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10 Mistakes To Avoid When Handling New Jersey Motions


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TEN MISTAKES NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION PRO SE LITIGANTS MAKE WHEN ANSWERING NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTIONS

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION?
A New Jersey Law Division motion is a New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant’s formal request, made by an application called a New Jersey Law Division motion, to have the New Jersey Law Division take some action in favor of the New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant making the New Jersey Law Division motion. The New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant making the New Jersey Law Division motion is called the “moving party” or “movant” and the New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant answering the New Jersey Law Division motion is called the “respondent” or “responding party” or “nonmoving party” or “opposing party”. The papers submitted with the New Jersey Law Division moving party’s motion are called “moving papers” and the papers submitted in opposition to the New Jersey Law Division motion are called “opposition papers.” The date that the New Jersey Law Division motion is scheduled to be heard is called its “return date” or “hearing date”. If you face a New Jersey Law Division motion, given the complex nature of such motions and frequent changes in the law and court rules, you should seek professional advice from an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey. No website is a substitute for competent legal advice. This article is about New Jersey Law Division motions other than those that are filed and heard in the New Jersey Law Division, Small Claims Section or the Superior Court of New Jersey, New Jersey Law Division, Special Civil Part or the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Part.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTIONS?
There are many kinds of New Jersey Law Division Motions. Some of these include the following:
• New Jersey Law Division motion to dismiss New Jersey Law Division complaint for failure to answer interrogatories.
• New Jersey Law Division motion to suppress a New Jersey Law Division answer for failure to answer interrogatories.
• New Jersey Law Division motion for more specific answers to New Jersey Law Division interrogatories.
• New Jersey Law Division motion to transfer a New Jersey Law Division case from the New Jersey Law Division to the New Jersey Law Division.
• New Jersey Law Division motion to dismiss New Jersey Law Division complaint for failure to state a claim for relief.
• New Jersey Law Division motion for summary judgment.
• New Jersey Law Division motion for leave to file an amended complaint.
• New Jersey Law Division motion to transfer venue of the New Jersey Law Division case from one county to another county.

MISTAKES ANSWERING A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION COULD RESULT IN YOUR LOSING YOUR NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION CASE
Many New Jersey Law Division pro se New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants who answer New Jersey Law Division motions fail to prepare the answer properly or to include all things necessary to give them the best chance of winning the New Jersey Law Division motion filed against them. For example, if you face a New Jersey Law Division motion to dismiss or a New Jersey Law Division motion for summary judgment (also called a New Jersey Law Division summary judgment motion), if the New Jersey Law Division motion is granted against you, your New Jersey Law Division case could be over and you could face a New Jersey Law Division judgment and thereafter, collection activity (such as the freezing of your bank accounts, sale of your personal property, the placement of a lien on your homes or the attachment of your wages). Below is a list of ten of the most common mistakes that New Jersey Law Division pro se New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants make when answering New Jersey Law Division motions.

MISTAKE ONE - IGNORE A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION
If a New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant files a New Jersey Law Division motion, the New Jersey Law Division order sought may be entered in the discretion of the New Jersey Law Division unless the attorney or pro se party upon whom it has been served files the proper New Jersey Law Division papers 8 days before the New Jersey Law Division motion return date (the date that the New Jersey Law Division shall hear the New Jersey Law Division motion) or if the New Jersey Law Division motion is a New Jersey summary judgment motion, 10 days before the New Jersey Law Division motion return date. Ignoring a New Jersey Law Division motion could result in dismissal of a New Jersey Law Division complaint or dismissal of a New Jersey Law Division counterclaim, an award of fines or fees against you, the entry of a money judgment being entered against you or the dismissal of your New Jersey Law Division case and possibly expose you to the risk of having your wages attached, your bank accounts frozen and the money given to the winning New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants in the New Jersey Law Division case, your personal property sold and a lien put against any homes or other real property you may own. You must respond to the New Jersey Law Division motion in writing and in the proper way and before the deadline for a response expires.

