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ANSWERING A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY MOTION?
A New Jersey motion is a New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendants’ formal request, made by an application called a New Jersey motion, to have the New Jersey take some action in favor of the New Jersey making the New Jersey motion. The New Jersey making the New Jersey motion is called the “moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “movant” and the New Jersey answering the New Jersey motion is called the “respondent” or “responding New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “nonmoving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “opposing New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant”. The papers submitted with the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant’s New Jersey motion are called “moving papers” and the papers submitted in opposition to the New Jersey motion are called “opposition papers.” The date that the New Jersey motion is scheduled to be heard is called its “return date” or “hearing date”. If you face a New Jersey motion, given the complex nature of such New Jersey motions and frequent changes in the law and court rules, you should seek professional advice from New Jersey lawyer.

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
A New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is a New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendants’ formal request, made by an application called a New Jersey motion, to have some or all portions of a New Jersey case decided by a New Jersey judge in that New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant’s favor and before a New Jersey trial occurs. The New Jersey making the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is called the “moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “movant” and the New Jersey answering the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is called the “respondent” or “responding New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “nonmoving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant” or “opposing New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant”. The papers submitted with the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant’s New Jersey motion are called “moving papers” and the papers submitted in opposition to the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) are called “opposition papers.” The date that the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is scheduled to be heard is called its “return date” or “hearing date”. Judges decide issues of law in a New Jersey case. In jury trials, juries decide factual issues of a New Jersey case and New Jersey trials without a New Jersey jury (called “nonjury trials”) a New Jersey judge decides the facts of a New Jersey case. A New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is a type of New Jersey motion that seek the dismissal of part or all of a New Jersey case or of the defense to a New Jersey case without the need for holding a New Jersey trial. A New Jersey seeking any affirmative relief may, after the service of the pleading claiming such relief, move for a summary judgment or New Jersey court order on all or any part thereof or as to any defense. The New Jersey judgment or New Jersey court order sought shall be rendered forthwith if the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories and admissions on file, together with the New Jersey affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact challenged and that the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant is entitled to a judgment or New Jersey court order as a matter of law. An issue of fact is genuine only if, considering the burden of persuasion at a New Jersey trial, the evidence submitted by the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants on the New Jersey motion, together with all legitimate inferences therefrom favoring the non-moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant, would require submission of the issue to the trier of fact. The New Jersey court shall find the facts and state its conclusions in accordance with R. 1:7-4. A summary judgment or New Jersey court order, interlocutory in character, may be rendered on any issue in the action (including the issue of liability) although there is a genuine factual dispute as to any other issue (including any issue as to the amount of damages). Subject to the provisions of R. 4:42-2 (judgment upon multiple claims), a summary judgment final in character may be rendered in respect of any portion of the damages claimed. In a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant claims that some or all of the important facts of the New Jersey case are not in dispute and therefore, that the law entitles the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant to a judgment on part or all of the New Jersey case. New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) are usually successful where there are no important issues of fact to be decided at a New Jersey trial and therefore, the New Jersey judge is able to decide the New Jersey case before the trial. If you face a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), given the complex nature of such New Jersey motions and frequent changes in the law and court rules, you should seek professional advice from New Jersey lawyer. No website is a substitute for competent legal advice.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I IGNORE A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
If a New Jersey files a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), the New Jersey order sought may be entered in the discretion of the New Jersey judge hearing the New Jersey summary judgment motion unless, 10 days before the New Jersey summary judgment motion return (hearing) date, the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant to whom the New Jersey summary judgment motion is directed files with the New Jersey court and serves on the other New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants the proper New Jersey summary judgment opposition papers. Ignoring a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) could result in a money judgment being entered against you or the dismissal of your New Jersey case and possibly exposes you to the risk of having your wages attached, your bank accounts frozen and the money given to the winning New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants in the New Jersey 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 summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) in writing and in the proper way and before the deadline for filing and serving a New Jersey summary judgment motion response or answer expires.

