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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: My neighbor had a roof put on their house by some contractor The shingles fell onto my car scratched it and puts dings

In it who does he report it to

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Nov 13, 2022

First take pictures of damage and, if possible pieces of what fell on car. Report damage to police department of your municipality, Get estimate to repair damages and notify your carrier. Then approach your neighbor and ask for neighbor for name and address of contractor. Write letter to both... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: My friend borrowed my car to go to a family engagement. After the party on her way back to my house, she was stopped by

She was stopped by police for having a suspended license, which I did not know about. A few days later I receive notification from attorney offices advising me to get counsel. I am wondering what are my rights here and what should I do?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Nov 9, 2022

Yes you need a good traffic ticket lawyer as you are probably charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to drive your car. If you get convicted of this offense which is I would assume 39:3-37.1(a) which carries a fines up to $500 and or up to 15 days in Jail. Thus yes you need a lawyer and a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Personal Injury Lawsuit, filed in the wrong County, can I get it tossed out?

Hello, I have a personal injury lawsuit on my hands due to someone falling on my property and having injury due to them not following my walk way and cutting across my property/lawn while working for a Big company. The Case was filed in Superior Court; Civil Division, but in the wrong County.... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Yes if you have a lawyer you should definitely advise him of this fact.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Notice to enforce litigants rights

I have a judgment against a contractor who refused to return deposit. I have already served information subpoena to defendants court appearance. Now, all of his court appearances are virtual. Defendant has not responded to information subpoena within time alotted. I filed notice to enforce... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 5, 2022

You have to get a Judge to grant you permission to effectuate service by publication. But you risk the contractor being able to discharge the judgment in bankruptcy. If you cannot establish fraudulent conduct that is not dischargeable in bankruptcy then you have a real problem. There are too many... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Business Law and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Can I reopen a post judgment divorce and represent myself? I believe that I can but, what if any are the consequence's?

A few weeks ago I posted here regarding reopening my divorce post judgement due to fraud. I indicated that I do not have the funds to hire an attorney and was seeking help pro bono. I realize the cost associated with the complexity of this case, and I am willing to help in any way that I can to... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Oct 25, 2022

Trying to represent yourself in a divorce or post-divorce matter is unwise since you are emotionally involved and not a trained attorney. There has to be a valid reason for reopening a divorce. This is going to be an expensive case and a hard burden to meet. People want to litigate very often,... Read more »

Q: Code Enforcement illegally entered and took photos on my property then issued me a summons for it?

I currently have a summons to appear for a Trash/Debris ticket in my Municipality. We requested the Town to send us pictures after numerous times of us cleaning all areas seen by the public we reviewed the photos from Code Enforcement for it to reveal they entered our backyard without permission... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Oct 11, 2022

Unless the municipality can show that there was an emergency situation which required immediate attention, the municipal officials can not enter your premises without your permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord Tenant dispute, Landlord enters back of property without permission, has also failed to repair property

I live in a town where the Code Enforcement is very strict. Our landlord has a building next door to us with a connected back parking lot.

Our landlord consistently visits the property and complains about trash and our way of life, etc. to avoid having to get calls from Code Enforcement... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Every lease in NJ, both written and oral, are deemed to include the provision of quiet enjoyment. This means no one can enter the leased premises without the renter's permission unless it is an emergency such as a water or gas leak. If repairs are not made within a reasonable period of time,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Bankruptcy for New Jersey on
Q: I’m from NJ and am being taken to court for an old debt for rent. I was young at the time and unaware of what a co-signe

I was unaware what a co-signer was. I responded but the original signer did not. Would the court be able to put the full responsibility of the debt on me. I was just diagnosed with cancer and have no income while he does. Debt is from passaic county and I live in Passaic county. Court is in Morris... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Sep 10, 2022

As a cosigner, you are fully responsible for the debt. Age or state of health is no defense. If a judgment is entered against you, it is a valid lien for 20 years. You may be able to have the debt discharged by filing in bankruptcy. Speak to an attorney with bankruptcy experience,

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently financed a ‘13 Dodge Avenger from a used car dealership. It failed 2 emissions inspections.