MISTAKE TWO - WITHOUT FIRST FILING OPPOSITION PAPERS, SHOW UP TO A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION HEARING WITH DOCUMENTS AND EXPECT TO WIN THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION HEARING?
Many people think they just show up at a New Jersey Law Division motion hearing without first filing any papers answering the New Jersey Law Division motion and that the New Jersey Law Division Court shall let them tell their story. This is not usually how New Jersey Law Division motions work! Never assume you can just show up to court with documents and try to oppose a New Jersey Law Division motion! If you fail to file a written response to the New Jersey Law Division motion in the way and time required by the New Jersey Court Rules, the New Jersey Law Division motion may be decided against you! Before being heard on a New Jersey Law Division motion, you must usually file paperwork with the New Jersey Law Division – normally, more than a simple letter. The New Jersey Law Division rules require motions to be answered a specific way. Many New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants fail to properly answer New Jersey Law Division motions and lose the New Jersey Law Division case because they failed to properly answer the New Jersey Law Division motion filed against them. New Jersey Law Division motions are often complex and answering New Jersey Law Division motions often requires many hours of work and the careful preparation of New Jersey Law Division motion opposition papers and the timely filing and service of those New Jersey Law Division motion opposition papers. New Jersey Law Division pro se plaintiffs and Law Division pro se defendants that use New Jersey Law Division forms are not guaranteed of success. New Jersey Law Division forms do not fill themselves out properly and New Jersey Law Division forms are no substitute for competent legal advice by a New Jersey Law Division trial attorney. A New Jersey Law Division motion shall be deemed uncontested and there shall be no right to argue orally in opposition unless responsive papers are timely filed and served stating with particularity the basis of the opposition to the relief sought. If you wish to oppose a New Jersey Law Division motion, do not sit and wait for the New Jersey Law Division motion to be decided! Instead, before the deadline expires for filing opposition papers file the appropriate papers with the appropriate court, find out who the New Jersey Law Division judge is that shall be hearing the New Jersey Law Division motion and forward that judge a complete copy of those papers. If you want to argue the New Jersey Law Division motion orally, your New Jersey motion opposition papers must include a request for oral argument. At the same time, you should serve a complete copy of your New Jersey motion opposition papers on all New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants who ever entered an appearance in the case, such as by filing a complaint or answer or motion in the case. Unless the New Jersey Law Division otherwise orders, opposing New Jersey Law Division affidavits, New Jersey Law Division certifications, briefs and cross-motions, if any, must be served and filed not later than 10 days before the New Jersey Law Division motion hearing date. A New Jersey Law Division motion shall be deemed uncontested and there shall be no right to argue orally in opposition unless responsive papers are timely filed and served stating with particularity the basis of the opposition to the relief sought. If you wish to oppose a New Jersey Law Division motion, do not sit and wait for the New Jersey Law Division motion to be decided! Instead, before the deadline expires for filing opposition papers file the appropriate papers with the appropriate court, find out who the New Jersey Law Division judge is that shall be hearing the New Jersey Law Division motion and forward that judge a complete copy of those papers. If you want to argue the New Jersey Law Division motion orally, your New Jersey motion opposition papers must include a New Jersey Law Division request for oral argument.

MISTAKE THREE - ASSUME THAT THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION COURT KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION CASE OR THAT THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION JUDGE WILL LOOK THROUGH YOUR ENTIRE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION CASE FILE BEFORE DECIDING A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION
New Jersey Law Division is one of the busiest of all of the sections of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Don’t ever expect New Jersey Law Division Court personnel to be familiar with the details of your New Jersey Law Division case or for the New Jersey Law Division judge deciding the New Jersey Law Division motion to read your file. Usually, most New Jersey Law Division Court personnel never read your complaints, answers and motions. When dealing with New Jersey Law Division Court personnel, be prepared to explain those details of your New Jersey Law Division case that are necessary for them to understand your New Jersey Law Division case.

MISTAKE FOUR – EXPECT NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION COURT PERSONNEL TO TELL YOU HOW TO PROPERLY ANSWER A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION
New Jersey Law Division Court personnel are generally not allowed to give plaintiffs and defendants legal advice. New Jersey Law Division Court personnel are generally not allowed to tell you how to handle your case. Many New Jersey Law Division Court personnel are not lawyers or certified paralegals. Be careful to avoid relying on the advice of New Jersey Law Division Court personnel. Don’t expect a New Jersey Law Division judge to be convinced if you argue that you relied on of New Jersey Law Division Court personnel when making certain decisions in your New Jersey Law Division case!

