I am sorry, there is a well settled body of law holding that municipalities are not responsible for injuries to members of the public caused by their failure to enforce the law. The only exception is if the municipality undertook a duty specifically to the injured party. That does not seem to be the case here.
Use the "find lawyer" function to find a personal injury lawyer. There are plenty of good ones in Avvo and they will be happy to talk to you and take your case on a contingency if they think it is a good one. Despite those on this site who advise everybody to look for a lawyer with a low fee, you will find that they all charge the same.
Most criminal defense lawyers demand to be paid up front because their clients, like you, don't want to pay them if they get convicted. In New York an attorney can't enforce a fee agreement with a client that isn't in writing. Therefore it is unlikely that the lawyer will sue you. Your plan to lie, however is not a good plan. If your Mom didn't teach you that, I doubt that it would do me any good to explain it.
If you were operating a car under the unfluence and crashed it, you would have a pretty hard time convincing anybody that the alcohol had nothing to do with the crash. I suppose there could be circumstances where a crash was not caused by drinking- for example if the car was parked and the hypothetical oak tree fell on it.
I don't practice in tax, but the same principle applies to any type of litigation. Legal services are expensive. Plenty of lawyers charge $300 per hour and more. The amount of time needed to do the job determines the legal bill. A $10,000 bill for a tax appeal does not surprise me but it's impossible to say whether it is reasonable in this particular case without knowing all the facts. You never know what the results might be. If you did know there would be no need to litigate. The issue is,...
There are no "caps" in New York (yet) so the max you can settle for is the best offer the defendants are willing to make. Apparently your lawyer has not told you what to expect at the mediation, which is actually a good thing. It's never a good idea for the client to ask an attorney what has been demanded, or for an attorney to offer an opinion on the value of a case before there is money on the table. There are just too many variables involved.
Yes you can. Plaintiiffs and their lawyers usually prefer to settle within policy limits rather than pursue personal assets, But, there are situations where the just isn't enough insurance to pay the reasonable value of the claim. In that situation the plaintiff may try the case, obtain a judgment and go after the defendant's personal assets. If you are a defendant facing this possibility, your insurance company should notify you, and you should retain personal counsel.
This is a tough claim to win. For openers, you need to file a notice of claim with the school district within 90 days of the incident. The court does have the power to grant an extension of time but in your case it might be hard to get because of the nature of the condition alleged. You need a very good personal injury lawyer.
Yes, they can. Owning an animal carries certain responsibilities. Even if the lease permits you to have a dog, you are maintaining a nuisance. It may not be easy for them to get rid of the dog (or you) but they can do it.
Foreclosure is a highly technical area. The fact that you are having so much trouble presenting the facts in this complex situation proves that there is no way you can or should represent yourself. The fact that the bank is in effect offering to make a deal with you proves that they have some exposure. Most likley they know that their foreclosure may not stick. What it all adds up to is that you need a lawyer with expertise in defending foreclosures. I don't know how such a lawyer could work on...