August 2013 Archives

CHARGED WITH A HIT AND RUN?

One of the easiest ways to compound your legal problems after getting into a car accident is to flee the scene following the crash. There are a number of ways in which a hit and run may occur.

DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH MEDIATION BEFORE MY DIVORCE?

In New Jersey, mediation is not mandatory in divorce cases. If you decide that mediation is not right for you or if you tried mediation and were not pleased with the results, you have the right to go to court and have your divorce decided by a judge. However, there is a mandatory process in New Jersey divorces for attempting to resolve financial issues, such as equitable distribution of marital property and support, without the need for a trial.

A DUI MEANS A WHOLE LOT OF PENALTIES

Many of us know someone who has been charged with a DUI. It seems as if a new celebrity is being charged with a DUI every day. With the frequency of DUI charges, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may appear to be a routine, everyday activity. However, facing the penalties that are bound to follow a DUI is anything but routine.

MYTHS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES

Amidst all of the recent debate on health care, there has been a vast amount of misinformation circulating about medical negligence and medical malpractice suits. Below you will find some of the most prevalent myths debunked. 

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Children are treated differently than adults in the American court system. The goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation rather than punishment. For this reason, the court exercises broad discretion in designing a plan that meets the rehabilitative needs of the individual child. When a juvenile commits what would be considered a crime if committed by an adult, the plan or disposition determined by the court is analogous to the criminal sentencing of an adult.

THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF ASSAULT

While the stars of The Real Housewives series are no strangers to catfights, three New Jersey cast members recently took things to a new level and were each charged with assault after a bloody brawl last April. Fights like that escalate quickly, so it's important to know the basics of the five kinds of assault.

MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR WILL

If you had a will drafted several years ago, you may have had several major life changes occur since then. Life happens, right? Maybe you got divorced, or maybe a previously favored niece that you were leaving a lot of property to has fallen out of favor with you. You know you want to change your will, but how do you do it?

CHILD CUSTODY: A FATHER'S RIGHTS

Fathers' rights historically have been an afterthought when it comes to children and custody decisions. How refreshing is it, then, that New Jersey's child custody statute is entitled "Custody of Child: Rights of Both Parents Considered." What that means is that fathers' rights no longer take a backseat, but instead are on equal footing with mothers' rights. We've come a long way.

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