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Anthony Muscente Jr

Estate planning Attorney at Allentown, NJ

5.0   69 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 37 years
    New Jersey - NJ 38 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Anthony

Learn Anthony’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    25%
    practice also encompasses guardianships and name changes in additon to traditonal estate planning practice areas.

    40 years

  2. Real estate
    24%

    40 years

  3. Probate
    20%

    40 years

  4. General practice
    6%

    40 years

  5. Business
    5%

    40 years

  6. Construction and development
    5%

    40 years

  7. Debt collection
    5%

    40 years

  8. Contracts and agreements
    4%

    40 years

  9. Landlord or tenant
    4%

    40 years

  10. Arbitration
    1%

    28 years

  11. Debt and lending agreements
    1%

    40 years

Anthony Muscente, Jr., Attorney-At-Law, is a general practitioner in Allentown, New Jersey.  He has been practicing law for over thirty-nine (39) years and has a wide-range of experience in providing legal representation to individuals and businesses throughout the State of New Jersey. His experience also includes the representation of various governmental agencies at the State and local levels.

 Mr. Muscente’s practice covers most of the more traditional “general practice” areas such as business entity formation and representation, commercial litigation, debt collections, estate planning and administration, insurance claims, real estate transactions, leasing and landlord-tenant disputes, municipal court, personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability claims, land use and zoning and administrative appeals and hearings. In addition, his practice covers the area of alternate dispute resolution; including mediation and arbitration. He is a qualified mediator pursuant to New Jersey Rule 1:40; and is also admitted to the New Jersey Superior Court’s Roster of Civil Arbitrators in several vicinages pursuant to Rules 4:21A-2 and 1:40-12(c).

             Mr. Muscente’s practice and experience encompasses not only not only the diverse practice areas noted above but also many more complex matters such as cases involving sophisticated real estate transactions, community associations, construction law and defects, condemnations, guardianships, environmental law, mortgage foreclosures, contract disputes and enforcement, consumer fraud, and governmental regulation and permitting. Furthermore, he represents owners and tenants on real estate tax appeals at both the County Tax Board and State Tax Court levels.

             Mr. Muscente has a strong background in the areas of practice involving residential, commercial and governmental real estate transactions.  His background relating to these areas ranges from house purchases and sales to real estate developments and major redevelopment projects, planned communities, land acquisitions and assemblage, financing and land preservation.  The redevelopment projects include “transit villages” and projects in Atlantic City and the Meadowlands District. He has provided representation in connection with the largest brownsfield redevelopment project in the history of the United States and on other numerous and unique redevelopment projects throughout the State of New Jersey.

             For example, Mr. Muscente has provided representation to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (“CRDA”) and New Jersey Transit (“NJT”); particularly in connection with several major redevelopment projects undertaken by these public agencies. His experience includes the representation of CRDA in connection with its “Corridor Project” in Atlantic City commonly known as “The Walk” and of NJT in connection with its Secaucus Rail Transfer Station project and its Morristown Transit Village project, among others. The Walk is the first major retail/entertainment/parking project of its kind in Atlantic City and the Morristown Transit Village project, known as “Highlands At Morristown Station” is the first Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) built under NJT’s Transit Village Program.

              Mr. Muscente has also represented regional and national level builders in connection with various real estate development projects.  His experience includes the preparation and submittal of “Public Offering Statements” for various types of “planned communities” to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for registration.

 In addition to providing representation in connection with real estate projects that are in furtherance of the State’s objectives for “Smart Growth”, urban renewal and the clean-up of   brownfields, Mr. Muscente is also proud to have been counsel on transactions that have resulted in the preservation of hundred of acres of land for open space and parks as well as agricultural use.

              Mr. Muscente has practiced as a partner at a prestigious law firm in Princeton, New Jersey and is a former Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”) in the Environmental Permitting and Counseling Section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.  As a DAG, Mr.  Muscente represented various state agencies such as the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (“NJMC”), the State Soil Conservation Committee (“SSCC”) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  He was the lead counsel to the SSCC and worked closely with its Executive Secretary as well as the Secretary of the State Department of Agriculture (who serves as the chairperson of the SSCC).

