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How To Prove Fault When the Other Car Ran a Stop Sign

If you are hit by a car that ran through a stop sign, it can be both frightening and dangerous. Suddenly, your life may be in peril, and through no fault of your own. Accidents like this can be quite severe, because one car going through a stop sign when another car actually has the right of way means that the right-of-way vehicle may be hit broadside in what some call a T-bone collision. The term refers to the 90-degree angle of the collision, where the red light-running car hits either the driver or passenger side of the other vehicle with the front of the car. This kind of accident can cause fatalities or severe injuries. As a result, you might want to bring a legal case for damages, to receive compensation for medical bills, surgeries, damage to your car, and more. To win a case, you will have to…
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Class Action Lawsuit Forms Against Sinclair Broadcasting

If you have invested in Sinclair Broadcasting shares between February 22nd, 2017 and July 19th, 2018, you may be entitled to compensation if a newly forming class action lawsuit proves successful. The complaint charges the company with violating federal securities laws and failing to disclose important information to investors. If you have lost $100,000 or more due to Sinclair Broadcasting’s actions, you have until October 9th, 2018 to become part of the legal action pending in the States District Court for the District of Maryland. What Happened to Sinclair Broadcasting? Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting was not just denied a $3.9 billion merger that would’ve linked over 200 stations across the country. Now, in what Variety Magazine called “a spectacular crash and burn,” Tribune filed a $1 billion lawsuit, accusing Sinclair of breaching its obligations to get the deal cleared by federal regulators. The Justice Department is reviewing actions taken by Sinclair,…
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How Is Child Custody Decided When Parents Live in Different States?

If you and an ex-spouse or divorcing spouse live in different states, you may be wondering how child custody is decided. It’s a good question, because states often handle custody very differently. Custody Generally Follows the Rulings of the Child’s Home State… Almost all U.S. states follow the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). According to the Act, custody will follow the determinations of the child’s home state. All custody hearings are physically held in the home state. The child’s home state, in turn, is usually determined by where the child has lived for the last 6 months. That state’s jurisdiction will have priority over any other state, regardless of where the parents live. So if your divorcing spouse lives in Florida but you and your children together live in New York, custody law will follow New York law. If you and your children relocate to any other…
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Social Security Savings Trick: Wait to Take Your Full Benefits

NJ & NY divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing estate and matrimonial law, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a crowded schedule of lecturing, teaching, and doing media outreach. Among numerous accomplishments, he helped to establish free legal seminars for the public in the Tri-State area. Mr. Goldhamer was honored by Superlawyers.com as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: A word about when you should take your Social Security. You can take your Social Security at Full Retirement Age (FRA)  at if you were born: Year                       Age 1937 or earlier        65 1938                       65 and 2 months 1939                       65 and 4 months 1940                       65 and 6 months 1941                       65 and 8 months 1942                       65 and 10 months 1943-1954              66 1955                       66 and 2 months 1956                       66 and 4 months 1957                       66 and 6 months 1958                       66 and…
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Remarriage After Divorce: Legal Implications

It’s well known that divorce has profound legal implications. How often you see any children from the marriage, your salary, and even where you live can be affected by legal proceedings surrounding your divorce. But what about remarriage? Are there any legal implications if you remarry after a divorce? See below for the legal implications of remarriage on key areas of divorce agreements. Child Support If you or a former spouse are paying child support under the legal terms of a divorce, remarriage is not likely to affect the payments. Courts usually hold that biological parents are responsible for financial support of their children. Step-parents are not. The situation could change if the new spouse moves to become an adoptive parent, but one of the parties to the divorce would likely have to petition the court for a change. Custody and Visitation Rights If you have custody of or visitation…
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Popular School Supplies with Toxic Chemicals: What NOT to Buy for Your Kids

It’s back-to-school season! That means that parents and children are buying school supplies in anticipation of the start of the school year. Parents need to be aware, though, that a surprising number of common school supplies contain toxic chemicals that can harm their children. Playskool crayons available for purchase at Dollar Tree stores, for example, contain asbestos, which is a known cancer-causing agent. Some types of water bottles contain lead, which is harmful. What to Buy, and What Not to Buy How can you be sure the products you’re buying for back to school are safe? Fortunately, there are several ways to do this. First, the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) places an “AP” label on non-toxic products to let consumers know they are free of toxic materials. However, manufacturers aren’t required to use the label, so lack of a label leads to some unclarity about whether the products…
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The 100 Deadliest Days for Teenage Drivers

For teenagers, cars may be integral to their summer memories. They may drive to beaches and lakes, parties, their first job, or even take the wheel during family vacation. A Deadly Spike During the Summer But unfortunately, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day are referred to as the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers. Fatalities in car crashes involving teenagers rises 15% over the rest of the year. Why the sudden spike? Well, for most teenagers, those 100 days coincide with summer vacation. First, they have more time to spend on the road, as they’re not in school. Second, they may be going more places, including areas with which they are unfamiliar. Third, they may be inexperienced drivers who are not fully versed in how to operate a car safely. A fourth factor, and one of the largest, is alcohol use. Summer is a time of parties. Alcohol…
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Lawyers Beware! New Scam Involves Fake Clients, Forged Bank Checks

NJ & NY divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing matrimonial and estate law, Mr. Goldhamer has a busy schedule of lectures, teaching, and media appearances. Among many accomplishments, he helped launch the establishment of free legal seminars for the public in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Goldhamer was honored as a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com in 2014. From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.: Here’s another scam: A lawyer receives an email or letter asking them to represent someone in a collection for money due from either a local vendor or a recalcitrant spouse. It’s usually a sizable odd amount like $253,978. The client is out of state or out of country and you have to send them the retainer by email. They sign, return it and authorize you to commence action on a contingency. You prepare the papers and sue…
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LAND ROVER and JAGUAR TIMING CHAIN Defect Class Action

The firm is currently litigating a putative class action involving a potential defect in the PRIMARY TIMING CHAIN ASSEMBLIES for JAGUAR and LAND ROVER vehicles, model years 2012 through 2014, equipped with a 5.0 liter direct injection engine.  Class vehicles include but are not limited to the following Range Rover platforms/vehicles: LR4 (LA), Range Rover Sport (LW), Range Rover Sport (LS), Range Rover (LS) and Range Rover (LM). Jaguar class vehicles also include but are not limited to the following Jaguar vehicles: XF, XJ, XK, XFR, XJR, XKR and F-Type. This suit alleges that these vehicles suffer premature failure even though the maintenance schedule contains no schedule for inspection or replacement of the timing chain assemblies and they are touted as lasting the life of the vehicle but, in fact, failed prematurely at significant cost to the owners. The suit seeks reimbursement of the cost of repair and replacement of…
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Best Tips for Swimming Pool Safety

In spite of substantial safety enhancements over the past several years, swimming pools continue to present great risks for property owners and their guests. Statistics compiled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, for example, reveal that accidental drowning is one of the top causes of fatalities among children younger than 14, and that for a two-year period between 2015 and 2017, more than 6,400 children received treatment in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal swimming pool accidents. The premises liability attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman want to help swimming pool owners in New York and New Jersey to enjoy their pools with minimal risks or injuries. These swimming pool safety tips can help to keep your pool environment safe while increasing your overall levels of comfort and pleasure with your pool. 7 Swimming Pool Safety Tips The American Red Cross and other swim safety organizations generally recommend that swimming pool…
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