Jersey City on the Rise

A recent New York Times article describes the recent boom in development and growth across different neighborhoods of Jersey City.

Likening it to the growth and transformation of Hoboken before it, the article quotes Danny Harrison, a Jersey City resident and VP for real estate at B&D Holdings. Harrison says, “In my opinion, Jersey City downtown is only two to three years away from becoming Hoboken.”

Whether your website of choice is StreetEasy, Zillow, or the many real estate sites out there, shoot us an email or call us when you’re ready to make the move.

We have supported hundreds of buyers purchase homes in Jersey City and have deep experience in efficient closings in all of the major properties in Jersey City and beyond.

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What Kinds of Issues Can an Attorney Help Me With?

If you’re ever unsure whether you need legal counsel or not, we always recommend speaking to an attorney. A good lawyer will speak to you about your needs so that you feel comfortable and clear about engaging his/her firm.

What are some areas where we can assist you?

Civil Law & Litigation

These are issues such as torts (accidents, negligence, and libel), contract disputes, property disputes, the probate of wills & trusts, as well as other private matters involving private parties/organizations.

Corporate Law

Most businesses will have issues ranging from contract law to employment issues, intellectual property to bankruptcy.

Having legal counsel gives you the peace of mind that you’re proceeding with caution and with a clear sense of any risks or concerns you should know about.

Estate Planning

Although you may not realize it, a will is incredibly important for everyone. More than just specifying who receives your property, a will can also designate guardians for your children, ensuring their welfare and safety in case something should happen. In addition to wills, an attorney can support you with power of attorney (the power to make legal decisions on one’s behalf), living trusts, and much more.

Family Law

A divorce is rarely easy. Furthermore, when children are involved, even an amicable divorce can take a turn for the worst. When property is involved, it is important to take action to ensure that your future interests are taken care of. With the help of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney, your divorce or family law matter can be handled in such a way as to benefit your current and future interests, as well as those of your loved ones.

Other areas of family law include equitable distribution of property, child custody and visitation, prenuptial agreements, spousal support, and more.

Real Estate

Whether you’re buying/selling a new home, office, multi-family dwelling, or commercial property, an experienced lawyer will be helpful in guiding the process and making sure that you know what bases need to be covered. From title insurance to inspections to other considerations, even seasoned property owners can benefit from an experienced set of eyes on the transaction.

3 Questions on Eviction Proceedings in New Jersey

1. What is a “Notice to Cease” and “Notice to Quit”?

When a landlord wants to terminate a contract with a tenant, depending on the type of case, they may be required to give the tenant notice prior to beginning formal legal proceedings. If termination is for cause (such as nonpayment of rent or violating the lease by having a pet), the tenant may have a right for a period of time to remedy the issue.

2. What are Summary Eviction Proceedings?

Evictions are dealt with by the Special Civil Part of Law Division in Superior Court. If the tenant does not leave voluntarily, the landlord can evict them by formally serving the tenant with a complaint. The complaint requires the tenant to respond by appearing in court. If no appearance is made, the landlord can file for a default judgment. If the tenant appear, rent arrears shall be needed to be deposited with Court by 5:00 PM. A trial is then set, during which a judge will listen to testimony from both sides before deciding the matter.

 3. What happens if one is habitually late in rent payments?

In New Jersey, tenants who failed to pay rent may always be allowed to cancel the eviction and remain in the property if they pay the full amount of rent due plus all fees owed to the property owner on the date of trial.  This is a right of redemption.  There are cases where tenants habitually and continually fail to pay rent, resulting in repeated eviction proceedings. In New Jersey, the landlord may file for eviction “for habitually late payment” meaning the judge’s ruling would stand.

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Real Estate Client? Access Updated Documents

If you’re a new client or you’re interested in working with us to buy or sell a house/property, be sure to visit our Real Estate page, where we have included some of the most important documents for you to get started with us. We have over 20 years of experience working with clients on real estate transactions from commercial properties to purchasing their first homes.

Click here to visit the page and get our most up-to-date documents.

For specific questions and more information, please feel free to contact us.

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What is a Survey and Why Do I Need One?

We’ve recently updated our real estate FAQ section–be sure to visit that page for even more common questions about the real estate purchasing process. 

Question: What is a survey and why do I need one? 

Answer: A survey is a map of your property, showing precisely where your house lies within the property boundaries, as well as easements, other encumbrances, setback lines, and building lines. A survey will reveal whether the property is in violation of any county requirements or PUD restrictions and whether there are any encroachments.

Surveys are prepared by professional, licensed surveyors pursuant to industry standards; a Survey is also mostly insured for its own liability.

Purchasers sometimes mistakenly believe that since they are buying new construction there will not be any encroachment issues. Builders often unwittingly create driveway encroachments during construction that are revealed by a survey. Building setback violations are also frequently caused by builders and exposed with a survey.

Purchasers of fee simple townhouses sometimes incorrectly assume that a survey certificate is not necessary. Remember that townhouses can just as easily be built in violation of setback requirements or encroaching upon easements that is not going to be decipher without survey or survey certificate.

It is also important to know that a survey conducted for the seller at the time the seller purchased the property is not a protection for a subsequent purchaser. A purchaser must have his or her own survey conducted.

In owner’s title insurance, your policy will offer more extensive coverage if you have a survey. Generally, title insurance companies do not insure against matters that would be disclosed on an actual survey. If you purchase a survey, however, your title insurance company will usually insure that the survey is correct.

If you want a survey prepared, you should make arrangements for the survey with us so that the survey can be completed and reviewed before your closing. This allows time to address any potential problems. A few years ago, lenders usually required a survey of the property as a requirement of obtaining the loan. Today, most lenders no longer require the purchaser to get a survey. However, even if your lender does not require it, you may want to purchase a survey because of the many potential risks.

This is just a general statement, and not to be considered exclusive. For questions about this and other real estate issues, please contact us via the form in the footer of this website to set up an appointment.

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