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Inspection is critical when buying real estate

Searching for a home can be a stressful experience. After all, most people intend to live in their new home for years or even decades, and the burden of packing, selling and moving is not something they want to do anytime soon. This is why is it important not to skip steps when buying real estate in New York. One of those steps is having a home inspection.

When a buyer looks at a house, he or she may only have minutes to walk through and get a feel for the size and layout of the space. The house may look perfect, but buyers may forget that the seller may have made many cosmetic updates to present a good impression. What is beneath those updates is something an experienced inspector should find out. Since buying a home is often an emotional event, having the unbiased and professional opinion of an inspector can give a potential buyer the information necessary to make a prudent decision.

Steps to take after suffering a personal injury

The period of time following a car accident can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing. New York victims often feel uncertain about their rights and how to proceed with potentially seeking compensation for their injuries. In many cases, a personal injury claim is an appropriate choice for victims.

Unless a person is seriously injured and requires immediate medical attention, it is important to stay at the scene of an accident. Even if the individual was not at fault, leaving before police arrive might leave lead to hit-and-run criminal charges. While still at the scene and waiting for authorities to arrive, it is a good idea for those who are capable of moving about safely to check on the people who were involved.

Experts say immigration helps the economy

Immigrants in New York and elsewhere across the United States play vital roles in the economy, labor force and overall well-being of the country. Unfortunately, misinformation continues to circulate regularly, leaving some confused about their place. For those who hope to utilize immigration paths to come to the United States, understanding the importance of that role might help.

In 1960, the U.S. birth rate was at 3.65 births for every woman. The current birth rate is down to 1.8, which is less than the 2.1 births needed to replace and sustain existing populations. Without immigrants, the workforce would shrink, leaving positions open and employers struggling to find a way to fill the gaps. The federal government would be worse off too, since Social Security is funded by current workers.

Immigration and the rights of permanent residents

Securing a green card can be one of the best experiences for immigrants in New York. However, since immigration law is not always clear and often appears to be in a state of ongoing change, not all permanent residents fully understand their rights. Under the law, green card holders are protected by a wide range of rights, which allow them to live happy, fulfilling lives in the United States. 

The most widely understood right afforded by permanent residency is the right to live and work anywhere within the U.S. This includes owning property, obtaining a driver's license, attending public educational institutions and even serving in the military. Permanent residents can even vote in many of their local elections. 

Remember these 3 talking points when interacting with ICE

Even the idea of interacting with immigration law enforcement officials can be enough to elicit feelings of dread for non-citizens living in New York at this time. The current climate of immigration law and policy continues to exist in a state of flux, making many feel worried about what may happen next to affect their safety and status in the United States.

If you feel nervous or uninformed about how to conduct yourself during an interaction with law enforcement officers, consider some key talking points to keep in mind. While there is no surefire way to ensure a positive outcome, it is beneficial to prepare yourself in case an officer questions your immigration status or attempts to detain you or a loved one.

3 facts about dividing assets in a New York divorce

Ending a marriage is not easy. There are often painful emotions, complex logistical elements and a confusing legal system to navigate, which can be overwhelming. This can be especially true when it comes to the financial elements of divorce, like property division.

Dividing assets is typically one of the more complicated aspects of the process. Both parties want what they deserve, but they typically don't agree on what that means. However, understanding some basic facts about the process and laws in New York can help you manage your expectations and make informed decisions.

When are deadly road rage accidents most common?

Emotions can sometimes run high on the road. Unfortunately, some drivers lose control of anger when behind the wheel, engaging in road rage or overly aggressive driving. This conduct is not only very alarming for other drivers, it is also incredibly dangerous. In some cases, road rage can cause fatal crashes.

When are fatal road rage accidents most common? An Auto Insurance Center report evaluating data from deadly crashes can provide some insights.

Determining liability in a New York school bus crash

When you send your kid on the bus to go to school, you are trusting the driver and anyone involved with the vehicle your child goes on to deliver your loved one to school safely. While school buses tend to be safer and more affordable than cars, it can still be worrying to leave your child’s life in the hands of a stranger.

In a state like New York, bus accidents can be very common and are often the result of negligence. If your child receives major injuries because of these incidents, you should be aware of who can be potentially liable in different scenarios.

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