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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: In the state of New Jersey I pay child support but can’t offord it

I can offord the payment but I send something every week and I don’t have a job cause of covid but I do pay money to child support every week I have court soon and I’m not sure why

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Apr 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. The court calculates child support based on a number of factors. To have that amount adjusted you need to prove a permanent change in circumstances. Unemployment is generally not considered permanent. You are likely being summoned to a court appearance for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord selling the house. The new owners want the whole house. Do I have to move under the covid relief thats in order
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Apr 18, 2021

If you have a written lease, you may remain in the residence until the maturity date stated in the lease. If you are a tenant for a term up to a year. You may remain the premises until the renewal date. If you are month to month, the owner may obtain possession if the landlord follows statutory... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am a victim of theft by deception $14K, i filed in township municipal court . is that the correct action.

2 desired outcomes i am looking for

- stop this crime from happening to others( looks like this contractor has already done this with many other homeowners in princeton, monroe,hillsborough,flemington,south brunswick )

- refund of my money

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 1, 2021

This is a Civil case that must be filed in Superior Court, Law Division. As someone who has successfully handled a significant number of these cases, I can make some statements with a very high degree of certainty, which is good news for you. It is extremely rare that any Home Improvement... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: If you personally guarantee a business loan and file bankruptcy, can the bank go after your house/primary residence?

I opened the doors to my s-corp in 2020 and due to covid I may have to file for bankruptcy. I have a great opportunity to buy a house now and don't know if the bank will go after my house for collateral. Should I wait to see what the business does or is it safe to buy a house prior to a... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Apr 1, 2021

I would never advise any client, ever to set up a Sub-Chapter S corporation. It offers no benefit to anyone other than the accountant who probably set it up for you. You need to have a strategy session with an experienced Bankruptcy attorney. You are not going to be able to purchase a new house at... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: N 400 Naturalization Interview

Hello, I recently got married in February 2021 In india but I was unable to register the marriage with Indian govt. due to office closures(Covid) . I am a GC holder and had filed my N400 naturalization in dec 2019 when I was single. I have my interrview date in April 2nd week. My wife is in India... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 31, 2021

You should confirm whether your marriage in India is a valid marriage. You can contact an attorney in India or the Indian consulate nearest you to verify the validity of your marriage.

Once you confirm that your marriage is in fact valid and lawful then you can present that information at...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Is this rent increase of 7.8% legal according to NJ Law? To whom do I address first to stop it before 5/1/21 deadline

My lease ends 6/30/21. I just received my renewal form from my complex with a $58 increase. I've been here 6 years rent has never been late, and never had complaints on me. The increase has always been 20/year until 2020 when they felt in the middle of Covid it was ok to raise it to 35/year... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Mar 24, 2021

The answer depends upon whether or not the municipality in which you reside has some sort of rent stabilization or rent control ordinanc. I suggest you call legal aid in the county where you reside to discuss the issues.,

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for New Jersey on
Q: My sister just lost her husband to COVID. Her husband left her with $100,000 in credit card debt.

They own a home with a mortgage of about $300,000. He owns another home with a mortgage of about 150,000. She’s not working, she’s a retired nurse. Can she claim bankruptcy?

Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis answered on Mar 24, 2021

She would have to provide her documents to a bankruptcy attorney to get the best answer. She most likely could file a chapter 13 to protect the assets which is a repayment plan over 3 to 5 years based on her income. She may even be able to file a chapter 7 to wipe out the excessive debt and still... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Am I suppose to get paid for time of if exposed to covid 19 ?

if another employee tested positive for covid and the doctor advised to stay home for 10 days after exposure.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Mar 23, 2021

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that governs the payment of wages, and it only requires that you be paid for time you are actually performing work. So, while employers have the option to pay employees for time off for illness or injury, it is not required under the FLSA.

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure for New Jersey on
Q: if there was a deficiency judgement filed and awarded, how long does the mortgage company have to come after me?

how do i find out if there was a judgement against me? I did not receive anything and the auction sale was 11/2018

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 17, 2021

The mortgage company has a substantial amount of time. You really need to retain an experienced mortgage foreclosure defense and bankruptcy attorney to eliminate this problem for you. If the property sold at sheriff sale for less than what is owed (a virtual certainty in 2018) then there is a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: As a paying tenant in NJ, do I have to allow strangers in my home for showings of my apartment during the pandemic?

To add - I am currently on a month-to-month lease while actively searching for a new home to purchase (first time). I have been "reasonable" with my landlord in showing the unit, but I feel that they are intruding more than is absolutely essential. What are my rights in this situation?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Mar 11, 2021

All leases in NJ whether written or oral, are deemed to have included the right of the tenant to quiet enjoyment. This means, among other things, that no one has a right to enter your premises without your permission. The exception to this is the right of the landlord to enter in case of an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can I evict someone from apt. For cocaine use despite covid ban in NJ? He is roommate, refuses to leave.

refuses to leave or pay rent. Has used cocaine about three times in past 10 days.

