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During both criminal and civil jury trials in New York courtrooms, the presiding judge instructs jurors (usually multiple times a day) not to conduct any research about the case they’re hearing.  That’s because a jury is supposed to decide a case based only on the evidence they see and hear during trial, and the judge’s instructions about the law and how to apply it to the evidence.  But the message didn’t get through to a New Jersey man; at a cost he might not [...]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make the Power of Attorney process more “user-friendly”.  A Power of Attorney is a legal document which appoints an Agent to act on behalf of the Principal, giving the Agent the authority to handle the Principal’s financial and legal affairs.  The changes in the law, which take effect on June 13, 2021, include a provision that makes a Power of Attorney valid even if it doesn’t [...]

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For some New Yorkers, the onset of summer weather means a return to favorite sporting activities, especially golf.  Under New York law, persons who participate in sports and recreational activities assume the risk of getting hurt while doing so.  But there is an exception to that rule which recently worked to the benefit of a golfer in Buffalo. In the case Krych v. Bredenberg, decided on May 3, 2019, the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court, Fourth Department (based in [...]

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Tim Higgins was one of several presenters in a Continuing Legal Education program entitled "Medical Malpractice Litigation 2016", sponsored by the New York State Bar Association in Albany.  Tim's presentation on "Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses" was one of six specific litigation topics covered by the panel of lawyers during the day-long program.

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