Giving Back to our NJ Community: Giving Bicycles for Children for the Holidays

The law firm of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson decided to celebrate the holidays by giving  back to the local community. In lieu of a traditional holiday party, the firm purchased ten new bicycles for children of various ages who are currently being helped by Ginnie’s House in Newton, an advocacy center for abused children. Continue reading “Giving Back to our NJ Community: Giving Bicycles for Children for the Holidays”

New Jersey’s Dispute Resolution Options, Part 2: Divorce Arbitration

Opinions and, yes, even decisions made by impartial outside parties are critical when you’re facing a divorce in New Jersey. This is where New Jersey’s Dispute Resolution option of divorce arbitration comes in. Divorce arbitration is the voluntary process where the parties agree to submit one or more disputed issues to a neutral third party for a final and binding decision. Typically, both parties are represented in the arbitration by separate counsel. Continue reading “New Jersey’s Dispute Resolution Options, Part 2: Divorce Arbitration”

New Jersey’s Dispute Resolution Options, Part 1: Divorce Mediation

If you find yourself in the middle of a divorce, it’s crucial to know what your options are. Thankfully, NJ attorneys will tell their clients about Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR) programs upfront in order to keep the number of cases to a minimum. It’s helpful to explain the settlement process and differentiate between negotiation, mediation, and arbitration during this time. Here is an explanation of the first: divorce mediation.

Divorce Mediation in NJ

Many attorneys, psychologists and social professionals have picked up on the national trend of divorce mediation.  For a fee, usually paid by both parties in advance, the NJ divorce mediator will gather information, obtain positions from each side and will facilitate the parties in reaching their own agreement.

From there, the mediation process begins. If the parties agree on a settlement, the mediator then drafts a memorandum of understanding. Each party is then advised to keep separate counsel to review the proposal and draft a formal agreement in light of the legal and tax ramifications. Continue reading “New Jersey’s Dispute Resolution Options, Part 1: Divorce Mediation”

Filed Paper Documents

Beware of Solicitation Scam to Buy the Deed to Your House

By: Chris H. Colabella, Esq.

Beware of solicitations for the retrieval of your Deed, Mortgage or other filed documents. It has become more common for companies throughout the United States to solicit new home buyers and individuals who have recently transferred the Deeds on their property to utilize their services for the retrieval of the documents.

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Lease Agreement

Rent Payments to a Landlord: Better Late Than Never?

By: Racquel G. Hiben, Esq.

As a landlord, you have an expectation that the tenant will pay their rent on time. Often times it is imperative that the tenant do so in order for you, as owner of the rental, to pay the mortgage and/or taxes on that property.

What can you do if your tenant continuously pays their rent after the due date? Can you evict them for violation of the lease terms? The answer is yes.

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Child and Father Hand in Hand

Family Relocation Law: When the Custodial Parent Wants to Move Out of State

By: Racquel G. Hiben, Esq.

Residents of New Jersey often seek relocation outside of the State to areas with a lower cost of living and a fraction of the property taxes. Others seek relocation to be near family or their support system following a separation or divorce or for a job opportunity. Whatever the reason, when children are involved, the decision cannot be made unilaterally as both parents must consent to the relocation.

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