Automating Legal Documents

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Legal Software for a Competitive Edge

Creating documents can make up a significant part of an attorney’s daily workload in small firms. You scour the internet for the correct form you need or you have to create forms from scratch. Either way takes time —time you could spend working on more productive tasks.

With the technology available today, automating tasks within your firm is not only easy but, it’s also necessary. Prospective clients have come to expect a certain level of service, knowing the power and mobility of smartphones, tablets or laptops. Increased automation also helps attorneys to offer more competitive pricing to attract new clients.

Benefits of Document Automation

Small law firms rely on document automation to:

  • Save attorney(s) and staff valuable time
  • Produce professional and well put-together documents every time
  • Greatly reduce mistakes and errors
  • Create documents correctly the first time

How to Get Started

The first step for your practice to start automating document production and other tasks is choosing the right legal practice management software. Software can do the work for you. Automate forms you use daily. Create templates that make communicating with clients a breeze. Remember, the best software systems eliminate the need for outside IT help with automation and maintenance.

The LEAP Competitive Edge

Law firms that embrace technology gain competitive advantage and reap the benefits including more time to focus on other tasks such generating business for your firm.
To start automating legal document production and tasks in your practice visit LEAP online or call (844) 702-LEAP for more information or to book a free demonstration.

Can Your Employer Deny Your Claim by Calling You an Independent Contractor?

Author: Pyrros & Serres, LLP

Queens | Brooklyn | NYC | Bronx Workers Compensation Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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More About Women’s Rights in the News — the ERA

Author: Stephen D.Hans & Associates

As an employment defense litigation lawyer, I pay attention to civil rights issues, and lately women’s rights issues have gained attention from the media.

Actress Patricia Arquette has actively worked toward passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), notable in her Oscar acceptance speech in 2015 and also in her recent testimony in June 2016 at a DNC Platform Committee hearing in Phoenix. There she urged the party to make ERA a priority. Even more recently, her letter to the editor appeared in The New York Times in support of the ERA.

Arquette is quoted as saying, “All of the things we want for women, including equal pay and effective legal recourse for gender-based violence, are in the ERA.” Arquette says, “… Polling shows the country is with us—we need Congress to catch up.”

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Facts about the Equal Rights Amendment

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The ERA has had a long run at trying to get ratified as an amendment. It was first introduced in 1923, now almost 100 years ago. The amendment was passed by Congress in 1972: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

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Stephen Hans & Associates is an employment litigation firm that defends small and medium sized businesses in discrimination, labor law and other employment related matters.

Can Car Accidents Cause PTSD?

Author: Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

You hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that military service members experience from active duty. However, studies now show that many motor vehicle accident victims also suffer from PTSD.

According to the National Center for PTSD, research shows motor vehicle accidents are a common cause for traumatic stress, including:

  • PTSD
  • Major Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders

What Is Your Emotional State? Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

While many people experience PTSD symptoms right after the traumatic incident, others may not experience them until months or even years later. Symptoms often include:

  • Reliving the event (same fears as during the event)
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Triggers (a sight, smell or sound that causes you to relive the event) Read More:

In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents — more than 3 million injuries annually.

Motor Vehicle Accident Victims Also Suffer from PTSD

PTSD Facts

Here are some facts taken from motor vehicle accident (MVA) studies regarding PTSD:

  • 9% of motor vehicle accident (MVA) survivors develop PTSD
  • An average of 60% of MIV survivors who seek mental-health treatment have PTSD
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, between 3% – 53% have major depression. Read More

Unfortunately, many people continue to experience symptoms for more than six months or a year before seeking mental treatment. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages to cover PTSD treatment as part of an accident settlement.

Are gender identity and religious freedom at odds in America?

New York Employment Discrimination Attorney: Leeds Brown Law

A recent ruling against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has inspired mixed reactions. The case (EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., E.D. Mich., No. 14-13710, 8/18/16) centered on whether a Michigan funeral home violated federal employment bias law because it required its biological male employee to wear a suit at work.

The EEOC claimed that the funeral home was sex-stereotyping when it fired the employee, who was transitioning from male to female, because she failed to conform to their dress code that required men to wear suits. The EEOC’s position was that the funeral home was discriminating based on gender identity and that that was sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Read More

Mixed responses

Religious groups generally and Alliance Defending Freedom specifically claimed the ruling was “a significant victory for religious liberty”. They chastised the Obama Administration for attempting to expand the reach of Title VII without going through Congress.

However, employment law attorneys and members of the ACLU felt the implications of the decision were “staggering,” “disappointing” and “dangerous”. Read More

Discrimination

 

Contact the Discrimination Law Attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, PCIf you feel you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, age, or disability you should speak to an experienced NYC discrimination law attorney. At Leeds Brown Law, we provide aggressive and effective legal counsel to individuals who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination at work. Call us at 516-873-9550 or 212-661-4370 (toll-free at 1-800-585-4658) to schedule a consultation.

Protecting Your Right as a Spouse in a New York Estate

Author: Bonnie Lawston

A Spouse’s Right of Inheritance in New York

Under New York law, when a married person dies, the surviving spouse has a “right of election,” a statutory right to receive either $50,000 or 1/3rd of the estate, whichever is larger. However, as set forth in an opinion from the New York Appellate Division in 2010, that right can be jeopardized if there are concerns about the mental capacity of the decedent at the time of the marriage.

