Joseph H. Lemkin, Esq. and the Stark & Stark team are honored to participate in the United Way of Greater Mercy County’s Strike Out Hunger event taking place June 21, 2016 at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Volunteers will weigh, pack, seal and box servings of oatmeal to help hungry children in Mercer County.

This year the Strike Out Hunger fundraising goal is $37,500 to create packaged servings of oatmeal for distribution to food banks supporting New Jersey’s at risk children. Every $1000 raised provides 4,000 meals. Donations to the Stark & Stark fund can be made online here. If you would like to volunteer for the event or set up your online fundraising page, please contact the United Way of Greater Mercer County for more information.

Stark & Stark is pleased to sponsor the 2016 Central New Jersey Kidney Walk.  This year the walk will take place on May 22, 2016 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township.  Check-in time for the event is 8:30 a.m.   Stark & Stark attorneys Joseph Lemkin and Rachel Stark will be participating in the walk with a client-supported team.

The Kidney Walk is held nationwide every year to raise awareness and funds to fight kidney disease.  Donations are used for community screenings, patient services and education on kidney conditions, diseases, and cures. Eighty percent (80%) of all funds raised are directed to these programs.  The fundraising goal this year is $120,000.  Signing up to join a team or as an individual walker is simple and free.   Volunteers are appreciated as well—for more information contact or sign up online.

Stark & Stark Shareholder John L. Laskey, member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Business & Corporate, Collections, and Litigation Groups, will be presenting two identical seminars for the National Business Institute (NBI). The seminars, both titled “BOOT CAMP: Foreclosure & Loan Workout Procedures,” will offer NJ, NY, and PA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and will be presented on December 8th and 9th.

These full-day seminars will run from 9:00am to 4:30pm, and will present an explanation of foreclosures and loan workouts. These can be complicated procedures that require careful understanding. The first seminar will take place on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Princeton. The second, identical seminar will occur on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Cherry Hill.

For those unable to attend either event, it is possible to purchase the recording and/or course book of the seminar. For the full-day event, attendees will earn 7.20 NJ CLE credits, 7.00 NY credits, or 6.00 PA credits. To register for the seminar on December 8th in Princeton please click here. To register for the seminar on December 9th in Cherry Hill, please click here.

This past week, Timothy P. Duggan, Chair of Stark & Stark’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Tax Appeals, and Eminent Domain Groups, held two presentations for the Mercer County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Duggan’s first presentation was collaborated with fellow Shareholder Jeffrey M. Hall, member of the Eminent Domain Group, called Public Utilities and Condemnation, which was done alongside the Mercer County Bar Association. This seminar, held on November 17, 2015, discussed how public utilities are regarded when condemnation becomes necessary. Additionally, Mr. Duggan and Mr. Hall shared their in-depth knowledge of state and federal law to provide tips and strategies for protecting property owners who have been confronted with pipeline projects, including the PennEast Pipeline.

Mr. Duggan’s second presentation, Taxing Issues for Condominium Associations and HOAs: Real Estate Tax Assessments of Common Elements and Real Estate Tax Liens, for the 2015 Community Association Law Summit and was on November 18, 2015. This was a seminar for CLE credits alongside the NJICLE, the branch of the New Jersey Bar Association which handles CLE accreditation. This presentation provided tactics and solutions for a variety of tax issues that are currently impacting condominium and homeowners’ associations.

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Stark & Stark will be both sponsoring and hosting the seminar “New Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” which will be presented by the Mercer County Bar Association in conjunction with the IWIRC – Connecting Women Worldwide. This seminar will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 am in the Stark & Stark Lawrenceville office. Breakfast will be provided for attendees.

The seminar will also offer 1.5 Ban NJ/PA/NY CLE Credits for attendance. Presenters for the panel will include the Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey; Christy E. McDonaldd, esq., of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey; Andrea Dobin, esq., of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono P.C.; and William Mackin, esq., of Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, P.A.

For MCBA members and non-member attorneys, there will be a $10.00 charge for NJ credits, $15.00 charge for PA credits and $10.00 for NY credits. To make a reservation and payment for this seminar, contact the Mercer County Bar Association by phone (609)585-6200, fax (609)585-5537 or email

Join Rachel Stark, Esq. and Dolores Kelley, Esq. of Stark & Stark and James Bartolomei, CPA and Nicholas Demetrios, CPA of HBK CPAs and Consultants as they present the FREE educational seminar Creative Tax Strategies for Businesses on November 19, 2015 from 8:30 – 10:00am. The event will be held at Greenacres Country Club (2170 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrencville, NJ 08648)

Gain insight on methods to increase your bottom line through tax saving business structures and tactics. This seminar will discuss the various creative tax strategies for businesses, including:

  • Real Estate Tax Issues like Farmland Assessment, Like-kind exchanges and Tax Appeals
  • S corp. vs. LLC’s for consulting companies
  • Formation for Digital or Multi-state businesses with a focus on state tax issues and strategies for choosing state of formation
  • Tax saving strategies for companies selling outside the USA (IC-DISC’s)
  • Saving taxes and building wealth through self insurance (forming a Captive Insurance Company)

Breakfast will be served. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Eventbrite - Creative Tax Strategies for Businesses

Please register by November 14, 2015.

Stark & Stark Shareholder Robert F. Morris, member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group, will be hosting the free seminar “Prepare for Tomorrow By Acting Today: Tips for Ensuring a Successful Estate Plan.” This seminar will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Stark & Stark’s Lawrenceville office, 993 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

The seminar will outline how individuals can make sure their estate plan is adequate to protect their family’s financial security. Rob will discuss topics including estate planning strategies, gift and death taxes, credit shelters, estate planning under a will or revocable trust, as well as inter vivos trusts.

Join Stark & Stark for this series of informative seminars discussing topics relating to the Divorce Process, Child Support, College Contribution, Custody and Grandparents’ Rights. For more information about each seminar, or to RSVP, please see below.

October 6, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm
Breaking It Down: The Nuts & Bolts of the Divorce Process
This seminar will delve into the procedural intricacies of the divorce process, and will include an overview of all aspects of a divorce proceeding. The seminar will include such topics as alimony determinations, child support, and equitable distribution.

November 11, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm
Family Obligations: Understanding Child Support & College Contribution
This seminar will break down the intricacies and questions surrounding child support and college contribution. The discussion will explain the child support calculation, the factors applied by a court to determine a parent’s obligation to contribute to college and more.

December 8, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm 
All in the Family: Understanding Custody & Grandparents’ Rights
This presentation will discuss how custody is determined and the issue of grandparents’ rights. The seminar will answer many of the most pressing questions as they relate to child custody.