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New Jersey Appellate Court Permits Employers to Reduce The Statute of Limitations for New Jersey Based Employment Claims Under Certain Circumstances

Posted in Litigation

A New Jersey Appellate Court was presented with deciding “whether a contractual provision, contained in an employment application, by which the employee waives the two year statute of limitations applicable to claims against the employer and shortens the period for such claims to six months” is enforceable?

Properly Serving As a Power Of Attorney

Posted in Litigation, Trusts & Estates

At some point in our lives, many of us are chosen to serve as a Power of Attorney for an elderly or an incapacitated person who may need assistance with their day to day affairs, whether due to infirmity, immobility, or issues with their mental capacity. Prior to taking actions utilizing the Power of Attorney, it is a good idea for an individual to have ground work laid out to properly memorialize any actions taken while utilizing the Power of Attorney to avoid potential future legal action. As a litigator who works extensively in probate litigation, I have seen many instances where a lawsuit is filed due to alleged abuses of a Power of Attorney. As such, below are some simple rules to follow when utilizing a Power of Attorney.

An Unfair Will Doesn’t Mean an Invalid Will

Posted in Litigation, Trusts & Estates

Just because a Will may be unfair to different members of a family its lack of perceived fairness does not invalidate the Will in the absence of additional evidence. It is well settled that if the testator has the capacity to execute a Will, then in that event, it is not the duty of the Court to rewrite the Will, but instead, to enforce it in its current format. The test of capacity to execute a Will is quite a low standard. In general, the testator need only understand the property which he possesses and which he wishes to dispose of and the individuals to whom he wishes to bequeath this property. Provided the testator meets this simple two pronged test, and the distribution is not the subject of an outside influence which is unlawful in nature, then the bequest will stand. This might be despite the fact that the decedent’s bequest may be extremely unfair to other potential heirs of the Estate.

The Joint Accounts and Multi Party Deposit Account Act

Posted in Litigation, Trusts & Estates

Often times, in order to simplify writing checks on behalf of an elderly individual or one whose capacity may be failing, individuals may agree to open a joint account which would then permit the person who is providing assistance to write checks on behalf of the individual who actually has deposited the funds into the account. This typical joint account with right of survivorship is subject to the Multi Party Deposit Account Act. This Act has important implications with regard to matters wherein the subject account may be a substantial asset of the Estate once the true owner of the account passes away. It is for these reasons that you should be aware of the Multi Party Deposit Account Act.