MISTAKE FIVE – EXPECT NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION COURT FORMS TO INCLUDE EVERYTHING YOU MAY NEED TO OPPOSE A NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION
Not every New Jersey Law Division motion can be answered with New Jersey Law Division Court forms. The New Jersey Law Division usually provides certain types of New Jersey Law Division legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Law Division forms provided by the New Jersey Law Division Court – the forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey Law Division cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey Law Division attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey Law Division cases. New Jersey Law Division forms don’t talk and New Jersey Law Division forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issues that may arise in a New Jersey Law Division case. Each New Jersey Law Division case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey Law Division trial attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey Law Division attorney prepare your New Jersey Law Division paperwork for you.

MISTAKE SIX - SIMPLY FILE A LETTER WITHOUT SUPPORTING CERTIFICATIONS, AFFIDAVITS OR EXHIBITS
Many New Jersey Law Division pro se New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants try to answer a New Jersey Law Division motion simply by writing a letter to the New Jersey Law Division judge hearing the New Jersey Law Division motion. However, to win a New Jersey Law Division motion, it is often necessary to submit much more than a simple letter. For example, if you want to get evidence in front of the New Jersey Law Division judge to convince them that they should decide the New Jersey Law Division motion in your favor, you may have to submit a New Jersey Law Division certification or New Jersey Law Division affidavit that complies with the New Jersey Law Division Court rules. New Jersey Law Division affidavits are written statements:
• made in the first person.
• divided into numbered paragraphs.
• that have a New Jersey Law Division caption which includes a designation of the particular proceeding the New Jersey Law Division affidavit supports or opposes and the original date, if any, fixed for the New Jersey Law Division motion hearing for which the New Jersey Law Division affidavit is made.
• signed and dated by the individuals making the New Jersey Law Division statements contained in the New Jersey Law Division affidavits.

The person making the New Jersey Law Division affidavit is called “the affiant”.

New Jersey Law Division certifications are written statements made instead of New Jersey Law Division affidavits, oaths or verifications required by the New Jersey Court Rules which state the same information required for New Jersey Law Division affidavits plus the following language before the signature of the individuals making the New Jersey Law Division certification: "I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are wilfully false, I am subject to punishment."

If a New Jersey Law Division motion is based on facts not appearing in the New Jersey Law Division’s records or not judicially noticeable, the New Jersey Law Division may hear the New Jersey Law Division motion if it is supported by New Jersey Law Division affidavits or New Jersey Law Division certifications made on personal knowledge, setting forth only facts which are admissible in evidence to which the affiant is competent to testify. If the New Jersey Law Division affidavit or New Jersey Law Division certification refers to documents, true and correct copies of the documents, the authenticity of which must be affirmed or certified to, should be attached to the New Jersey Law Division affidavit or New Jersey Law Division certification. Once a New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant submits New Jersey Law Division affidavits or New Jersey Law Division certifications, the New Jersey Law Division may direct the affiant to submit to cross-examination or may hear the New Jersey Law Division motion wholly or partly on oral testimony or depositions. Since the rules require that New Jersey Law Division affidavits and New Jersey Law Division certifications be made from personal knowledge, New Jersey Law Division affidavits and New Jersey Law Division certifications submitted in support of New Jersey Law Division motions should not include facts based merely on "information and belief" or legal arguments.

New Jersey Law Division plaintiffs and New Jersey Law Division defendants submitting New Jersey Law Division certifications or New Jersey Law Division affidavits either in support of or in opposition to summary judgment must take extreme care not to submit those New Jersey Law Division certifications or New Jersey Law Division affidavits in bad faith. If the New Jersey Law Division is satisfied, at any time, that any of the New Jersey Law Division affidavits submitted for or against summary judgment were presented in bad faith or solely for the purpose of delay, the New Jersey Law Division shall immediately order the New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant employing them to pay to the other party the amount of the reasonable expenses resulting from the filing of the New Jersey Law Division affidavits, including reasonable attorney's fees and the New Jersey Law Division may also hold any offending New Jersey Law Division plaintiff, New Jersey Law Division defendant or New Jersey Law Division attorney as having committed a contempt of court.

In addition, if the New Jersey Law Division motion is a New Jersey Law Division motion for summary judgment, if a New Jersey statement of uncontested material facts was filed with the New Jersey summary judgment motion, you must prepare and file an New Jersey responding statement of facts either admitting or disputing each of the facts in the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant making the motion's statement. Subject to R. 4:46-5(a), all material facts in the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant making the motion's statement which are sufficiently supported will be deemed admitted for purposes of the motion only, unless specifically disputed by citation conforming to the requirements of paragraph (a) demonstrating the existence of a genuine issue as to the fact. An opposing New Jersey may also include in the responding statement additional facts that the party contends are material and as to which there exists a genuine issue. Each such fact shall be stated in separately numbered paragraphs together with citations to the motion record.