CAN I JUST SHOW UP TO A NEW JERSEY MOTION HEARING WITH DOCUMENTS AND EXPECT TO WIN THE NEW JERSEY MOTION HEARING NEW JERSEY CASE?
Many people think they just show up at a New Jersey motion hearing without first filing any papers answering the New Jersey motion and that the New Jersey court shall let them tell their story. This is not usually how New Jersey motions work! Never assume you can just show up to court with documents and try to oppose a New Jersey motion! If you fail to file a written response or answer to the New Jersey motion in the time required by the New Jersey Court Rules, the New Jersey motion may be decided against you! Before being heard on a New Jersey motion, you must usually file paperwork with the New Jersey – normally, more than a simple letter. The New Jersey rules require New Jersey motions to be answered a specific way. Many New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants fail to properly answer New Jersey motions and lose the New Jersey case because they failed to properly answer the New Jersey motion filed against them. New Jersey motions are often complex and answering New Jersey motions often requires many hours of work and the careful preparation of New Jersey motion opposition papers and the timely filing and service of those New Jersey motion opposition papers. New Jersey plaintiffs or New Jersey defendants that use New Jersey court forms are not guaranteed of success. New Jersey court forms do not fill themselves out properly and New Jersey court forms are no substitute for competent legal advice by a New Jersey trial attorney.

HOW ARE NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT) DECIDED?
The New Jersey standard for determining a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is that, if the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories and admissions on file, together with the New Jersey affidavits and New Jersey certifications submitted in support or in opposition to the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact challenged and that the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant is entitled to entry of a New Jersey summary judgment order as a matter of law. Under the New Jersey summary judgment standard, not all issues of fact are relevant to the New Jersey court’s decision of whether to grant or deny summary judgment. Instead, an issue of fact is genuine only if, considering the burden of persuasion at a New Jersey trial, the evidence submitted by the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants on the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), together with all legitimate inferences therefrom favoring the non-moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant, would require submission of the issue to the New Jersey judge or jury deciding the facts of the New Jersey case (called the “trier of fact”). If a New Jersey case lacks material factual disputes, the New Jersey simply applies the appropriate law to the facts. Moreover, disputed facts of an insubstantial nature should not prevent the New Jersey from granting a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). Even where the nonmoving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant disputes an essential fact, if the rest of the record demonstrates an absence of a material and factual dispute, the New Jersey court may grant the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment).

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
A New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant seeking any affirmative relief may, at any time after the expiration of 35 days from the service of the New Jersey pleading claiming such relief, move for entry of a New Jersey summary judgment or New Jersey court order on all or any part thereof or as to any New Jersey defense. A New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant against whom a claim for such affirmative relief is asserted may move at any time for a New Jersey summary judgment or New Jersey order as to all or any part thereof. All New Jersey motions for summary judgment shall be returnable (heard) no later than 30 days before the scheduled New Jersey trial date, unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders for good cause shown, and if the decision is not communicated to the parties at least 10 days prior to the scheduled trial date, an application for adjournment shall be liberally granted. Except as otherwise provided by R. 6:3-3 (motion practice in Special Civil Part) or unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders, a New Jersey motion for summary judgment shall be served and filed not later than 28 days before the time specified for the New Jersey motion for summary judgment return date; opposing New Jersey affidavits, New Jersey certifications, New Jersey briefs, and New Jersey cross-motions for summary judgment, if any, shall be served and filed not later than 10 days before the return date; and New Jersey answers or New Jersey responses to such New Jersey summary judgment motion opposing papers or to New Jersey cross-motions shall be served and filed not later than four days before the New Jersey summary judgment motion return date. No other New Jersey summary judgment papers may be filed without the permission of the New Jersey court.

WHY ARE NEW JERSEY AFFIDAVITS AND NEW JERSEY CERTIFICATIONS IMPORTANT IN OPPOSING NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
When a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is made and supported as provided in this rule, the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant opposing the New Jersey summary judgment motion may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of the New Jersey complaint or New Jersey answer they filed with the New Jersey court, but must respond by proper New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications. If the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant opposing the New Jersey summary judgment motion does not so respond, summary judgment, if appropriate, shall be entered, unless it appears from the New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications submitted to the New Jersey and for reasons stated in those New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications, that the New Jersey was unable to present by New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification facts essential to justify opposition, in which case the New Jersey court may deny the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), may order a continuance to permit additional New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications to be obtained, to permit New Jersey depositions to be taken or to permit further New Jersey discovery to be conducted.

