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Car accident results in serious injuries for New York teens

Newly licensed teenage drivers enjoy sharing their newfound freedom with friends. Unfortunately, because of their inexperience, these celebrations sometimes end in an accident.

In a recent serious accident in New York, teenagers were injured in such a circumstance. Five teens were riding in the same vehicle when the accident occurred. Only one vehicle was involved, and it was unclear what caused the accident. Emergency personnel responded at approximately 1:25 in the morning. In the vehicle were one 16-year-old, three 17-year-olds, and one 18-year-old.

Company faces construction litigation over defect claims

As with any business, construction company owners could come under fire if individuals or entities believe that the completed work is not up to scratch. In some cases, claims against a construction company could come years after the project is completed if others believe that defects caused the structure to suffer. As a result, construction litigation could take place.

New York readers may be interested in a lawsuit recently filed due to alleged construction defects with a residential hall at a college in another state. According to reports, the College of Charleston has filed suit against Holder Construction Group, McAlister Development Company and subcontractors for what it claims are defects and code violations that have resulted in damage to the residence hall. The lawsuit specifically claims that the defendants did not install elements to help prevent leaks in the building.

Construction litigation pending over damage to existing building

New structures are often built next to existing ones. And it is not uncommon for owners of existing structures to worry about damage caused by the new construction. In some cases, construction litigation will be initiated if new projects appear to cause damage.

New York readers should note a lawsuit filed recently in another state. According to reports, the association for a condo tower built in 1983 had concerns over a new condo tower being constructed next door. To mitigate these concerns and the effect the new construction would have on the already existing building, the condo association entered into an agreement with the new condo developer and association.

The executor has a great deal of responsibility during probate

Losing a parent is devastating, no matter what age it occurs. If it happens when the children are adults, it is likely at least one will be in charge of ensuring the parent's final affairs are settled. Acting as the executor of a New York estate can be challenging, but necessary.

When the deceased parent creates an estate plan before passing, the probate process is much easier. If so, it is necessary to obtain the estate documents to determine how the parent intended the assets to be distributed and how to handle other related matters. The estate plan could also indicate who is in charge of addressing the remaining affairs because the parent could name an executor in the will.

New York car accident involving bus injures 9

Many people take public transportation for a variety of reasons. They may not enjoy driving themselves places or may not have the ability or means to do so. Though buses are much bigger than other types of vehicles, passengers could still end up suffering injuries in the event that a bus is involved in a car accident.

It was recently reported that a crash in New York resulted in nine people being injured. Apparently, a car was heading south when the driver failed to stop at a red light. The vehicle was speeding and collided with the passenger side of the bus, which caused the bus to leave the roadway and hit a vehicle in a parking lot. There was no one in that vehicle at the time of the incident.

Considering legal purpose important when starting a business

When forming a business, it is important that entrepreneurs think about what they want their company to accomplish and the goals they have for the future. It is also important to think about the purpose of the business, which goes beyond simply indicating that the purpose is to provide a product or service. New York entrepreneurs may want to understand the importance of their company's purpose when starting a business.

In many cases, having a business purpose is required by law. These purpose statements can be included in formation documents and do not necessarily have to be overly detailed. In fact, many businesses generally indicate that the purpose is to pursue any and all legal business activity. However, it may be necessary to have a more specific purpose included in the applicable paperwork.

The most common type of workplace discrimination claim

Business owners have more than enough to worry about, with internal and external pressures such as finances, growth strategies and competition. Amidst all this is the need to consider the workplace and your employees. That includes establishing a culture that addresses discriminatory acts.

Some federal statistics can help guide your thinking in this regard. If you know what might be most likely to happen, you can take steps to quickly address it, or prevent it from happening in the first place. With that in mind, here are the most common types of allegations in workplace discrimination claims.

Buying real estate and having second thoughts

Buying a home is a major investment. Because so much time and money will be expended in such a purchase, New York residents should ensure they have made the right choice. Even after signing the papers, however, it is not uncommon for some people to have second thoughts.

But, it is unwise to continue searching for another property once the initial decision has been made. Shopping around after signing purchase papers leads to second guessing and the nagging thought that that a more perfect home is right around the corner. By stopping, parties can feel assured they have found the residence of their dreams.

Communication and clarity important to estate planning

Many New York residents may feel intimidated by the idea of putting their final wishes down on paper. In fact, numerous people put off estate planning because they do not feel ready to take that step. However, it is important that adults plan sooner rather than later, and focusing on certain elements may help the process go more smoothly.

First, individuals may want to consider their estate planning journey as a way to open communication with loved ones. Individuals can discuss their wishes with applicable parties, such as spouse and children, and with people they plan to put in important roles, such as those they intend to act as executors or power of attorney agents. When family members are aware of the decisions being made, future confusion may be prevented.

Entering into a commercial lease? Here are things to know

One of the most important contracts you will sign as a business owner is your lease. Unfortunately, many business owners treat a lease like an on-line terms of service agreement - scan and sign.

That's a mistake, experts say. A lease is a contract and you will be held to that contract no matter what happens to your business. Experts have a few tips to help you negotiate a commercial lease.

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