  He also provided legal representation to the NJMC on a wide variety of matters, such as violation and penalty enforcement matters, land-use and permitting related cases, several complex litigation matters and on numerous open space and wetlands acquisitions, in addition to other various transactional matters. He was responsible for the acquisition and assemblage of the lands needed in connection with a major mixed-use redevelopment project undertaken by the NJMC extending over three (3) municipalities and requiring the closure and/or remediation of both regulated and “orphan” landfills.  That project has been recognized as the largest brownfields redevelopment project in the history of the United States with a project cost of over one (1) billion dollars.  

 As a DAG, Mr. Muscente also provided representation to the NJDEP in connection with litigation matters.  His litigation work as counsel for the NJMC, NJDEP and SSCC included administrative appeals and hearings, defense of “Environmental Rights Act” cases, “Actions In Lieu of Prerogative Writs”, cases involving the regulation of solid waste and water pollution, construction surety bond cases, easement and license dispute litigation matters and similar matters.    

             In the private sector, Mr. Muscente’s litigation experience is also diverse and extends to the prosecution and defense of construction defects cases, commercial collection and foreclosure cases, contract disputes, personal injury cases, probate matters, landlord/tenancy matters and many other types of cases. Such representation has included the defense of subcontractors/suppliers in connection with multi-party construction defects cases involving planned communities and other major projects, including fire retardant plywood cases.  His clients have included one of the nation’s largest distributors and installers of pre-engineered fireplaces and related components (as that company’s New Jersey counsel); as well as the owner of five supermarket stores, in addition to numerous condominium and homeowners associations and many other businesses and individuals. 

                A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Muscente earned his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, in Los Angeles, California.  He also attained a Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law from Rutgers University’s Bureau of Government Research.

 Mr. Muscente’s law office is centrally located on Main Street in historic Allentown, New Jersey, just a short distance from both Exits 7 and 8 of Interstate 195 as well as the New Jersey Turnpike.  The law office is easily accessible from most parts of the State via major highways. 

 For Further details regarding Mr. Muscente’s experience and practice, please visit his firm’s website at .

Location

Anthony Muscente, Jr., Attorney-At-Law
5 South Main Street, First Floor
P.O. Box 418
Allentown, NJ, 08501-0418

