Septic System Pitfalls

Although not common in Bergen County, there are areas (Upper Saddle River comes to mind) where septic systems are present. A septic system is a self contained sanitary waste disposal system. Unlike the public sewer system, which takes sanitary waste through underground pipes to a public waste treatment system, a septic system keeps all sanitary […]

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Noteworthy Spring/Summer 1999

Congratulations are in order for partner, Jim Jaworski. On June 17, 1999, he assumed the Presidency of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club. Tom Wells, President of the Paramus Rotary Club in 1989 and 1990, is now President-Elect of the Bristol, Vermont Rotary Club where he will serve as President next year. Partner, Cheryl Morrissey, has […]

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New Jersey Residential Site Improvement Standards

Under the doctrine known as Home Rule, municipalities have historically been responsible for the creation and implementation of zoning, site plan and subdivision regulations. For developers who build in many municipalities, the variety of different standards from town to town can be vexing. It was for this reason that the New Jersey Legislature adopted the […]

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Have You Been Called for Jury Duty?

We frequently receive inquiries about jury duty. Employees generally want to know their obligations and rights and many clients want to know if they can be excused. To answer these questions, we have prepared the following outline of jury selection procedures in Bergen County. These procedures were updated after Governor Whitman signed new legislation about […]

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It’s Not Perry Mason

One of the least understood aspects of litigation practice, by the non-attorney, is the process called “pre-trial” discovery. Interrogatories, Notices to Produce, Demands for Admissions and Depositions are a litigants means of obtaining proof in a case and providing the grounds for attempting to impeach an opposing party and/or witness at trial. Discovery can be […]

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Constructive Lawyering

When I was in law school, Carol and I rented an apartment in a two-family house from a couple who were both lawyers. Not only did both husband and wife practice law, but it seemed like all their friends were lawyers or law students. Our first holiday season at this apartment, the couple invited us […]

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Titling of Assets

You have probably read that there are plans to help minimize taxes, avoid probate and add convenience to your estate. How the asset is owned or “titled” affects these plans and can yield unexpected results. An asset can be owned by a person:a.) individually b.) as joint owners without a right of survivorship; and c.) […]

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Brownfield Law “Opens” Troubled Sites

On January 6th of this year, Governor Whitman signed into law a comprehensive set of revisions to the State Site Remediation Law. Now commonly referred to as the “Brownfields Act”, this legislation potentially opens opportunities for redevelopment of hundreds of under utilized or abandoned sites that have been contaminated by hazardous substances. In simplest terms, […]

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