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

WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY STATEMENT OF MATERIAL FACTS (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY STATEMENT OF UNCONTESTED MATERIAL FACTS)?
The New Jersey statement of material facts – also called a New Jersey statement of uncontested material facts states in separately numbered paragraphs each material fact that the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant claims there is no genuine issue together with a citation to the portion of the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) record establishing the fact or demonstrating that it is uncontroverted. Each citation must identify the New Jersey case document and specify the pages and paragraphs or lines thereof or the specific portions of the New Jersey case exhibits relied on.

IF I FACE A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT), HOW SHOULD I OPPOSE IT?
New Jersey summary judgment motion answers or responses take the form of opposing New Jersey affidavits, New Jersey certifications, New Jersey briefs, and New Jersey cross-motions for summary judgment, if any. Those New Jersey summary judgment motion answers or responses shall be served and filed not later than 10 days before the return date. A New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) may be deemed uncontested and there shall be no right to argue orally in opposition unless a New Jersey motion for summary judgment answer or response is timely filed and served stating with particularity the basis of the opposition to the relief sought. If you wish to oppose a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), do not sit and wait for the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) 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 judge is that shall be hearing the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) and forward that judge a complete copy of those papers. If you want to argue the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) orally, your New Jersey motion for summary judgment answer or New Jersey motion for summary judgment opposition papers must include a request for oral argument. At the same time, you should serve a complete copy of your New Jersey motion for summary judgment answer or New Jersey motion for summary judgment opposition papers on all New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants who ever entered an appearance in the New Jersey case, such as by filing a complaint or answer or New Jersey motion in the New Jersey case. Unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders, opposing New Jersey affidavits, New Jersey certifications, briefs and cross-New Jersey motions for summary judgment, if any, must be served and filed not later than 10 days before the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) hearing date. The following are the New Jersey case documents you should timely file with the New Jersey court, forward to the New Jersey judge hearing the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) and serve on the appropriate New Jersey plaintiffs or New Jersey defendants:

• New Jersey certifications or New Jersey affidavits presenting any facts disputing the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) or providing facts supporting the denial of the the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment)
• New Jersey proof of mailing of the entire New Jersey motion package to all other New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants
• If the New Jersey statement of uncontested material facts was filed with the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), a New Jersey responsive statement 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 New Jersey 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. New Jersey opposing New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant may also include in the New Jersey responsive statement additional facts that the New Jersey 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 New Jersey motion record.

When a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is made and properly supported, the opposing New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of the pleading, but must respond by proper New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications.

Other items that are not necessary in every New Jersey case but which are often helpful to include with the moving papers are:

• One extra copy of all the moving papers to be stamped by the New Jersey with the filing date and to be returned to you for your records.
• A self addressed stamped envelope for use by the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office to return a filed copy of your New Jersey summary judgment papers to you for your records.
• A letter to the appropriate branch of the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office forwarding your moving papers and listing each paper submitted to the New Jersey and asking the New Jersey court to return a filed copy of your New Jersey summary judgment papers to you for your records.
• A New Jersey brief that states the legal reasons for the New Jersey court to grant the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) and that refers to any cases, court rules, laws or regulations that support your right to entry of a New Jersey summary judgment order.
• New Jersey certifications or New Jersey affidavits stating the facts supporting your claim for relief and introducing into evidence any exhibits that you seek to use to support your claim for relief.
• Exhibits specifically identified in and attached to the New Jersey certifications or New Jersey affidavits you submit that support your factual claims about why the New Jersey court should grant the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment).
• A written response or answer to any statement of material facts addressing each and every paragraph/statement made in the New Jersey statement of facts by admitting or denying the New Jersey statement and citing to the New Jersey court record to support any/all denials.

