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Max Schatzow, Esq., on behalf of Stark & Stark’s Investment Management & Securities Practice Group, submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in response to the SEC’s proposed interpretation of the standard of conduct under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

While Stark & Stark largely agreed with the SEC’s proposed interpretation of the standard of conduct, it took issue with its characterization of the duty of care owed by investment advisers. As a general matter, investment advisers owe their clients both a duty of care and a duty of loyalty. Stark & Stark generally agreed with the SEC’s framework surrounding the duty of loyalty. However, the SEC’s proposed interpretation of the duty of care would require “the duty to act and to provide advice that is in the best interest of the client.”

Continue Reading Stark & Stark Investment Management & Securities Practice Group Submits a Comment Letter to the SEC on Recent Rule Proposals

Trenton’s revaluation has been a long time coming. Originally slated for 2016, it’s official for 2017. Property owners are now receiving notices of the new assessments proposed by the revaluation company hired by Trenton and the Trenton’s assessor. If the new assessment is not scrutinized, the Taxpayer, whether the property owner or triple net tenant, will be stuck with the new assessment.

Trenton is a City in transition. Properties range from abandoned buildings and vacant lots to thriving offices, residential, retail, industrial, and other uses. Because of the vast range in the condition of properties in Trenton and their utility, sales and other data establish values that range all over the place. Simply put, the real estate market has not established a well-defined and clear guide to a property’s market value so the potential exists for a wide range of opinions as to the value of a particular property.

Continue Reading Property Revaluations in Trenton – Now, the Rubber Meets the Road

In the fall and early winter, as we approach the final days of the calendar year, the farthest thing from the mind of New Jersey taxpayers is their property tax bill. Months ago, the new tax bills were mailed and then filed away to be pulled out when quarterly payments are due. However, an astute taxpayer should make a note on the calendar for the last quarter of the year to look at the total assessment that appears on the tax bill and consider whether it reflects a fair or true value for the property. Acting proactively at this time of year can potentially shave significant dollars from a property owner’s tax bill, depending on the size of the assessment and the tax burden imposed by the municipality. Here’s why.

Continue Reading Your Current Commercial Property’s Assessment and Tax Bill: The Best Defense Is A Good Offense – Take Action Now!

What Landlords and Tenants Should Do Before and After the December 1st Appeal Deadline

If the commercial property you own or rent has had recent construction and the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) was issued, it is likely the municipal assessor tacked on an added assessment to its regular assessment. It is also possible you may have received a tax bill for an omitted assessment, which has a similar deadline of December 1st.

While you may be already reeling from paying the non-residential development fee at the time of CO, as a taxpaying landlord or tenant, you should not shrug off the additional tax burden without giving thought to whether a formal or informal appeal of the added or omitted assessment should be made. As the December 1st deadline is rapidly approaching, now is a very apt time to consider whether the property is over-assessed and if you are paying too much in taxes.

Continue Reading Should You Appeal Your Added Assessment Tax Bill?

Congratulations to The Human Village Brewing Company, which opens on November 18th in Pitman, New Jersey.

The Human Village Brewing Co. began as “the shared vision of Emily Barnes and Megan Myers,” who began brewing their own beers as a hobby until it grew into its own company. Ms. Barnes has a background in chemical engineering, while Ms. Myers has a background in research and international studies. The brewery will have a “strong concentration in European styles” while still hoping to “emulate traditional brewing styles.”

To make reservations to the Grand Opening on November 18th, click here. To learn more about Human Village, please click here.

Marshall T. Kizner, member of the Stark & Stark Beer & Spirits Group, represents the brewery. Mr. Kizner focuses on assisting breweries, wineries, and distilleries in state and federal licensing, equipment leasing, financing, and employment matters. Additionally, he also has experience in commercial litigation.

The Stark & Stark Beer & Spirits practice is one of the only practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania of its kind with a team dedicated to the needs of the craft and artisan spirits industry.

Congratulations to The Eight & Sand Beer Co., which opened this month in Woodbury, New Jersey.

The Eight & Sand Beer Co. was started by two friends to “build a more sustainable brewery” by using “environmentally friendly steam rather than direct fire burners to heat [their] 10 barrel brewhouse.” Eight & Sand plans to feature “rotating taps in [their] tasting room, providing a different experience for every visit.”

The Eight & Sand Beer Co. is now open, and has Tasting Room Hours on Thursday through Sunday. To learn more about the Eight & Sand, please click here.

Marshall T. Kizner, member of the Stark & Stark Beer & Spirits Group, represents the brewery. Mr. Kizner focuses on assisting breweries, wineries, and distilleries in state and federal licensing, equipment leasing, financing, and employment matters. Additionally, he also has experience in commercial litigation.

The Stark & Stark Beer & Spirits practice is one of the only practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania of its kind with a team dedicated to the needs of the craft and artisan spirits industry.

Stark & Stark Shareholder Maria P. Imbalzano and Associate Corrine E. Cooke will be presenting three upcoming seminars entitled Understanding the Difference between a Collaborative Divorce & a Litigated Divorce. Each seminar will be held on a different time and day but the content will be identical.

The seminar will examine the aspects of collaborative divorce, which is a process wherein both parties agree to resolve their divorce outside of court. Instead, the parties work through all of the issues civilly, constructively, and with an open mind to any alternatives available to settling these issues.

Continue Reading Free Seminars Examine the Differences between Collaborative & Litigated Divorce

Stark & Stark Shareholder Christopher Florio recently joined Ray Dickey from AssociationHelpNow to discuss treatment of renters and owners as it applies to homeowner association board members, community managers, and management companies. They discuss board meetings, parking, and access to the association recreation facilities. Check out the video below.