all heard that before, but do we think of it while going about our daily routines? From the time they are born, children are watching and observing. It is from us that they learn everything…how to speak, what gestures to make, how to walk, how to eat, how to react in stressful situations, etc. But it doesn’t stop when they are babies. They are always observing, especially their parents or caretakers.
During my 22 years practicing in the area of divorce and family law, I have had many occasions to speak to clients who were telling me, on the telephone, about their current troubling issue involving the child’s other parent, when I would hear the child in the background. Whenever that happens, I ask my client “Is that your child that I hear?” When they say “yes”, I ask them to call me later since they should not be speaking about issues concerning the other parent in the presence of the child. The responses I receive are invariably as follows: “He’s not paying attention”, or “She’s too young to understand or “He knows what’s going on anyway, so it doesn’t matter” or “I am teaching my child honesty, so she has a right to know what is happening” and similar such responses. It cannot be overstated that your children do not want to be involved in the issues that you have with your current or former spouse or partner. That person is their parent too. Children should not have to be in the position of picking a side. They should be permitted to love both of their parents without having to deal with whatever issues mom and dad have with each other.
I’ve been practicing for over 20 years as a divorce attorney. From working with people whose marriages did not work out, I believe that the following are the keys to a good marriage:
Try these tips for 30 days and let me know if they make a difference in your relationship!
The question in the subject line is what one of my clients asked me. She was distraught over the death of her 43 year old son. He died of dehydration in a rehabilitation facility even though my client knew that something just wasn’t right with her son and kept asking his doctors to help.
So, is there anything you can do while your loved one is in the hospital to prevent him or her from being injured due to medical malpractice? Yes there is.
1. Be there. Go to the hospital and stay with your loved one as much as possible. Get to know the names of the nurses and doctors taking care of him or her.
2. Write it down. Make a written list of your loved one’s medications, allergies, and unique issues such as dementia or being sight or hearing impaired. Have a few copies with you when you go to the hospital or emergency room so that you can give a copy to the caretakers.
3. Speak up. Ask to speak with the doctor about your hospitalized loved one’s progress. If you are not getting satisfactory answers to your questions, or if you are unable to see the doctor despite your requests to do so, speak to the patient advocate at the hospital about your concerns.
4. Request a meeting. You have the right to request a team meeting with all of your hospitalized loved one’s medical providers so that you may fully understand the treatment plan that is being implemented.
5. Talk to an attorney. If despite all of your best efforts, you believe that your loved was injured or died due to medical malpractice, obtain all of the medical records and contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney for help.
You knew that things weren’t so great in your marriage lately, but you thought that eventually things would work out and then BAM!…you get served with divorce papers.
For many people that this happens to, it’s very shocking. Even if you knew things weren’t great, you were married. You had a life together and a divorce threatens everything that is life as you know it. So what do you do after you get over the shock of the papers that you’re holding in your hands?
Since this is being written by a lawyer, you’re probably thinking that the obvious answer is to contact an attorney, and you’re right, but there’s more to it than that. Everyone’s situation is a little different depending on how long you were married, whether you have children, whether both of you worked and what your marital assets are.
While it is true that you must contact an attorney as soon as possible after you receive your divorce papers so that you can protect your rights, before you speak with an attorney you should think of the following:
Who will have custody of the children;
Who will live in the marital home and who will move out;
If you are dependent on your spouse for income, how much money do you need per month to live on individually or, if you have children, with your children;
What marital assets do you have.
In NY, you only have 20 days to put in an answer to a complaint that was personally served on you. You should therefore contact an attorney to discuss your situation with you personally. as soon as possible. With the right attorney, by the time you are finished with your initial meeting you will have a plan on how to proceed.
Going through a divorce can be very difficult but with proper action early on you will be able to work towards the best result in a difficult situation.
So it’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end. We’ve had a few days of cool weather and it’s time for back to school. We are buying back to school supplies, getting new school clothes and sending children off to college. It’s a bittersweet time of year full of not only endings but exciting new beginnings and potential. One of the most exciting things for our children, and scary things for parents, is driving. Learning how to drive in Driver’s Ed, being a senior in high school and being permitted to drive to school or taking a car to college. This is a very good time to speak to your children about safety when driving and what to do if they have the misfortune of getting into a car accident. Give them the following tips:
After you seek medical attention, you, or someone on your behalf, should contact your car insurance company. Failure to contact your insurance company within 30 days after your accident may result in nonpayment of your medical bills.
If you would like a glove compartment card with this and other important information with regard to do in the event of a car accident, please reply to this email and we will send you as many as you need right away.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe!
Happy Summer! I love this time of the year! The hot weather, the beach, the pool, the barbecues and the sun!
However, we have to take the good with the bad when it comes to the sun, right? No, I’m not going to warn you about the dangers of exposing your skin to the sun. I think we are all well versed in that. What you may not be aware of, though, are the dangers of sun glare. Yes, sun glare.
Sun glare is one of the contributing factors in 3,000 car accidents every year. Shocking, isn’t it? More shocking is the fact that a NY court found a driver liable, when he claimed the accident was caused by sun glare, because the driver should have anticipated the sun glare at that time of day. See Lifson v. City of Syracuse (NY State Court of Appeals, Oct. 13, 2011).
Here are some tips to avoid sun glare car accidents:
1. Clean your windshields. A dirty windshield only worsens the problem.
2. Wear quality sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection. Unpolarized lenses don’t effectively help.
3. Use the car visor in your car. It can be very effective at blocking the sun.
4. Turn headlights on so oncoming motorists can see you as they’re driving toward the sun.
5. Use the same precautions and care as driving in other hazardous conditions, like fog or rain.
We’ve all heard the joke…”What do you call 500 attorneys at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.”
I hate lawyer jokes. Not just because I’m an attorney and I don’t want to end up on the bottom of the ocean. I hate the jokes because they are a reflection on what people think about attorneys in general.
Everyone needs an attorney at some point. It may be for personal reasons or business reasons.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right attorney, so that you don’t want him/her to be at the bottom of the ocean by the time you’re done with your case:
If you follow the above guidelines, you should be able to choose an experienced, competent attorney that you trust and who will solve your problem to your satisfaction.