In Matter of Berk, 2010 NY Slip Op 02139 [71AD3d883], testimony indicated that the deceased, Irving Berk, had executed a will in 1982, naming his two sons and four grandchildren as sole beneficiaries. Some 15 years later, Judy Wang was hired as his permanent caretaker, as he was wheelchair bound and his memory was failing. Wang cared for him for the nearly a decade, as his physical and mental health declined. According to witnesses, by 2005 he had difficulty recognizing his sons when they came to visit. Nonetheless, Wang and Berk were married in June, 2005, in a civil service, when he was 99 and she was 47. Neither party wore a wedding ring and the marriage was not disclosed to Berk’s sons until the day before his funeral, in June, 2006. As Berk had not amended his will to include any provision for Wang, she filed a petition seeking to exercise her right to the statutory elective share as his legal spouse.

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The trial court found that Wang had met the requirements of the statute by demonstrating that she was Berk’s surviving spouse at the time of his death. Because Wang had met the statutory test, the court determined that there were no facts that needed to be determined by a jury and issued a summary judgment ruling in Wang’s favor.

Berk’s sons appealed the summary judgment ruling, arguing that the marriage was a sham. Under the spousal election law, the election may be invalidated if the marriage was annulled. The sons argued that, because of undue influence and fraud, the marriage could not be legally binding. The appellate court overturned the summary judgment, finding that a jury could in fact determine whether Wang knew that Berk lacked the mental capacity to enter into a marriage and had deliberately taken unfair advantage of him by marrying him. The court also concluded that, should the jury find that Wang had wrongfully married Berk with the intention of securing a portion of his estate, the marriage could be ruled invalid and the spousal election could be denied.

The appellate court’s decision makes it clear that the spousal right of election may be at risk when the deceased has Alzheimers’ or some form of dementia. At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we can protect your rights, whether you seek to exercise the right of election or want to prevent someone from wrongfully asserting a spousal right of election.

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we focus our estate administration practice on estates subject to probate in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. Call us at 631-425-7299 or 24/7 at 855-479-4700 to set up a free initial consultation.

Distracted Driving New York & Long Island Accident Attorneys Infographic

Author: Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP

Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be in a crash than other drivers.

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Law Offices of Rudolph F.X. Migiore, P.C.

Product Liability Attorney Rudy Migliore

This is such a beautiful testimonial that I had to share it!

“Oh my, where do I start. I have had the extreme pleasure of knowing Rudolph F.X. Migliore(Rudy) since 1979. In the past 37 plus years whenever I called for legal advice Rudy has always been there with his unconditional kindness, advice and knowledge. I was, still am, and always will be a client of Rudolph F.X. Migliore. I was there from the beginning of his Law Practice, when it was just Migliore & Infranco. It gives me such pride to see how his Law Firm has grown through the years. Within these years, I’ve seen Rudy become a very caring husband, father, and grow his Law Firm with an extremely knowledgeable staff of Attorneys.

I am so proud of Rudy and how his Law Firm has grown and continues to grow. I feel like a very proud parent watching their child grow through the years.
In fact, every time I see Rudy in his commercial on news 12 no matter where I am; either at home or in a public place I yell with pride “that’s my attorney Rudy Migliore, I know him from way back when he started his Law Firm”. It puts a smile on my face every time I see it.

Rudy has always given my family and myself honesty, truthfulness, and trusting advice when needed. His staff and himself personally has handled many legal issues with positive outcomes for my family and myself. Rudy and his staff are very respectful, helpful, and courteous to everyone. They make you feel like family, and I am very proud to be a part of this “family”.
It is my pleasure to highly, and extremely recommend the Law Firm of Rudolph F.X. Migliore and his staff for any and all legal services and beyond. If you need help or advice for any legal matters at all this is the Law Firm to have on your side. You will not find another Law Firm with this amount of knowledge, wisdom, and integrity anywhere.

-Diane Loweth, August 2016.”

Rudolph F. X. Migliore, P. C.

Equal Pay for Women Issues

Author: Stephen Hans

Long Island City, Queens & NYC Employment Defense Attorney

From an employer’s standpoint, if you are following similar pay practices to other businesses, it may seem like safety exists in numbers. You may believe that perhaps doing what other companies do is a safe standard as far as equal pay for women issues are concerned.

 

Facts about Unequal Pay

However, equal pay is not the norm, according to statistics reported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW):

  • In 1974, women across the United States made 59% of what men doing comparable jobs made.
  • By 2014, women made 79% of what men made.
  • Women with higher degrees have a higher gender pay gap than women with less education.
  • Women of color (Hispanic, African American, American Indian and Native Hawaiian women) have a greater gender pay gap than Asian and white American women.
  • Women typically earn 90% of what men earn until hitting age 35, at which point they begin earning 76-81% of what men are paid.

When company employees file claims, a company is singled out and at risk for damages. The fact that other companies are also violating the Equal Pay Act is not an excuse in the eyes of the law.

Sealed Air Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay and National Origin Discrimination

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a case against Sealed Air Attempts were unsuccessful during a pre-litigation conciliation process to reach a settlement.

Here were the facts alleged in the case:

  • A paid female production supervisor was paid lower wages than her male counterpart doing substantially the same work.
  • The company imposed a restrictive language policy on the employee by prohibiting her to use Spanish in the workplace.

The lawsuit seeks damages for lost wages, liquidated damages, compensatory damages and punitive damages for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Equal Pay Act violations.

Do You Have Concerns about Equal Pay Issues?

Consult with an experienced employment litigation lawyer and put policies in place to protect your business. Stephen Hans & Associates provides seasoned legal advice and representation based on more than two decades of legal experience in employment law.

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