Reviews

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Posted by Patricia | January 9, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely invaluable advice
I cant tell you how helpful Anthony was during our 45 minute phone consultation. I had a rather complicated request that I had not received assistance with in previous consultation calls with other attorneys. I was looking into the possibility of contesting my parents' appointment of administrators of my younger brother's estate. I wanted to know what was legally possible, what my options were and what my realistic chances of success were. Anthony not only answered my questions, he spent over 45 minutes with me walking me through what the legal process would entail and also provided me with several non-legal options I could pursue. Anthony patiently and thoroughly answered all of my questions and took the time to explain the complexities involved in surrogate and probate courts to ensure I had a full understanding of how involved litigation would be and how contentious and costly the court proceedings could be. Anthony provided me with a clear and honest roadmap of what my realistic chances would be in trying to remove my parents as administrators of my brothers estate. Where other attorneys I had spoken with regarding this matter were vague and even dismissive, Anthony was diligent, thorough, detailed, patient and honest. I have already spent thousands regarding this matter in investigative expenses, and while some other attorneys I had had initial consultations with saw dollar signs, Anthony saw a human being. Given the burden of proof realities of contesting an appointment in surrogate court, this is not an avenue I will be pursuing. However, I cannot recommend Anthony highly enough! There are many attorneys out there who will gladly take your money even when they know the chances of the judge ruling your way is non-existent. Anthony explained what my burden of proof would be, that I would have to show cause and a legal basis for them to be removed as administrators of my brothers estate and that it was highly unlikely that a judge would rule in my favor as it would be very difficult to prove negligence in the administration of my brothers estate. I cannot recommend Anthony highly enough for any legal matter as he is honest, thorough, diligent, detailed and just plain kind!
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Posted by Joe | June 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
We had an excellent experience with Anthony from our initial consultation to our final review and document signing. Anthony is well versed in all aspects of estate planning, very efficient, and responsive. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Russ | January 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Updated wills, living wills and POA
My wife and I had a great experience updating wills, living wills and POA. Anthony is extremely thorough and strives to give you the most comprehensive documents possible. It was a very easy process and I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Rajeev | January 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable, experienced and professional
Mr Anthony prepared our Will and Estate planning documents recently. He is very experience, knowledgeable, well organized and detail oriented Attorney. He gave us enough time and answered our each question in detail. He takes care of his client very well and always ready to go an extra mile to fulfill clients requirement up to their satisfaction. He exceeded our expectations, I highly recommend Mr Anthony Muscente for any legal matters.
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Posted by Mark DiSciullo | November 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Effective, Personable, Sharp, and Proactive
My experience with Anthony was outstanding. He was extremely detailed orientated and focused on the best outcomes possible. He put the time in to research the various aspects of my case. He took the time to call often and keep me thoroughly abreast of our progress and set realistic expectations of the outcomes throughout the entire process. He's inspired me to be a harder worker in my own career! I wholeheartedly recommend Anthony for any legal matter you may have.
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Posted by Melissa | July 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Anthony is one of the hardest working, thorough, and client focused attorney I've ever worked with. His diligence and dedication are unparalleled. Highly recommend!
Posted by Pat | June 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, professional and responsive
He is a lawyer that will look to protect you from any issues that could arise in a home transaction. He demonstrates an attention to details. He will thoroughly explain risks while developing a strategy for obtaining the best deal possible. He always responded promptly.
Posted by Corina | March 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Home sale
Anthony was very thorough and diligent in protecting my interests during my home sale. Would recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Great experience. Anthony went above and beyond. Quality of his work is above reproach.
Posted by Susan | September 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detail Oriented Conscientious Attorney
My husband and I were privileged to work with Attorney Anthony Muscente in constructing our will as well as other documents. Our experience was overly positive as we met and developed our documents. Anthony is a great communicator explaining all of the details as he has updated knowledge of the law . He is attentive to detail , well organized and answers questions that a layman can understand. He has integrity and a great demeanor in dealing with people to determine their needs. I highly recommend Anthony Muscente for any legal matter. We couldn’t be happier to work with such a compassionate person . It is evident that he has a true passion for his work .
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney/ Five Stars!!
Anthony prepared our Wills, POA’s and Directives for Healthcare for us. He took the time to explain and make sure we understood every aspect of the documents and the process. He was very responsive to any questions we had and was also very personable and caring about meeting our needs. He is also very thorough , efficient and smart! It was a great experience working with him and we highly recommend his services!
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Posted by Sujal | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING experience & I highly recommend Anthony
We hired Anthony as our lawyer to helps us with purchase & sale and that was the best decision we did in the whole process. He was very thorough, very transparent and spent a lot of time on the phone with us to explain everything in detail. Last time we had to work with the lawyer was 15 yrs. back when we had purchased our 1st home so our experience is limited. I'm IT professional & my wife is pharmacist. Some of the verbage that sounds ok in the contract (as I said we have limited experience) may not be ok and is more favoring to the other parties but it is hard to catch that. Anthony not only helped us explain what that means but spent a lot of extra effort and came up with multiple addendum to keep contract neutral and to add vergabe that helps us to backout from the deal legally if we choose to. You work with a lot of personnel especially when doing house purchase e.g. realtor, lawyer, lender, inspector, assessor, closing title company, etc. but one person I feel you can trust 100% (talking from experience) is your lawyer who is always having your back no matter what and is not having their own agenda. That makes it very important to have a good lawyer and I highly recommend Anthony Muscente Jr.
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Posted by Brooke | January 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Goes Above and Beyond
Everyone jokes about lawyers but once in awhile you come across someone who completely reverts your way of thinking and this is the lawyer who did it for us. Mr. Muscente is knowledgeable and extremely thorough but above all else he is the type of lawyer that truly watches out for his client in a way that goes above and beyond. He makes you feel like your issue is his issue and he wants the best outcome possible for you. He explains things so there is no miscommunication or confusion and will take the extra time if needed to do his best for you even if this is including after hours and weekends. He was a rare find and we definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding support
Mr Muscente explained everything very clearly and demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience. He was exceptionally easy to work with, very personable and responded to all requests very promptly. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Randi | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Proactive, Friendly Attorney
Anthony was a pleasure to do business with! He is sharp, smart and cares deeply for the welfare of his clients. He "tells it like it is" and is extremely thorough in his research and follow-up. I wholeheartedly recommend Anthony!
Posted by Wayne | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr
Anthony took extra time to thoroughly explain every detail of the will process
Posted by Paul | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, thorough and personable
We had a will, AD and POA prepared. He was very thorough and took the time to explain every portion of the documents. I had these done before by another attorney and found how much was lacking. Mr Muscente explained what was incorrect and he took the time to ensure these were completed in detail. Great and easy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Local lawyer with Big Firm experience
Hired Anthony Muscente to take care of some estate planning and other items. Anthony was professional, transparent and clear of available options. Highly recommended.
Posted by Karen | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and thorough lawyer
I used Anthony to prepare my Wills, Power of Attorney, Medical Care Instruction Directive, and Proxy Directive For Health Care through my benefit with Hyatt Legal. He was very thorough providing different scenarios for the will that I had never thought of.
Posted by Kenneth | July 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!
Anthony Muscente is a highly skilled lawyer who helped save me thousands of dollars by negotiating a deal with my bank in a failing business venture. He is friendly and extremely professional and I plan on using his service in the future.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Principal Attorney- General Law Practice
  • Anthony Muscente, Jr, Attorney At Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hill Wallack LLP
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Office of Attorney General, State of NJ, Department of Law & Public Safety, Division of Law
  • 2001 - 2004

