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DWI Issues and Long Island
DWI – Driving While Intoxicated aka Drinking and Driving. Drinking and Driving is a problem that has plagued Long Island. Nassau County and Suffolk County have a major problem with drunk drivers on their roads. There was an informative article in the New York Times on July 24, 2015 written by Kirk Semple, that caught my eye. Drinking and Driving has an impact on all Long Islanders. It is worth taking a minute to read this New York Times article if you have time.
Drinking While Intoxicated causes grief for the families of both the perpetrator and the victims. For the individual caught driving while intoxicated, attorneys fees, impound fees and facing criminal charges should be sufficient deterrents. For some reason, especially on Long Island, they have not deterred enough drivers from driving while intoxicated. For victims of DWI incidents, there are many consequences as well. Medical treatment, if they are lucky enough to survive, time investment for personal injury suit to be compensated for damages suffered, lost time from work and a myriad of other issues are often the results. As set forth in the article, Long Island is particularly hard hit by DWI incidents.
DWI Attorney in Long Island
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DWI or DUI or have been in an accident where drugs or alcohol have contributed, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 to speak to an attorney who can help you today!
Free Foreclosure, Loan Modification and Bankruptcy Assistance
The following article appeared in Today’s New York Newsday:
Nassau County homeowners at risk of losing their homes can get free housing and legal advice on Monday, Oct. 1.
The Nassau County Bar Association will hold its monthly foreclosure clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. at its headquarters at 15th and West streets in Mineola. Volunteer attorneys will offer one-on-one guidance about foreclosure, loan modification and bankruptcy. Federally certified housing counselors will also be available.
Residents who meet income guidelines can meet with Nassau-Suffolk Law Services, which provides reduced-fee legal services.
Attorneys who speak Spanish will be on site, and those fluent in other languages can be made available upon request.
Those attending should bring their mortgage documents to the clinic. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 516-747-4070.
The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC assists residents of Nassau county, Suffolk county, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan with their bankruptcy filing, loan modification, and foreclosure defense. Call (516) 858-2620 for a FREE consultation!
Foreclosures are Increasing
Foreclosures are increasing.
According to several recent news articles and reports, it appears that foreclosure actions are once again on the rise. Fortunately, we have noticed much of an increase in foreclosure actions being brought. At any rate, this is still troubling news.
Loan Modifications are up.
At least in our office, we have seen an increase in Loan Modifications. Many of our clients have recently received loan modification offers. Many of the offers are for a HAMP trial modification. However, we have received some permanent in-house modification offers.
Each case varies:
- Some cases involved lengthy litigation (years).
- Some cases were resolved in a matter of months.
- Several of our clients had already filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy
- Most, if not all, of our clients were previously turned down for a loan modification.
Note: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC routinely represents homeowners facing foreclosure. We examine each homeowner’s specific situation to determine their best course of action. We proudly assist residents of Long Island (Nassau county, Suffolk county) and New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan) with their foreclosure matters.
Call (516) 858-2620 to arrange a FREE consultation with a foreclosure attorney!
Marriage Equality Act (MEA)
Recently we have received several phone calls regarding the Marriage Equality Act. The Marriage Equality Act is the act which has changed the New York Domestic Relations Law to allow the parties to a marriage to be of the same sex.
This act also ensures that all benefits that are given to heterosexual married couples also be given to homosexual married couples; whether these benefits stem from legislation, common law, administrative or court rule, public policy or however else. This MEA has gone into effect as of July 24, 2011. In the Dickerson v. Thompson ruling, the Court points out the fact that The MEA also provides that valid out of state same sex marriages will be recognized and treated the same as valid in state marriages of any kind.
Long Island Divorce Attorneys
As always, if you have any questions regarding The Marriage Equality Act, please feel free to call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Family Lawyer!