WHAT ARE NEW JERSEY MOTION PAPERS?
The New Jersey case documents that a New Jersey files with the New Jersey in support of a New Jersey motion are called New Jersey motion papers. New Jersey motion papers may include the following:
• New Jersey notice of motion
• New Jersey brief in support of the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey affidavit in support of the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey exhibits to the New Jersey affidavit in support of the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey exhibits to the New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey proof of service of the New Jersey motion on other New Jersey plaintiffs or New Jersey defendants to the New Jersey case
• New Jersey order for the New Jersey court to sign if the New Jersey motion is granted.
• New Jersey motion for summary judgment statement of material facts (also called New Jersey summary judgment statement of uncontested material facts).

WHAT ARE NEW JERSEY OPPOSTION PAPERS?
Normally, to defeat a New Jersey motion, you must respond to a New Jersey motion a specific way by preparing New Jersey opposition papers which answer the New Jersey motion or which respond to the New Jersey motion. The New Jersey rules include mandatory requirements for New Jersey opposition papers. New Jersey opposition papers may include the following:
• New Jersey brief in support of the New Jersey opposition to the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey affidavit in support of the New Jersey opposition to the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey exhibits to the New Jersey affidavit in support of the New Jersey opposition to the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey opposition to the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey exhibits to the New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey opposition to the New Jersey motion
• New Jersey proof of service of the New Jersey opposition papers on other New Jersey plaintiffs or New Jersey defendants to the New Jersey case
• Written answer or response to the New Jersey motion for summary judgment statement of material facts (also called an answer or response New Jersey summary judgment statement of uncontested material facts).

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF MOTION?
A New Jersey notice of motion is a document containing certain language which tells all other New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants certain information about the New Jersey moving New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant’s New Jersey motion. The New Jersey notice of motion instructs the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants involved in the New Jersey case who filed papers with the New Jersey of crucial information regarding the New Jersey motion. Certain types of New Jersey notice of motion must have specific disclosures as required by the New Jersey Court Rules.

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY PROOF OF SERVICE?
In all New Jersey actions, unless otherwise provided by rule or court order, New Jersey motions (other than those made without notice to other New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants) and briefs, appendices, petitions and other papers offered in support of or in opposition to New Jersey motions must be served upon all attorneys of record in the action and upon New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants appearing pro se; but no service need be made on New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants who have failed to appear (that is, New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants who were named to a New Jersey case but failed to ever file any papers whatsoever with the New Jersey). Proof of service of a New Jersey motion may be made (1) by an acknowledgment of service, signed by the attorney for a New Jersey or signed and acknowledged by the New Jersey court, or (2) by an New Jersey affidavit of the person making service, or (3) by a New Jersey certification of service appended to the paper to be filed and signed by the attorney for the New Jersey making service. If service has been made by mail the New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification shall state that the mailing was to the last known address of the person served. A proof of service made by New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification shall state the name and address of each attorney served, identifying the New Jersey that attorney represents, and the name and address of any pro se New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant. The proof shall be filed with the New Jersey promptly and in any event before action is to be taken on the matter by the New Jersey court. Where service has been made by registered or certified mail, filing of the return receipt card with the New Jersey court shall not be required. Failure to make proof of service does not affect the validity of the service, and the New Jersey at any time may allow the proof to be amended or supplied unless an injustice would result.

In New Jersey motions, the New Jersey proof of service most often takes the form of an New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification that states that the New Jersey submitting papers to the New Jersey court for filing served those papers on all New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants involved in the New Jersey case that ever filed papers with the New Jersey (New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that entered their “appearance” such as by filing a complaint or answer or New Jersey motion in the New Jersey case). The New Jersey proof of service should include the names and addresses of all those New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants – their attorneys’ names and addresses only, if they are represented (and the name of the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that each attorney represents) and for the self represented New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, their names and addresses.