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Diplomate in NJ Municipal Law
  • 1988
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • New Jersey Meadowlands Commission/EnCap Landfill Closure and Golf Course/Mixed Use Redevelopment Project
  • largest brownsfield redevelopment project in US
  • New Jersey Meadowlands Commission/EnCap Landfill Closure and Golf Course/Mixed Use Redevelopment Project
  • largest brownsfield redevelopment project in US
  • "The Walk"- Commercial Mixed Use Redeveloment Project in AtlanitcCity, NJ
  • redevelopment project representation
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Associations

  • Wills For Heros
  • Volunteer Attoreny
  • 2015 - Present
  • MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Mercer County Bar Assocaiton- Estate Planning & Probate Committeee
  • Executive Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Allentown Business Community Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cornell University Extern Program
  • Sponsor
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cornell University Mentoring Program
  • Mentor
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cornell University Admisions Ambassador Network
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admitted to the New Jersey Superior Court’s Roster of Civil Arbitrator in several counties pursuant to Court Rules 4:21A-2 and 1:40-12(c).
  • NJ Civil Court Arbitrator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
  • Alumni Volunteer
  • 2008 - Present
  • Qualified Mediator Pursuant to NJ Court Rule 1:40
  • Civil, Probate & General Equity Mediator
  • 2007 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Mercer County Bar Associaiotn Lawyer's CARE
  • 2006 - Present
  • Mercer County Bar Assocaiton - Laywers CARE Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2005 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Corridor 130 Chapter-MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce)
  • Chairman
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Allentown Business Community Association
  • Executive Board Member and Committee Coordinator
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Upper Freehold Township Economic Development Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Hun School of Princeton Alumni Board & Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Mercer County Bar Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • Member and Co-Chair, MCBA Community Projects Committee
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • Past Executive Committee
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Project Freedom
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Athletic Hall of Fame- Inductee
  • Hun School of Princeton
  • 2011
  • Salutatorian
  • Hun School of Princeton
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • Legal Planning For Estates: Summary Of Probate Process & Concepts & Of Wills & Other Recommend Estate Planning Related Documents
  • 2018
  • The Dynamics Of A New Economy
  • Strategies To Protect and Maintain Assets and Business Interests
  • 2010
  • Build Your Own Business Training Program
  • Business Planning, Formation & Commencement
  • 2008
  • Financially Fit Homeowner Workshop
  • Homeownership Issues, Planinng & Responsibilities
  • 2007
  • “Roles and Responsibilities of the State Soil Conservation Committee and the Local Soil Conservation Districts”
  • SSCC Administrative Agency Regulation
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anthony is a terrific lawyer - meticulous and devoted to giving each client the best possible advice. I have worked with him for almost ten years and have the highest regard for his work."
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