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The Different Types of Adoption

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Adoption Law | 0 comments

Many people who haven’t gone through the process make think that adopting a child is relatively simple. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Often times, those looking to adopt a child may have to deal with a wide range of complications, ranging from interviews to paperwork. The adoption process can take years and cost thousands of dollars.

One of the ways that you can mitigate the effects that the adoption process can have on your mental health, your bank account, and your time is to understand the different types of adoption and which you and your partner are looking to pursue.

To understand more about the different types of adoption and by extension, make your adoption experience a little bit smoother, check out this post detailing the different types of adoption options.

Local Adoptions

A local adoption means that you are adopting a child from the same state in which you live. For example, if you live in California, it means that you are looking to adopt a child that is also from California or is at an agency, orphanage, or will be born in California.

A local adoption may be the ideal choice for couples who do not want to spend a lot of money on travel to go to interviews or meet with the child that they are potentially adopting.

If you’re considering a local adoption, check out the various methods of adoption available in your state. You should check out the adoption agencies available as well as the different orphanages looking to find children a new home.

Domestic Adoptions

It may be tempting to confuse local and domestic adoptions, but the two are a bit different. Assuming you are from the United States, a domestic adoption does mean that you are adopting a child from the United States, but from another state. If a married couple from Texas was looking to adopt a child from New Jersey, that would be a domestic adoption.

Couples may choose to go the domestic route due to a lack of options in their own state, or maybe they just really clicked with an agency in another state. Because domestic adoptions are presumably farther away, it will take a bit more money and energy to pursue this adoption process.

International Adoption

International adoption is exactly like it sounds. This adoption process is much more complicated than local or domestic adoption because a couple looking to adopt will have to abide by the rules and regulations put out by the country from which they are looking to adopt. As you can probably tell, this is the option that will require the most traveling and perhaps the most energy. It also may take a considerably longer time due to time differences and delivery of important paperwork.

No matter what option you’re considering, you should reach out to an adoption attorney like the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. to discuss the process. They’ll be able to walk you through all potential complications and help you reach a decision.

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The Importance of Speaking with a Lawyer

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

In a 1789 letter, Benjamin Franklin presciently declared, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And while I hate death and taxes as much as the electrifying Founding Father certainly did, I do think there is a strong need for planning against these inevitabilities. If they are going to happen no matter what, we might as well make sure we have our obligations squared away in time before the IRS — or the Grim Reaper — comes knocking.

Similarly, I recently fell into a rabbit hole of sorts of online research about what to do after car accidents. I do not know why I picked this as the topic that I would concern myself with, but it probably relates to recent car safety advertisements I have seen as well as the Benjamin Franklin quote. In my lifetime, there is a high probability that I will either be involved in or witness a car accident. So it is probably in my (and your) best interest to know what to do immediately after a car crash.

Health and safety

While this first batch of tips might seem obvious, it is nonetheless important to note. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should immediately:

  • Check your extremities and limbs for injuries or cuts
  • Take note of your head, neck, and spine for bruising or swelling
  • Look through your entire body as best as possible for damage

And after this, assist others as rapidly as possible and see if they are injured. While I am not a medical or emergency expert, it is important to know to not move injured people unnecessarily, as doing so can cause additional pain or worsen an injury — this especially concerns injuries related to the neck or spine. You should really only move people if they are in immediate danger, such as a structure is about to collapse on them or if a fire is spreading in their direction.

An experienced professional

The next step to take after securing the well-being of yourself, other passengers, and bystanders, is to quickly call a lawyer that is experienced with auto accident personal injury cases. As Portner Bond, PLLC points out on their website, the difference between a lawyer with no experience in car collisions and a lawyer with a history of representing car accident client could be the difference between being able to pay your medical bills or not.

See, a lawyer with experience in handling car accident personal injury lawsuits can fight against insurance companies seeking to give you as little money as possible; the insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind the same way that a lawyer fighting on your behalf does.

So after you take care of your safety, take care of your financial well-being and call a lawyer. They can also walk you through the steps to take at the hospital or negotiate with insurance companies.

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What’s On My Mind

Posted by on Jan 20, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m convinced that The Villages is one of the best places to live in Florida.  I was hesitant about living here, but once I got here, I knew that it was where I was meant to be.  There’s so much to do and so much to see. I’ve also come to love the change in weather, especially as someone who is from the North and therefore used to much more snow and colder temperatures.

Even if I consider this place a paradise, I can’t help but feel like it could be a bit dangerous.  I don’t know if anyone who lives here feels the same way, but sometimes thinking about all the traffic in the streets gives me anxiety.  I’m sure the community does all that it can to keep people safe, and it’s not even that I feel like I will be harmed – I just sometimes think of all the winding roads and can’t help but wonder what might happen.  Am I really as safe as I seem? Is there anything I could be doing to protect myself? Would I feel better if I was more prepared?

