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James Edward Schroeder

James Schroeder’s Legal Guides

33 total

  • What is a "Good" Contract?

    Often I am asked, what is a good contract? Here are a few thoughts you should consider before signing a contract or offering a contract to another party for signature.Every good contract must address: Who are the parties? Who will be held responsible to perform in the agreemen...

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  • The No Contest Clause in Wills and Estate Documents

    One of the greatest concerns in making a will should be what happens if one or more of the parties attempt to thwart your wishes by contesting the will.Maybe you have disinherited a child or put funds into a trust for a child who goes through cash faster than you wish. If they su...

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  • Why Should I create an Estate Plan?

    Creating an estate plan is somewhat time consuming, but certainly a worthwhile investment when one does a cost benefit analysis. If any of these reasons are important to you, creating an estate plan is worth your attention: * To appoint someone to administer your property * To ap...

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  • Documents Common to an Estate Plan

    When considering preparing an estate plan you will run across these terms for estate planning tools or vehicles. Here is a brief overview of what they are and what they do to protect your interests:The Will - A legal document that directs the disbursement of your assets at the ti...

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  • Choosing the Right Attorney - What to Look For.

    The right lawyer is one who is professional, educates their client, empowers the client to make good choices about the law and keeps fees and expenses under control. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you find the right one.What kind of lawyer do I need?In many cases...

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  • New Jersey Municipal Governments and Closed Executive Sessions

    When can a New Jersey local governing body meet in closed or executive session? Attending a meeting of your local governing body is an interesting way to spend an evening. Maybe there is an issue you are interested in that is before the body, a friend is being recognized for the...

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  • Home Inspections an important part of Home Purchase

    One of the most important steps in purchasing a home is to have a home inspection. Depending on the property you are looking to purchase the cost of a good inspection will be between $250-$750 and the investment is well worth it.A good home inspection will cover the following are...

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  • Protecting Personal Identity

    Doing business online is gaining increased acceptance. I find shopping on Amazon a breeze, especially this time of the year. There are also many advantages to being able to review online bank and credit card statements, student loan and mortgage balances... there is even a great ...

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  • What is a Codicil to a Will?

    A Codicil to a will is an amendment to your Last Will and Testament and is used in some situations to save the expense and time of executing an entirely new document.You may want to change the name of an executor, you may want to leave somebody out that you had already previously...

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  • New Jersey: Theft of Movable Property NJSA 2C-20-3a

    In order for the state to convict a person under the statute they must prove each of the following beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. that the defendant knowingly took or unlawfully exercised control over moveable property. 2. That the movable property was the property of another. 3. ...

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