The hatchet used in the attack.
The hatchet used in the attack.
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Queens cops attacked by man with a hatchet
by Shane Miller
Oct 24, 2014 | 157 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The hatchet used in the attack.
The hatchet used in the attack.
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Police in Queens were forced to shoot a crazed hatchet-wielding man in Jamaica after he attacked two police officers. At approximately 2 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street, four officers on foot patrol were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a photo. They were standing together when the man ran up to them and said nothing before swinging an 18-inch-long metal hatchet. Officer Joseph Meeker was struck in the arm and Officer Kenneth Healey was struck in the head. The two remaining officers opened fire on the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Zale Thompson, killing him. In the melee, a 29-year-old woman near the scene was struck by a bullet in the lower back. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she is recovering from surgery. Both officers were also taken to Jamaica Hospital. Healey, 25, is listed in critical but stable condition, while Meeker, 24, is in stable condition. Police were investigating whether Thompson had ties to terrorism. On his Facebook page, he is shown wearing a keffiyeh and had a recent conversation on the social media site with a friend about terrorism. Police don't believe that the photographer who asked the cops to pose for a photo was linked to Thompson. All four officers were recent graduates of the Police Academy, joining the force on July 8. They are assigned to the 103rd Precinct Partner Officer Program. An internal memo leaked to the press warned officers to be aware of possible terror attacks in light of the Jamaica incident and the recent attack on law enforcement officers in Ottawa, Canada. “Police officers on patrol should maintain a heightened level of awareness,” read the memo to NYPD supervisors. “Please remind your personnel to remain vigilant at all times in order to prevent attacks and injuries.”
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What Real Estate Lawyers Do
by aronovlawyer
 Real Estate Law: Closing Guide
Oct 23, 2014 | 329 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In several real estate transactions, especially in it comes to the sale of a house, you can find a lawyer taking an important role. Though they aren’t necessarily needed in real estate transactions, lawyers make all the legal aspects of these transactions much simpler and their usefulness cannot be overlooked.

Purchasing a house means you are entering a legally binding agreement with the seller. The contract is a crucial part of this process and its contents will directly affect your rights and determine your legal obligations. This is where real estate lawyers shine the brightest as they break things down for you and explain your rights and obligations under the contract. The potential to save time and money here can determine how the next several years of your life will pan out as well as ensuring you avoid any sort of legal problem down the line.

How big a role your lawyer plays in these transactions depends entirely on you. It is as broad as you prefer it to be. In most real estate transactions though, the lawyer reviews and prepares your agreement with the property agent, the purchase agreement, and the closing documents making sure everything is in order while keeping your best interests in mind.

Other roles of a real estate lawyer also include reviewing the abstract of the title, all insurance information, and background checks to ensure the property title is clean and can be transferred with no legal issue such as liens, covenants, easements, etc. Lawyers will take care of all legal documents and registrations.

A real estate lawyer will also keep a close eye on the entire process making sure all the respective parties do their due diligence to make sure you get the proper title. Real estate transactions hinge on the necessary documents being executed and delivered and the sale proceeds being completely paid all in time for closing. Should there be any problems your lawyer will tell you about your rights in your current situation as well as all the viable solutions and options at your disposal.

Having a lawyer on your side is the best way to ensure you stay protected and that you have somebody who keeps your interests in mind. Any legal problems that come about is resolved and remedied by your lawyer to ensure you don’t deal with any legal trouble.

Given the complexity of real estate law, only a properly trained and experienced real estate lawyer can give you a proper analysis of your legal position depending on your state and let you know of the anticipated results of any litigation expenses that can come after the transaction.

Real estate transactions are under the territory of a large body of federal, provincial, and local laws. Your lawyer will make sure the transaction follows all the rules within all applicable laws. So while it isn’t required you get a lawyer when entering a real estate transaction, it is absolutely recommended you get one if you want a clean, problem free transaction.

Robert Aronov & Associates, PC 88-02 136th St, Jamaica, NY 11418 (718) 206-1555 http://www.realestatelawyernys.com

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