Couple discussing their estate plan with attorney

Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Estate planning puts important legal tools in place that can provide serious protections for you and your family. While estate planning can provide critical benefits for you and the ones you loved, estate planning the right way is very important. There are several mistakes people make in estate planning that can be avoided, especially if […]

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Jury deliberation

What to Expect During a Jury Deliberation

The criminal justice process can seem like a complex whirlwind of activity. It can be difficult to keep up. This can cause even more anxiety for a person facing criminal charges. One of the most important steps in the process is jury deliberation. This takes place after both sides have fully presented their cases and […]

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Mother with child custody of her daughter.

How to Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Child Custody

For parents considering divorce, the possibility of losing child custody is often the most distressing component. In fact, this issue frequently keeps individuals in an unhappy, or even abusive, marriage for years. Knowing that unless you and your spouse can agree on custody terms, the court will decide, perhaps mistakenly, what will be in the […]

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Criminal defense attorneys negotiating bail.

What Factors Are Considered in Setting Bail?

Bail is a type of pre-trial restriction imposed upon a defendant to help make sure that they remain in compliance with the judicial process. Posting bail is often necessary in order to secure the conditional release of a defendant. Release on bail is made with the promise that the defendant will once again appear in […]

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Father holding his son up in the air.

How Do You Establish Paternity in New York?

While every child has a biological father, not every child has a legal father. Establishment of paternity is the process of determining the legal father of a child. While there is an automatic presumption in New York that a father married to the mother at the time of birth is the legal father, when the […]

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Jury selected through voir dire.

What Is Voir Dire?

The road to a criminal trial is paved with many, detailed steps along the way. Many criminal cases never see trial as a plea bargain is reached prior to any formal trial proceedings taking place. Other times, the case ends up before a jury. Who comprises this jury depends on who is summoned for jury […]

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What to Expect at a Sentencing Hearing

A sentencing hearing is where the court orders the actual penalty for a defendant. It is one of the most important steps in the criminal justice process. Sometimes, the sentence will be the result of a pre-negotiated plea deal. Other times, the sentencing will rest solely in the hands of the judge. For most criminal […]

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Is New York a 50/50 Custody State?

Is New York a 50/50 Custody State?

Child custody is one of the most, if not the most, important issues to address in a divorce case. It is also often the most contentious issue. When it comes to children, all of the emotions and stress of starting a post-divorce chapter with your family can come pouring out. It is important to understand […]

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A jury sitting in on a criminal court case.

What Happens If There Is a Mistrial Due to a Hung Jury?

A criminal trial does not always end with a guilty or a not guilty verdict. Sometimes, a mistrial is declared. A mistrial is a trial that has essentially been deemed invalid due to an error that occurred in the proceedings or because the jury was unable to reach a consensus regarding the verdict. If the […]

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Old woman in a wheelchair, holding the hand of her nurse.

The Importance of Health Care Directives in Your Estate Plan

Estate planning means so much more than drafting a will. There are other estate planning legal tools that are critical to protecting you and your family. For instance, health care directives are an important part of establishing a comprehensive estate plan that maximizes the protections available to you. Health care directives are legally binding documents […]

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