Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

What Happens In The Buffalo Area If You Refuse The Breathalyzer Test?

If you were arrested for drunk driving in New York and refused a chemical test for BAC (Blood Alcohol Content), you could lose your license and be subject to civil penalties. Your license will be suspended at arraignment in court, and revoked for at least one year (18 months for a commercial driver) at a […]

Falsely Reporting Child Abuse Criminalized In New York

Child abuse and maltreatment investigative and prevention resources are severely limited. Preventing the waste of such resources is necessary to ensure that the greatest number of children at risk receive the protection they need. A New York State law, effective February 1, 2009, expands the provisions of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree […]

Promissory Notes For Emergency Medicaid Planning

It is not too late to preserve assets after a patient is admitted to a nursing home. Promissory notes can be used to protect the assets of patients who are currently in nursing homes. STEP ONE: Do not take any action without first consulting with an attorney. Medicaid laws are constantly changing and subject to […]

Defibrillators Required At NY Beaches

One of the leading causes of death in the United States is sudden cardiac arrest. The chance of survival is greatly increased by the administration of a defibrillator. The administration of a defibrillator is highly successful when used within the first few minutes following sudden cardiac arrest, decreasing by approximately ten percent every minute the […]

Protection From Elder Abuse

The typical elder abuse victim is a widow who is socially isolated, physically and/or cognitively impaired and denies or is reluctant to report abuse. The typical abuser is a family member caregiver with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, a controlling personality and/or ineffective coping skills who is under financial, emotional or marital stress. However, […]

Small New York Estates Are Larger

The definition of a New York “small estate” has been increased from $20,000 to $30,000 or less, effective January 1, and 2009. The settling of an estate is can be expensive and very difficult for the decedent’s family. The probate process can be very lengthy and emotionally draining. The simplified procedure for small estates provides […]

New Pool Safety Act

To prevent the deadly underwater entrapment of children caused by suction from pool drains, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007 regulating drains in public swimming pools went into effect on December 19, 2008. Seasonal public pools and spas that are currently closed must be in compliance with the law on […]

Seven Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Purchasing Rental Property In The Buffalo – WNY Area

If you are considering buying rental property, you must avoid these costly mistakes: #1 Bad Location The property should be in an area where the demand for rental housing exceeds the supply and there is access to public transportation, churches, schools and stores. This will ensure good rents and resale price. #2 Failure to check […]

New York Burial Rights Law

New York State law allows you to control the disposition of your remains by designating a person to carry out your wishes. Although you can state your wishes in your Will, the Will might not even be read or opened until after the funeral services. The form for the appointment of an agent to make […]

Free Buffalo And WNY Legal Services

So you need legal assistance and can’t afford it? Then here’s a list of WNY legal resources where the service they provide is at little or no cost. Client Advocacy Service (716) 886-1242 A public interest legal advocacy center providing civil legal representation to mental health clients 18 years and  older for Social Security Disability […]