Author Archives: Louis A. Crisci, Jr

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part VI.

Now that you have a judgment in your favor, you need to collect it. Any judgment can be appealed within twenty (20) days. Therefore, it is not a final judgment until twenty days after the date of judgment. If the losing party had insurance coverage, then collecting should not be a problem. The insurance company… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

SAFEkeeping Important Documents

As an estate planning attorney I prepare legal documents for people all the time. Documents such as Wills and other estate documents are usually stored away for long periods of time without much further thought. Have you given any thought to where you should store these and other important documents? The first question you need… Read More »

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR 18+ YEAR OLD CHILD IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

At the suggestion of my partner, I recently read an article in Consumer Reports prompting this blog. Ironically, I had taken these very steps with my son, but never gave it a second thought that most people wouldn’t think of these issues. Once your child turns 18, even though you may still be financially and… Read More »

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

An “Assistance Animal” is an animal that works, provides assistance or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. It is not a pet. This is the definition set forth by the U.S. Department of… Read More »

SERVICE ANIMALS: A Follow Up Regarding Delta’s Pit Bull Ban

Previously, I wrote a blog regarding Service Animals and the rules surrounding them. On June 20, 2018, Delta announced a ban on all “pit bull type” service and support dogs effective July 10, 2018. (Read Full Announcement Here) Airlines are not only subject to the federal service animal codes, but also the federal Dept of… Read More »

“MOLST” is Here!

“MOLST” stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is another option for those people who are terminally ill that expresses ones wishes beyond just a “DNR” order. A DNR or “Do Not Resuscitate” order is a medical order entered into your chart by a medical professional after consultation with you that directs any… Read More »

AS I WISH – A Complete Estate Plan

An estate plan is an organized plan of what you want to happen to your assets upon your passing. Having executed a Last Will does not “complete” your estate plan. It is extremely important that you understand that your estate plan is more than just your Last Will and Testament (and/or your Trust in some… Read More »

SERVICE ANIMALS

We are all aware of the existence of service animals, like guide dogs for the blind, but what are the legal parameters that govern these animals and what prevents misuse of these laws by non-disabled individuals? According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only dogs are recognized as service animals, although the act was… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part V

If pre-trial negotiations, mediation or non-binding arbitration efforts were not successful in resolving the claims, then it is time for trial. Aside from some pretrial motions that will vary depending on whether the trial is to a judge or a jury, it is time to present evidence. Different types of claims have different burdens of… Read More »

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