HOW DO I SERVE A NEW JERSEY OPPOSITION PAPERS ON OTHER NEW JERSEY PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY DEFENDANTS IN THE NEW JERSEY?
Service of New Jersey opposition papers is complete only on receipt at the office of adverse counsel or the address of a pro se New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant. If service is by ordinary mail, receipt will be presumed on the third business day after mailing. Service upon an attorney of New Jersey motion or New Jersey opposition papers is made by mailing a copy to the attorney at his or her office by ordinary mail, by handing it to the attorney or by leaving it at the office with a person in the attorney's employ or if the office is closed or the attorney has no office, in the same manner as service is made upon a New Jersey pursuant to the New Jersey Court Rules. If the New Jersey court to be served is not represented by an attorney, service of New Jersey motion or New Jersey opposition papers upon that New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant is made as provided in New Jersey Court Rule 4:4-4 or more commonly, by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and simultaneously by ordinary mail to the New Jersey's last known address; or if no address is known, despite diligent effort, by ordinary mail to the New Jersey court clerk of the New Jersey court. Mail may be addressed to a post office box in lieu of a street address only if the sender cannot by diligent effort determine the addressee's street address or if the post office does not make street address delivery to the addressee. The specific facts underlying the diligent effort required by this rule shall be recited in the New Jersey proof of service required by New Jersey Court Rule 1:5-3. If, however, proof of diligent inquiry as to a New Jersey's whereabouts has already been filed within six months prior to service under this rule, a new diligent inquiry need not be made provided the New Jersey proof of service required by New Jersey Court Rule 1:5-3 asserts that the New Jersey making service has no knowledge of any facts different from those recited in the prior proof of diligent inquiry.

WHAT ARE NEW JERSEY AFFIDAVITS AND NEW JERSEY CERTIFICATIONS?
New Jersey affidavits are written statements:
• made in the first person.
• divided into numbered paragraphs.
• that have a caption which includes a designation of the particular proceeding the New Jersey affidavit supports or opposes and the original date, if any, fixed for the New Jersey motion hearing for which the New Jersey affidavit is made.
• signed and dated by the individuals making the New Jersey statements contained in the New Jersey affidavits.

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

New Jersey certifications are written statements made instead of New Jersey affidavits, oaths or verifications required by the New Jersey Court Rules which state the same information required for New Jersey affidavits plus the following language before the signature of the individuals making the New Jersey 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 motion is based on facts not appearing in the New Jersey’s records or not judicially noticeable, the New Jersey court may hear the New Jersey motion if it is supported by New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey 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 affidavit or New Jersey certification refers to documents, true and correct copies of the New Jersey case documents, the authenticity of which must be affirmed or certified to, should be attached to the New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification. Once a New Jersey submits New Jersey affidavits or New Jersey certifications, the New Jersey court may direct the affiant to submit to cross-examination or may hear the New Jersey motion wholly or partly on oral testimony or depositions. Since the rules require that New Jersey affidavits and New Jersey certifications be made from personal knowledge, New Jersey affidavits and New Jersey certifications submitted in support of New Jersey motions should not include facts based merely on "information and belief" or legal arguments.

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

WHAT IF I CANNOT GET THE ORIGINAL SIGNATURE OF A PERSON MAKING A NEW JERSEY CERTIFICATION OR NEW JERSEY AFFIDAVIT?
If the affiant is not available to sign an New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification, it may be filed with a facsimile of the original signature provided the attorney or self represented New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant offering the New Jersey case document certifies that the affiant acknowledged the genuineness of the signature and that the New Jersey case document or a copy with an original signature affixed will be filed if requested by the New Jersey or a New Jersey court.

WHAT IS A PROPOSED FORM OF ORDER?
New Jersey motions must include a proposed form of New Jersey order for the New Jersey judge’s signature and that orders that the New Jersey motion be granted. A New Jersey judgment or New Jersey order shall not contain a recital of the pleadings in the New Jersey case or the record of prior proceedings. However, it must include the following:

