March 20, 2017
Advice for Home Sellers

Legal Advice for Home Sellers

Some things you just cannot wing it or go it alone, and this is very true when you are ready to sell your home.  Even if you are a detail-oriented person, chances are the whole process will not transpire without some issues taking place, and, sometimes it is those small issues that become big issues if there is not an attorney on board from the beginning.  You might already have a top family law attorney in New Jersey that could […]
March 17, 2017
Advice for Home Buyers

Legal Advice for Home Buyers

The biggest asset you will ever own is a home, so whether you are purchasing a condo, starter home or a mansion, it is a transaction that would go much more smoothly when you hire an attorney who specializes in real estate transactions.  A real estate lawyer is experienced in the law of real property, skilled in dealing with any issues or problems that may arise during the home-buying process.  In some states, lawyers may be specialized as “Real Property […]
July 29, 2015

Attorney Misconduct in the News

Attorney Misconduct is an actual thing – and a large problem in the United States.  This type of a misconduct deals with a higher authority figure, like a lawyer, doing seedy things like accepting bribes, coercing testimonies, even offering sexual advances to help someone with a case or win a case.  It’s a sad world that we live in, when we have to deal with something as bad as Attorney Misconduct because a lawyer is essentially someone we are supposed […]
July 15, 2015
Judicial Misconduct

What is Judicial Misconduct?

Judicial misconduct is probably something you’ve never heard of before; it might even be something you aren’t aware of because it’s never happened to you.  Unfortunately, it does happen and it is a real thing.  Over the years more and more people with authority have become, how shall we say, corrupt.  It’s a sad thing if you think about it because these are people that citizens rely on to keep safe.  It’s not a super common thing, but it does […]
May 13, 2014

Ethical Online Advertising and Web Design for Lawyers in NJ

The New Jersey Bar Association governs how a law firm or an attorney conducts themselves when engaging in advertising or when they are communicating via online media such as the Internet or websites. Since an attorney website is basically considered to be a form of communication or a means of advertising they are subject to being regulated by the bar’s rules. Each state may have its own set of rules regarding the handling of websites or advertisements by attorneys; and […]
September 2, 2013

Benefits of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

When an individual schedules an appointment to talk with a bankruptcy attorney in NJ they may be given several options including filing either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If they have too much income they may not be able to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. But the Chapter 13 may be much more advantageous in some situations than the Chapter 7. There are certain situations where one option is better than the other and in many instances […]
August 29, 2013

Benefits of a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy is sometimes called a “business bankruptcy” even though it can also be a good choice for an individual. A Chapter 11 allows a business or debtor to continue their normal operations while they come up with a “plan for reorganization.” In some circumstances they can create a plan for liquidation as well. It is essential to discuss the particulars of the case with a bankruptcy attorney in NJ to determine if it is beneficial for a […]
August 22, 2013

What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy will include a 3 to 5 year repayment plan which will allow a debtor to repay creditors by paying off total amounts or partial amounts of the debts. A Chapter 13 can prevent a foreclosure on a house, pay back taxes, and stop a tax debt from accruing interest, help make up missed payments on a house or car and any number of other things. As long as an individual stays to the proposed repayment schedule […]
August 19, 2013

What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Each state has its own way of handling bankruptcies and has their own provisions. This is why it is important to visit with a local legal professional who can help you come to an understanding of the laws and guidelines concerning bankruptcies. For those who live inLivingston,New Jersey then they should contact a bankruptcy lawyer in NJ. Most of the differences between states have to do with limits pertaining to debts and income levels which have to be met in […]
August 15, 2013

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is generally filed to eliminate unsecure debt. A corporation, married couple, partnership or an individual can file for this type of bankruptcy. It typically discharges debts such as medical bills, personal loans and credit cards. In some cases, even though the Chapter 7 will free an individual from their debts, there are some types of property that they may be able to keep. They will just have to make arrangements which will reaffirm the debt. For most […]
August 12, 2013

Common Family Law Questions

The NJ family lawyer in Short Hills gets asked many different questions. There are many legal areas that are covered by the umbrella of family law. An attorney can deal with all of the aspects of a divorce including visitation, alimony, and child support or child custody. They may have to determine if there are grounds for a divorce as far as NJ law is concerned. There are many different aspects to family law but a few questions that keep […]
June 30, 2013

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

A divorce is never an easy situation to find oneself in; and many times proceedings can seem like they continue forever before they come to an end. A NJ family attorney can help couples file a collaborative divorce which is a new alternative to the traditional process. Collaborative divorce law allows the spouses to work with attorneys who will help them negotiate the terms of a divorce in a much friendlier and peaceful environment. Each spouse will hire a collaborative […]
June 27, 2013

What is an Indemnity Agreement?

