Happy Holidays It’s the holiday season and instead of reading about some serious legal issue, let’s try to laugh a little.  Here is one of my favorite stories and although it’s not a holiday story, I hope it will suffice: For years, two brothers—one a lawyer, and the other an accountant who could not hear…

Inheritance tax will be the last remaining “death tax” In New Jersey, as of January 1, 2018. On that date, the state’s estate tax will disappear. New Jersey Inheritance Tax   The “Transfer Inheritance Tax” is assessed against inheritances received by certain classes of people.  There are four classes: Class A beneficiaries: father, mother, grandparents, children,…

Central New Jersey’s Agricultural Real Estate. In central New Jersey, we are blessed with the productivity and aesthetics of abundant agricultural lands.  Whether they are in commercial agricultural production, a community supported farm, the home of equine enthusiasts, or part of a farm-to-table household, these farms form our unique and holistic landscape.  They also come…

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…

It came in the mail. The dreaded jury summons. I had been called for jury duty at the Superior Court in Flemington. This was the third time in twenty years. Not a big deal. What came to mind were the comments about jury duty I have heard over the years from friends and clients. “Only…

It came in the mail. The dreaded jury summons. I had been called for jury duty at the Superior Court in Flemington. This was the third time in twenty years. Not a big deal. What came to mind were the comments about jury duty I have heard over the years from friends and clients. “Only…

Making an offer on a home is an exciting milestone.  Ideally, your potential home doesn’t need more work than meets the eye, your loan will sail through underwriting, and the records of title for the home, and its sellers, are “clear.”  Ideally, movers will be scheduled and closing will occur on time, and you will…

Many people leave a percentage of their estate, instead of a specific dollar amount, to one or more charities in their Last Wills and Testament. Under New Jersey law, when a percentage of the estate is left to a charity, the State Attorney General’s office is required to review the estate accounting to be sure…

The Consumer Fraud Act regulates home improvements in cumulative excess of $500.00 provided on existing residential properties.  A home improvement provider that is required to comply with these administrative and business practices, but fails to do so, is strictly liable even for unknowing oversights, with no legal defenses.   Establishing sound business practices and utilizing properly…

The below checklist is for informational purposes only, and does not exclude the Landlord from complying with any other requirements imposed by local, state, or federal law, nor does it replace the advise of an attorney.  Not all requirements apply to all properties.  Review the lease prepared by your attorney specifically for the property to…