Kingston Attorneys Provide Valuable Legal Links and Resources on Personal Injury, Family Law, Estate Planning & Real Estate in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley
The attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, are pleased to provide the following useful links and resources for the benefit of people seeking information on personal injury, divorce and family law, bankruptcy, estate planning and real estate law in New York. Feel free to bookmark this page for your convenience. If you need assistance in any of these areas or any other civil matters in Ulster County or throughout the Hudson Valley, call us at our Kingston (845-331-4100) or Marlboro (845-236-4411) offices, or call toll-free (800) 566-4101.
Personal Injury Resources
Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) – Bodily injury and no-fault insurance coverage for automobile accidents. Go here to check your eligibility or file a claim.
Kelley Blue Book – Get an idea of the value of your car before it was damaged in the accident.
Distraction.gov – The official U.S. website on distracted driving.
Trucking Accidents – See the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to determine whether the truck driver and trucking company were in compliance with safety rules. Access the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) database to review the accident and safety record of the trucking company.
Yield to Life – resource for bicyclists and motorcyclists; includes safety tips and accident advice.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center – Information for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists about avoiding bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Find information on New York bicycling laws and safety.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Find information and resources on health and safety in the workplace, including standards for safety in the construction industry.
Nursing Home Compare – Find nursing homes in your area and compare them according to Medicare’s five-star rating system.
American Medical Association (AMA) – See the AMA Code of Medical Ethics regarding the doctor-patient relationship, hospital relations, physician records and other areas that may impact a medical malpractice claim.
Brain Injury Resources – For information on traumatic brain injury care and treatment and support groups for patients and families, see the Brain Trauma Foundation or the Brain Injury Association of America. Additional information can be found at the Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Traumatic Brain Injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Resources – Helpful websites include Determined2Heal, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, and the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure.
New York Divorce and Family Law Resources
New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program – Designed to educate divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on the children. Also see the NYS Parent’s Handbook or Parent Education brochure.
Division of Child Support Enforcement – Get help with locating parents, establishing paternity or support orders, and collecting and distributing child support payments.
New York Courts – Child support resources can be accessed from this page, including support forms for use in contested and uncontested divorce cases, and orders for income withholding.
Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) – A QDRO is a court order directing a retirement, pension or benefit plan administrator to divide or transfer plan benefits pursuant to the property settlement in a divorce. Other information can be found at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York – This court hears bankruptcy cases in Ulster County. Find court locations and hours, meeting of creditors locations and other information.
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York – Covers Orange and Dutchess counties, among others.
Estate Planning Resources
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Information on Advance Directives for health care, including Living Wills, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders, and New York State Health Care Proxy.
Who Will Speak For You? – Information on the New York Health Care Proxy Law from the New York Department of Health.
Family Health Care Decisions Act Information Center – A community resource of the New York State Bar Association; provides information on the Family Health Care Decisions Act, a law which authorizes a friend or family member to make health care decisions for an incapacitated patient who did not appoint a health care agent or execute an advance directive or power of attorney.
NYSARC Trust Services – Information on Supplemental Needs Trusts (SNTs) for persons with developmental disabilities or other types of disabilities
Surrogate’s Courts – These courts hear cases involving the probate of wills, the administration of estates and other cases involving the affairs of decedents.
Real Estate Legal Resources
New York State Board of Real Estate – State agency responsible for regulating real estate brokers and salespersons.
Real Estate Board of New York – A trade association for the real estate industry in New York, composed of builders, owners, lenders, brokers and others.
New York State Board of Real Estate Appraisal – Read meeting summaries of the board, including complaints and enforcement actions.
Department of State, Division of Licensing Services – Check licenses of brokers, salespersons, home inspectors and real estate appraisers.