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Skoloff & Wolfe P.C. Co-managing Partners Help Jewish Law Symposium Succeed Skoloff & Wolfe P.C. co-managing partners, Jonathan W. Wolfe Esq. and David B. Wolfe Esq., served on the advisory board and as an event chair respectively, for the 2020 Jewish Law Symposium, held September 23 via online conference. David Wolfe has served as the event chair since the founding of the event.

The Jewish Law Symposium is geared to attorneys throughout the State of New Jersey who have an interest in exploring, studying, and debating the ethical and moral dilemmas facing the legal community today from both civil law and Talmudic law perspectives.

The theme of the event, “The Ethics of Civility: Being a Mentch in Turbulent Times,” featured a distinguished list of presenters and panelists including: former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut; the Hon. Patty Shwartz, Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; Raymond M. Brown Esq., international human rights attorney and partner, Scarinci Hollenbeck; Paula Franzese, Esq., Professor at Seton Hall Law School; and Sivan Rahav Meir, Israeli media personality, biblical scholar and author.

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Skoloff & Wolfe Property Tax Appeal Practice Supports 2020 March of Dimes Real Estate Awards ProgramDespite the coronavirus pandemic, the March of Dimes is continuing to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies by funding research, leading programs, and providing education and advocacy. A key part of supporting this mission is events like the Real Estate Awards Reception, which was held on September 24 as a virtual event.

The Skoloff & Wolfe Property Tax Appeal practice area was once again proud to serve as a sponsor of the annual event. David Wolfe, co-managing partner at Skoloff & Wolfe, also served on the 2020 event committee.

The Real Estate Awards Reception provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding members of the Real Estate Community. This year the honoree was Jeff Milanaik, Partner, Bridge Development Partners, LLC. Following months of hard work by volunteers, the event was a great success and raised significant funds for the March of Dimes.

By Rachel Friedman

I often encounter parents who enter our office with misconceptions about how child support is determined. I find this fear stems from two places: 1) A misunderstanding of how child support is calculated; and 2) references in pop culture. (One song by Kanye West, in particular.)

Common NJ Child Support Myths:

Jersey City is pursuing a Property Tax Increase in 2020
As we wrote earlier in 2020, Jersey City, N.J., is now aggressively pursuing commercial property owners with reverse appeals designed to increase assessments and corresponding property taxes. Despite recently completing a revaluation in 2018, Jersey City is selectively challenging assessments on vacant land, multifamily, and industrial properties. This new initiative is in full swing and has continued unabated through the coronavirus pandemic.

Property Owners Must be Prepared to Defend Themselves against Property Tax Increase Cases

It is vital for commercial property owners to engage legal representation with significant experience defending these types of cases. Skoloff & Wolfe is currently defending increase appeals filed against more than $490 million of Jersey City assessments. The firm also handles increase appeals throughout New Jersey, including in the City of Newark, West Orange, Cherry Hill, Springfield, and Elizabeth.

Jonathan W. WolfeJonathan Wolfe headshot, co-managing partner of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., completed his term in August as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Family Law. Prior to his term as chair, Mr. Wolfe held numerous leadership positions in the ABA, including as a member of the ABA’s Executive Committee, Board of Governors and House of Delegates.

Under Mr. Wolfe’s guidance the Family Law section undertook several new initiatives to help promote the fair practice of family law for individuals and families of all means. These included a charitable fund to help promote access to justice, as well as to support the organization’s public service projects and educational programs. He also oversaw the section’s Covid-19 response by streamlining the organization’s online capabilities to help move ABA events to a virtual platform.

“I’m extremely proud that during my term the fund helped provide a way to recognize the outstanding family lawyers who work pro bono to help people who might otherwise be unable to afford professional legal representation,” Mr. Wolfe said. “Donations to the charitable fund are helping the Family Law section enhance diversity and inclusion in the profession. I am proud of the important work being done by our Section.”

Best Lawyers logo 2020Skoloff & Wolfe attorneys Gary N. Skoloff, Jonathan W. Wolfe, and Patrick T. Collins were selected among The Best Lawyers in America© for family law.

Gary Skoloff HeadshotGary N. Skoloff, one of the founders of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., was selected by his peers for inclusion in the list for the thirty-fifth time, a record of sustained excellence that speaks to his reputation as one of the nation’s leading family law practitioners. He is the author of New Jersey Family Law Practice, now in its fifteenth edition, which is widely regarded as one of the foremost treatises on New Jersey family law.

