Don’t Ignore a Seatbelt Ticket

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Most everyone knows the slogan "click it or ticket." Getting a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt may seem like a minor infraction but could in fact come back to haunt you down the road, no pun intended. In New York, a seatbelt infraction does not carry any points but does impose a fine. It also appears on the guilty party's driving record. By appearing on a driver's record, it can have an adverse effect when attempting to plea to a reduced charge in the future to a speeding violation or failure to obey a traffic device. These infractions carry points as well as fines. Now here is where ignoring a seat belt ticket can come back to bite you. Let's say one is ticketed for not wearing their seatbelt…
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What to DO, when you want to SUE. (Part 2)

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Once all parties are served with the appropriate papers and everyone is at the courthouse its now time for litigation. Litigation is the process of carrying on a lawsuit. In most courts, the judge will call the parties up to the stand and ask them if they have reached an agreement. If they have not, the judge will give them the opportunity to go meet privately within the courthouse to discuss the matter further in an attempt to reach an amicable resolution. If the parties can reach an agreed upon settlement, they will go before the judge and put the agreed upon settlement on the record. From here, the parties would be bound to carry out said agreement. If an agreement can’t be reached, the litigants will proceed to trial.…
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Criminal Lawyer Brunswick NY

Criminal Lawyer Brunswick NY

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Getting a Criminal Charge in Brunswick Town Court NY Brunswick Town Court is located within Rensselaer County, NY. If charged with a criminal offense, the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office prosecute said charges. Being faced with a criminal charge is not something to take lightly. Once charged, it is very important to be proactive in finding the right legal representation. Obtaining the proper lawyer is abundantly important and is a decision that should be made with caution and vetted accordingly. Finding an attorney who has experience dealing with not only the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office, but also one that appears in Brunswick Town Court with regular frequency, is very crucial and beneficial. Our office has vast experience in dealing with criminal matters arising out of Brunswick Town Court, and…
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What to DO, when you SUE. (Part 1)

What to DO, when you SUE. (Part 1)

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[caption id="attachment_5500" align="alignleft" width="200"] What to do before filing a law suit[/caption] THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN DEBATING A LAWSUIT IN UPSTATE NY Often people will enter into an agreement or business transaction and things just don’t work out. In the end, one or both parties may feel entitled to some sort of retribution, which usually comes down to money. When you feel a person, entity or business owes you money, the first place to consider filing a cause of action is in Small Claims Court. A lot of people may have heard of Small Claims Court and more than likely have seen it play out to some degree on TV (Judge Judy, People’s Court, etc.) but what exactly is Small Claims Court? Small Claims Court is an informal court…
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How to select a criminal lawyer

How to select a criminal lawyer

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THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE SELECTING A CRIMINAL LAWYER Being faced with a criminal charge is without a doubt a stressful experience, to say the least. The first thing one needs to be aware of is that you have the right to counsel from the start. This opportunity should be immediately taken advantage of, as time is often of the essence when it comes to criminal charges. Seeking out the right lawyer is extremely important and said decision should not be made in haste. [caption id="attachment_5605" align="alignleft" width="150"] Finding a NY Criminal Lawyer[/caption] Finding an attorney who not only has vast experience in criminal law, but also is experienced in the court and county in which you are charged. Every court has their own specific quirks and nuances that can…
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Trademarks 101 – Getting yours in Albany NY

Trademarks 101 – Getting yours in Albany NY

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[caption id="attachment_385" align="alignleft" width="150"] Trademarks Can be Tricky. Call Marty Carbone![/caption] HOW TO GET A TRADEMARK IN ALBANY NY We have all seen the little “TM” symbol near names of commercial products but what does it actually mean? The “TM” stands for “trademark” which, according to the United States Patent & Trademark Office, is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words phrases, symbols pr designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those others. In basic terms, this means that once you have a trademark on a particular word, phrase, symbol, or service, no one else may use that particular “mark” without your permission. Trademarks come into play in terms of intellectual property, which is a fancy term for an…
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You are never too young to have a will

You are never too young to have a will

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[caption id="attachment_387" align="alignleft" width="259"] Legal Wills - What you need to know, by Martin Carbone, Wynantskill, NY & Schenectady, NY[/caption] NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN A WILL IN ALBANY NY Thinking about getting a will drafted up is often a dreadful and morbid thought. It’s something that a lot of people would rather not deal with, especially when they feel they have many more years ahead of them. When deciding to create a will, a person does not have to be in their “golden years” to do so. In fact, the earlier a person puts a will in place, the better off they will be in terms of the overall security of their family’s best interest. When a person has a properly crafted will in place, they are essentially protecting…
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Adding a Codicil to your Will

Adding a Codicil to your Will

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[caption id="attachment_387" align="alignleft" width="259"] Legal Wills - What you need to know, by Martin Carbone, Wynantskill, NY & Schenectady, NY[/caption] CHANGING YOUR WILL Once people already have their Wills in place, they often find themselves in a position where they want to change or add a particular provision. The easiest way to go about adding a new stipulation to one's Will is to draft a Codicil. A Codicil is defined as a supplement or an addition to a Will. It may explain, modify, add to, subtract from, qualify, alter, restrain or revoke provisions that are present in an existing Will. By adding a Codicil, it does not revoke the existing Will in its entirety but rather amends it to reflect the desired changes and modifications. The execution of a Codicil…
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Before it’s Too Late, consider a LifeEstate

Before it’s Too Late, consider a LifeEstate

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[caption id="attachment_351" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carbone & Carbone LLP - Life Estate Lawyers in Albany NY and Saratoga Springs NY[/caption] WHY YOU NEED TO MAKE A LIFESTATE NOW IN UPSTATE NY During their lifetime, people acquire many assets. These assets often include real property such as houses and land. They also may have a large amount of cash in savings accounts and CD’s, as well as stocks and bonds. If a person becomes ill and cannot provide for him or herself, they may need to be placed in an assisted living program. As often discussed in the news, these programs and facilities are not cheap to say the least and if a person can’t afford them outright, their assets are often used up in no time at all and the remainder…
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Un-Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Ticket

Un-Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Ticket

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[caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="You can actually Un-Plead Guilty for a speeding ticket."][/caption] When one gets a traffic ticket, it would appear that the easiest way to deal with it would be to simply plead guilty and mail it back to the court. More often than not, however, this type of lackadaisical attitude proves to be detrimental down the road. People often don't realize that by blindly pleading guilty to a traffic ticket, it opens them up to obtaining a high amount of points on their drivers license. Along with these points come higher fines and increased insurance rates. Also, drivers with a commercial license run the risk of having their privileges revoked much easier than the average driver. When one pleads guilty to a traffic ticket and then suffers…
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