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How Do I Answer A Special Civil Complaint?

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HOW TO ANSWER A SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT

WHAT IS A SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMONS?
A Special Civil summons is a Special Civil court document that “summons” you to file a Special Civil answer in a particular Special Civil court. The Special Civil summons should state the date on which the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint was served.

WHAT IS A SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT?
A Special Civil complaint is a Special Civil lawsuit that a person or business files in a particular Special Civil court against one or more people or businesses. There are 21 Special Civil county courthouses in which a Special Civil complaint may be filed. The person or business filing the Special Civil complaint is the Special Civil plaintiff and the people or businesses that are sued in the Special Civil complaint are Special Civil defendants. The Special Civil defendant has 35 days following service of the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint to file a Special Civil answer. The service date of a Special Civil answer is not the date that a Special Civil complaint is received by a Special Civil defendant but the date that the Special Civil summons states that the Special Civil court (or process server) mailed or served the Special Civil summons and Special Civil complaint.

ARE SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMONSES AND SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINTS NORMALLY MAILED TO SPECIAL CIVIL DEFENDANTS?
Just because you received documents in the mail does not mean they don’t come from the Special Civil court!!! The most common way that the Special Civil summons and Special Civil complaint are forwarded to a Special Civil defendant is simultaneously by first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested. Many Special Civil defendants think they can avoid Special Civil court by refusing or failing to claim Special Civil certified mail. Such thoughts are usually incorrect.

CAN I WRITE AND FILE A LETTER TO THE SPECIAL CIVIL COURT INSTEAD OF WRITING A SPECIAL CIVIL ANSWER TO THE SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT?
To answer a Special Civil complaint, you can’t just write and file a letter with the Special Civil Court! Letters do not take the place of a proper Special Civil answer to a Special Civil complaint! If you just write a letter and try to file it as your Special Civil answer to a Special Civil complaint, the Special Civil Court should reject it and you shall expose yourself to a Special Civil judgment being entered against yourself. To answer a Special Civil complaint, you must write and file a proper answer to a Special Civil complaint.

HOW DO I ANSWER A SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT?
To answer a Special Civil complaint, you must take a series of steps. To answer a Special Civil complaint properly you must file a written Special Civil Court response to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or Special Civil counterclaim, called an “answer”. Failure to answer a Special Civil complaint in the proper way will normally result in your being defaulted and exposes you to the risk of having a New Jersey Special Civil Part money judgment entered against you and thereafter, possibly losing money or property. You may file a Special Civil answer New Jersey Special Civil Part by preparing a written Special Civil answer disputing charges made against you in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or Special Civil Part counterclaim and requesting that the New Jersey Special Civil Part dismiss the wrong charges. If a Special Civil plaintiff or someone that isn’t named in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint owes you money or property based on the same set of facts as those in dispute in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or facts related to the dispute, in addition to filing a Special Civil answer, you may also be able to file a Special Civil counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint to recover the money or property (discussed below). Forms are available at the appropriate office of the New Jersey Special Civil Part and via the worldwide web. However, neither Special Civil court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each New Jersey Special Civil Part case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. It is very common for Special Civil Part plaintiffs and Special Civil Part defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints that result in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints or Special Civil answers to New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil Part or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil Part after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies. It is important to be truthful and not to make misstatements of facts when answering New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints and counterclaims. It is extremely important that you prepare your New Jersey Special Civil Part answer very carefully and make sure that you include in the Special Civil answer a detailed list of all defenses against the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or Special Civil counterclaim that you are responding to, since failure to do so could cause you to lose your New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Accordingly, when you are sued, you should seriously consider hiring a Special Civil lawyer to prepare your response to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or Special Civil counterclaim, to prepare written requests for information to the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant that sued you (discussed further below) and if you can afford it, to have a Special Civil lawyer represent you in court. After your New Jersey Special Civil Part answer is prepared, you must file it by either visiting the New Jersey Superior Courthouse or appropriate Court Finance Office in the county where the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint was filed – all of which are located in the county seat of the appropriate county -- or by sending the necessary of Special Civil paperwork to the appropriate county office of the Superior Court of New Jersey. You must pay a fee to file your New Jersey Special Civil Part answer that is determined based on the amount of the original dispute and the type of trial you want and whether you intend to add parties to the lawsuit (discussed below). Only persons age 18 or older are able to file a Special Civil answer for themselves (minors must file a Special Civil answer through their parent or guardian). If you are not represented by a Special Civil lawyer in a New Jersey Special Civil Part case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. Most New Jersey Special Civil Part cases filed New Jersey Special Civil Part that go to trial are nonjury trials, meaning that only a judge hears the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. For an extra fee paid only when you first file your first Special Civil answer, you may demand a Special Civil trial by 6 jurors. Special Civil jury trials are much more complex than nonjury trials and usually require much more preparation, including extensive of Special Civil paperwork. However, a New Jersey Special Civil Part jury trial demand may result in the facts of your New Jersey Special Civil Part case being decided by a jury of ordinary people rather than by a single judge. Even where a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant requests a New Jersey Special Civil Part jury trial, the legal issues in the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial are normally decided by the Special Civil judge hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. To answer a Special Civil complaint properly, consult with a Special Civil attorney before trying to guess how to answer the Special Civil complaint!