• the caption of the New Jersey case
• signature line for the New Jersey judge hearing the New Jersey motion
• Spaces for the New Jersey court to indicate whether the New Jersey motion was opposed or unopposed.
• If the New Jersey motion or response or answer thereto relies on facts not of record or not subject of judicial notice, it shall be supported by New Jersey affidavit or New Jersey certification made in compliance with the New Jersey Court Rules
• a designation of the subject of the New Jersey judgment or New Jersey court order (i.e., Summary Judgment Dismissing Complaint, etc.)
• the date or dates on which the matter was heard or submitted
• the appearances of counsel and New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants appearing pro se
• a separate numbered paragraph for each separate substantive provision of the New Jersey judgment or New Jersey court order
• the effective date of the New Jersey judgment or New Jersey court order or of each provision if the effective date of any provision is different from the date of entry
• If the New Jersey court has made findings of fact and conclusions of law explaining its disposition of the New Jersey motion, the New Jersey order shall indicate whether the findings and conclusions were written or oral and the date on which they were rendered. However, if the New Jersey motion was argued and the New Jersey intends to place its findings on the record at a later date, it shall give all New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants one day's notice, which may be telephonic, of the time and place it shall do so. If no such findings have been made, the New Jersey court shall append to the New Jersey order the New Jersey statement of reasons for its disposition if it concludes that explanation is either necessary or appropriate. If the New Jersey order directs a plenary or other evidential hearing, it shall specifically describe the issues to be so tried. A written order or record notation shall be entered by the New Jersey memorializing the disposition made on a telephone New Jersey motion.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE A NEW SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION ANSWER OR A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT OPPOSITION?
• If your New Jersey opposition papers were marked oral argument waived, unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders the New Jersey motion might not require you to appear for a hearing.
• If your New Jersey summary judgment papers are marked to specifically request oral argument, the New Jersey court might permit you to orally argue the New Jersey motion.
• If your New Jersey summary judgment papers were not marked for oral argument and you wish to request oral argument you shall have to change the New Jersey brief and/or New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey motion. Even if you request oral argument you are not always entitled to oral argument on New Jersey motions – it is the New Jersey court’s decision alone on whether to grant such argument.
• Regardless of how your New Jersey summary judgment papers are marked, before ever showing up for a hearing call the New Jersey and find out the name of the New Jersey judge hearing the New Jersey motion and the phone number of the New Jersey judge’s chambers. Call the New Jersey judge’s chambers to find out if the New Jersey court going to hold oral argument on the New Jersey motion. Don’t ever assume that you shall automatically have oral argument or not have to appear for it – always check with the New Jersey!!!!
• You should also receive a filed copy of the New Jersey opposition papers back from the New Jersey court. If you mailed the New Jersey case documents to the New Jersey court for filing do not receive a filed copy of the New Jersey motion and such a card within 7 days of filing the New Jersey motion, call the New Jersey court to find out why (it is not unusual for New Jersey courts to lose New Jersey motions or to fail to mail papers back to litigants or their attorneys). When you call, refer to your New Jersey case docket number and have your New Jersey summary judgment papers ready for reference.
• If you hand deliver the New Jersey motion to the New Jersey be sure to get a time stamped copy of the New Jersey motion back from the New Jersey court clerk’s office before leaving court – the New Jersey court clerk’s office normally stamps the date and time when they receive your New Jersey summary judgment papers.
• You may state in your New Jersey motion for summary judgment answer or New Jersey motion for summary judgment opposition papers that you want your New Jersey motion to be decided without you having to appear but the New Jersey court can demand your appearance even if you give up your right to appear.
• If the New Jersey court requires you to appear for argument on the New Jersey motion (the New Jersey court may do so regardless of whether you requested argument), the New Jersey court should contact you and you must appear on the date and time as requested.
• If you are not sure if you have to appear at the New Jersey motion hearing, you should call the New Jersey court the day before the New Jersey motion hearing and if necessary, call the New Jersey judge’s chambers and ask to speak with the New Jersey judge’s clerk or secretary (if the New Jersey court clerk is unavailable).
• If you find out that the New Jersey court requires your appearance at the New Jersey motion hearing, to avoid having the New Jersey motion denied, go to court on the date the New Jersey motion to argue the New Jersey motion. Failure to appear at Court if the New Jersey motion is scheduled for argument may result in the denial of your New Jersey motion. If and when you go to court, be sure to bring a complete file of all documents about your New Jersey case – letters, New Jersey motion copies, exhibits and all proof of mailing (returned certified mail cards, certified mail receipts indicating that you mailed documents to another New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant who opposes you in your New Jersey case, etc.). For, if the New Jersey court hears your New Jersey motion, the New Jersey judge may question you to confirm that you properly served it.
• Normally, after the New Jersey motion is scheduled to be decided, the New Jersey court forwards you a copy of the New Jersey order granting or denying the New Jersey motion.
• If the New Jersey motion is granted, you should be forwarded a copy of the granted order by the New Jersey court. If this happens, make 1 copy of the New Jersey order, sign/date the letter serving the New Jersey order on another New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant who opposes you in your New Jersey case, make 1 copy and forward the original letter to your adversary with 1 copy of the New Jersey order (keep the original order for your records).
• Note that the New Jersey court may use telephone conferences to hear New Jersey motions and with advance approval by the New Jersey court, sometimes the New Jersey allows New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants to appear by telephone instead of appearing at court in person. If you intend to try to appear by phone, you must get the New Jersey’s consent in advance of the New Jersey motion hearing! Consult the New Jersey Court Rules for further details.

