Mediation, instead of Litigation, BECAUSE of the pandemic? The pandemic restrictions have triggered more alternative dispute resolutions in the place of litigation. Federal, state, and local laws and legal systems are adapting as quickly as possible to new realities in the wake of the pandemic, but not fast enough. The courts, cornerstones of our government’s…

Electric bills increase, Look into Solar Many people have recently received a notice from their electric company indicating that the cost of electricity is SIGNIFICANTLY going up at this time. Clearly electric companies are passing on their significant costs or repairs from the most recent storm. I know people that have told me their electric…

Before Going to a Hospital Nine Things to Know Before Going to a Hospital (from a Legal Perspective) A trip to the ER can be chaotic and scary, but getting your ducks in a row now can definitely help. So, you’ve waited for a global pandemic to start to thinking about your estate planning needs? …

Crazy High E-ZPass Fees I have had many people contact me to discuss very high E-ZPass fees. Suppose you drive over a bridge where there is a $10 fee. Something goes wrong with E-ZPass billing and they charge you an ADDITIONAL $100 for each time you went over the bridge. You eventually receive an invoice…

Automobile Lease Return Problems! I have had several people call me with an automobile lease return problem. During Covid-19, the dealership was not open to take back the leased automobile on the due date. Drivers were told to return the automobile later, and that no additional fees would apply. Later, when the dealer took the car…

SSA FINANCIAL STIMULUS DEADLINES. Register online to receive an extra $500 economic impact payment for minor dependents. In April 2020 at the height of the pandemic in New York, the Social Security Administration required older people and people with disabilities to register online to receive an extra $500 economic impact payments on behalf of each…

Who is hiring now? Last Updated: August 19, 2020 Instacart says it’s looking to hire 300,000 contract workers over the next three months. McDonald’s says it’s hiring about 260,000 people this summer. Amazon says it’s looking to hire 175,000 new workers for its fulfillment centers and delivery network. Albertsons Companies is hiring 50,000 people across…

SNAP benefits regarding Isaias Hurricane. Families who lost food due to the power outages following Isaias may be entitled to replacement SNAP benefits. Families have until the close of business on Friday, September 4, 2020 to report loss of food and request replacement benefits from DSS. After requesting replacement SNAP benefits, households have an additional…

PSEG claims for Isaias. If you lost power for more than 72 consecutive hours during Tropical Storm Isaias, fill out a claim form. CLICK HERE for the form. PSEG Long Island expanded its claims policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that customers whose service was interrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias for at least 72 hours…

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