HOW SHOULD I ANSWER THE PARAGRAPS OF THE COMPLAINT?
To answer a Special Civil complaint, you must be sure to answer in writing to each and every paragraph of the Special Civil complaint. Otherwise, your failure to answer any paragraphs of the Special Civil complaint will result in the allegations of the Special Civil plaintiff being proven against you! There are three basic ways to answer the Special Civil complaint paragraphs: (1) admit the allegations; (2) deny the allegations; or (3) stating that you don’t have enough information to admit or deny the allegations. Answering a Special Civil complaint is often quite more complex than getting a form from the Special Civil Court and filling out – many people give up important rights by failing to properly answer Special Civil complaints. Many Special Civil defendants throw together a Special Civil answer without understanding how important their Special Civil answer can be to winning their Special Civil case!!! To answer a Special Civil complaint properly, consult with a Special Civil attorney before trying to guess how to answer the Special Civil complaint!

WHAT ARE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES TO SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINTS AND SEPARATE DEFENSES TO SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINTS
To answer a Special Civil complaint properly, if there is some legal reason that you believe that you should not have to be responsible for the claims stated in the Special Civil complaint or the damages that a Special Civil plaintiff seeks to recover against you in the Special Civil complaint, you need to let the Special Civil court know about what those reasons are without necessarily going into each and every detail of those reasons. Failure to properly state in writing factual or legal reason that you believe that you should not have to be responsible for the claims stated in the Special Civil complaint or the damages that a Special Civil plaintiff seeks to recover against you in the Special Civil complaint could result in you losing your Special Civil Case. Consult with a Special Civil attorney before trying to guess all of the legal reasons that you are not responsible for the Special Civil plaintiff’s claims or the Special Civil plaintiff’s damages. Answering a Special Civil complaint is often quite more complex than getting a form from the Special Civil Court and filling out – many people give up important rights by failing to properly answer Special Civil complaints.

