A New Jersey Municipal Court law firm handles both civil and criminal cases within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Courts. The jurisdiction of municipal courts in New Jersey is specified at N.J.S. 2B:12-17. These cases fall into four general categories: 1. Violations of a motor vehicle and traffic laws 2. Violations of municipal ordinances (local laws) 3. Minor Criminal offenses (More serious criminal offenses, known as indictable offenses, are sent to the County Prosecutor's office. The County Prosecutor decides whether to present the case to a Grand Jury or to return the case to the municipal court as a less serious offense (a downgrade)). 4. Violations of Fish and Game … Continued
There are several important situations in which a family law attorney is necessary in order to ensure that your rights are represented and that you don’t agree to orders that are not required.  Many litigants believe that they can manage a divorce situation or a child custody situation on their own. However, the countless number of forms, court rules, and orders that you may not understand, could create an overwhelming situation. Contentious Divorce Many couples realize that they are no longer in love, they have grown apart, or no longer want to be together and can discuss the situation amicably.  It is possible to print out forms from your county’s … Continued
Looking for an experienced Sea Girt municipal court law firm to take your case? If you have been recently charged with a local violation in the borough of Sea Girt it is definitely in your best interest to hire a local law firm to represent you in court. A local law firm is going to fully understand any and all of the local laws in Sea Girt, which means you are getting the best legal services possible in the Sea Girt area. A municipal court law firm is simply able to give you the strongest and best legal defense when it comes to protecting your rights when you are charged … Continued
Thinking about hiring a domestic violence lawyer because you have been charged with a domestic violence crime? Good idea and the sooner the better. The fact that many domestic violence charges can come with some serious legal consequences makes it essential for you to contact an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the legal process. While the topic of domestic violence tends to be a very serious and sensitive issue, it is necessary for you to fully discuss your domestic violence case with a lawyer in order to reap the best legal outcome. Letting an experienced domestic violence lawyer help you through this difficult time is essential for the … Continued
According to the Sea Girt News website, in 1835 Commodore Robert F. Stockton (grandson of Declaration of Independence signer Richard Stockton) bought a large tract of land in what is today the Borough of Sea Girt. The summer mansion he built reportedly had a sweeping lawn that led to the sea and was flanked by two rather ornate bathhouses. Even in an era in which a dollar bought a sumptuous restaurant meal, construction of such a dwelling must have made a significant dent in the Commodore's bank balance. Were he to magically return to Sea Girt today, however, the Commodore would undoubtedly be astounded by what has happened to real … Continued
Although New Jersey’s “no-fault” divorce law makes the process of ending a marriage less contentious for many couples, difficult issues often remain regarding the welfare of children of that marriage. Of course, child custody issues can also arise between unmarried parents. Here are a few of the more frequent and basic questions we hear regarding New Jersey’s laws and procedures concerning child custody. How is custody decided? Except in rare cases, a child is presumed to benefit from interaction with both parents, and New Jersey law requires that the rights of both parents be considered. Ideally, the parents will work out an arrangement on their own for sharing custody. So … Continued
Before the advent of “no fault" divorce laws in New Jersey and elsewhere, it was necessary in even an amicable divorce for one spouse to provide evidence – frequently exaggerated or downright false – in support of grounds such as adultery or mental cruelty. Today legal termination of the marriage is rarely the cause of significant disagreement. Indeed, in many cases, it is almost an afterthought. On the other hand, even couples who are involved in an otherwise amicable divorce may discover that the “big three” issues – division of marital property, custody of the children of the marriage and financial responsibility for those children – are often as contentious … Continued
Estate planning attorneys say most people do, but not just because it helps their practices. Advantages of a Will With a properly prepared and executed will, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that upon your death whatever real and personal property you own will be (or in some cases, will not be) passed on to whomever you designate. This is important if, for example, you want a piece of art or jewelry to go to a particular heir or wish to leave money to a charity or to non-relatives. Contrary to a common belief, if you die intestate your estate will not automatically go to … Continued
If you are in or near Sea Girt and are seeking the services of an experienced estate law firm for help with settling a deceased family member's estate or with planning for your own future, we urge you to give us a call. Here are the answers to some of the general questions we are asked about wills, estates and estate planning. What are the responsibilities of an executor under a New Jersey decedent's will? An executor's first job is to gather the decedent's assets and pay the claims of the decedent's creditors and all taxes (including the tax on the decedent's income in the year of death). After that, … Continued
The outcome of a divorce can affect your life for many years to come, and you should be as careful in selecting a divorce lawyer as you would be in finding any other professional. Yet most individuals have little idea of how to go about finding the right divorce lawyer.  Having the right divorce lawyer on your side will improve your chances of a good outcome. Whether you are simply exploring your options, are ready to file or have been served with a divorce complaint, here are just a few common-sense things to help you in finding the right divorce lawyer. Finding The Right Divorce lawyer Decide What Issues Are … Continued