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Family Law Review– Three Significant Changes in the Law

Grandparents’ Rights In Question New Jersey statutes have long afforded grandparents the right to seek court intervention if the death, divorce, or separation of their grandchildren’s parents has meant that the grandparents have little or no access to the children. However, a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court may impact their ability to […]

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Construction Lien Law Revisted

The New Jersey Construction Lien Law, which was amended in 1994, applies to any contractor, subcontractor or supplier, as defined by the Act, who provide work, services, equipment or materials pursuant to a contract. The contractor, subcontractor or supplier is entitled to a lien for those services, materials or equipment furnished. The lien attaches to […]

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New New Jersey Alimony Law

Enter article text hereIn September, the New Jersey legislature gave divorce litigants, lawyers, and courts another option when considering the complicated issue of spousal support. It amended the divorce statutes to permit “limited duration” awards in addition to permanent, rehabilitative, and reimbursement alimony. This new type of alimony is meant to fill a gap that […]

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Landlord/Tenant Court

Landlord/Tenant Court is a Court of limited jurisdiction, which is limited to awarding possession of premises, whether residential or commercial, to a landlord. A successful action does not award any money. Therefore, in the event back rent is owed, a separate action must be filed. When dealing with a residential tenancy, it is often said […]

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Estate Planning is for Everyone

There is a general misconception that “Estate Planning”is something only rich people should consider. This is not true. People with wealth do require planning for tax avoidance. Legal Update readers have read about tax avoidance methods in my articles over the last ten years. Tax avoidance is an important goal since taxes can be significant. […]

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The Continuing Evolution of the Standard of Proof for a Use Variance

Following in the footsteps of the New Jersey Supreme Court and its 1994 decision in Coventry Square v. Westwood Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Appellate Division recently made another distinction between the burden of proof required by applicants seeking use variances pursuant to section 70(d) of the Municipal Land Use Law.In 1987 the Supreme Court […]

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ABC’s of LLC’s

In selecting the type of entity for a business, most clients have two overriding concerns: limiting the liability for the owners of the entity and favorable income tax treatment. Historically, persons forming a business had two basic choices: a partnership or a corporation. However, in 1993, New Jersey became the thirty-fifth state to enact a […]

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