WHAT IF I AM SUED BUT SOMEONE OWES ME MONEY BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ME?
If you are a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant and plaintiff or someone that isn’t named in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint owes you money or property based on the same set of facts as those in dispute in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or facts related to the dispute, in addition to filing a Special Civil answer, you may also be able to file a Special Civil counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint to recover the money or property (discussed below). If there are valid facts and legal reasons to support it, a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant can file their own lawsuit against a New Jersey Special Civil Part plaintiff, called a “counterclaim If you are sued and someone who is not named in the lawsuit is partially or totally responsible for the Special Civil plaintiff’s damages or for damages you suffered and there are valid facts and legal reasons to support it, a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant can file their own complaint, called a “third party complaint”. By doing so, the Special Civil defendant names parties not originally named to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint as additional parties to the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. New Jersey Special Civil Part counterclaims and Special Civil third party complaints must be prepared in writing and filed with the appropriate New Jersey Special Civil Part court where the original New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint is being heard normally require extra fees above the cost of filing a Special Civil answer to the original New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint. In the New Jersey Special Civil Part case of a Special Civil third party complaint, once properly filed, the New Jersey Special Civil Part normally serves it on the Special Civil plaintiff. Forms may be available at the appropriate office of the New Jersey Special Civil Part and via the worldwide web. However, neither Special Civil court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each New Jersey Special Civil Part case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. It is very common for Special Civil Part plaintiffs and Special Civil Part defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints or Special Civil counterclaims that result in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints or Special Civil answers to New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints or Special Civil counterclaims being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil Part or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil Part after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies. It is important to be truthful and not to make misstatements of facts when answering New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints and filing counterclaims and Special Civil third party complaints. It is extremely important that you prepare your New Jersey Special Civil Part answer, counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint carefully and make sure that you include in the documents a detailed list of all reasons why you may have a right to win your New Jersey Special Civil Part case, since failure to do so could cause you to lose your New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Accordingly, when you are sued and when you want to file a Special Civil counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint, you should seriously consider hiring a Special Civil lawyer to prepare your response to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or Special Civil counterclaim, to prepare written requests for information to the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant that sued you (discussed further below) and if you can afford it, to have a Special Civil lawyer represent you in court. After your New Jersey Special Civil Part counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint is prepared, you must file it by either visiting the New Jersey Superior Courthouse or appropriate Court Finance Office in the county where the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint was filed – all of which are located in the county seat of the appropriate county -- or by sending the necessary of Special Civil paperwork to the appropriate county office of the Superior Court of New Jersey. You must pay a fee to file the document that is determined based on the amount of the original dispute and the type of trial you want and it may also be based on whether you intend to add parties to the lawsuit.


WHAT OTHER THINGS MUST BE INCLUDED WHEN I ANSWER THE SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT?
To answer a Special Civil complaint, you must or should include the following items in any Special Civil answer that you want to file:
• A check for $15.00 payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey” but if you are filing a Special Civil counterclaim or Special Civil third party complaint with your Special Civil answer, you shall have to pay higher fees and should check with the Special Civil Court for the proper fee to pay.
• If you want a Special Civil jury, include a $50.00 check payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey” for the Special Civil jury demand (or add the $50.00 amount into your Special Civil answer filing fee check and write a single check).
• Information about whether you need special accommodations from the Special Civil court for any disability you might have.
• Information about whether you need an interpreter and if so, in what language
• A certification of no other actions and of your confidentially obligations under the New Jersey Court Rules.
• If you want a Special Civil jury, a written demand for a Special Civil jury and specifying what issues for which you need a Special Civil jury or whether you need it for all issues.
• There are strict rules about including certain personal confidential information in any papers you file with the Special Civil Court. Accordingly, if your Special Civil answer or any of the copies of papers that you attach to your Special Civil answer contain a Social Security number, driver’s license number, vehicle plate number, insurance policy number, active financial account number, or active credit card number, you must black out this information so that it cannot be seen, unless any such personal identifier is required to be included by statute, rule, administrative directive or court order. If an active financial account such as a credit card or loan account or some other type of account is the subject of your Special Civil case and cannot otherwise be identified, you may use the last four digits of the account to identify it. Be sure to keep all original documents in your possession without their being blacked out – such evidence may be very important to your defense during any Special Civil trial! Only black out copies of documents – never your originals!!!!

