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Are New Jersey police using the breathalyzer test properly?

While breathalyzer tests are common practice throughout New Jersey, these tests also must be used properly in order to be effective. Police must be trained in how to administer and interpret the tests correctly, in order to protect the driver's rights. A recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling has found that one officer in particular was not calibrating the breathalyzer tests properly, which resulted in more than 20,000 breathalyzer tests being eliminated as evidence. 

New Jersey tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

Running a business can be hard work, and you likely want to spend as much time as possible on your core strategies. That could mean hiring someone to help you file all your tax reports—for the business, your employees and yourself. But what if that person steers you wrong?

The District of New Jersey recently arrested a Linden tax preparer for charges of tax fraud and tax evasion. The press release suggests that in addition to hiding his own profits, the man had helped his clients cheat their taxes. On their behalf, he listed fake charitable contributions, claimed fraudulent business expenses and invented business losses.

5 reasons your New Jersey prenup might not hold up in court

More and more people are getting prenuptial agreements to protect their assets in the case of a divorce, and we often see the news littered with headlines about celebrities who may lose millions because they didn’t sign prenups ahead of their weddings. But what the headlines don’t often point out is that prenups don’t always stand up in court.

New Jersey’s courts will consider prenuptial agreements in divorce proceedings, but they also aim for equitable settlements. If they find that a prenup is unfair or was not drafted properly, they may throw it out.

The difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance

Much about our tax system is complicated - the forms are complicated and the laws are complicated. Mistakes are made. When do those mistakes rise to the level of tax evasion?

The key is intent. If you use the laws to your advantage, that is tax avoidance. If you make a mistake and inadvertently underreport income or overestimate a deduction, that is considered tax avoidance as well and the IRS will simply demand a correction and, perhaps, a penalty.

Should a divorcing couple hire two appraisers?

Have you considered hiring your own appraiser to value and divide property in a divorce? In some divorce cases, the parties and their attorneys agree upon a join appraiser and split the cost equally.

However, it might seem like a good idea if you do not completely trust your soon-to-be ex-spouse. It is important to understand the possible legal and financial impact this decision could have on your case.

Is Your Echo Recording Your Private Conversations?

We all expect to have a certain level of privacy in our own homes. But what if I told you everything you say is being recorded 24/7? If you sport Amazon’s Echo in your home, that is exactly what is happening.

In the last few years, investigators have compelled Amazon to turn over Echo data in criminal cases – particularly violent crimes such as murder. Many people, Amazon personnel included, believe that this falls in direct violation of a citizen’s First Amendment rights. Amazon did not want to violate their customers’ privacies, but were ultimately left with no choice.

The difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance

Much about our tax system is complicated - the forms are complicated and the laws are complicated. Mistakes are made. When do those mistakes rise to the level of tax evasion?

The key is intent. If you use the laws to your advantage, that is tax avoidance. If you make a mistake and inadvertently underreport income or overestimate a deduction, that is considered tax avoidance as well and the IRS will simply demand a correction and, perhaps, a penalty.

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.

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