The New Jersey lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. have the experience and knowledge to handle a wide variety of legal matters for their clients. From family law, real estate law, to business law, this legal team is ready to vigorously represent their clients. The practice areas they specialize in are listed below.
The choice to give up a child for adoption is not an easy one. There could be complications involved or specific reasons why the parents have reached that decision. On the other hand, the decision to adopt a child can be a joyous and happy time for a couple.
In either case, both sets of parents want to hire an experienced and reputable adoption lawyer who can ensure that the rights of each family and the child are protected. There are many legal obstacles before an adoption is finalized, and a good and compassionate lawyer will help their client reach a favorable conclusion.
Alimony and Spousal Support
When a couple decides to divorce, the emotional ramifications of that decision can be significant for both of them. There is also a financial impact, especially for those families who had grown accustomed to a dual income. However, those who gain custody of the children have the right to request child support from their ex-spouse. Child support helps cover important and necessary expenses for education, medical, and other child-specific needs.
In addition, if a spouse’s earning potential is below the standard of living the couple shared during the marriage, then the marital breadwinner must pay alimony to the other spouse. A divorce lawyer will represent a spouse so that they receive the alimony or child support they deserve and need.
Business Formation and Litigation
Launching a business is not an easy endeavor, and a significant amount of paperwork is required at the front end. It is critical that paperwork is filed correctly and in a timely manner. A good lawyer can help a company get through the numerous procedural steps that can easily bog down someone who is not prepared. Some documents that need to be filed during a business formation include:
- Certificates of incorporation
- Shareholder and partnership agreements
- Operating agreements
- Stock purchase agreements
- Membership purchase agreements
- Corporate bylaws
When rolling out a business, there is a significant amount of work that needs to be done. The person launching the business should focus on the actual building of the business and let their lawyer handle the legalities and paperwork.
Later, when a business is up and running, it might face its share of lawsuits from consumers, stockholders, and even former and current employees. Any one of these could easily ruin a company or lead to litigation, which could disrupt the business. A lawyer will assess the risk of every case that arises to determine the best course of legal action.
A lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement for the firm or prepare a case before a judge, as well as advise their business client on several legal matters that could result in lawsuits in the future if they are left unchecked.
Determining which parent will gain custody of the children following a divorce can be difficult. While there are situations where a joint custody arrangement can be reached, that is not always the case, and it is not always straightforward. In situations where the custody of the child is disputed, a judge will weigh all of the evidence and decide what is best based on the best interests of the child.
Having a child custody lawyer who will represent a spouse’s desires and interests before a judge will help with reaching an agreeable outcome. A lawyer can help their client work through the emotional challenges they may face and provide insight on the many psychological factors that impact child custody.
An important aspect of determining the welfare of a child after a divorce is to ensure that their financial needs are still met by both of the parents, even though they are no longer together. The non-custodial parent will be responsible for providing routine payments to the custodial parent based on the percentage they were contributing when the marriage was still intact.
The child support payments are only to be used for specific child expenses, such as education, medical needs, living expenses, and other activities that the child is involved in. A main goal is to mimic life prior to divorce. A judge will determine the overall expenses for the child and mandate the amount of monthly child support payments. A lawyer will help the spouse receive the right payments, as well as help a spouse pay the appropriate amount and ensure that the money is being used for the child.
The end of a marriage can be challenging for both spouses. A common issue is deciding what will happen with the marital assets accumulated during the marriage. Given the raw feelings that can surround a divorce, a person will need someone who does not have the same emotional attachment. A divorce lawyer can represent a spouse’s needs in a fair and level-headed manner to help reach a just and amicable resolution. If not, they can defend their client’s position in court before a judge.
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Matters
Suffering from domestic violence or child abuse can be traumatic. A lawyer will represent either the victim or the accused in civil court. For victims, a lawyer protects them from the abuser, including helping with protective orders and making sure they are followed. For the accused, a lawyer will work to come up with the result that the client deserves.
This type of law encompasses many different scenarios senior citizens must think about as they approach retirement and move beyond it. Along with helping plan a person’s Medicaid, an elder law lawyer will also work with their client to help with their immediate and future financial security, obtain public assistance to cover the costs of long-term care, ensure one’s health care wishes are carried out, and help maintain independence and quality of life.
