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Business Owners And Property Owners Can Avoid Pitfalls By Consulting With An Attorney

Mar 07 2017
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We just successfully settled another major lawsuit today between a landlord and a tenant of a commercial business. These disputes often arise during negotiations of the contract or when the parties are ending their contractual relationship. Also, unexpected events sometimes arise that neither party anticipated when they entered into the agreement. Business owners and property owners can avoid pitfalls by consulting with an attorney before the start and end of a lease, and at the first sign of a dispute. We work to protect our clients and resolve their legal issues before they become major problems. Our clients were pleased that we resolved their case today, while protecting them from the time and cost of further protracted litigation.

Tips to Avoid a DUI this Holiday Season

Dec 07 2016
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We understand that many of you will be eating, drinking and being merry overall this holiday season. We also understand that revelry can lead to an uptick in DUI's as more police forces across the state of New Jersey will be putting additional squads on the road to keep everyone safe from harm. You can you avoid becoming one of those DUI statistics and/or causing injury or even death to someone else Therefore, we wanted to share these tips from us to avoid a DUI and other drunk driving consequences over the holidays. Don’t Drink and Drive: Seems obvious and perhaps the simplest way to avoid receiving a DUI. Just don't do it at all. It keeps yourself, your passengers and anyone else on the roads, out of harm's way. Period. Know Your State's Legal Limit: Legal limits vary by state, so make sure you become familiar with yours and/or any states you will be traveling to and through this holiday season. In some states you can be arrested for a DUI even with a BAC under the li ...

Social Host Liability - What it does and should mean for you

Sep 15 2016
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These days when you are hosting a party, you are responsible for far more than making sure your guests have a good time.  The social host law, passed by the New Jersey legislature in 1987, says that if one of your guests consumes too much alcohol and injures someone in a car accident after the party, the injured person can recover damages from you.  In some ways, the social host law runs counter to our natural impulse to please our guests. As hosts, we want to be generous; we want to have more than enough food and drink on hand, so that our friends will want for nothing.

Create your new business with DiFrancia & Price

May 09 2016
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If you're beginning a brand-new business, creating an LLC is probably THE most important process you will go through in terms of operations, especially in the highly-regulated state of New Jersey.

While there are online programs which enable to do so, we ask you one question...

Tuesday Q & A: Automobile Injury Claims

Mar 15 2016
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Hi folks and welcome to our new DiFrancia & Price law segment, "Tuesday Q&A". We will attempt to answer your questions each Tuesday with brief, but helpful and to-the-point answers.

This week, we're answering a recent question about auto accidents and injuries.

Q: How long should a person wait to go to a hospital following a minor traffic accident?

A: Do it immediately. The longer you wait, the greater medical risk you take and it certainly weakens your injury claim. Call us at 609-296-0001 to file your claims if you are in an automobile accident.

 

Stay tuned for next week's Q&A!

 

Have a great day!


At what point does 'alarming' behavior warrant protection in Domestic Violence cases

Feb 09 2016
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Would you believe that of the near 65,000 complaints of domestic violence reported in New Jersey each, almost half of them are under claims of harassment?

 

Due to the exceedingly high number of complaints, the state's courts are cautioning litigants of wasting resources - as well as hurting the plight of actual plight of true domestic violence victims by potentially alleging false claims.

 

Here, our own Jeremy Price weighs in on the severity of frivolous harassment claims:  

 

Landlord/Tenant Relations and How We Can Help

Jan 19 2016
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Here at DiFrancia & Price, we understand that, unfortunately, landlord and tenant relations can become tenuous at times. However, our firm has handled dozens of cases representing both sides of the aisle.

Many of our cases focus on security deposits from the side of the tenant. 

When a landlord takes a security deposit from tenants, the landlord must notify the tenants, in writing and within 30 days of receiving the deposit, of the name and address of the bank in which the security is deposited. If the landlord fails to provide that the tenant can have the security deposit applied to the tenant's rent and the landlord cannot exact another deposit as long as the tenant remains in the unit. (N.J.S.A. 46:8-19.)

With that said, if, as a tenant, you're having this issue currently, we advise you to come in for a free consultation to see how we can help you.

Why drafting a will at a young age is a good idea

Jan 14 2016
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How young is too young to write a will? As we were young once, too, many people may feel invincible and don't see the value of drafting a will at a relatively young age. It is, however, important for so many reasons.

Life is unpredictable and accidents, unfortunately, can happen at any time.

Therefore, we put together a checklist for young people to ask themselves when considering drafting a will:

What is the minimum age to write a will?
In most states, you must be 18 or older to write a legally valid will.

Deciding at what age you should write a will is a highly personal decision, but there are certain practical considerations that can help you determine when the time is right.

For example, if your family has a history of mental illness, it might be wise to be proactive during your younger years and plan ahead. Remember, you must be mentally competent when writing a will.

What Are Your Assets?

When you're young, you may not have many assets to leave behind, but you may have some savings, heirlooms, and a car, among other things.

For young people, covering digital assets may be especially important. Did you know your will can include access to photos, blogs, music, movies, video games, PayPal accounts, and other digital aspects of your life? Yes.


Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

When an unmarried person without children dies without writing a will, the deceased's assets will typically go to his or her parents.

If there are other people or groups (charities, for example) you'd like to leave assets to, it's best to plan ahead and include them by writing a will. If you die without a will, they won't be covered by law.

How to Get Started?

In order to get started, you can reach out to our law firm, or stop by our official on Main Street in Tuckerton. We'd  be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss.

Thank you.

An alternative to traditional divorce proceedings

Jan 05 2016
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We know divorce can be an unpleasant experience, and in some cases, it can be downright contentious. Divorce proceedings involve the equally splitting of assets as well as any property owned by the couple. Additionally, it can also carry with it the weight of child custody, as well as financial support.

Divorce, we know, can be an exhausting and emotional process for all involved. Heading into a court environment can be very intimidating, so therefore, we wanted to share some alternatives which can be explored in order to get these aforementioned items resolved in a civil manner. These can help achieve mutually agreed-upon specifics before the divorcing parties present in front of the court.

One of these alternatives is mediation. This avenue allows a neutral party to help the divorcing couple throughout the negotiating process in the equal divisiveness of assets, as well as ironing out any existing custody issues. The goal of mediation is always on settlement and resolution. The format allows for a less-formal procedure without the parties having to necessarily endure courtroom litigation and the stress is can carry. Though a mediator has no jurisdiction in enforcing a divorce settlement, they can serve as a catalyst for a more amiable dialogue. 

Additionally, a mediator has the ability to spend more time with the divorcing parties, where a judge does not - and can therefore address certain areas of conflict in which a judge cannot. Differences can also be hashed out more comprehensively.

Once a settlement is reached, the parties' representative attorneys (hopefully, our firm is one) use the settlement to draw up a Marital Settlement Agreement or a Property Settlement Agreement, which will then be presented to the court for official entry, in addition to the Judgement of Divorce.

In any case, we encourage you to contact our team - as experienced NJ Family Law attorneys - as we can assist any party in initiating the mediation process.