A NJ attorney can help companies draw up an indemnity agreement. When an indemnity agreement is set in place, financial responsibility is decided.  Indemnification according to Black’s Law Dictionary, is “a duty to make good any loss, damage or liability incurred by another.” In general it means to “hold harmless” such that one party will hold another harmless in the case of damage or loss. Therefore, indemnification is the act of not being held liable, or of being protected from […]
June 25, 2013

What is Attorney Attorney Confidentiality?

Many times all that is discussed is the lawyer-client relationship as it relates to confidentiality. However, attorney-attorney confidentiality is just as important. A NJ attorney has the ethical duty of not disclosing information that is related to the representation of his client. Confidentiality is in effect at all times for the attorney, not just when they are facing legal demands for client information.
June 21, 2013

What is RPC Rule 1.4?

It is imperative in any professional position that clear communication be established, but even more so for the attorney. If a NJ Attorney desires to have a successful practice good communication skills are essential. They must be able to effectively communicate on many levels with associates, other legal professionals, vendors, staff, partners and of course with their clientele. When a lawyer can communicate effectively they will demonstrate more confidence which can lead to increased clientele. In order to build a […]
June 18, 2013

What is RPC Rule 1.1?

The Rules of Professional Conduct cover many different topics as they pertain to lawyers and how they handle their profession. Section 1.1 deals with the lawyer’s competency. The two sections contained under competency explain that lawyers must handle legal matters ethically; they cannot neglect a matter which has been entrusted to them in any way that constitutes gross negligence. Lawyers must be competent in their handling of legal matters in general such that they do not show evidence of patterns […]
June 13, 2013

What is RPC Rule 7.3?

Every New Jersey attorney is required to handle all their professional legal matters according to the Rules of Professional Conduct. The RPC outlines how lawyers are to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Following these rules of conduct can help protect clients from lawyer’s unethical practices but they are also in place to provide protection for lawyers. Rule 7.3 offers the guidelines by which lawyers should handle personal contact with their clients or prospective clients. Lawyers must be allowed to […]
June 10, 2013

What is RPC Rule 1.16?

New Jersey has established the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys. Rule 1.16 of the Rules of Professional Conduct deals with the termination of professional services. It is possible for a NJ attorney to withdraw from any case when a client requests that the attorney engage in behavior that he fundamentally disagrees with. RPC Rule 1.16 deals with the specifics of how and when a NJ attorney can withdraw from representation.
June 8, 2013

What is RPC Rule 8.3?

Every NJ attorney is compelled to be responsible to maintain the integrity of the legal profession. Every lawyer is bound by a set of legal ethics and they must adhere to them in order to protect the integrity of the profession. Many people have often asked what an attorney should do if they are aware of unethical actions committed on the part of another attorney or legal professional. Are they bound by the law to report these types of actions, […]
June 4, 2013

What is an RPC Violation?

The NJ attorney is bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct as they are outlined to provide protection for both the client and the legal professional. Lawyers must conduct all of their business in an ethical and honest way. Some of the rules contain wording which states either “shall” or “shall not”; while other portions use the kinder terms, “may” or “may not.” The rules which state a lawyer “may” or “may not” participate in a specific action are largely […]
June 1, 2013

What is Attorney Client Confidentiality?

According to New Jersey Law, the attorney-client relationship is highly protected as is the confidentiality they share. All communications between the client and the NJ attorney in the professional relationship are considered to be privileged and confidential. In most cases, the lawyer is expected to respect any information that they obtain from a client and is it their duty to not disclose information. Unless the client makes informed consent which states that the lawyer can disclose information, the attorney is […]
May 15, 2013

How to Choose a Family Law Attorney

Choosing a family law attorney can be a difficult task that we all must face at one time or another. However, it is important to remember that a family law attorney does much more than help with divorce proceedings. They may assist setting up a trust fund, a living will or help get any number of legal documents in order. NJ family law attorneys help protect both families and assets. Even though selecting one seems like an arduous task, there […]
May 13, 2013

How is Spousal Support Determined?

Upon choosing to get a divorce, most couples will choose a NJ family law attorney to handle the entire legal proceeding. For individuals obtaining a divorce in New Jersey there are some clear cut calculations which are used to determine any child support that is to be paid. But it is not that simple to determine spousal support, or alimony. NJ alimony laws offer some very general guidelines for determining how much spousal support, alimony or divorce maintenance will be […]
March 14, 2013

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a way to solve a dispute legally. An independent third party will determine the resolution to the dispute in a private setting. An arbitration hearing can use either a tribunal or an individual arbitrator. A tribunal is typically made up of several arbitrators. It is customary in most settings to have an odd number of tribunal members in order to avoid a tie. The parties who are involved in the dispute will hand their power to decide the […]
March 11, 2013

Benefits of Mediation

Mediation can help settle disputes for those who choose not to pursue lawsuits or for those types of cases which do not merit a full blown lawsuit. Even though mediation does not guarantee that everyone will agree with the results, there are some benefits for choosing to settle a matter through the mediation process. Economic Decision Choosing to pursue mediation to settle a matter can completely be an economic decision. The process is usually much less expensive than litigation or […]