Barbara Ungar Esq.
Barbara Ungar Esq. answered on Mar 4, 2021

You are entitled to quiet enjoyment of the premises. The use of marijuana in the premises is a violation of your lease. The landlord needs to take action to ensure that you have quiet enjoyment of your premises. Pursuant to the memorandum of the Administrative Office of the Courts in July, 2020,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord gave us a letter on March 1st stating he's doing a 30-Day quick deed sale on the house we are renting

We have a month-to-month rental agreement and have been looking around, but there are no apartments or homes available within 15 miles for a rental. We have 2 teens in High School + a Special Needs child in Elementary.

We literally have nowhere to go without leaving the area and causing... Read more »

Barbara Ungar Esq.
Barbara Ungar Esq. answered on Mar 4, 2021

Presently, there is a stay of evictions signed by Governor Murphy under Executive Order 106 on March 19, 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The stay of evictions was recently extended by Governor Murphy and also by the federal government under the Biden administration. The CDC guidelines reference... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Q: if a certain person not to possess finds a gun and turns it over to cops can he still b charged?

my fiance found a plastic pellet gun down the cushion of a chair in the resort and casino room that we were staying in, he took it to security who called the local cops who arrested him charged him w certain person and possession, the casino took his photo and banned him then security came up to... Read more »

James A. Abate
James A. Abate answered on Feb 18, 2021

The only answer is to retain a lawyer. Recent orders from the NJ Supreme Court could permit his release while he waits trial. While his case is serious, the possibility exists of a jury aquital.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My landlord sold the house I’m living in. He gave me a “notice to quit” of 60 days. Is that legal during the pandemic?

I am still in the process of trying to find somewhere for my family to move to but it isn’t easy trying to find somewhere to rent right now. Can a landlord who sold the property give you a notice to quit and still kick you out after 60 days right now?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Feb 4, 2021

Do did not indicate if you had a written lease. If there is a written lease, the terms of the lease control. If no written lease, the Landlord must conform to NJ statutes concerning eviction. The Landlord can not resort to self help. He must follow the procedures set out in detail in the statutes.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: If I sell a property to my son for $1 to kick out a squatting, non-paying tenant, will this work?

I have a tenant in NJ who will NOT pay rent and knows he can get away with it for the time being due to covid.

Since his lease is month to month, am I able to sell the house to my son, and have the police forcefully remove him after a 2 week notice? I understand there MUST be a reasonable... Read more »

Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis answered on Feb 3, 2021

No. That doesn't work. You still have to go to court. Your son could evict once he owns the property saying that he owns it and wants to live in an apartment. This is not a compelling argument for most judges at this time.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: Lease break in New Jersey -

Is there a way to break a lease because we're not feeling safe anymore in a residence where we believe there's a failure to enforce covid19 rules?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 31, 2021

Present the Landlord with a written demand for proactive steps for Covid 19 protection. Include in the demand a list of specific deficiencies. Set a reasonable dates for commencement and completion of the required repairs which must be done by licensed contractors. If the Landlord refuses, you have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can my father legally lock us out our home?

My dad changed the code to get into the house because he wants us to leave.

We’re both fully employed and are working towards moving, but need time to get out.

We never signed any legal lease/rental agreement or any other legal document detailing rent or leasing.

We do... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 26, 2021

Self help by a Landlord to cause an eviction of tenants is not permissible in NJ. In order to evict a tenant. a Landlord must follow the requirements specifically set forth in New Jersey statutes. To evict a tenant , the Landlord must file a complaint in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Can my employer be held accountable for possibly infecting me with covid for not quaranting after international travel?

He did Not quarantine, and said he got a 24hr test done at a place I know does not offer that service. Only 2-4 days due to it being a public testing facility. Also a few people also became ill immediately after his arrival.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2021

You can sue anyone, but can you prove that you got covid from him and not someone else such as when you wen to the supermarket for food. This would be the defense your employer would probably assert. Not that you shouldn't try and you may also be entitled to workers compensation insurance.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I married in PR live in NJ my ex-wife lives in Ohio we been separated for over 8 years can we get divorce from the u.s
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 14, 2021

Where you were married and where your wife lives are irrelevant to obtaining a divorce in New Jersey. If you meet New Jersey's residence rule. If she cannot be located, then service by publication is required. But that is not a problem. But, you must retain an experienced matrimonial attorney... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for New Jersey on
Q: I was told My chapter 13 case was dismissed because my lender was not agreeable to resetting my timetable for payment

I know the trustee was asking for a consent order for adequate protection payments for months..i been in bankruptcy for about 5 months why would the timetable have to be reset

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 11, 2021

I do not know whether or not you are represented by an experienced Bankruptcy attorney, or not, but if you are, then all your questions need to be directed to the attorney. Otherwise, you must retain counsel and have a document review and discussion of your present situation in order to provide... Read more »

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