Few people like to think about needing an estate plan. Most people don’t want to look ahead to what happens after they are gone. However, others believe they have plenty of time. It’s common for people to feel that if they contemplate death, they are tempting fate. In the end, it’s crucial that you consider … Continue reading Who Needs Estate Planning?
If you’re buying a new home, you’re no doubt feeling the burn – it’s an expensive endeavor. Many people look for ways to cut corners when they’re involved in such a major purchase, but skipping the survey is almost never a good idea. Obtaining a survey can provide you with crucial information that can help … Continue reading Six Reasons you Should Get a Survey If You’re Buying a Home
You know that you work hard and that your employer covers you under workers’ comp insurance. However, that may be the extent of your knowledge when it comes to your rights as an employee. If you’ve suffered an injury while on the job, you have rights, and it’s in your best interest to familiarize yourself … Continue reading Three Must-Know Facts about Workers’ Comp
Your house is your castle, and purchasing a new home is an exciting – if hectic – time in your life. While home buying can be stressful, it’s also a great opportunity to find the home that’s right for you and your family. Purchasing a new home probably seems complicated enough, but if you’re considering … Continue reading Thinking About Buying a Short Sale?
Owning your home is part and parcel with living the American Dream. While buying a home is an exciting endeavor, it can also be anxiety provoking. With all the inherent expectations, it’s no wonder that purchasing a new home is so stressful. Arm yourself with these useful tips of the trade, and make your home-buying … Continue reading Here Are Tips to Help Reduce Home Buying Anxiety
Real property includes land and anything that’s erected on that land. That seems simple enough, but how this real property is titled can significantly affect how it will be transferred at the time of your estate’s administration. In fact, the proceedings can become quite complicated and sometimes don’t play out the way you’d intended. Take … Continue reading Your Estate and Real Property
In a residential real estate transaction, they buyer is typically required to put a deposit down in order to show that he or she is serious about continuing with closing the deal. This deposit, often referred to as “earnest money,” is usually applied to the down payment when the contract is executed. But what happens … Continue reading I Put a Deposit Down on My Contract, Can I Get It Back?
Not every couple chooses to marry, but unmarried couples face specific risks that married couples do not. If you’re part of an unmarried couple, carefully consider your rights and, with the help of an experienced estate planning attorney, implement an estate plan. In New Jersey, unmarried couples risk losing their shared assets if one partner … Continue reading Estate Planning – Living Together but Not Married, No Problem!
Filing a tax appeal on a tax assessment can be an effective tool for many New Jersey property owners. It’s important to understand the tax assessment timeline, however, before you consider a tax appeal. While no one likes staring down a tax assessment that’s perceived as astonishingly high, it’s important to understand the tax appeal … Continue reading Tax Assessments – Knowing When to Appeal
When a piece of real estate is sold, the parties to the transaction typically set a closing date on which the transaction will actually take place. That date is often included in the sale contract, and there is usually no consequence if one of the parties is unable to close on that date. But what … Continue reading What is a Time Is of the Essence Notice?
All occupations pose a certain degree of risk – even desk jobs – and being injured on the job can have a significant, even catastrophic, effect on your livelihood and your life. There are four occupations, however, that consistently rank among the most hazardous. Construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and pilots beware! Construction Workers Due … Continue reading Are You Employed in One of the Four Most Dangerous Occupations?
Better Yet A Real Estate Attorney Many people think bypassing the middleman – in the form of a realtor – is a great way to maximize profits or minimize costs when buying or selling new homes. Often, however, this plan doesn’t play out the way buyers and sellers had initially hoped. Realtors have the skill … Continue reading 5 Great Reasons to Work with a Realtor
There are rules in place for those New Jersey landlord tenant situations in which a tenant abandons personal property upon vacating the rental unit. The process for disposing of this abandoned property is fairly straightforward. This process, however, does not apply to abandoned vehicles. Abandoned Vehicle: Ticketed and Towed If one of your tenants has … Continue reading Landlord Rights and Abandoned Vehicles
A Look at Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts A GRAT is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust, and the IRS recently investigated whether a specific GRAT – despite its omission of specific key language – remained valid. GRATs allow grantors to transfer property into the irrevocable GRAT and to be granted, in exchange, an annuity (the retained … Continue reading Well That’s Just GRAT
If you get hurt at work, no need to worry – you’re covered by workers comp. Right? While there’s some truth to this notion, the reality can be more complicated. New Jersey employs a no-fault workers compensation system in which injured employees are covered for their medical expenses, lost wages, and any disability rating; but … Continue reading Medical Evidence and Your Claim