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The Time is Right to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the postponement of many a marriage. But there may be a silver lining in the delayed wedding vows–it presents an opportunity for those who have not previously done so to consider the possibil ...

Can my employer take my tips?

Can my employer take my tips and does my employer have to make sure that I receive enough tips to cover minimum wage? Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (or FLSA), tipped employees are those who typically receive more than $30 per month in tips. Some exa ...

Weapons Possession in the Home

It has long been held that one’s home is given special treatment when it comes to self-defense. In State v. Montalvo, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the defendant, Montalvo, had the right to possess a machete in his home to protect himself ...

Are teenagers addicted to distracted driving?

Every time you hear about a distracted driving accident, you shake your head, unable to believe that someone would prioritize sending a text message or going on social media over another person’s life. How could they possibly think that their instan ...

Will former supermodel inherit anything after singer’s death?

It was a classic 1980s love story. He was a rock singer. She was a supermodel. They got married. The 1980s seemed like they were full of such stories—as well as the stories of the eventual divorces. But Ric Ocazek and Paulina Porizkova appeared to b ...

What is testamentary competence in New Jersey?

Nearly 6 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s, according to 2019 data from the Alzheimer’s Association. Additionally, 200,000 people under age 65 suffer from younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Additionally, the number of ...

CONFIRMED IN QUARANTINE: I NEED TO PREPARE FOR DIVORCE NOW.

By Erika Piccirillo. Quarantine can be hard on any relationship, especially for anyone already on the precipice of divorce. For many couples, stay-at-home orders have meant anything but wedded bliss. Instead, quarantine has forced couples into uncom ...

Remote Notary Law Comes to New Jersey

By Audra DePaolo While social distancing is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19, it has made the practice of law quite difficult. New Jersey courts are conducting most business remotely, and attorneys cannot meet with their clients in person. This h ...

What authority does an executor have in probate disputes?

The main priority of the executor is to handle the final affairs of an estate and make sure they carry out a decedent’s last wishes. While the executor has authority granted by the New Jersey Surrogate Court to act on behalf of the deceased person, ...

Why does bankruptcy happen?

Bankruptcy is something that can happen to anyone. Even those who do careful financial planning can find themselves facing unexpected events that they never could have anticipated. It’s always a lingering threat in a society that is so driven by mon ...

A Supreme Slap on the Wrist for Careless Creditors

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in the summer of 2019, Taggart v. Lorenzen, 587 U.S. __ (2019), will hold creditors’ feet closer to the fire. In its unanimous decision, authored by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court decided that creditors are not ...

New study reveals a leading cause of medical malpractice claims

News headlines about medical malpractice often make people think about some of the more macabre circumstances. Surgical equipment left inside a patient, a procedure on the wrong body part, fast-spreading hospital infections. Unfortunately, these scenario ...

What you should know about New Jersey’s construction lien law

Disputes are not uncommon during construction projects. Oftentimes a contractor and property owner sort out these issues as they arise, with neither party the worse for wear. Occasionally, however, these disagreements extend beyond the conclusion of the p ...

A walk on the beach turns dangerous

When on vacation with your family to the beach, a reasonable person might expect to come back with a sunburn. This August, a family vacationing in Wildwood, New Jersey faced a very different sort of harm.  As they walked on the beach on their last d ...

Memories Are Malleable: Should We Trust Witnesses?

The “star witness” in a criminal case says that they saw the crime happen in person. Though it was a year ago, they swear that they remember it perfectly. They give compelling testimony and the person who was accused of the crime goes to jail. ...

Two women working for city file pay disparity lawsuits

When a company employs you, you expect them to pay you a fair wage for the work that you do. You also expect your wage to be equal to your coworkers with the same amount of experience who do a similar job. Unfortunately, many employers still have unfair ...

What if someone doesn’t hold up their end of the contract?

When you are in business, there are likely multiple people you contract with on a regular basis.  Whether your contracts constitute a vendor or supplier agreement, involve an arrangement with independent contractors or serve as non-disclosure agreeme ...

Wage and hour laws: Learn about your rights in New Jersey

As an employee, it’s important to know everything you can about your rights in the workplace. There are many myths and misconceptions. Never assume that what other workers or your boss tell you about your rights is true. This is something you must l ...

4 key questions about breached contracts and litigation

As a small business owner, you know that everything needs to click for your business to succeed. Employees have to pull their weight. Orders have to ship out on time. Debt needs to be managed properly. Jobs have to be completed on schedule. Unfortunately ...

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