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Jay Schmerler

Jay Schmerler

Law Office of Jay R. Schmerler
  • Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy...
  • New Jersey
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Besides the highlighted practice areas shown in my profile, I have extensive experience in civil litigation, debtor-creditor issues, and community associations, such as condominiums and homeowner associations. I have appeared in state courts, such as municipal court and all levels of the Superior Court, including the Appellate division. At the federal court level, I have appeared in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the . Court of Federal Claims, as well as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. I have represented clients with formal mediation and arbitration, and have also acted as a mediator in state court. And finally, I have also appeared before several local Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment. During my 31 years of practice, I've been fortunate to gain experience in many areas of the law and it has been both exciting and professionally rewarding.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Consumer Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Debtor-Creditor
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My fee structure varies by the type of case and degree of expected difficulty. I charge both flat fees for certain matters and bill by the hour on other matters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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3rd Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D. (1984) | Law
Attended night school while working full time as pharmacist.
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Massachuetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
B.S. (1975) | Pharmacy
Honors: Graduated Magna cum laude; Rho Chi Honor Society, Merck award
Activities: VP - Student American Pharmaceutical Society (Massachusetts)
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University of Dayton
other | Pre-med; Political Science
Withdrew after completion of 1st semester, Junior year.
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Professional Associations
Haydn Proctor Inn of Court
- Current
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National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- Current
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New Jersey State Bar # 006141984
- Current
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Monmouth County Bar Association
- Current
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Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. Determining a fair price for the sale of a piece of my property?
A: First of all speak with an attorney knowledgeable of land use law. You want to be sure that what land you are left with meets the zoning requirements for your area. In addition, you don't say, but is there a mortgage on your home? You'll have to deal with your Lender for its OK before you can do this. As to value, get an appraisal.
Q. general question: what happens when a foreclosure is overturned if the buyer already sold the property who loses money?
A: This "hypothetical" sounds like a Bar exam question. The scenario should never have happened if B & C did their due diligence. You don't say what you mean buy Mr. A "overturning" the foreclosure. If you mean redeemed the property from the sale within the time allowed, then Mr. B didn't wait out that period and Mr. C was not very bright to buy under those circumstances.
Q. Can a house seller not return my $5000 deposit because the loan not approved , and he put house back to market?
A: This is fact dependent. Have an attorney review the terms of your contract of sale and then review the details surrounding your mortgage application.
Q. Employment offer at-will meaning they can let me go without cause or reason, is that legal in NJ?
A: At-will employment is legal in NJ. As to the issue of unemployment, you may be eligible depending upon the reason for the separation. There may be some delay in receiving the benefits. This really depends upon the facts.
Q. If an insurance policy check is put into an estate account does that make it part of the estate?
A: If the insurance check is related to a policy refund or some claim made by or for the decedent, then those funds are part of the estate. It should be deposited into the estate account and can then be used for any estate expenses. I don't understand why your sister "wants it back". If it was your sister's insurance policy, then it was likely a short term loan to pay the funeral expenses.
Q. I have a question about selling a house in south New Jersey
A: You will need to speak with an attorney and have that person review the contract in order to answer your question.
Q. How am I supposed to pay for an attorney if I'm bankrupt?
A: There are many ways. Get help from family or friends. Work out a plan with the attorney if you're filing Chapter 13. Are you working? Have any source of income? If you qualify, get help from Legal Aid.
Q. I am a Resident of New York State. I have two vacation homes in New Jersey.
A: You are a non-resident and therefore are subject to tax on the sale. A minimum of 2% must be withheld at closing. Any balance due is determined when taxes get filed at end of year.
Q. Which parts of an estate are taxable?
A: Your question is too general and without facts to really specifically answer. New Jersey has several taxes that can arise from administering an estate. There may or may not be inheritance taxes. There may or may not be estate taxes. The answer is based on who inherits, what the assets are, and what the value of the assets are. The answer to your question will be based on these answers. Speak with an estate attorney.
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Eatontown, NJ, USA
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