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0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: "Defendant's answer and affirmative Defenses are hereby suppressed without prejudice"

NJ civil action. I could not complete interrogatories/discovery in time. What do I do? I have little to no resources. Discovery period is supposed to run until Sept 5, 2024.

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for New Jersey on
Q: I'm having trouble understanding part of a interrogatories question from a debt collection lawyer. The part I'm having

Trouble with is" set forth in detail each defense which the defendant has to the above-entitled cause of action"

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Environmental for New Jersey on
Q: I think I accidentally dumped blankets at a clothing-only donation bin (on camera). Am I screwed? (Bergen County, NJ)

I put some blankets in a donation bin and only saw a tucked away sign saying "no bulky items, ONLY clothing and shoes" as I drove away. I would've fished the blankets out of the bin but the style of the door was like a pull-out laundry chute, it wasn't an open bin. There was... View More

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
answered on May 8, 2024

Yes you could be prosecuted for dumping the blankets, but generally unless you dumped something like garbage, electronics, furniture or the like, I doudt you will see the police at your door. That being said if charged make sure you hire a lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: will title insurance protect my home from my son and his lawyer?they have plans to take and sell the home

deceased wife and myself are on title

son and his lawyer want to cash in

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answered on May 4, 2024

Title insurance is irrelevant. You need to retain an experienced mortgage foreclosure defense and civil litigation attorney. Expect to pay for one hour of attorney time to review all the documents and provide you with the best way to proceed. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If your neighbor has a tree in his yard and one of his branches is on your property is it your responsibility.

If the branch is in your yard and their are bugs on it and you spray bug spray which kills the tree can you be liable even if the branch where you sprayed the bug spray is on your side?

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

If a branch from your neighbor's tree extends onto your property, the responsibility for maintaining that branch is a bit of a legal gray area and can vary depending on local laws and regulations. In general, you have the right to trim the branch back to the property line, but you should not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue an nj hair salon for using my photos on the outside store banner without my consent? Is it a civil case?

I got my hair done at a salon and she asked to take my photos for her insta. Next thing I know my photo is used as her new store banner after she renovated. She never asked me or even offered compensation. Is this a civil matter or am I entitled to be compensated?

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Yes, this could be a civil matter, and you may be entitled to compensation. The salon owner's use of your photos without your consent could potentially violate your right of publicity or constitute copyright infringement, depending on the specific circumstances.

1. Right of publicity:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: How long do I have to object to an accounting and file a surcharge action against an estate representative in NJ?

A recent Court order details the estate representative is to complete the estate and provide an informal accounting by the next hearing date, which is a month from now. After conducting a property records search I found a number of estate properties have yet to be listed and/or sold. I have doubts... View More

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answered on Mar 27, 2024

Consult with a NJ attorney: but are you sure the real properties that you looked at are in fact assets of the Estate? Chances are the heirs at law own them, not the Estate. You might search the titles also and determine present ownership. If they are Estate assets, then file a motion to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: My friends daughter is being bullied at Memorial Middle School by 5 student's.

Threatened to hurt her if she speaks up. Principal is aware of situation but stated, "things happen". If something occurred to this girl for negligence of school to take action can a lawsuit be filed?

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answered on Mar 23, 2024

If a student is being bullied and the school is aware but fails to take adequate action, there may be grounds for legal action. This is especially true if the negligence results in harm to the student. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all students, and failure to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Generally do non-disparaging clauses include complaints made to a government agencies? Or must a provision be added?

Civil lawsuit, and counterclaim.

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answered on Mar 19, 2024

Your question is too vague to answer. You need to elaborate more about what you are speaking about.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have to cooperate with CPS when they are investigating me based off of an allegation from school?