Car accidents can sometimes yield the highest fatalities out of any other motor vehicle disaster. In fact, there are more than 395,000 accidents that occur in Florida.  Our area isn’t necessarily more susceptible; it’s just something that I can’t stop thinking about recently. What would I do if something happened to me? How could I be sure that I wouldn’t have to move away again because of all the hospital fees?

I was wondering if anyone else felt this way.  It seems to me that just because nothing bad has ever really happened in my life before that I shouldn’t be prepared for it.  I’m starting to realize that if something were to happen to me, I wouldn’t know the first place to start.

I came across this link when I was searching for The Villages Car Accident Lawyers.  I wanted to make sure that I had all my bases covered and that I would be okay if something ever did happen to me.  There’s a lot of information about how to ensure that I would be compensated if I were hurt and how a lawyer could help me if I ever did need one.  I thought that this information might be helpful to other people because knowing that I had help if something ever happened definitely gave me peace of mind.

Everyone should do their own research when it comes to disasters like this. I would want to know who I could call if something ever happened to me.  I would also want to make sure that I could help my loved ones and friends if they were ever in trouble. All I have to think about is the 395,000 accidents in Florida a year to make me realize that it’s never a bad idea to have a plan!

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Max, The Energetic Sheep Dog

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dog Walking | 0 comments

Have you ever seen someone walking along the side of the road or in the park with a dozen leashes with a dozen different dogs? It’s very comical seeing one individual holding on to a bunch of different dogs of various shapes and sizes. Walk a Great Dane with a Chihuahua? Sure! In fact, I bet they are best friends by the end of the walk. Maybe they can bond about their hatred for that perfect-looking golden retriever on the other end of the leashes.

The people walking these dogs do much more than simply walk the dogs, as this article by Walk! ATX Pet Care explains. They can watch dogs while their owners are away, or they can provide useful training and other services for dogs.

My aunt recently purchased a sheepdog puppy named Max. Max was a great, but very energetic. In fact, my aunt worked all day at a bank and would come home to a wild puppy. Unfortunately, she would be too exhausted from her long day at work to deal with Max and his energy. Of course, she had neighbors coming to care for Max throughout the day. But this was not enough to calm the beast named Max.

My aunt decided to put Max under the care of a dog walker when she was at work. Through these services, Max would go on frequent walks with other dogs, and he would be given proper attention throughout the day. Not only did he get the necessary care, but he was able to spend his days with other dogs. While he seemed a little nervous about going to the dog walker at first, it eventually became something that he looked forward to doing every morning. In fact, he would be waiting in the car in the morning to be taken to see his other puppy friends!

Not only did Max like the experience, but it made dealing with Max after long days at work much easier for my aunt. Also, he was more responsive to commands, and he would be so worn out from the walks and other activities throughout the day that he would not wake up my aunt in the middle of the night. She got a full night’s sleep for the first time in her life since she got Max!

Each dog is different, and therefore, every dog has unique needs. Despite these needs, I believe that all dogs should be given the proper amount of attention so they can lead happy lives. It is nice to see that there are services that will walk, watch, and train your dog when you are unable to. My aunt loved Max, and she continues to love Max more and more every day. However, despite this love, she cannot constantly watch him every day. It’s good to see that Max is now getting the care and attention he deserves.

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Trapped construction worker rescued from Queens site by FDNY

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Construction accident | 0 comments

A worker was trapped and critically wounded on a construction site in Queens on Friday afternoon when a piece of machinery fell on him and he was trapped underneath. This occurred one day after two other workers were killed in falls from buildings on Manhattan construction sites, raising questions by many about the safety of workers who are on the job within the city.

Authorities say that the worker was hurt when a Bobcat machine fell on top of him at the site on 46th street and Northern Boulevard at around 1:45 p.m. He was injured immediately when the machine fell on him and he was pinned underneath it for about a half-hour while firefighters worked to free him. According to the news report, FDNY firefighters performed a “high-angle rescue” to free the construction workers and immediately took him to Elmhurst hospital once he was freed from the machine.

We do not yet know how the accident occurred, but investigations have been promised. This is the fourth construction worker to have been hurt or killed on the job in New York City in the past two days, so people are clearly starting to wonder what went wrong on these job sites. Construction crews understand how dangerous their jobs are, and supervisors need to make sure that safety rules and regulations are followed at all times.

