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How to Protect Yourself from Civil Forfeiture

In New Jersey, law enforcement is permitted to seize property that is related to or derived from a crime. Civil forfeiture is common in drug crime cases, weapons crime cases, racketeering cases, and white-collar crime cases. Property subject to civil forfeiture in New Jersey includes: Homes Vehicles Financial Accounts Businesses When the government wins in…

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Avoiding Costly Partnership and Shareholder Disputes

Partnership and shareholder disputes happen for a variety of reasons. One of the primary reasons that partnership and shareholder disputes occur is poorly written partnership and shareholder agreements. When parties fail to effectively define their expectations by way of a shareholder or partnership agreement, this opens the door for disputes regarding issues like ownership percentages,…

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Legal Association Disapproves of New Jersey’s Plan to Restart Criminal Trials

New Jersey recently announced plans to restart criminal trials using a combination of in-person and remote proceedings, including jury selection. However, a prominent legal association of criminal defense attorneys has spoken out against the state’s plan to resume trials for the first time in approximately four months.  According to state officials, approximately 5,000 defendants are…

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Legal Fee Disputes: 7 Things Clients Should Know

People in the U.S. spend over $100 billion in legal fees each year. Most of these legal fees are collected by ethical attorneys. Unfortunately, however, some lawyers take advantage of their clients by charging them more than what is warranted under the circumstances. A client who believes that his or her attorney’s legal fees are…

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Elements of a Legal Malpractice Case

Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney’s failure to act in a way that is consistent with the legal profession’s standard of care causes harm to a client. In order to prevail in a legal malpractice case, a person must prove the following elements:  The existence of an attorney-client relationship The first thing an individual must…

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New Jersey to Track Money and Property Seizures

New Jersey recently passed a law that requires comprehensive disclosure and transparency for the state’s civil asset forfeiture system. Under New Jersey’s civil forfeiture system, prosecutors and law enforcement authorities can use the civil courts to confiscate property that they believe is associated in some way with criminal activity.  Under the law, county prosecutors must…

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Surge in Client FINRA Arbitration Filings May Be on the Horizon

Experts expect the coronavirus pandemic and resulting market uncertainty to lead to a surge in FINRA arbitration filings. Historically, volatile times have tended to increase the number of broker negligence claims, meaning that FINRA arbitration filings are likely to increase until COVID-19 is under control and the markets bounce back and stabilize. In recent years,…

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Consumer Fraud on the Rise During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Whenever there is a crisis of any kind, scammers come out of the woodwork. The recent coronavirus pandemic has been no exception. Consumer fraud has been rampant since the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus in late 2019. According to official government statistics, coronavirus-related scams have cost consumers nearly $20 million dollars thus far, and this…

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