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I Wish Someone Told Me Sooner - Special Webinar on Medical Directives & Powers of Attorney



Scura, Wigfield, Heyer, Stevens & Cammarota, LLP, attorneys Peter Cammarota and Joe Hallock feature in this new special webinar. In this collaboration with New Jersey’s Seton Hall Alumni Association, we discuss living wills and their legal ramifications. At any moment, a person might need to make a decision to compose their own living will in preparation for a potential medical emergency. Attorneys need to be there to help these individuals and their families traverse the difficult terrain of this territory, preparing for the worst and being ready to cover all the potential problems that might arise as a result.

This video is a primer for those who need to know. You will learn the legal terms, hear examples of these topics in action, in order to prepare a living will in the state of New Jersey. Our attorneys will aim to answer any question you may have about the powers of an Attorney-in-Fact, the Advance Directive, and living wills. You will learn how the Power of Attorney functions in the state, as well as thoroughly understanding what documents you will need to have in order to process and deal with this troubling, legal challenge.

In short, we will examine the following:
1. What is an Advance Directive?
2. How does a Power of Attorney work?
3. What important documents do I need?
4. What happens if a family member is unable to make any medical or financial decisions as a result of incapacity?

Developments in New Jersey Employment Law


In 2018, New Jersey saw several significant developments in the area of employment law. Litigation involving the validity of arbitration clauses and non-disclosure agreements with respect to discrimination claims received attention with the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement. Similarly, companies were forced to consider revising their employee handbooks to provide for a “zero tolerance” policy when addressing sexual harassment claims. However, there are two other recent developments in New Jersey employment law that significantly impact employers and employees alike.

Validity of Arbitration Clauses in New Jersey

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Many larger contracts contain an arbitration clause or arbitration agreement, wherein the parties to the contract agree to settle their dispute outside of court, through the arbitration process.   The clause is considered a forum selection clause since it may dictate the specific jurisdiction where the arbitration is to occur.  Not all arbitration clauses are valid, simply because they are contained within a contract signed by the parties. 

Tax Liability: Offers in Compromise

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Many individuals have significant tax liabilities that they cannot afford to repay.  Tax liability can arise from not having enough tax withheld from your paycheck, withdrawing monies from retirements, bad investments, filing a return incorrectly and later having it audited, or failing to pay quarterly estimated business taxes.  This list is not exhaustive and there are numerous other instances that can result in owing money to a taxing authority, including the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and State of New Jersey Division of Taxation. 

Tax liability is defined as the total amount the taxpayer owes, including taxes, penalties, interest, additions to tax, and additional amounts required by law.  This article will deal with reducing tax liability with the IRS through a process called “offer in compromise” (“OIC”).

New Jersey Superior Court Service of Process

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In New Jersey, after you file a lawsuit or other legal document naming another party in the action, you must provide the defendant with a copy of the filed document. This is called service of process.  This is an extremely important step in any lawsuit.  Without proper service the defendant can easily defeat the moving papers, or the court will refuse to entertain the relief requested in the moving papers.  After service is completed, the server will fill out an affidavit which will be filed with the court. The affidavit of service describes the date, place, time and how the paperwork was served.  

Small Claims Court in New Jersey

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Small Claims is a division of the Special Civil Part Court in New JerseyThe Small Claims Section is a forum where a person can sue another person or business to attempt to collect a small amount of money.  The proceedings are truncated and cases are usually resolved quickly without incurring a large expense.  The cap on damages in Small Claims is $3,000.  An exception of $5,000 is reserved for suits premised on the return of a tenant’s security deposit.  A person seeking to file suit in Small Claims must be 18 years of age or older, otherwise the suit must be filed by a parent or guardian.    

How a Foreclosure Attorney in New Jersey Can Stop Foreclosure

Most Americans are aware of the foreclosure crisis that has plagued many homeowners, lenders and communities in recent years. There are many reasons for foreclosure, such as problematic mortgage loans with features such as these:

Consult a New Jersey Foreclosure Attorney to Avoid Foreclosure

On behalf of Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP

Being able to purchase and move into a new home is an exciting event for residents in New Jersey and elsewhere. This is why it is considered a very emotional and devastating time when homeowners learn that they might lose their home. Changes in life, such as unemployment or illnesses, can greatly impact the income of an individual or a family, making it difficult to make timely mortgage payments. These situations can lead to foreclosure.

Need to Find an Attorney for a New Jersey Domestic Violence Case?

Domestic violence is an all-too-frequent occurrence in the context of a divorce, separation or estrangement between spouses or romantic partners.

Tips for Creating a Living Will

Whereas a "normal" will dictates how a person's tangible assets will be distributed after death, a "living will" deals with an even more personal matter: a person's physical health. If you should become incapacitated for any reason such as the following, a living will can allow a loved one to make decisions regarding your medical treatment:

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