Stephen K. Underwood, Attorney at Law

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04/16/15

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Categories: Personal Injury

Accident Checklist | Car Accident Lawyer | Pesonal Injury Lawyer Buffalo NY

Car Accident Checklist, Injury Lawyer Buffalo NY

What should you do if you're in a car accident?

1) If it is safe for you to do so, and you are physically able, check on the other people involved in the accident to determine whether the need medical attention, or rescue.

2) If there are injuries call 911 and give the operater the location of the accident, your best assessment of the injuries, and ask them to dispatch the police.

3) If there are no injuries call the police and ask them to come and take a police report.

4) Do what you can to get the contact information for everyone involved including the passengers.

5) Speak to the witnessess and ask them what they saw, and get their contact information.

6) Take pictures at the scene if it is safe to do so.

7) Notify your insurance company and tell them the truth about what happened.

8) Get a copy of the police report.

9) Keep track of your medical bills and keep the documentation.

10) Have the damages to your vehicle assessed by your insurance company (and perhaps get an independent valuation of damages.)

11) Consult with a lawyer.

12) Do not discuss the accident with anyone but your lawyer, and your insurance company, and don't make any admissions to the police.

What Not To Do?

1) DO NOT flee the scene as you may face serious criminal penalties.

2) DO NOT apologize for anything and don't demand or expect an apology from anyone involved.

3) DO NOT put yourself in harms way at the accident scene unless the risk is justified to save a life or prevent further serious injury.

If you or a loved one have been injured please call 716-656-7676 for a free consultation or CLICK HERE to request a free consultation. The first consultation is always free, and you will always speak directly to Stephen K. Underwood.

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Categories: Name Change

Name Change Procedure | Name Change Lawyer Buffalo NY

How to Change Your Name, Name Change Lawyer Buffalo NY

A person’s name is important because it is an integral part of self image and ancestry. Any New Yorker, however, may assume a different name, so long as it is not done to avoid financial obligations or to perpetrate a fraud.

Adult Name Change

The process to change an adult's name in New York is relatively straightforward. First, a petition is filed with the Supreme Court requesting the name change. Second, if the court approves the change an Order will be issued to effect the change. Third, notice of the name change is published in a newspaper. Fourth, obtain a new birth certificate from vital records. Five, change your name on all official documents.

What if the name change is for a minor child?

It is the same procedure, however, when a parent wishes to change the name of a minor child (infant name change), the application for a name change must be brought by one or both of the minor’s parents. If the minor has two living parents and one parent does not join in the application, the non-petitioner parent must be served with reasonable notice of the application. If the non-petitioning parent objects to the child's name change, a hearing will be held to determine whether the change of the child's name is in the best interest of the child.

How much does it cost?

Attorneys fee:
$850.00 (adult) | $1250.00 (child - so long as both parents agree)

Estimated Costs:
$300.00 (index number, publication, certified copies)

Need a Name Change Lawyer?

If you need a Name Change Lawyer please call (716)-656-7676 for a free phone counsultation or CLICK HERE for a free web consultation. The first consultation is always free, and you will always speak directly to Stephen K. Underwood.

  07:57:00 pm, by admin   , 311 words  
Categories: Small Business

Mechanics Lien Procedure | Small Business Lawyer Buffalo NY

How to Get a Mechanics Lien, Mechanics Lien Lawyer Buffalo NY

Although most contractors are aware that disputes with a homeowner can result in frustration, annoyance, and nonpayment, many contractors are unaware that they can file a lien against the homeowner's property. Such a lien, called a mechanic's lien in New York, can make it hard or impossible for a homeowner to sell the property while the lien is in place and may even enable the contractor to institute a foreclosure proceeding against the homeowner.

When should a contractor file a mechanics lien?

A mechanic's lien must be filed within eight (8) months from the last date labor or materials were provided; four (4) months if the property is a single family home.

What if the general contractor was paid?

If a subcontractor files a mechanic's lien against the homeowner and the general contractor had been paid, the homeowner will have a defense against the mechanics lien. The solution is for the subcontractor to file a mechanic's lien while doing the work or as soon as a problem is detected.

What kind of improvements must be made before a mechanic's lien can be filed?

The improvements must be permanent in nature. A mechanic's lien will not attach where materials are supplied for a temporary improvement.

How long is the mechanic's lien effective?

A New York mechanic's lien is effective for one year from the date of filing, unless an action is commenced during that period to perfect the lien.

How much does it cost to file the Lien?

Attorney Fee: $450.00 (does not include the cost of perfecting the lien.)

Costs:
Filing Fee:$15.00

Need a Mechanics Lien?

If you need a Mechanic's Lien please call (716)-656-7676 for a free phone consultation or CLICK HERE for a free web consultation. The first consultation is always free, and you will always speak directly to Stephen K. Underwood.

  07:16:00 pm, by admin   , 168 words  
Categories: Wills & Estates

Last Will and Testament NY | Wills & Estates Lawyer Buffalo NY

Make a Will, Last Will & Testament Lawyer Buffalo NY

Although the preparation of a Last Will and Testament is important, most people fail to do it because they are too busy, think they don't own enough, or are unwilling to contemplate death.

Why should you prepare a Will?

1. Make it easier on family.
2. Name who takes care of your children.
3. Prevent family battles.
4. State who gets your stuff.
5. Protect the family home or business.
6. Shed light on the need for estate planning.

How long does it take to make a Will?

Most wills can be completed with a phone call and a one hour visit to an attorney's office.

How much Does it Cost?

Attorney Fee:
Range $200.00 - $300.00 (depends on the circumstances.)

Need a Last Will and Testament

If you need a Last Will and Testament Lawyer please call (716)-656-7676 for a free phone counsultation or CLICK HERE for a free web consultation. The first consultation is always free, and you will always speak directly to Stephen K. Underwood.

  07:06:00 pm, by admin   , 274 words  
Categories: Wills & Estates

Living Will NY | Buffalo NY Wills & Estates Lawyer

Make a Living Will, Living Will Lawyer Buffalo NY

The Terry Schiavo case demonstrates that the failure to execute a living will and health care proxy, can break families apart, cause long-lasting feuds, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, involve legal wrangles that last for years and mean quite literally the difference between life and death.

Advances in medical technology have caused some patients to be kept alive by artificial means. Sometimes a patient may desire to undergo such treatment because it is thought to be a temporary measure hopefully leading to the restoration of health. In other circumstances such treatment may be undesirable because it only prolongs the inevitable death.

Who Decides?

Each person by law has the personal right to decide whether to institute, continue or terminate such treatment, so long as he or she is competent and can be consulted. When a patient however, has lost the capacity to communicate, the situation is dire without a Living Will.

Although New York has no living will statute, state and federal case law establishes the right for a patient's wishes to be respected, so long as those wishes are known. New York law requires clear and convincing evidence of what the patient would want under the circumstances. The Living Will therefore provides the vehicle for making the patient's wishes known.

How much does it cost?

Attorney Fee:
Range $150.00 - $250.00 (depends on the circumstances.)

Need a Living Will?

If you need a Living Will please call (716)-656-7676 for a free phone consultation or CLICK HERE for a free web consultation. The first consultation is always free, and you will always speak directly to Stephen K. Underwood.

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