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A General Guide to Disputing Your Public Record In New York

A General Guide to Disputing Your Public Record In New York

We live in a time where so much information is available online. This can be both a positive and a negative depending on the situation. For example, if you need helpful resources to help guide your research or to find a solution, then online information can be an asset. However, with personal information being inputted online, it can fall into the wrong hands. This just ends up being a huge headache when trying to get things removed. Today, instead of talking about the negatives, let’s explore how the Internet can be used to access your private records and remove any inconsistent information.

First, you need to be aware that some information by law will be online to protect everyone interacting with each other. For example, imagine you’re renting a home to someone and need to make sure they’ll pay on time, you can access this information easily. If you are doing business with a company and want to ensure they are registered, you’ll be able to do a quick search online and find all the information you need. Some other information available by law are tax liens, registered voter files, business licenses, and property tax assessor files.

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Now you’re ready to dispute something on your file, so follow these steps:

Visit the County Clerk Office

Head over to your county clerk’s office to find out what forms should be filled out, where to obtain them, and what exactly is on your record. You’ll learn how some information can be found online. I would recommend the county clerk’s office, as this is the correct way of disputing a public record. For example, the process to dispute a criminal record might be different than that of disputing a tax lien or bankruptcy decision.

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Just to be on the correct side of disputes, I always recommend visiting your county clerk to pick their brains about how to correctly file a dispute.

Online Background Check

There are many services which will streamline the entire process so you know exactly what government office you should visit afterward. There is a slight fee involved, however, the headache of having to do research on your own is not worth it so I would suggest visiting online background check sites. You’ll learn what’s on your record and then can do a quick search to find out how the record can be removed. If you have a criminal record, then you know to visit the state’s division of criminal justice. For a civil lien and small claims record, you’ll need to visit the courthouse in the state where the lien judgment was received.

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If you are trying to locate the proper forms for a dispute, then here is a great site that provides you with a complete listing of resources for New York public records.

Waiting Period

Once you’ve filed the proper paperwork, you have a waiting period involved. It’s hard to say how long this period will take since it really depends on the proper department that is confirming all your information. Not only that, some public records will have a waiting period before they can be removed. In New York, this process is called clemency, and the waiting period will depend on the conviction or type of dispute[1] you are trying to get removed.

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At this point, I would just recommend you move forward with your life because you cannot control the rate at which any dispute form will be approved. It’s up to the department and/or internal agency how long they’ll take to confirm all information submitted.

Final Thoughts

Having disputes removed from your file is a good thing because it helps build your credibility when applying for work, renting a home, or even doing business. Imagine how difficult it would be to apply for a job with a criminal conviction on your file? I have provided resources on how you start the process of disputing your public records, so if this is something you want to do then get started now.

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Reference

[1]New York State: Apply for Clemency

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16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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