WHAT IF I AM OPPOSING A NEW JERSEY MOTION AND I WANT TO SEEK SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF RELIEF RELATED TO MY OPPONENT’S NEW JERSEY MOTION?
A New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant opposing a New Jersey motion who wants to seek summary judgment or some other type of relief related to their opponent’s New Jersey motion must file a New Jersey cross motion seeking the relief they want from the New Jersey court. To file a New Jersey cross motion, you must generally follow the steps discussed above for filing New Jersey motions. However, the New Jersey cross motion should be scheduled to be heard on the same date as the original New Jersey motion that you are opposing.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE OPPOSITION TO A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
• If your New Jersey summary judgment motion opposition papers were marked oral argument waived, unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) might not require you to appear for a hearing.
• If your New Jersey summary judgment opposition papers are marked to specifically request oral argument, the New Jersey court might permit you to orally argue the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment).
• If your New Jersey summary judgment opposition papers were not marked for oral argument and you wish to request oral argument you shall have to change the New Jersey brief and/or New Jersey certification in support of the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). Even if you request oral argument on a New Jersey summary judgment motion you are not always entitled to oral argument on New Jersey summary judgment motions – it is the New Jersey court’s decision alone on whether to grant such argument.
• Regardless of how your New Jersey summary judgment papers are marked, before ever showing up for a hearing call the New Jersey and find out the name of the New Jersey judge hearing the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) and the phone number of the New Jersey judge’s chambers. Call the New Jersey judge’s chambers to find out if the New Jersey court going to hold oral argument on the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). Don’t ever assume that you shall automatically have oral argument or not have to appear for it – always check with the New Jersey!!!!
• You should also receive a filed copy of the New Jersey summary judgment New Jersey opposition papers back from the New Jersey court. If you mailed the New Jersey case documents to the New Jersey court for filing do not receive a filed copy of the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) and such a card within 7 days of filing the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), call the New Jersey court to find out why (it is not unusual for New Jersey courts to lose New Jersey motions or to fail to mail papers back to litigants or their attorneys). When you call, refer to your New Jersey case docket number and have your New Jersey summary judgment papers ready for reference.
• If you hand deliver the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) to the New Jersey be sure to get a time stamped copy of the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) back from the New Jersey court clerk’s office before leaving court – the New Jersey court clerk’s office normally stamps the date and time when they receive your New Jersey summary judgment papers.
• You may state in your New Jersey motion for summary judgment answer or New Jersey motion for summary judgment opposition papers that you want your New Jersey motion to be decided without you having to appear but the New Jersey court can demand your appearance even if you give up your right to appear.
• If the New Jersey court requires you to appear for argument on the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) (the New Jersey court may do so regardless of whether you requested argument), the New Jersey court should contact you and you must appear on the date and time as requested.
• If you are not sure if you have to appear at the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) hearing, you should call the New Jersey court the day before the New Jersey motion hearing and if necessary, call the New Jersey judge’s chambers and ask to speak with the New Jersey judge’s clerk or secretary (if the New Jersey court clerk is unavailable).
• If you find out that the New Jersey court requires your appearance at the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) hearing, to avoid having the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) denied, go to court on the date the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) to argue the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). Failure to appear at Court if the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is scheduled for argument may result in the denial of your New Jersey motion. If and when you go to court, be sure to bring a complete file of all documents about your New Jersey case – letters, New Jersey motion copies, exhibits and all proof of mailing (returned certified mail cards, certified mail receipts indicating that you mailed documents to another New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant who opposes you in your New Jersey case, etc.). For, if the New Jersey court hears your New Jersey motion, the New Jersey judge may question you to confirm that you properly served it.
• Normally, after the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is scheduled to be decided, the New Jersey court forwards you a copy of the New Jersey order granting or denying the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment).
• If the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) is granted, you should be forwarded a copy of the granted order by the New Jersey court. If this happens, make 1 copy of the New Jersey order, sign/date the letter serving the New Jersey order on another New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant who opposes you in your New Jersey case, make 1 copy and forward the original letter to your adversary with 1 copy of the New Jersey order (keep the original order for your records).
• Note that the New Jersey court may use telephone conferences to hear New Jersey motions and with advance approval by the New Jersey court, sometimes the New Jersey allows New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants to appear by telephone instead of appearing at court in person. If you intend to try to appear by phone, you must get the New Jersey’s consent in advance of the New Jersey motion hearing! Consult the New Jersey Court Rules for further details.