WHAT IF I IGNORE THE SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMONS AND SPECIAL CIVIL COMPLAINT?
The Special Civil defendant has 35 days following service of the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint to file a Special Civil answer. The Special Civil summons should state the date on which the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint was served. If a Special Civil defendant fails to file a written Special Civil answer to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint, the clerk should automatically enter a New Jersey Special Civil Part default on the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s docket. Thereafter, if the Special Civil defendant is defaulted for failing to file a Special Civil answer on time, the Special Civil plaintiff may prepare Special Civil paperwork asking the Special Civil court to enter a Special Civil default judgment. If the Special Civil default judgment is entered, it is usually very difficult for a Special Civil defendant to vacate the Special Civil default judgment and most Special Civil defendants fail when they try to vacate Special Civil default judgments. If you ignore a Special Civil judgment entered in a New Jersey Special Civil case, the following may happen to you:
• you may be forced to answer detailed questions about the location and value of your savings, personal property and bank accounts
• you may be forced to appear for a deposition (a question and answer session conducted under oath) during which an attorney will ask you questions about the location and value of your savings, personal property and bank accounts
• your bank account may be frozen and money in it turned over to the Special Civil judgment holder
• some of your wages may be taken from you
• your personal property may be seized by the sheriff and sold to satisfy the Special Civil judgment
• a New Jersey lien may be put against a house you own
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint is for money damages caused by a motor vehicle accident and the Special Civil Judgment requires a defendant to pay $500 or more, the defendant must pay within 60 days and if they do not, the plaintiff may file papers asking the Special Civil Part to direct the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to stop the defendant's driving and registration privileges until that Special Civil judgment is paid

Often people wait until their bank account is frozen or until their wages are attached to take action – at that point it is difficult and sometimes too late to do anything to successfully stop those debt collection efforts. It is not uncommon for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to refuse to help such latecomers from taking issue with the debt collection efforts unless they file papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part for relief. However, once a judgment is entered against you in a New Jersey Special Civil Part debt collection case, you may ask the New Jersey Special Civil Part to remove or “vacate” the Special Civil Judgment (discussed below).

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CLAIM INVOLVES A CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP OR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY?
The officers of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and the like cannot generally appear New Jersey Special Civil Part in cases involving disputes exceeding $3,000 since the corporation, partnership or limited liability company must usually be represented by a Special Civil lawyer. There may be some exceptions to this rule, such as where the New Jersey Special Civil Part case involves a summary action for possession of premises. Also, if you sue a company and the company represents itself at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial and you thereafter win the New Jersey Special Civil Part case and recover a New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment, it is possible that the company shall get the Special Civil judgment overturned because they were not permitted to appear in court for themselves in the first place!

WHAT HAPPENS IF A SPECIAL CIVIL DEFENDANT IS DEFAULTED IN NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
If a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant is automatically defaulted by the New Jersey Special Civil Part, then no trial will occur (unless the New Jersey Special Civil Part vacates the default) and the Special Civil plaintiff has 6 months from the date of the entry of default to file additional of Special Civil paperwork with the New Jersey Special Civil Part to seek a New Jersey Special Civil Part default judgment against a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant. In some cases, securing a New Jersey Special Civil Part default judgment only requires the Special Civil plaintiff to submit of Special Civil paperwork, while in other cases, the Special Civil plaintiff has to prepare and file a motion and the New Jersey Special Civil Part may require the Special Civil plaintiff and defendant to appear at a Special Civil court hearing – a “proof hearing”.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART DEFAULT JUDGMENT IS ENTERED AGAINST YOU AND YOU IGNORE IT?
If you ignore a New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment, your bank account may be frozen and money in it turned over to the Special Civil judgment holder, some of your wages may be taken from you, your personal property may be seized by the sheriff and sold to satisfy the Special Civil judgment and/or a lien may be put against a house you own. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint is for money damages caused by a motor vehicle accident and the Special Civil judgment requires a New Jersey Special Civil Part defendant to pay $500 or more, the Special Civil defendant must pay within 60 days and if they do not, the Special Civil plaintiff may file papers asking the New Jersey Special Civil Part to direct the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to stop the Special Civil defendant's driving and registration privileges until that Special Civil judgment is paid. Often people wait until their bank account is frozen or until their wages are attached to take action – at that point it is difficult and sometimes too late to do anything to successfully stop those collection efforts. It is not uncommon to refuse to help such latecomers from taking issue with the collection efforts unless they file papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part court for relief. However, once a New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment is entered against you, you may ask the New Jersey Special Civil Part court to remove or “vacate” the Special Civil judgment (discussed below).

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CASE?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey case. Each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey case. The judge hearing your New Jersey case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.
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