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Five Mistakes Commonly Made by Parents in Custody and Divorce Cases

December 8th, 2017 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Custody & parenting time disputes are often the costliest, emotionally and financially.  Unlike an asset, which has a specific value (or a discernible value, even if you cannot agree), children are priceless.   It is nearly impossible for anyone to tell you that your child is not worth the cost of pursuing what you believe to be in his/her best interest.  However, there are a number of common mistakes that you, as a parent, should avoid.  Otherwise, you may end up spending even more money doing damage control.  Avoiding these mistakes is not hard or complicated, and may save you thousands of dollars in fees and a lot of emotional anguish.  These mistakes include:

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Tax Court Upholds Assessment Where Plaintiff’s Appraiser Fails to Verify Comparable Sales Data

December 6th, 2017 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

The Tax Court recently held that an appraiser must verify the data associated with comparable sales used in an appraisal report in order to provide reliable evidence of fair market value of a property in a tax appeal.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer Successfully Defends Privacy Interests of Municipal Employee in OPRA Payroll Records Lawsuit

December 5th, 2017 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

On November 17, 2017, the Appellate Division issued its decision in favor of Gebhardt & Kiefer’s client, the Borough of Washington.  Tara St. Angelo, Esq. argued the appeal on behalf of Gebhardt & Kiefer, PC.

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The Risks of Withdrawing a Conditional Offer of Employment Based on Medical Reasons

November 13th, 2017 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

The recent unpublished Appellate Division decision of Philip Marchesani v. J.B. Hunt Transportation, Inc., et al., Appellate Division, Docket No. A-4751-15T2 (decided October 31, 2017), illustrates the challenges faced by employers who issue a conditional offer of employment. 

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Military Pensions: How the “Frozen Benefit Rule” Applies in Divorce Cases

November 10th, 2017 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

On December 23, 2016, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2017) was signed into law.  This new rule, sometimes referred to as the “Frozen Benefit Rule,” affects the law on military pensions for almost everyone, and also affects equitable distribution of military pensions in divorce cases.  This applies to those still serving who divorce after December 23, 2016. 

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Volunteer Firemen May Not Pursue a Whistleblower Claim Under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act

October 26th, 2017 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

Judge Accurso of the Appellate Division recently ruled in the case of Jeffrey Sauter v. Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 that volunteer firemen are not entitled to the protection of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), N.J.S.A. 34:19-1, et seq., because a volunteer firefighter is not an employee of the fire company, even though such volunteers may receive Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) benefits and other remuneration.

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Employers: Avoid Comments About Employees’ Religions or Religious Practices

October 23rd, 2017 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

To steer clear of potential issues, employers should follow this plain and simple rule: don’t permit comments about employees’ religions or religious practices in the workplace.

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How Childhood Lessons Are Relevant in a Divorce Case

October 11th, 2017 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

Anyone who has a child (or once was a child) knows the values and virtues that parents try to instill in their children.  These common values and virtues are typically reinforced by schools, teachers, and religious educators.  Many of these same teachings that we learn in our childhood are applicable for people going through a divorce.  Here are a few examples (in no particular order), based on my experience handling numerous divorce cases:

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Ten Things You Should Never Post on Social Media When Going Through a Divorce

September 26th, 2017 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

The way you conduct yourself on social media websites can often hurt your divorce case.  As a general rule, staying off of social media before, during or after your divorce is a best practice, but if you cannot achieve total abstinence, consider the following tips and things you should never do:

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Are Municipal Fire Companies Subject to the Open Public Records Act?

August 30th, 2017 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

For a number of years, there have been vexing questions as to whether volunteer fire companies are considered public entities or simply a group of volunteers who get together to fight fires.  The uncertainty arises from the fact that fire companies consist of a group of self-governing individuals who volunteer to fight fires without significant oversight from municipal officials.  Volunteer firemen often raise significant funds for their operation; they independently elect officers, provide for their own training and often purchase significant amounts of their own equipment.  On the other hand, the municipality in which they are located must permit their operation, often makes significant financial contributions, and frequently approves membership.  Many municipalities have ordinances establishing the creation or recognition of volunteer fire departments and those ordinances exercise various levels of control.  In addition, municipalities fund large capital expenditures for heavy fire equipment and make Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contributions.  Furthermore, while volunteer fire companies agree to fill the municipal function of firefighting, they also operate as social or fraternal organizations that provide recreational, educational and other benefits to members.

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