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Financial considerations during a divorce

It is no secret that divorce is expensive. The average New Jersey divorce costs $15,600, according to a recent news article. However, there are many factors that could drive that cost up, including the division of marital property.

New Jersey uses an equitable distribution system for dividing marital property. This means that almost all assets acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage will be divided based on several factors, including the duration of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living and the earning capacity of each spouse.

Why you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team

In complicated divorces, even amicable splits can produce difficult financial scenarios. However, if your divorce isn't amicable and your spouse provides bogus or incomplete financial information, then a forensic accountant is a must-have member of your divorce team.

In a high-asset divorce, a forensic accountant can help uncover financial inconsistencies, reveal hidden assets, appraise property and assets, account for art and antiques and make sure all distribution is equitable.

The cost of a New Jersey DUI

It’s amazing how quickly an evening of cocktails can go from fun to nerve-racking. Seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror is not the way anyone wants to end an evening out. 

Facing DUI charges in New Jersey can be a frightening experience. You may have had a friend or coworker who has gone through the process and understand that it can get expensive fast.

Expand Miranda Warnings to Advise of Immigration Consequences Before Police Interrogation

The now familiar police warnings which derive from the United States Supreme Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) and which are given to those suspected of a crime and about to be interrogated ("You have a right to remain silent;" "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law," etc.) have become ingrained in our popular culture. Though well-intentioned, these warnings need to be updated and amplified to meet the needs of a changing legal landscape.

Is it worth it to fight a speeding ticket in New Jersey?

You’ve been pulled over and receive a citation for speeding. You contemplate simply paying the fine to settle the matter quickly. This may not be a good idea for a variety of reasons.

Here are a few things you should consider before you act after receiving a speeding ticket.

How Does A Criminal Conviction Affect College Admissions?

It is your senior year and you are in the early stages of the college application process. However, a few years ago, you were convicted of a drug crime. While you have since turned your life around, you are worried how your criminal record will affect your academic future. Fortunately, a recent change in the college admissions process may decrease the impact that your criminal past will have and increase your odds of being accepted.

What to do if you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI

Seeing blue and red lights flashing in the rearview mirror is enough to make anyone nervous. It can be particularly upsetting when you have had something to drink. In New Jersey, a police officer must have probable cause to pull you over. You could have a taillight out, you could have swerved or you may have failed to signal a turn. A small traffic infraction is enough reason for a law enforcement officer to pull your vehicle over.

It is normal to be nervous when a police officer pulls you over. However, you do not want to overact and make things worse. Here are some tips of how to behave if you are pulled over for DUI.

3 mistakes to avoid in a high asset divorce

It’s no secret that divorce is a stressful and lengthy process. Your finances and property will be re-delegated among you and your spouse, and you may have to create a schedule for visiting your children.

In a high asset divorce, you’ll likely have more items of concern, and you may be inclined to cut some corners in order to end the process sooner. However, this can be a potentially harmful thing to do, as it will impact your future following the divorce.

What types of drug paraphernalia are prohibited?

Most people know that possession of illegal substances can lead to serious charges. However, many other acts could also lead to allegations for drug-related offenses. Even if you do not have any drugs on your person, in your home or in your vehicle, you could still end up facing charges for possession, even if not in the way you thought possible.

Possession of certain types of drug paraphernalia is also a crime. This means that, even if you do not have substances in your possession, authorities could level allegations against you if you have objects they believe were used or could be used in association with illegal substances. Because of this possibility, it may prove wise for you to understand what items could fall into the category of drug paraphernalia.

Business appreciation and divorce

Owning a small business or professional practice is always about responding well to opportunities and challenges.

One of the biggest of these can be divorce. Trying to value and divide ownership interests often requires complicated calculations and may play a big role in determining who ends up with what during property division proceedings.

In this post, we will inform you about one aspect of this: appreciation in the value of an ownership interest in a business that a spouse had before marriage.


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