The case worker interviewed my children at school. Didn't contact or attempt to show up to my home for 6 days, she stated it w because she was not concerned, after speaking with children and did not see any need for emergency steps. said it's open and shut, she had no concerns The CPS... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Mar 19, 2024

From your description, it sounds like DCPP (the Department of Child Protection and Permanency, New Jersey's child protective services branch) is conducting an initial investigation into allegations of possible abuse or neglect. If this is an initial investigation, you are not necessarily... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New Jersey on
Q: I was in kids of North Jersey with my sister for years it was torment I was actually with Rebecca and my life has been t

My life has been a nightmare ever since my sister is dead she never recovered from the mental anguish and physical torment we went through I am now writing a book I want to sue them if anything just because my sister's not here to be a voice

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

I'm deeply sorry to hear about the experiences you and your sister endured. It's heartbreaking to learn about the lasting impact it has had on both of your lives. Writing a book can be a powerful way to share your story and honor your sister's memory, shedding light on the injustices... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Way to sue roommate for causing me mental trauma and trying to discourage me to find a replacement

I have been dealing with a cunning roommate. Since last 1 year, he had been making noise and partying once or twice a week ruining my sleep. When i confronted him, he blamed me equally for keeping silent for so long. I couldn't really stay peacefully once I confronted him.

I decided... View More

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

Suing a roommate for mental trauma and actions that discouraged potential replacements for your tenancy can be complex and challenging. In legal terms, to pursue a lawsuit for emotional distress, you would need to demonstrate that the roommate's actions were intentional or reckless, caused you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: I'm in NJ and am main buyer on a vehicle contract with an ex. I sued him in special civil court and won. However

Im trying to get off the loan entirely or gain possession of the car. The lender did an extension agreement with the cosigner without my knowledge or signature electronically. Is this legal in NJ? Co-signer's name is on the title however I can add mine on to it at any time. What is the best... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2024

You need to retain an experienced civil litigation attorney to represent your interests in this matter. You should expect to pay for a 1/2 hour of attorney time to have your best course of action determined. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one rule: a good attorney is generally... View More

1 Answer | 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

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Here are a few key things to know in this situation under New Jersey law:

1. You can inform the private investigator and request they stop coming to your private residential community and home to serve the subpoena. However, legally they are allowed to attempt service at a person's...
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1 Answer | 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

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 24, 2024

While that is probably adequate, you could take a minute or two to contact the law firm in writing (email will do) and request instructions on how to make payment. It's likely they'll advise you to proceed as you outlined in your post, but this way, you'll be certain. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation 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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answered on Feb 24, 2024

To adjust your reimbursement request in response to the defendant's counterclaim, you will need to file an amended complaint. In your amended complaint, you can revise the amount you are seeking for reimbursement or make any other necessary changes to your claim. Ensure that you clearly... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Q: DV TRO hearing the plaintiff said they drop the TRO if the defendant would offer a cash settlement. Not married. Legal?
Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Jan 28, 2024

Absolutely not. You should consult an experienced family law or criminal defense attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: What is the rule regarding admissability of testing outside the presence of opposing counsel?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 29, 2024

If you're talking about testing for damages in a claim, many forms of testing (material science, metallurgical, engineering, biological, etc.) are conducted in labs or in the field. As long as the persons performing the testing are qualified and the lab is legitimate, most of it is done... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I stop a former step father who is an illegal from harassing me for money?

My mother passed away almost 2 years ago and her freeloading illegal husband had no place to go after she died. He broke into the garage of their prior rental for a while and stayed there and finally found some unsuspecting woman to take pity on him and found him a room in a house with other... View More

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

I understand your concerns about your former stepfather's harassment for money. To address this situation legally, you may consider taking the following steps:

Cease All Financial Support: Stop sending him groceries or any financial assistance immediately. Continuing to provide support...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Constitutional Law for New Jersey on
Q: Where may I send my brief of healthcare negligence and lawyers filling false documents to mislead the plaintiff in nj.

Hiding legal certified mail ,false testimony ,preparing false court orders lie about hearing adjournment preparing false motion decisions and getting it designed by court staff

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

For matters involving healthcare negligence and legal misconduct in New Jersey, you have several avenues for submitting your brief and raising these concerns.

Firstly, if your case is already within the legal system, you should file any relevant documents with the court handling your case....
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