Pro Bono

Lawyers share a deep sense of responsibility to provide legal services to those who cannot afford to retain counsel. The Legal Aid Society of Monmouth County is celebrating its seventieth year of enlisting volunteers from the Monmouth Bar Association to do just that. The Legal Aid Society is governed by a hardworking Board of Trustees, comprised of lawyers and lay people who give countless hours of their time to administer the program, screen cases, enlist volunteer attorneys, assign cases to volunteers, and obtain feedback when each case is finished. That information is taken into account in evaluating how the program can [...]

By |2020-11-04T20:38:42+00:00July 16th, 2020|Pro Bono, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pro Bono

Best Law Firms

“Today, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers publicly announce the Tenth Edition of the “Best Law Firms’ rankings.  Congratulations to your firm on being included in this elite and extremely impressive group.”  The receipt of this email thrust Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. into the upper echelon of peer reviewed law firms. Although the firm had been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” since 2017, Paras, Apy & Reiss was selected as a Best Law Firm, New Jersey Metro – Tier 1 in Family Law for 2020. [...]

By |2019-11-22T15:48:08+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Best Law Firms

It’s expensive to be RIGHT!

Over the years I have seen a decided increase in the unwillingness of divorce litigants to compromise.  They often view the case from the myopic vantage point of their own perspective, ignoring the possibility that their spouse may have a different perspective.  Not even a recognition that the spouse may have a different perspective, let alone an assessment of whether there is any logical basis for it. “But I’m right.  He did this to me.  She did that to me. Why should I give in, or compromise, or… fill [...]

By |2019-11-22T15:40:20+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on It’s expensive to be RIGHT!

2019 NJ Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our attorneys! Patricia E. Apy, Esq. - Super Lawyer Peter C. Paras, Esq. - Super Lawyer Elissa A. Perkins, Esq. - Super Lawyer (Rising Star) Bonnie M. S. Reiss, Esq. - Super Lawyer

By |2019-03-15T14:52:20+00:00March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2019 NJ Super Lawyers

Hollywood vs. New Jersey: Finalizing Your Divorce

In the movie “Sweet Home Alabama,” the character played by Reese Witherspoon travels from New York to Alabama in an attempt to have her estranged husband sign off on their divorce papers shortly before her scheduled wedding to another man.  Ultimately, while the estranged husband signs the papers, Ms. Witherspoon’s Melanie does not, and her lawyer is forced to run down the aisle at Melanie’s wedding, waving the papers, yelling for Melanie to sign and finalize her divorce before she says her “I do’s.”    While we won’t spoil the [...]

By |2018-09-25T14:54:47+00:00September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hollywood vs. New Jersey: Finalizing Your Divorce

Where’s my Financial Aid? College Expenses and New Jersey Law

Will I have to pay for my children’s college expenses?  Will my former spouse have an obligation to pay?  What if neither of us can afford to send our child to college? These questions are commonplace in nearly every divorce matter involving children, and for that reason, it is important for divorcing couples to have an understanding of the basic law underlying college contribution in New Jersey.  This is the first in a series of articles aimed at addressing this law. Often times, especially in those cases where a [...]

By |2018-06-14T19:56:43+00:00June 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where’s my Financial Aid? College Expenses and New Jersey Law

New Jersey Divorce 101

Alimony.  Child support.  Custody.  Equitable distribution.  Most everyone has heard these terms before – but until you find yourself contemplating divorce, or in the process of getting divorced, you may not have considered exactly what they mean.  This article will provide you with background information on four of the most common issues present in New Jersey divorces. Custody:  In New Jersey, the concept of custody is two-fold.  The first component of custody is legal custody.  Legal custody determines who has the authority to make major decisions for a child.  [...]

By |2018-02-12T21:54:32+00:00February 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Jersey Divorce 101
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