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November 2, 2021Appellate Division Turns Up the Heat on General Contractors who Fail to Pay Subcontractors.

The Appellate Division recently turned up the heat on general contractors who fail to pay subcontractors forcing them to incur legal fees to prosecute their legitimate claims. In JHC Industrial Services, LLC v. Centurion Cos., (approved for Publication September 17, 2021), the Court declined to enforce a proportionality requirement into the PPA's fee shifting provision and remanded the issue of counsel fees....

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November 1, 2021New Legislation Drops Notable Tax Law Changes: What You Need to Know

Earlier this week legislation was introduced in Congress that reflects President Biden's "Build Better" plan. This replaces legislation previously introduced on September 13, 2021 and there are a number of notable tax law changes that were dropped. Many of our clients have been doing significant planning and even accelerating certain actions in an attempt to avoid the harsh tax impact of the September 13th legislation, but much of that planning may no longer be necessary or at least not urgently necessary....

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October 13, 2021Passing on Assets Outside of Probate: PODs and TODs

For a variety of reasons, people sometimes want some or all of their assets to pass directly to specific individuals upon their deaths, outside of probate. One way to accomplish this is to set up a "payable on death" (POD) account for money in a bank account or a "transfer on death" (TOD) account if funds are in a brokerage account....

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October 8, 2021Do You Need a Lawyer to Write a Will?

A will is a legal document that directs who will receive your property when you die. The legal requirements are pretty simple. In order for your will to be valid, you must know what property you have and what it means to leave it to someone, then sign the document and have it witnessed according to the laws of your state....

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October 5, 2021Make Sure Your Estate Plan and Other Essential Documents Are Safe from Disasters

It's an unfortunate reality that with the increasing number of natural disasters across the country, including fires, floods, and hurricanes, the chance that you could lose your house and possessions has become more likely. In the event of such a calamity, it is important that your estate planning and other important documents are beyond reach and easily retrievable....

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September 27, 2021Medicaid's Bias for Institutionalized Care May Be Shifting under President Biden's Proposed American Jobs Plan

Medicaid is a federal program, administered through the states at the county level, and created under the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.A. S. 1396 to 1396 w-5. The various Medicaid programs in New Jersey (all falling under the umbrella of NJ Family Care) are overseen by the Department of Human Services' Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services ("DMAHS")....

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