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Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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  • Power of a will ! can my exhusband fight my will stating that my 4 children are to remain together?

    I have 4 children. 1 who has a different father. If I make a will stating that all my children are to remain living together and designate my brother and his wife be their caregiver can my exes fight for custody of their children and seperate the...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Even if you make such a will, your exes can challenge that portion of the will, and seek custody of their children. If your exes have been involved parents, they could well succeed with their challenges (and even if not, they could succeed.) The Court will look to determine what is in the best interest of the children when determining custody.

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  • Home insurance- can they do this

    I have Chubb homeowners' insurance. Recently, my floors were ruined due to a burst pipe in my co-op. 1) The insurance company pays for my hotel, but expects me to advance the money and then they take their time reimbursing me-- which cau...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Homeowner's policies are typically indemnity policies, meaning that they reimburse you after you make payment. You can, however, request an advance to cover your living expenses.

    The insurance company is only responsible for the increased costs of your food. Nothing in the policy makes them liable for the base amount that you ordinarily spend.

    You might consider hiring a public adjuster to negotiate with the carrier on your behalf.

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  • How can I gain control over my brother's assets?

    My brother had an accident and now he is scheduled to have brain surgery. The doctor does not believe he will be the same again. He owns a house in NY, has several bank accounts and shares of stock. Can I get a Power of attorney to better manage h...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If your brother is competent at this moment then he can execute a power of attorney. The power of attorney will specify what you can and can't do, and whether you will be compensated. Because of the physical distances, you are going to need to retain professionals to provide support and make daily decisions, if he is unable to. You are likely going to need to create and manage a special needs trust. If your brother is not currently competent, then you need to institute a guardianship proceeding. This can be accomplished during your visit here.

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  • I had a simulator implant, blood clot on spinal cord (paralyzed) not permanent, worse off now.

    Stimulator was removed hours later, piece of spine was cut out to remove blood clot. Was told I can't have procedure done again because of bone removed from the spine. I am worse off now with back, leg pain and now I have pain on my right side t...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You need to put together a list of all facilities and doctors that treated you, and then meet with one or more attorneys that handle medical malpractice plaintiff cases. No one can tell you whether you are the victim of medical malpractice without having the records reviewed by an expert.

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  • What should I do If my tenants lease is up August 31 and they refuse to pay last month rent and to fix damages they've caused?

    My tenant's lease is up on August 31, 2015. They refuse to pay August's rent & request that I apply their security deposit towards the last month's rent. However, there are damages to the apartment & my property which tenants refuse to pay for, re...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If they move out before they are evicted, you file suit for the cost to repair the damage and any unpaid rent. Where you file suit depends on the amount that they owe. Videotape the apartment when you recover possession - every room, every wall, every floor, every ceiling. Keep copies of all repair and cleaning bills. If there is anything major get two estimates. If you do the work yourself, document your time. Get receipts for any cash payment, and make sure the vendor will testify if called.

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  • Is it illegal for a 23 year old and 17 year old to have consensual sex?

    Is it legal or illegal?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You don't indicate where you want to have sex, but in New York it would be legal. Should you travel outside the state, you may wish to check on the law of the location where you travel as some states have age 18 as the age of consent, and you are far enough apart in age to actually have a problem. Additionally, in certain locales i.e. Canada, the type of sex you engage in (and I don't need to get into detail now) could be considered illegal since both of you are over the age of 18.

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  • Mother inherited house, verbal agreement to split 3 ways. Sister renting it and I get nothing?

    My grandfather passed away a year ago this month. 100% of his estate was left to my mother. During a family meeting, there was a verbal agreement that mom was going to split the house equally 3 ways, between my parents, my sister & me. However, ...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Your grandfather expected your mother to do that right thing. She hasn't. Unfortunately, you have no rights in this case, since your mother owns the property and your grandfather's wishes were not memorialized in writing.

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