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About me

I am an attorney based in Rutherford, New Jersey. My mission is to provide residents of
New Jersey with quality  legal advice. When you visit or call  my
office, l will make sure that you are  comfortable and
understand important concepts regarding Litigation, Estates and Estate Planning such as time limits to start suit, Medicaid, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, wills, end of life
care, guardianship, durable powers of attorney, health
care powers of attorney, living wills, HIPPA authorization and probate. Everyone in our office is knowledgeable and caring. Our firm's goal
is to guide you, so that when it comes time to make an informed decision
about your family's future, you will be confident that the decision is
correct. So, give us a call at
(201)939-3444 or email me at and I will personally make
sure you receive the answers you need.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    42 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    42 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    42 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (20-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I endorse Attorney James Cleary without reservation as he is truly a dedicated and well informed attorney and champion of his client's rights. James is a an accomplished and respected member of the legal community.


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Contact info

James H. Cleary, P.A.

71 Kip Avenue
P.O. Box 127
Rutherford, NJ, 07070-0127


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2010
Moot Court AssociationRutgers Moot Court BoardN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerJames H. Cleary, P.A.1978 - Present
JudgeRutherford Municipal Court1992 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bergen County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Commercial Law League of AmericaMemberN/A
Kip CenterBoard of DirectorsN/A
Lion's ClubPast PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kahrar v. Borough of WallingtonReversed Appellate Court Decision
Fire Guard Sprinkler Corp v. ManolioSupreme Court affirmed Appellate Court ruling
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Seton Hall UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1966