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Binding Mediation: Is It Possible?

Mar 17, 2021 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

In certain circumstances, binding mediation may be an option.  Depending on the attorneys, clients, and mediator, it may be possible, but, of course, each case is extremely fact-specific and each...

Applicability of Contractually Mandated Arbitration Clauses to Third Parties

Mar 9, 2021 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

Many courts recognize arbitration as “a favored means of dispute resolution” over litigation, provided there is a knowing waiver of the right to a trial.  Hojnowski v. Vans Skate Park, 187 N.J....

The Impact of Daniel’s Law on Local Municipalities

Mar 5, 2021 | Written by: Matthew P. Lyons, Esq. |

In November 2020, the State of New Jersey enacted Daniel’s Law, which aims to provide privacy protection to those who protect all of us (judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers).

Public Common Carriers Held to Same Negligence Standard Under TCA as Other Common Carriers

Mar 5, 2021 | Written by: Kelly A. Lichtenstein, Esq. |

In Maison v. New Jersey Transit Corp., No. 083484, 2021 WL 608269 (N.J. Feb. 17, 2021), the New Jersey Supreme Court decided for the first time that public common carriers are held to the same...

What is a Real Estate Partition Action?

Mar 2, 2021 | Written by: Daniel S. Makoski, Esq. |

A partition action is a lawsuit seeking to divide a piece of property between multiple joint owners. The preferred remedy of a partition action is to divide the property into multiple smaller pieces...

Estate and Gift Tax Planning Basics

Mar 1, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

There are two ways to transfer assets for estate planning and asset protection planning purposes.  You (“Donor”) can either gift-transfer the assets to the beneficiary (“Donee”) during your...

Proposed Bill Will Significantly Alter Employer’s Right to Require and Enforce Restrictive Covenants

Feb 26, 2021 | Written by: Leslie A. Parikh, Esq. |

A proposed bill will soon be reviewed by the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee that will limit an employer’s ability to impose non-compete agreements on employees in New Jersey.

Basic NJ Estate & Inheritance Tax Planning

Feb 25, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

New Jersey has two death tax systems that are mutually exclusive:  the estate tax and the inheritance tax.  Prior to January 1, 2018, NJ levied an estate tax on the value of the gross assets of an...

“Outdoor Dining Expansion” Bill Becomes Law

Feb 25, 2021 | Written by: Matthew P. Lyons, Esq. |

On Feb. 5, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the “Outdoor Dining Expansion” bill into law.  The fast-tracked legislation, which skipped committee votes, allows restaurants, bars,...

As a Homeowner, What is My Responsibility for the Sidewalk Outside My Home?

Feb 22, 2021 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

We are all beginning to feel like we are in the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray…snow, shovel, salt, repeat. This has been the common theme in central NJ for the start of 2021. As a...