Newer Homes - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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You might assume that new construction and relatively newer homes are a safer bet. Think again. A March 2005 report by the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation documents "...a catalog of shoddy and deficient construction practices, lax regulatory oversight and poor remediation options that ...
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Know Your Rights in Criminal Court

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Even if charged with only a traffic violation or disorderly persons offense, you have certain Constitutional Rights. You have the right to plead "not guilty." You have the right to a trial where the State must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to call witnesses on your ...
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Overview of Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes

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Under the 2001 Federal Tax Act, the Federal Estate Tax exemption amount is $2.0 Million per person in 2007 and 2008, increasing to $3.5 Million in 2009. The Federal Estate Tax is scheduled to be repealed completely as of January 1, 2010 (more accurately the exemption amount will increase to ...
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Three Documents Every Adult Should Have

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At a minimum every adult should have a Will, a "Living Will," and a general, durable Power of Attorney. Why a WillWhether you die testate (having signed a Will) or intestate (without having), inevitably there will be estate administration tasks someone must perform (e.g., close bank accounts; sign ...
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An Incomplete List of the People Who Added Insult to Injury When You Had the Bad Manners to Get Hurt

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The careless driver who rear-ended you The cop who wrote the inaccurate accident report The municipal prosecutor who forgot you were a victim and treated you merely as the State's witness The "Independent Medical Exam" doctor hired by your PIP carrier to say you had reached "maximum treatment ...
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Typical Legal Services for Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate

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For Buyers Negotiate contract terms Review private inspection reports Negotiate repair issues Order and review survey Order and review title report Help buyer satisfy lender's pre-closing requirements Obtain payoff letters re seller's mortgages Negotiate and prepare Use and Occupancy Agreement, if ...
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