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0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Can my former landlord sue me for "back rent" after we already reached a settlement?

I moved out early because there was structural damage to the house that my landlord refused to fix. My landlord took me to court for non-payment of rent, and I agreed to pay a settlement in exchange for breaking the lease. I signed a settlement agreement and the case was dismissed. Now, after I... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: I want to know if I can gift my car and IRA account to my disabled child without a penalty from medicaid.

I read that this is possible and would like to know how to do it.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

The car is easy. Just transfer the title to your child, but only do this if your child is capable of managing a car. If he/she is not, then see an estate planning attorney about other options.

The IRA is not so easy. If you cash out the IRA and retitle it to your child, that will be a...
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0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: How can I get a satisfied eviction notice dismissed in NJ? I fulfilled the financial amount before going to court.

I was late with rent and received a filed court notice, but I fulfilled the financial amount before going to court. I received a letter that stated my financial obligation was fulfilled and I remain in the apartment. Can I get this court motion sealed so it does not show on my rental history?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges. Do I need to report in N400?

I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges or fines for me. The police arrived at the scene and I don't think I was detained. The police did ask what happened and asked me to wait since my car crashed into a Train Transit bridge and the transit police had to... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

No, you do not need to report the car crash in your N400 US Citizenship application unless you were arrested or charged with a crime as a result of the incident. Since there were no charges or fines against you, and you were not detained by the police, it does not constitute a criminal offense that... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: i own a duplex neighbors house burn needs to be demolished

i own a duplex on june 19,2022 my nieghbor side caught fire and caused damage to my house as well which made it un liveable in order for me to fix my house i need my neighbor to demolish her house so i can work on mine , my insurance has been paying my rent and i contiued to pay my mortgage as of... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: If you have 50/50 legal&physical custody in NJ can spouse unilaterally unenroll child from school without your consent.

We are in NJ and have 50/50 legal&true physical custody. One parent who was the one who I originally allowed to make the decision to enroll her into the school of her choice (she has attended now for three years) I then bought a house in that town and there was a job change so this could... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Constitutional Law for New Jersey on
Q: i have a private investigator who is trying to serve a civil court subpoena.

i have a private investigator who is trying to serve a civil court subpoena. i live in a private community and they keep showing up at my home 1st what can i do to stop or minimize this 2nd can PI look through my home windows and walk around my property, is there a limitation before it can be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: Applying for employment-based I485, missing old expired passport from 2013-2023.

I am considering applying for employment-based US permanent residency. I understand that during the I485, the USCIS requires the submittal of all old passports for travel history reference. I do NOT have my passport from 2013-2023. I am a Canadian Citizen. What are the complications that will arise... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Not having your old expired passport from 2013-2023 may pose complications during the I485 application process. USCIS requires submission of all old passports to verify your travel history and ensure accuracy in your application. However, missing passports do not necessarily disqualify you from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges. Do I need to report in N400?

I had a car crash 2 years ago and a police report was filed but no charges or fines for me. The police arrived at the scene and I don't think I was detained. The police did ask what happened and asked me to wait since my car crashed into a Train Transit bridge and the transit police had to... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Based on your description, it appears that the car crash you were involved in did not result in any charges or fines against you. Since there were no legal consequences or penalties stemming from the incident, it is unlikely that you need to report it on your N400 application for US citizenship.... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: I lost a civil case and would like to pay my judgement. Can I make the payment directly to the winning parties lawyer?

They have an online payment method and I would like to use that as my payment option if possible. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: As an current Green Card holder in the state of New Jersey, can my foreign DNI and Passport be expire to get Citizenship
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answered on Feb 21, 2024

As a current Green Card holder in New Jersey, the expiration of your foreign DNI (Documento Nacional de Identidad) and Passport does not directly affect your eligibility to apply for US citizenship. However, it is essential to note that you will need to provide valid identification documents during... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Good morning, I was asked to officiate the marriage of my granddaughter. I found an online ministry course to take to

to become an officiant. I read New Jersey's statute, and it says that you have to submit an application to the department of state within six months and receive a certification. I only have five months. Can you tell me what the New Jersey statute is regarding officiating a civil ceremony?

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: A university copied a course that I made and offering online to hundreds of students. How do I sue for copyright breach?

I am a university professor. I created a graduate course that I grew over time and it became very popular attracting 200+ students. I then had to take medical leave. After returning I have discovered that the university has made an online version of my course and are offering it to hundreds of... View More

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answered on Feb 18, 2024

Suing for copyright infringement involves several steps and considerations, especially in the context of academic work and the agreements that might exist between faculty members and their institutions. Before proceeding, it's crucial to understand the specific circumstances of your case,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: For filing my permanent residency in USA fromI485, I do NOT have my old expired passport original/copy

I am interested in filing my permanent residency in USA. For filing the form I485, I understand I have to have all my old passports that is then used to verify travel history. I do NOT have my old passport for the years 2013 to 2023. Nor do I have copies of the same. Will that cause issues with the... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Not having your old expired passports for the specified period might pose challenges when filing your I-485 petition for permanent residency in the USA. These passports serve as crucial documentation to verify your travel history, which is often required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: Husband died 2021. Bedsore lawsuit settled for $158K. Lawyer said to deposit into estate acct, but check made out to me?

Lawyer said that I should deposit the settlement check into an estate account. I thought the check would be made out to ESTATE OF HUSBAND NAME, but it is made out to me personally (not as Administrator of an estate). Husband died without a will. We had no children. My husband's name is nowhere... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Since i am Pro Se, should I write a letter to the judge, like a heartfelt plea for joint custody of my little girl?

He has denied me joint custody since my girl was an infant after father kicked me out. 7 years and 8 clean hair follicles later, he still wont sign off on it. Should I just humble myself and write a heartfelt plea, because I file almost twice a year for joint and keep getting turned down.

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Why after 7 years of being a fit mother and filing half a dozen times for joint custody, I still don't have it?

award me joint custody of our daughter? I've been accused of doing drugs, which I disproved over and over with clean hair follicle tests, having my child withheld whenever the father feels like changing the schedule. Also, when my daughter was a baby and I asked the judge when I can raise... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: Why after 7 years of being a fit mother and filing half a dozen times for joint custody, I still don't have it?

award me joint custody of our daughter? I've been accused of doing drugs, which I disproved over and over with clean hair follicle tests, having my child withheld whenever the father feels like changing the schedule. Also, when my daughter was a baby and I asked the judge when I can raise... View More

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answered on Feb 16, 2024

I understand your frustration but there are pieces to this story that are missing and the best advice I can give you is to sit down with an experienced divorce lawyer to review the history of the court orders entered in your matter and review the certifications filed in support of your requests and... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for New Jersey on
Q: I have a civil claim and the defendant countered. Now I need to adjust my reimbursement request. How do I do that

I live in NJ but the case is being heard over Zoom court in Kent County, DE

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