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Experts urge motorists to remain vigilant during Memorial Day weekend

At this very moment, workers across New Jersey are counting down the hours until the end of the workday and the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Indeed, while many are planning to stay close to home and enjoy time with family and friends, many others have their vehicles packed for a long weekend.

AAA is projecting that roughly 39.3 million people will be traveling at least 50-miles from Thursday, May 25 and Monday, May 29, creating the highest volume of travelers in 12 years. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's also projecting that 88.1 percent of these travelers will be driving to their destination.

Why would a permanent resident not show up for court?

Living in New Jersey (or any state for that matter) as an immigrant is often a challenging experience. Although many say much progress has been made in recent years, and those who emigrate to the United States in search of better lives have much more opportunity to bring their dreams to fruition than those who trod similar paths several decades ago, countless others live in fear that even a most minor traffic infraction may lead to deportation.

Some say such fears are unfounded. Others have first-hand evidence of family members or other inside sources who say immigration officials targeted them when all they did was show up to court to contest traffic tickets or make an appearance when charges were slated to be dismissed.

Did you know May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

In less than two weeks, people across the state of New Jersey will be heading to points both near and far for Memorial Day weekend. While most will be hitting the roads and highways in their car, truck or sport utility vehicle, still others will be going by motorcycle, anxious for the feel of the open road.

Given this reality, it's perhaps a good time to remind people that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an annual safety initiative organized by government agencies and safety groups to remind both motorists and motorcyclists of the need to practice safe driving.

Understanding the eviction process here in New Jersey - III

In a series of posts, our blog has been examining eviction here in New Jersey, providing some much-needed guidance to both landlords and tenants on a process that can often seem arcane to the uninitiated.

Specifically, we first examined the steps that must be taken by a landlord to effectuate a proper eviction and then shifted focus to some of the grounds for a good cause eviction under the state's Anti-Eviction Act. In today's post, our last on this issue, we'll examine more about what happens once a landlord secures a judgment for possession, and the law's stance on self-help evictions or lockouts.   

A misdemeanor is no big deal, right?

No crime is minor. Even if you suffer no immediate penalties, a conviction on your record may impede your future in ways you can't imagine. While you may be tempted to shrug off a speeding ticket or plead guilty to a misdemeanor just to get it over with, you may be making a mistake that will punish you for years to come.

One criminal charge you may think is minor is disorderly conduct. While this is a misdemeanor -- called a disorderly persons violation in New Jersey – you may still face penalties that could change the complexion of your future.

What you should know about alimony in New Jersey -- II

A few months back, our blog began discussing how one of the foremost concerns for anyone heading into a divorce is alimony, namely whether they can anticipate receiving any form of support from their soon-to-be-former spouse.

We also discussed how there is really no definitive answer to this question given that 1) every couple's circumstances are different, 2) New Jersey courts consider a host of factors in deciding whether to award alimony, and 3) there are four distinct types of alimony that can be awarded. 

Is the 'textalyzer' coming to New Jersey?

There's no question that New Jersey and neighboring New York have some of the more stringent distracted driving laws in the nation, as all motorists are forbidden from texting or using a handheld electronic device while driving. Indeed, both states classify these as primary offenses, meaning law enforcement can pull over motorists solely for this conduct.

While it's encouraging to see state lawmakers adopt such get-tough approaches, a growing number of people have questioned just how effective these laws really are. 

How can I seek citizenship through naturalization?

Immigration is a hot topic in the United States at the moment. Due to recent political changes and actions, if you are currently seeking citizenship or hoping to at some point in the future, you may be concerned about your options.

Any individual who is facing immigration problems or has concerns about his or her rights while trying to navigate the immigration process would be wise to work with an experienced attorney. This is particularly true if you are hoping to achieve citizenship through naturalization.

What are the requirements for executing a last will and testament?

While everyone knows they need to execute a last will and testament, they often put it off owing to concerns about money or the inability to find time in their busy schedules. Indeed, even those with plenty of money and time on their hands may nevertheless prove hesitant to address this topic owing to their discomfort with the topic of death and dying.

While this is understandable, it's important for people to realize that a last will and testament can ensure that it will be them, not the State of New Jersey, who decides 1) how their hard-earned assets will be divided, 2) who will oversee their estate and 3) who will look after their minor children.

Study: New Jersey ranks among top ten states for deportations

Without question, immigration has emerged as one of the most controversial and pressing issues since the Trump administration assumed control of the executive branch back in January. Indeed, from the proposed travel ban to the more recent efforts to reform the H-1B visa system, many questions remain as to what course will be plotted by the White House in this area over the next four years.

One area in which the administration has already made its position clear, however, is deportation, with President Trump vowing that deportations of undocumented immigrants with criminal records by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue in earnest.

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