When dividing marital assets in a divorce, New Jersey uses an equitable distribution standard, which means that the assets will be divided in an equitable manner. However, this does not mean in an equal manner. The three steps in the process include: identifying the assets, valuing the assets, and distributing the assets.
It can be a complicated process to determine what is fair distribution, but a lawyer can make certain that their client receives what is owed to them. A knowledgeable divorce lawyer helps their client throughout the entire process and represents their interests during this unnerving time.
Family law covers a variety of topics, including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic abuse, prenuptial agreements, and more. Each family law issue can be emotionally charged and will require a steady hand and a calm demeanor to help a person through it. An experienced lawyer can help their client through various difficult family law matters.
Gay, Lesbian, and Same-Sex Couples Litigation
Those who are in a gay or lesbian relationship and end their partnership have a series of unique legal matters that they must solve when deciding to separate in New Jersey. Gay, lesbian, and same-sex couples litigation can become even more complicated if there is a child involved or if one of the two individuals is a resident of another state. A family law lawyer with experience in handling this type of litigation can represent their client to ensure they reach an agreeable resolution.
General and Living Wills
A will is a legal document that outlines how assets will be distributed upon a person’s death. It allows family members the opportunity to grieve without having to stress about how they will divide up a family member’s leftover possessions.
A will is also an opportunity to decide who will take care of any children left behind or who will take over any businesses that were also part of the person’s portfolio. In addition, a living will describes a person’s instructions for a variety of health care scenarios. It is a way to alleviate family members from having to make difficult medical decisions concerning the health and care of a loved one. A lawyer will make sure that a will details all of their client’s wishes and expectations.
Grandparent Visitation Rights
New Jersey allows grandparent visitation rights in the event of a divorce. The state understands the importance of the involvement of grandparents in their grandchildren’s lives, which is why a court will grant visitation rights. There are several factors listed in the Grandparents’ Visitation Statute that are considered when determining the visitation schedule. A lawyer will work with the grandparents to advise them on their rights and help them petition the court if they are looking to gain more time with their grandchildren.
A guardian is appointed by the court to represent someone who is unfit to make important life decisions. The guardian is then authorized to make those decisions on behalf of that unfit person. In New Jersey, a person is generally deserving of a guardian when that person does not appear to have the understanding to make rational decisions on their general health or financial well-being.
It can be a difficult and troubling time for all involved when deciding whether a loved one needs a guardian. However, a lawyer can answer a family’s questions and help them through this difficult process. If the need arises, they can help in court should a guardian need to be assigned for their loved one.
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that allows two disputing parties to settle their differences outside of the formal legal arena. Mediation can shorten the time of a divorce, as well as save on legal fees. It is seen as a cooperative process where both sides work together to reach a mutual resolution.
While the mediation process is becoming increasingly popular for resolving marital and family law issues, it is also a way to resolve all types of business and personal disputes. In mediation, the lawyers and mediator act as intermediaries between the spouses or other parties, meaning there is less emotional aspect to the interactions, which should make for a better outcome.
When purchasing or selling a home in New Jersey, it is highly recommended that a person hires a lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected throughout the real estate transaction. A lawyer will draft any paperwork that is part of the closing and file any documents that are required. A lawyer can also read through a contract before it is signed to offer their opinion on any potential problems or omissions that need to be addressed.
Determining what a person will do with their property and assets after they are gone will alleviate any stress or controversy when that event happens. Stress and grief can bring out other emotions, which can lead to unfortunate conflicts among family members.
By developing a comprehensive will and a business continuity plan, a client can ensure that their family members know a plan is in place for the distribution of assets. A lawyer can help with producing all the necessary documents and make certain that they are filed properly and executed in accordance with the person’s wishes.
New Jersey Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Represent Clients in Multiple Practice Areas
If you need help with a legal issue, the New Jersey lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. can provide assistance. We will represent your interests and help you achieve the resolution that works best for you. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online today to schedule an initial consultation about your case. Located in Somerville and Morristown, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.