The car has been at the mechanic longer than I have been able to use it and I’m making payments on it for 2 months now without being able to use the vehicle. The dealership refuses to void the contract and insists of wasting more time trying to fix it or selling me a different car with a higher... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jul 31, 2022

It will be necessary to examine the contract you signed, but it seems like an excellent possibility that there is a violation of the NJ Lemon law, the NJ Consumer Fraud Act (which allows for payment of triple damages and attorney fees). An experienced civil litigation attorney should be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: I am 88 yrs and my wife 83 yrs do not have the strength to open and close the large windows in our rental. Is there solu
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on May 23, 2022

This is a question for a handyman not a lawyer, as maybe a motor to open them can be installed or maybe the window just needs some lubrication such as WD-40?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue a General Agency for terminating my contract and violating the terms of the contract?

I’m a health insurance broker in NJ. My General Agent has without my consent advised the health insurance carrier to alter the expiration date on our contract. The carrier is now holding my commissions and won’t release them as agreed in our contract. Can someone please advise?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 14, 2022

More facts and an examination of all relevant contracts is going to be needed in order to make a determination if you have a viable cause of action or not. But, from these facts (without knowing any more) it appears as if you might. With modern technology, you can be represented by any high-quality... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: If I buy a house with my own money can my wife that I have been separated from for one year take half?

I have been separated (not legally separated) for one year and 2 months with my current wife. We have been married for 2 plus years. If I buy a home with my own savings that I had before getting married can she take half when we divorce?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 9, 2022

New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, so the answer is "NO". You also should get divorced prior to buying any house, and this market is overdue to colapse.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Can French citizens who married in NJ get divorce under NJ law?

We are both French citizens of no immigration status in the US. I reside in France while my husband resides in United Emirate. Can I proceed with divorce in NJ ? Does US have jurisdiction over the assets and properties in France should we get the verdict? Thank you

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
answered on Apr 12, 2022

It is unlikely. New Jersey divorces couples who were legally married anywhere, as long as they satisfy the residency requirement. With rare exception, that means that at least once of you would have to live in New Jersey, and have been here for at least 12 consecutive months.

You should...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Filed a complaint in the court for non refund of deposit and defendant failed to answer twice.

My attorney do not want to file an application to the court to vacate the Judge's vacation of the default or file a new default motion? He says court will take care of the defendants violation of order. Find below the details. How to deal with it?

Filed a complaint in the court for... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Since you are represented by counsel, you must direct all questions to your own attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If the ordance lacks the definition of an allowed variable does the definition of that variable have to be made public?

For example if the town only allows certain firepits do thay have to make the details of what makes a lawful firepit public? If the town has rules for such a firepit but the rules are not available to the public is this legal? Where is legally allowed for this information to be located?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Depends on the town, but most rules and regulations for the town will be posted as a township ordinance and you may be able to find these online. However for what you are concerned about you may also have to look at the fire department regulations for the town/county/state. I suggest consulting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Can I filled a lawsuit if I found drugs in my hotel rooms coffee maker?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Mar 1, 2022

You can always file a lawsuit, but the question by the judge would be what were you damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: 88 year old doesnt have hard copy license has dementia cannot produce her drivers license number to replace

How to stop her from driving

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Feb 16, 2022

This is a hard situation, has she diagnosed with dementia? if so her doctor will generally write a letter to MVC getting her license suspended.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: Does Pennsylvania have a limit on the number of questions that can be asked in the interrogatory?

To include all the sub parts of the questions.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Feb 4, 2022

You need to repost your question in PA section.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: What is the procedure when one business does something and it causes a 2nd PARTY to do damage to the pkaintiff..

Is it two separate cases or one?the hospital gave my PHI TO A person acting as POA AND IT WAS USED FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSE.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jan 22, 2022

You really need to state a meaningful question without any abbreviations (which cannot be specifically identified.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Collections for New Jersey on
Q: Can a court levy my bank account without notification of any court case against me?

I currently live in FL. Previously lived in NJ. Noticed today that checking and savings accounts were levied. When I spoke to my bank, they said the superior court of NJ authorized this. I never received any notification of a pending court case against me. The address on my license and with the... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jan 18, 2022

Significiantly more information is required for a meaningful answer.

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