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How To Avoid Costly College Savings Account Mistakes in Divorce Cases

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Sarah May

A 529 College Savings Account can be a valuable method for parents to set aside funds for their children’s education while also benefiting from significant tax savings. However, when a marriage unravels and financial settlement negotiations begin, these types of investments must be carefully addressed in order to prevent an inequitable support arrangement. The divorce and child support attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman can help you avoid the potential landmines concerning 529 accounts and can provide the guidance necessary to ensure that such funds are utilized as intended and do not foster additional disputes between the parties. 529 savings account fundamentals Named for the portion of the Internal Revenue Code from which 529 college savings accounts derive their tax-advantaged status, investments of this type offer interested parties the ability to designate financial resources for the educational benefit of beneficiaries of their choice. Earnings have an opportunity to grow on a tax-deferred basis…
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What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Ava Lawson

There are 206 bones in the human body, and together they provide many functions that are critical to our health and wellbeing. When bones are fractured, the recovery process can be lengthy and expensive, especially in more severe cases entailing surgery and traction. Motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries are the leading causes of broken bones, which are considered a medical emergency. Even minor hairline fractures should be evaluated and treated promptly to prevent further complications. Improper or delayed treatment of fractures can result in incapacitating changes to your mobility, ongoing pain and loss of bone integrity. X-rays must be taken to diagnosis the injury and provide a clear idea about the type of fracture and the degree of bone displacement. When such personal injury is caused by another party’s negligence, victims may be eligible to seek monetary damages through the courts. The law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman…
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What Can I Do if Hit by a Driver with No Insurance?

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Ava Lawson

An estimated one in every seven motorists in the United States has no auto insurance. If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by a driver with no insurance, the consequences can be financially crippling. Car crashes are traumatic enough, but a collision with an uninsured driver can turn into a living nightmare. So what resources are available to protect yourself against financial ruin in the wake of such an accident? Your first thought may be to sue the at-fault driver, but even if you were to win a personal injury lawsuit, it is highly unlikely that the uninsured driver has enough assets to cover the damage award. Imagine being stuck with paying hospital bills and vehicle repairs out of your own pocket, just because of an uninsured motorist. Whether you live in New York or New Jersey, the best way to protect yourself is by adding Uninsured and Underinsured…
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Can Whiplash After an Auto Accident Cause Permanent Injuries?

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Ava Lawson

Whiplash is a relatively common soft tissue injury that is often caused by a rear-end collision. Some studies have shown that awareness of an impending impact can affect the severity of the whiplash injury, with vehicle passengers more prone to suffering greater injury compared to drivers, who may see an approaching vehicle in his or her rear-view mirror. Other factors that affect whiplash severity include gender (women have less muscular bulk compared to men are more inclined to suffer injury), posture at the time of impact, age, and overall physical condition. Caused by a sudden jolt which throws the head and neck violently back and forth, whiplash stretches ligaments, muscles and tendons beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in stiffness and pain. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconception about whiplash injuries after car accidents. You might think that recovery is pretty straightforward: just pop some aspirin, take a…
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How Social Media Can Undermine Your Lawsuit

Posted on April 5, 2017 by admin

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are integrated into the fabric of our daily lives. We routinely post pictures of our kids playing soccer, our travels abroad, and our wild birthday bashes. While it’s a natural inclination to want to share our lives with family and friends, social media puts private information out there for the world to see, and can seriously hinder your financial recovery in a personal injury or matrimonial case. At the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, we always caution about negative consequences of using social media during litigation. Why do we do this? To protect clients from themselves. This means do not publish information about your case or things that contradict the positions that you’re trying to take in court. Social media posts can damage your credibility in court Privacy settings aren’t enough to protect sensitive information, including pictures, video and emails, from being used against you in court….
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Your Personal Injury Consultation Checklist

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Ava Lawson

Before meeting a personal injury attorney to discuss your accident and potential claim for damages, it’s important to ensure you’re prepared with the proper documents, reports and relevant information surrounding your injury. Documentation, including police reports, medical receipts,  and witness statements, lend credibility to your case, while providing your lawyer with key information to help determine whether litigation is warranted.  An experienced lawyer can then review this information to offer a realistic projection on the value of your claim. Make sure you’ve assembled everything from this personal injury checklist before scheduling your first legal consultation. If you are unable to locate some of the information, don’t worry. Your attorney can help you track down exactly what is needed to achieve the best possible outcome. Personal Injury Information Checklist Accident information: Your legal counsel needs to have the full names, addresses and contact information of any people who were involved in…
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What are the Statutes of Limitation on Personal Injury Cases?

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Ava Lawson

Statutes of limitations, which can be traced back to Roman times, are an integral part of the legal system in the United States and many other nations.  Every state legislature has passed its own statute of limitations that prescribe the maximum time that you have to initiate litigation from the date of an alleged event. After this specified time period has elapsed, you are no longer able to seek redress through the courts for personal injury or damages. In other words, if you fail to file a personal injury claim before your state’s statute of limitations expires, you can lose your right to sue for financial compensation. Statute of Limitations impose deadlines These laws were passed to encourage resolution of legal proceedings within a reasonable time frame. Some states — such as Missouri — allow up to 5 years to bring a personal injury claim.  Others – like Kentucky and Tennessee…
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What are the Stages of a Personal Injury Case?

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Jenn Fusion

Hiring a personal injury attorney is the start of a legal process aimed at holding negligent parties liable for wrongdoing and securing compensation for the victims. One of the first questions plaintiffs have for attorneys is, “How long will it take to reach a settlement or verdict?” The Court Statistics Project found that nearly half of personal injury cases were resolved within a year. By two years, three quarters of cases were resolved. The median case processing time was 13.7 months. The personal injury attorneys in NY and NJ at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman will communicate with each client every step of the way to be sure you feel valued and never brushed aside. Here are the general steps of litigation you can expect: Stage 1: Meeting with an Attorney You have up to 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York or New Jersey. Keep in…
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How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Sarah May

How can you prove in a court of law or in negotiations with an insurance carrier that your injury in a car crash, slip and fall or other accident was caused by another party’s negligence? To determine whether a actionable claim for compensation exists, prospective plaintiffs can review the essential elements of personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey. Negligence: the keystone of personal injury claims Any of several facets of the theory of negligence may prove relevant to your personal injury claim. Existence of a duty Did the party thought to be responsible owe a particular legal duty to the victim? This is fairly easy to establish when the relationship between the parties is a formalized one, such as in the case of doctors and patients. However, in many other contexts, a general duty of reasonable care with regard to other citizens exists, including the duty of care owed by…
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Understanding New Jersey Personal Injury Laws

Posted on March 7, 2017 by admin

If you have been harmed by the negligent actions of another person or an entity such as a business or organization, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim under the laws of New Jersey. The harm in a personal injury case must have been caused by an event or condition that the person or entity was responsible for, should have known about, and should have taken reasonable care to prevent. If, for example, a landlord knows a play area is unsafe due to broken glass but doesn’t take steps to clean it up, he or she could be liable if a child is injured due to the unsafe conditions. Statute of Limitations in New Jersey personal injury cases Personal injury law in New Jersey is subject to a statute of limitations. Any claim must be brought within two years from the date of any incident. If the claim is…
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