Attorney Colleen Clark Featured in County Woman Magazine

Attorney Colleen Clark was recently featured in the September/October 2017 Monmouth County edition of County Woman Magazine. Check it out below! Read More

Christine Matus Appears on Ask the Expert

Attorney Christine Matus was a guest on "Ask the Expert" with Steve Sleeper. Christine spoke with Steve about wills, trusts, probate, and powers of attorney. Click below to listen! Read More

Understanding the Property Tax Appeals Process in New Jersey

Property taxes vary by the assessed value of your property. The tax assessment is a specific percentage of the market value of your property. The market value of your real estate will vary from year to year, which is why your taxes will change as well. In addition, the percentage of tax (often referred to as the “tax ratio”) will vary by the municipality and may change annually as well. In fact, the State Department Read More

What is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

Several federal civil rights laws affect individuals with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is particularly important for children with disabilities. This section is designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities in those programs that receive financial assistance from the federal government. The pertinent portion of Section 504 reads: “No otherwise qualified individual with Read More

How to Maximize the Appraisal Value of Your Home

Increasing the appraisal value of your home can help you sell it for top dollar. The appraised value may not be in line with what you actually paid for the home because the appraiser’s job is to determine what the house would be worth based on the market as it stands today. You can make certain changes to maximize the appraisal value of your home, which can be helpful whether you are selling or trying to Read More

An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced and updated the No Child Left Behind Act in December 2015. It allowed state education programs more leeway in developing their curriculum and rolled back various items related to testing, teacher qualities, and requirements for lower performing schools. It also had an effect on students with special needs that parents should be familiar with. Significant Changes under Read More

5 Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child

Summer is officially upon us! And that means family vacations and fun in the sun. Traveling with any child can be a challenge, but special needs children sometimes present unique difficulties when it comes to vacationing or visiting relatives. However, you should not let your fear of dealing with your child’s needs on the road deter your vacation plans. Your child should get out and experience the world just as much Read More

4 Things Every Purchase Offer Agreement Should Include

Making an offer on a house can be an exciting, yet scary time for any soon-to-be homeowner. One of the most confusing aspects of purchasing a home is going through all of the contracts and paperwork necessary for the transaction. The purchase offer agreement is one such document that should give you pause. In addition to obvious terms, such as the purchase price and amount of down payment, every real estate Read More

Before You Go Solar, These Are the Essential Solutions That Need Answers

Solar energy is probably one of the most popular questions we are asked about in real estate. It's a great way to save money, and help the environment. Often, however, we still are unsure how it exactly works to help our clients. We recently spoke to Jerry Donovan of Direct Energy Solar, https://www.directenergysolar.com. Jerry was kind to field some frequently asked questions. We highly recommend taking a look Read More

5 Essential Components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required for special education services. This legal document sets out your child’s learning needs and outlines the services the school will provide to address those needs. It will also describe how progress will be measured as well. It is a highly important document as it will set the stage for how your child will succeed in school. Several people, including general Read More