New Jersey Real Estate AttorneyAttorney at Law, Attorney, Nicole L. Voigt, provides legal counsel related to all aspects of real estate law, including buy/sell transactions, refinance, attorney review, due diligence in real estate transactions, landlord/tenant law, commercial lease negotiations, remediation of contaminated sites, land use applications, zoning variances and appeals, tax assessment appeals, counsel in property disputes, real estate litigation, and foreclosure counseling.

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“Is This the Right Property for Me?” You’ve found a fantastic property for your new business.   By all appearances, your business plan has met its location.  Other buyers are also looking at the property, your realtor is eager to get your offer in, and you don’t want to lose the opportunity.   At the same time,…

This just keeps happening to even the best of us!  We can’t find an old building permit, zoning permit, inspection record, or similar document related to past work on our real estate.  Neither can the township.  Code has changed.  Inspectors have retired.  Goblins broke into the township, stole all the records for a tax block,…

New Jersey Right to Farm Act Pursuant to New Jersey’s Right to Farm Act, “commercial farms” may engage in certain protected activities, free from interference by local zoning. While building permits are required, local zoning approvals are not required if approved by the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC). With such conditioned approvals, certain zoning requirements…

Looking to purchase property with contaminated soil and groundwater?  Probably not, unless you are a brownfield’s redeveloper. Most purchasers of commercial property are counting on their property being “clean.”  Environmental due diligence occurs in two phases: 1) review the current and historic activities at the property to determine if there exist areas of concern; and…

I recently scaled back on my residential real estate closings, so that I can practice real estate law.  Confusing?  Let me explain. My real estate practice includes commercial, agricultural, and industrial transactions and disputes, land use/zoning, tax appeals, foreclosure, farming, landlord/tenant, and environmental issues.  This is in addition to counseling businesses in formation, contracts, regulatory compliance, and…

You know the old adage: “Every time I go online, all of my friends are getting married or having babies”? OK, so maybe in the days of Lincoln, no one was going online. Still, the rest holds true. The children of the 80’s and early 90’s are finding themselves entering into true adulthood. The time…

Government records are often a valuable tool for obtaining information relevant to a buyer’s due diligence, litigation, consideration of land use applications, and similar legal issues. Keep in mind, however, that the information received is only as reliable as the accuracy and precision of the search and/or OPRA request. Open Public Records Act The New…

I have increasingly been asked to review transactions or relief offers involving time shares and  and vacation properties where buyers find themselves suffering buyers’ remorse.  Many different issues have arisen over the years, but a common theme is that the contracts strongly favor the seller and provide challenges to relief for buyers, and the buyers…

Construction Boomed on the Jersey Shore Following Hurricane Sandy Following Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s shore experienced an influx of contractors seeking to demolish, re-build, repair, and/or elevate damaged homes.   General contractors, subcontractors, designers, and suppliers targeted Sandy victims, some even relocating from out-of-state. Many established and reputable companies provided services to Sandy Victims, and homes…

Farmland and Woodland Assessment Throughout Hunterdon County and surrounding areas, many landowners enjoy a reduced real estate tax assessment on their land, by devoting the land to agricultural use or woodland management. On August 1st of each year, these landowners must submit a form FA-1 to the municipality to establish their continued eligibility for the…

Providing legal counsel in Hunterdon County and surrounding areas.

Nicole L. Voigt, Attorney at Law, focuses her law practice in commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as related contracts, leases, land use, zoning, and environmental matters, and tax assessment appeals. Ms. Voigt additionally practices landlord-tenant law, including commercial lease negotiations for landlords or business tenants, and representing residential landlords in all aspects of the landlord/tenant relationship. Ms. Voigt is a Court appointed landlord tenant mediator. Ms. Voigt also focuses in business formation and business contracts. Ms. Voigt offers litigation services arising from business, real estate, environmental, land-use, landlord-tenant, collections, construction, and administrative permitting and proceedings. Ms. Voigt received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000, and obtained licensure in Massachusetts (2001), Pennsylvania (2008), and New Jersey (2008). Ms. Voigt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology & Systematic Biology with a minor in Statistics in 1995 from California Polytechnic State University. Ms. Voigt enjoys using her interdisciplinary background to facilitate land use matters and remediation of contaminated sites pursuant to the Site Remediation Reform Act. You may contact Nicole at (908)751-1551, or nicole@legalcounselnj.com

Stephanie N. Hawkins, Real Estate Paralegal, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Legal Business with an AACSB International Accreditation and Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies in 2012 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Ms. Hawkins interned for criminal defense attorney Blair Hindman, of Garbarino, Neely, Hindman and Huwar, L.L.P.   Ms. Hawkins was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha from 2009-2012, a nationally incorporated fraternity whose philanthropy is the ZTA Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.  They participate in Community Service Day, various blood drives and work with the American Red Cross. During the month of October, they raise money for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and participate in Reading for a Cure and other awareness activities. From 2011-2012, Ms. Hawkins was the secretary of Eagle Ambassadors, a student-alumni relations group who strives for better relations with Clarion’s Alumni and friends. They work very closely with Dr. Karen Whitney, president of Clarion University, and complete activities at the request of her proposal. They take part in various community service activities such as Donate-A-Meal, Relay for Life and March of Dimes, while offering events for the campus as a whole.