MISTAKE SEVEN – FAIL TO SUBMIT A PROPER NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION BRIEF WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION OPPOSITION PAPERS
A New Jersey Law Division brief is a document to the New Jersey Law Division Court that states a New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant’s legal arguments about why they should win a New Jersey Law Division motion. While a letter may serve as a New Jersey Law Division brief, the New Jersey Law Division Court may prefer or be more inclined to consider a proper New Jersey Law Division brief. New Jersey Law Division certifications and New Jersey Law Division affidavits should not include legal arguments – instead New Jersey Law Division certifications and New Jersey Law Division affidavits should not include legal arguments are used only to submit facts. However, the New Jersey Law Division brief may be used to cite to New Jersey legal cases, New Jersey laws and New Jersey administrative codes and New Jersey court rules that support a New Jersey Law Division plaintiff or New Jersey Law Division defendant’s right to win a New Jersey Law Division motion. A well written New Jersey Law Division brief that includes citations to New Jersey legal cases, New Jersey laws and New Jersey administrative codes and New Jersey court rules could provide the edge that a New Jersey Law Division pro se party needs to win a New Jersey Law Division motion.

MISTAKE EIGHT – FAILING TO SUPPORT YOUR NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION OPPOSITION PAPERS WITH EVIDENCE
New Jersey Law Division motions are often decided on the evidence submitted by New Jersey Law Division pro se plaintiffs and Law Division pro se defendants. Failure to submit evidence in opposition to a New Jersey Law Division motion may make you lose the New Jersey Law Division motion and any New Jersey Law Division reconsideration motion of New Jersey Law Division appeal because the crucial evidence you needed to prove your position on the New Jersey Law Division motion was not properly before the New Jersey Law Division Court. If a New Jersey Law Division motion is based on facts not appearing in the New Jersey Law Division’s records or not judicially noticeable, the New Jersey Law Division may hear the New Jersey Law Division motion if it is supported by New Jersey Law Division affidavits or New Jersey Law Division certifications made on personal knowledge, setting forth only facts which are admissible in evidence to which the affiant is competent to testify. If the New Jersey Law Division affidavit or New Jersey Law Division certification refers to documents, true and correct copies of the documents, the authenticity of which must be affirmed or certified to, should be attached to the New Jersey Law Division affidavit or New Jersey Law Division certification.

MISTAKE NINE – IF THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION COURT SCHEDULES ORAL ARGUMENT, FAILING TO SHOW UP TO ARGUE YOUR POSITION ON WHY THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION SHOULD BE DENIED
If the New Jersey Law Division Court schedules oral argument on the New Jersey Law Division motion for an in court hearing, you should be present to argue your position on the New Jersey Law Division motion or get the New Jersey Law Division Court’s permission to be available by phone to participate in the New Jersey Law Division hearing. New Jersey Law Division motions shall be heard on days designated by the Assignment Judge or designee. Subject to R. 1:6-2(d), the New Jersey Law Division may schedule the New Jersey Law Division motion for a New Jersey Law Division motion Court hearing and shall notify the New Jersey Law Division pro se plaintiffs and Law Division pro se defendants or their New Jersey Law Division attorneys by mail of the New Jersey Law Division hearing time and place.

MISTAKE TEN – IF ORAL ARGUMENT IS SCHEDULED ON THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION, FAILURE, BEFORE THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION ORAL ARGUMENT BEGINS, TO WRITE OUT WHAT POINTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR POSITION ON THE NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION MOTION
New Jersey Law Division judges usually want you to be prepared to start your New Jersey Law Division motion hearing as soon as your New Jersey Law Division case is called for New Jersey Law Division oral argument. How you answer the New Jersey Law Division Court’s questions during your New Jersey Law Division motion oral argument could affect whether you win your New Jersey Law Division motion and in some situations, could affect whether you win your New Jersey Law Division case. Take the time to prepare your New Jersey Law Division motion oral argument in advance of your New Jersey Law Division motion hearing.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CASE?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey case. Each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey case. The judge hearing your New Jersey case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.
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