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Linda H. Joseph

Landlord-Tenant, Lawsuit & Dispute, Wills & Probate, Criminal, Employee Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  45 Years

Thorice Marie Jacobs

Education, Landlord-Tenant, Dispute Resolution, Immigration
Status:  In Good Standing           

Lawrence Christopher Digiulio

Landlord-Tenant, Lawsuit & Dispute, Immigration, Employment Contracts
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

John F. Maxwell

Commercial Real Estate, Contract, Foreclosure, Landlord-Tenant
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years
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James Peter Ratchford

Landlord-Tenant, Immigration
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Mary Engler Roche

Education, Landlord-Tenant
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Francis Daniel Bowers

Power of Attorney, Tax, Landlord-Tenant, Traffic
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Nancy Sorrentino Kania

Landlord-Tenant, Motor Vehicle, Class Action, Immigration
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Terrance C. Brennan

Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  39 Years

Paul Alexander Woodard

Landlord-Tenant, Immigration, Wrongful Termination, Insurance
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

FORM INTERROGATORIES

Printed or 'canned' sets of questions that one party in a lawsuit asks an opposing party. Form interratories cover the issues commonly encountered in the kind o... (more...)
Printed or 'canned' sets of questions that one party in a lawsuit asks an opposing party. Form interratories cover the issues commonly encountered in the kind of lawsuit at hand. For example, lawyers' form books have sets of interrogatories designed for contract disputes, landlord-tenant cases and many others. Form interrogatories are often supplemented by questions written by the lawyers and designed for the particular issues in the case.

USE TAX

A tax imposed by a state to compensate for the sales tax lost when an item is purchased outside of the state, but is used within the state. For example, you buy... (more...)
A tax imposed by a state to compensate for the sales tax lost when an item is purchased outside of the state, but is used within the state. For example, you buy your car in a state that has no sales tax, but you live across the border in a state that does have a sales tax. When you bring your car home and register it in your state, the state taxing authority will bill you for the sales tax it would have collected had you bought the car within the state.

CONTRACT

A legally binding agreement involving two or more people or businesses (called parties) that sets forth what the parties will or will not do. Most contracts tha... (more...)
A legally binding agreement involving two or more people or businesses (called parties) that sets forth what the parties will or will not do. Most contracts that can be carried out within one year can be either oral or written. Major exceptions include contracts involving the ownership of real estate and commercial contracts for goods worth $500 or more, which must be in writing to be enforceable. (See statute of frauds.) A contract is formed when competent parties -- usually adults of sound mind or business entities -- mutually agree to provide each other some benefit (called consideration), such as a promise to pay money in exchange for a promise to deliver specified goods or services or the actual delivery of those goods and services. A contract normally requires one party to make a reasonably detailed offer to do something -- including, typically, the price, time for performance and other essential terms and conditions -- and the other to accept without significant change. For example, if I offer to sell you ten roses for $5 to be delivered next Thursday and you say 'It's a deal,' we've made a valid contract. On the other hand, if one party fails to offer something of benefit to the other, there is no contract. For example, if Maria promises to fix Josh's car, there is no contract unless Josh promises something in return for Maria's services.

YELLOW-DOG CONTRACT

An employment contract in which the employer forbids the employee to join a labor union. Yellow-dog contracts are not legally enforceable.

UNCONSCIONABILITY

A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, i... (more...)
A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, inability to read or inability to understand the language. The unfairness must be so severe that it is shocking to the average person. It usually includes the absence of any meaningful choice on the part of the buyer and contract terms so one-sided that they unreasonably favor the seller. A contract will be terminated if the buyer can prove unconscionability.

EXCULPATORY CLAUSE

A provision in a lease that absolves the landlord from responsibility for all damages, injuries or losses occurring on the property, including those caused by t... (more...)
A provision in a lease that absolves the landlord from responsibility for all damages, injuries or losses occurring on the property, including those caused by the landlord's actions. Most states have laws that void exculpatory clauses in rental agreements, which means that a court will not enforce them.

BEQUEST

The legal term for personal property (anything but real estate) left in a will.

EASEMENT BY PRESCRIPTION

A right to use property, acquired by a long tradition of open and obvious use. For example, if hikers have been using a trail through your backyard for ten year... (more...)
A right to use property, acquired by a long tradition of open and obvious use. For example, if hikers have been using a trail through your backyard for ten years and you've never complained, they probably have an easement by prescription through your yard to the trail.

GROSS LEASE

A commercial real estate lease in which the tenant pays a fixed amount of rent per month or year, regardless of the landlord's operating costs, such as maintena... (more...)
A commercial real estate lease in which the tenant pays a fixed amount of rent per month or year, regardless of the landlord's operating costs, such as maintenance, taxes and insurance. A gross lease closely resembles the typical residential lease. The tenant may agree to a 'gross lease with stops,' meaning that the tenant will pitch in if the landlord's operating costs rise above a certain level. In real estate lingo, the point when the tenant starts to contribute is called the 'stop level,' because that's where the landlord's share of the costs stops.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Rios v. Carrillo

... In 2000 the plaintiff landlord leased a residential apartment to the defendant tenant for a term of two years. ... Not long thereafter, some courts extended this 113 reasoning to the issue of landlord's [sic] duty to mitigate, concluding that a landlord should indeed have such a duty ... ...

MATTER OF YITZHAK" JAMES" PASTREICH v. NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

... The August 1991 rent stabilized lease entered into by tenant and landlord recited a monthly rent of $5,747.52, but included a rider, denominated "Rider to Preferential Lease Agreement," providing for a "preferential rent" of $3,000 on condition that tenant accept the apartment in ...

MATTER OF 508 REALTY ASSOCIATES, LLC v. New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal

... The Rent Stabilization Law (Administrative Code of City of NY § 26-501 et seq.) provides that if the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (hereinafter the DHCR) finds that a landlord, after a reasonable opportunity to be heard, has collected an ...