WHAT IF I AM OPPOSING A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT) AND I WANT TO SEEK SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF RELIEF RELATED TO MY OPPONENT’S NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
A New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant opposing a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) who wants to seek summary judgment or some other type of relief related to their opponent’s New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) must file a New Jersey cross motion seeking the relief they want from the New Jersey court. To file a New Jersey cross motion, you must generally follow the steps discussed elsewhere on this website for filing New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). However, the New Jersey cross motion should normally be scheduled to be heard on the same date as the original New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) that you are opposing.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT)?
If you are a New Jersey plaintiff and you lose a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) made by another New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant who opposes you in your New Jersey case, it could mean the dismissal of your lawsuit forever and it could prevent you from ever recovering money damages against a New Jersey defendant who you believe owes you money. If you are a New Jersey defendant and you lose a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) made by a New Jersey plaintiff, it could mean the entry of a money judgment against you and the beginning of the plaintiff’s efforts to collect the New Jersey judgment from you by freezing your bank accounts, attaching your wages, putting a lien on your home and forcing you to answer detailed questions about your finances. If you disagree with the New Jersey court’s decision about a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment), you may file papers for the New Jersey court to reconsider its decision – called a New Jersey motion for reconsideration. In some cases, the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) for reconsideration must be made in 20 days from the date of the New Jersey’s order deciding the New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). You may appeal the New Jersey case to a higher court -- the New Jersey Appellate Division. There are very strict deadlines for filing New Jersey appeals. To appeal a final judgment that resolves all issues in the New Jersey case, you may file a notice of appeal and other required documents with the New Jersey Appellate Division within 45 days from the date of judgment and pay a fee to the New Jersey Appellate Division – New Jersey Law Division, Civil Part and New Jersey appeals are not heard by the Civil Part or the New Jersey and you should not try to file appellate papers with those courts! As part of your New Jersey appeal, you usually must also prepare a written court transcript request and order a New Jersey court transcript from the appropriate court that decided the matter against you and pay a fee for it. New Jersey appeals are some of the most complex proceedings in the New Jersey system. The New Jersey court normally has forms available on the worldwide web. However, neither court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford an attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take an appeal. Appeals from orders or judgments that are not final are called “interlocutory appeals” and the procedure for such appeals is somewhat different than those for appeals from final judgments or New Jersey court orders.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ALSO CALLED A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT) MYSELF?
New Jersey summary judgment motions (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) are some of the most complex proceedings in the New Jersey system. Some New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) themselves, from filing the first paperwork to the New Jersey’s final decision on the New Jersey appeal. If you lose a New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) it could have very serious consequences for you! Even attorneys frequently fail to file the proper New Jersey paperwork when making or opposing New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment). It is very risky to attempt to handle such complex proceedings without professional legal help provided by a New Jersey attorney. The New Jersey court normally has forms available on the worldwide web. However, neither court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford an attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take an appeal. New Jersey summary judgment motion (also called a New Jersey motion for summary judgment) require those involved in the New Jersey appeal (or their attorneys, if they are represented) to file strict deadlines and rules and failure to do so could result in fines or having the New Jersey appeal dismissed temporarily or forever.

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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