The construction companies may be cited for safety violations, and stop-work orders have been issued for the sites in question while investigations are underway. Since 2015, nearly 40 construction workers have died in Manhattan on construction sites, and clearly something needs to be done to make the sites around the city more secure.

According to this website of a well-known New York city construction accident law firm, Hach & Rose, LLP, there were 209,000 cases of non-work related injuries and illnesses in 2016 alone. These shocking numbers (in addition to the news of the two worker’s deaths the previous day) make it clear that New York City needs to take a closer look at the construction companies operating within the city and the surrounding boroughs.

For this critically injured worker, the first step is hopefully recovery. We all wish him the best and are keeping him in our thoughts. If recovery is possible, will he be able to work again? Will he face disabilities and a loss of the ability to perform the job he once was able to do? These are all questions that only time will answer. the family may choose to take legal action against the construction companies, however, if it is revealed that the accident was caused by negligence, recklessness, or a general lack of safety in the workplace.

Read more on this developing story at NBC News New York, and check back here for regular updates on this developing story. If you would like to learn more about construction injuries or statistics in the city, we recommend you check out that attorney’s website linked above.


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Taking Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist Early on in His or Her Life is One Thing He or She will Thank You For

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Dental Care | 0 comments

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, making this the most common chronic disease among children in the US.

When it comes to the health of your child’s teeth, there is no better time to start practicing excellent oral hygiene than before he or she turns one year old. Through pediatric dental care, you can be assured that your child’s primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases.

Primary or baby teeth are very important for two reasons: these help a child eat, speak, and chew naturally and with ease, and, since baby teeth provide a pathway for the adult, permanent teeth to erupt, keeping baby teeth healthy and free from cavities is, therefore, important.

A pediatric dentist can help keep your child’s teeth healthy by making sure that plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in his or her teeth are removed. This is an important part of dental care because it stops the continuous growth of bacteria, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases like tooth decay or inflammation of the gum tissue.

Thus, it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Association (ADA), and pediatric dentists and hygienists to start taking a child to the dentist even before his or her first birthday as this will help promote healthy gums and teeth during his or her childhood years.

Babylon Dentist Care suggests the idea of starting dentist appointments for your child early on in his or her life in order to teach him or her how to properly take care of his or her teeth and gums (i.e. brushing and flossing– when he or she is old enough). Learning these techniques early on is very important for overall oral health. A dentist can also help choose the best toothbrush for kids, recommend the best type of toothpaste based on your child’s needs and provide recommendations for tooth sealants as your child gets older.


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Nursing Homes are Expected to Provide Residents with the Care and Treatment They Need, if They Fail, Their Staff and Administrators can be Held Liable for the Consequences of Their Negligence

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Nursing Homes | 0 comments

Nursing Homes are Expected to Provide Residents with the Care and Treatment They Need, if They Fail, Their Staff and Administrators can be Held Liable for the Consequences of Their Negligence

Around 30 to 50 percent of the more than 1.5 million nursing home residents in the U.S. are underweight and about 85% may be suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, based on a study supported by The Commonwealth Fund. (“The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. (http://www.commonwealthfund.org/about-us)

Two of the major consequences of neglect suffered by nursing home residents are malnutrition and dehydration. These can be due to certain residents being denied food and water (a form of punishment inflicted by nursing home staff) of failure of a facility to make sure that residents’ nutrition needs are met.

Failure of a facility to make sure that it meets residents’ nutrition needs includes: wrong serving sizes being given to residents, resulting to improper nutritional intake; lack of individualized care; staffing shortages and high nurse aide turnover; and/or inappropriate feeding tubes insertions and improper feeding methods which, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), hundreds of nursing homes are cited for each year.

With regard to specific situations relating to residents, these include: dental problems, which make it difficult for residents to eat certain kinds of food; loss of appetite; certain illnesses, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia; swallowing disorder; depression, which often results to appetite loss or refusal to eat; and/or, medication side-effect, which can result to sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

In the website of the Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. law firm, it is said, “The impact that nursing home negligence can have on the health and well-being of the elderly can be overwhelming. Because of the already fragile nature of many elderly individuals’ health, negligence or mistreatment on the part of nursing home staff can exacerbate medical conditions or lead to the development of serious emotional or physical problems that can take a substantial toll on the well-being of elderly residents.

Nursing homes are expected to provide their residents with the care and treatment they need, so when they fail to do so, nursing home staff and administrators can be held liable for the consequences of their negligence.

Under no circumstances should nursing home negligence be allowed to occur or persist. As such, if your loved one has suffered as the result of any type of nursing home negligence, find out how you can take action against those responsible. A personal injury attorney may be able to help victims of this mistreatment get the justice and compensation they legally deserve.”

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