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Can you do estate planning when you're chronically ill?

You're unwell, and you've known for a while that your time was coming. You didn't have an estate plan in the past, and you know that it's a good idea to put one together soon.

You're worried that your current health will make it hard to create a will and estate plan because someone could argue that you're not healthy or aware enough to do so. How can you minimize the risk of that happening?

Accused of driving dangerously while drunk? Learn your options

You didn't think that you had done anything wrong, but an officer pulled you over and claimed you had been weaving in and out of traffic. They started accusing you of racing another vehicle that had been driving the same route in the next lane. You had no idea what the officer was talking about.

Since you were driving so recklessly, according to the officer, they decided to take a breath test. That showed that you had a blood alcohol concentration of .05%, which you didn't think was high enough to result in a DUI. Unfortunately, you were still arrested based on the claim that you were not driving safely.

Don't ignore the importance of a strong DWI defense

You don't drive while intoxicated. You never have, and you are always cautious about getting behind the wheel if you've had anything to drink.

When the police pulled up behind you, you weren't worried. You knew that you were sober enough to drive safely. Your speed was a problem, but you always sped. It was a bad habit, but nothing to do with alcohol in your system.

Does this field sobriety test set you up for failure?

You may have heard the sirens before you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. For a second or two, you held out hope that the patrol vehicle was going to pass you by when you moved out of its way, but it wasn't meant to be. You came to a stop and waited for the officer to approach.

For some reason, once you and the officer began speaking, he or she suspected you of impairment and asked you to step out of the vehicle. You probably already suspected at this point that the officer would ask you to participate in field sobriety tests, and you now have a decision to make -- should you consent to participate or not? Legally, it is not a requirement, but like other New York residents, your first inclination may be to "prove" you aren't impaired.

Facing trial? A defense can help

Defending yourself after being charged with a crime is important if you want to minimize the risk of penalties. Whether you intended to commit a crime or did so accidentally, you deserve an opportunity to defend yourself against any allegations you face.

Criminal defenses are extremely important because they help make sure that you only receive a fair amount of punishment. For example, if you steal a pair of shoes, it would likely be seen as excessive to force you to remain in jail for many years or to pay excessive fines.

Start estate planning now, so you can rest easy

It can be hard to think about your health going downhill or your eventual death, but it's essential to do so in order to put together an estate plan. Your end-of-life needs and wishes can be met, but you need to establish what they are and make sure that others are going to need to abide by them.

Estate planning doesn't have to be sad or make you feel bad about what you're doing. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to tell people how you feel, what you need and want and how you'd like to be remembered. Think of it as a way to make sure you'll be cared for if you're unable to care for yourself. It's also a good way to make sure you don't leave your estate behind without directions, and it's how you can guarantee that your dependents will have guardians to care for them.

A good defense can make a difference in a DWI case

Did you know that around 40% of all collisions with fatalities involve alcohol? According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, drivers who have a blood alcohol content of .02% to .05% are up to seven times more likely to be killed in a crash.

Despite that, people do drive while intoxicated. You may have been one of them. Now, you could be facing a DWI.

Breath tests: Often used, often wrong

Most New York residents know that driving while under the influence of alcohol is an illegal action. Anyone suspected of doing this will be stopped by police and likely asked to participate in sobriety testing. Breath tests are often used by law enforcement officers here. While believed to be highly accurate, the simple truth is the results are often wrong.

Numerous things can contribute to false readings on a breath test. Knowing this, it may be possible to have the results dismissed, which could, in turn, result in the dismissal of DUI charges. How do breath tests work, and what can cause them to provide inaccurate readings?

Why is speeding such a dangerous action?

One of the most common causes of crashes in New York is speeding. Speeding is pretty common, and it would be rare to meet anyone who could say that they've never done it. Whether you're late for a meeting or trying to rush to get to lunch with a friend, speeding is something that just happens.

It's sad but true that those few minutes saved by speeding may end up taking a life or causing you or others to suffer from injuries. In 2018, 9,378 people died in speeding-related collisions. In 2017, it was reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that speeding played a role in 26% of all traffic deaths.

New York's statistics show motorcyclists are at risk of injuries

In the latest study available, the New York State Department of Health reported that motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death and injuries in the state. Between 2012 and 2014, around 1,098 people died annually in these collisions. Another 12,093 ended up having to be hospitalized. Overall, 136,913 people visited emergency departments because of their injuries.

Motorcyclists are often at a higher risk of death if they are involved in a crash. They have fewer protections against the impact and may end up with more serious injuries. On average, the statistics show that there were around 141 motorcyclist deaths annually. The rate of death was highest among males between the ages of 20 and 44.

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