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2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: I need a legal malpractice attorney but everyone I contact is retisen to help. Are there lawyers who are willing.

I fear I am being lied to and taken advantage of. I need a firm who can take me on contingency considering the current attorneys are draining us.

Jubilo Lopes Afonso
Jubilo Lopes Afonso answered on Oct 16, 2018

Im sure there are lawyers that are willing to help you but that depends on if you have a viable claim. And unfortunately you did not provide us with much information to go on. Please advise on what the underlying claim is regarding and why you believe the attorney committed malpractice.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: can landlords put interest on late charges? I got charged 40 every month even though it was on time. for that 1 time.

I got one late fee and for every month I didn't pay it they added 40. then they took money from my rent pymnt to pay late charges which made be get more late charges and unpaid rent. then tried to evict. Is that okay?

Jubilo Lopes Afonso
Jubilo Lopes Afonso answered on Oct 16, 2018

Do you have a lease which allows him to charge you late fees as additional rent? If you do, then it is considered rent, and every month you haven't paid it, it could be considered late. If you don't have a lease or it doesn't state that the late fees are considered rent, then he can't enforce that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: I inherited house upon dads death. Cousin was staying there as she lost her home. Can I evict?

she has not paid anything for over a year for water, taxes etc. The home has gone to me and my brother and we have given her several changes to leave or pay a fair monthly amount. She ignores everything. It is actually costing me money for her to live there. I am a single mother and recently... Read more »

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Jubilo Lopes Afonso answered on Oct 16, 2018

There are a few more details that are required to be able to answer this question. First was she a tenant? By that I mean was she paying rent in exchange for being there? If she was a tenant then you must see if she has a lease. If she was a tenant, and her lease has expired or she never had a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: My sister died. She had a security deposit of $1600. The landlord says she broke the lease and he will be keeping it.

The reasons is lost revenue from the lease. I met the neighbor who said he wants to move his father into my sister old apartment. If that is the case I don't think landlord would be able to claim lost revenue.

Landlord offered $500 as a consolation. Do I take it? Not? Do I fight this?

Jubilo Lopes Afonso
Jubilo Lopes Afonso answered on Oct 16, 2018

I'm not sure what you mean when you say the reason is "lost lease." If she continued to have a lease when she died, and still had more time left on the lease, then her estate is still responsible for those months. That being said he would be allowed to retain the security deposit to compensate him... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: if I have a month to month rental agreement with a Tennent can I raise their rent or tell them I am ending the agreement

by giving a I month notice

Jubilo Lopes Afonso
Jubilo Lopes Afonso answered on Oct 16, 2018

That depends on whether or not there is rent control in the town the unit is in. If it is governed by rent control then there are limits on what you can raise the rent to.

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