Mr. Skoloff’s experience as a family law practitioner makes him a highly sought after family law attorney for accomplished individuals and their spouses in virtually every field, including finance, real estate, professional sports, entertainment, law, and medicine. He has held multiple leadership positions in professional organizations both on state and national levels, and he is a frequent lecturer on family law topics. Mr. Skoloff has repeatedly provided his insights for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and he was an adjunct professor of Family Law at Seton Hall Law School. He also served as the president of the Rutgers Law School Alumni Association.

Times of Entrepreneurship logoDavid B. Wolfe, co-managing partner or Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., was interviewed for a recent article published in Times of Entrepreneurship, an online, multi-industry news source for business owners and entrepreneurs. The article “Rent May Be The Final Blow For Struggling Small Businesses,” reports on the sobering situation brought on by COVID-19 restrictions and their impact on tenants, who cannot make rent, and landlords and property owners who are subject to their own set of financial pressures.

According to Wolfe, most municipalities have not taken affirmative steps to ease the property tax burden on landlords. “Thinking of ways to mitigate the landlord’s costs would enable landlords to forgive or be more lenient with tenants,” he said. The article’s author reports the crisis is building mostly unnoticed as many small businesses hesitate to speak out for fear of angering landlords.

Wolfe argues for more widespread relief such as eviction moratoriums and rent-relief measures for commercial properties, which some state and local governments have initiated but not in a whole-hearted way. Many landlords are doing their part to try and stabilize occupancies. In fact, according to the article, over 75% of landlords have made concessions such as reduced rent, amortized payments and delays in payment. And over 57% made adjustments to the loan length in exchange for loan relief.

thomas decataldo NJSBAEssex County Top Lawyers 2020 Thomas DeCataldoLivingston, NJThomas J. DeCataldo Jr., Esq., of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., in Livingston, recently was named one of the best attorneys in Essex County, NJ, in the practice of family law by Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine. An online peer-vote process of area attorneys conducted by DataJoe Research of Boulder, Colorado, revealed which attorneys’ peers in their practice area would seek out for particular legal needs. The polling covered more than 35 specialties.

This accolade is the latest of several for DeCataldo, who was recently named a 2020 New Jersey Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers. Rising Stars must be 40-years-old or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years. Like Super Lawyers, Rising Stars is also based upon peer recognition and professional achievement, with winners representing the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming lawyers in the State of New Jersey. In the most recent listing, Skoloff & Wolfe had seven attorneys named Super Lawyers and two who were selected to Rising Stars.

Since graduating from law school, Mr. DeCataldo has dedicated his practice to family law. He is an accomplished speaker and has authored numerous articles on the legal issues and consequences surrounding divorce and other family law matters. Prior to joining Skoloff & Wolfe, Mr. DeCataldo clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. McCormack J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, in Essex County. He is an active member of various professional and bar associations and sits on several committees and boards.

What to expect when filing for divorce
Being on the brink of divorce can be an intimidating and scary experience. If you find yourself seeking to initiate the divorce process, or you’ve suddenly been served with a complaint for divorce by your spouse, what’s next? The first step is to find an attorney. Many people have little to no familiarity with the court system and can easily be overwhelmed by the process. This is where having an experienced attorney like those at Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. can benefit you. Once you have retained an attorney, what is the process like? What do you need to do? How long is this going to take? While a divorce has the possibility of being a long, arduous process, especially if a trial is needed, there are various steps throughout the process that provide the parties ample opportunities to settle and resolve most of, if not all of their issues. Below is a step by step outline of the procedure of obtaining a divorce so that you can be better prepared during your case.

The First Step of Divorce: Filing a Complaint

If you are the party seeking a divorce, one of the first landmarks during your case will be the filing of a complaint. If you are filing the complaint in your case, you will be referred to as the plaintiff going forward. A complaint is a document filed with the court that initiates your divorce case. It lays out the following:

Richard Iglar, AAML New JerseySkoloff & Wolfe, P.C., today announced that Richard F. Iglar, a partner at the Livingston, New Jersey law firm, was sworn in as President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) New Jersey Chapter. Mr. Iglar is a Fellow of both the AAML as well as the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Earlier in 2020 he was selected as a “Super Lawyer” for the tenth consecutive year.

“I’m honored to be a leader in a professional organization that is committed to reaching the highest levels of excellence in the practice of family law,” Mr. Iglar said about his new role. “When we work hard and commit to rigorous and zealous representation on behalf of our clients we can achieve great things.” As president of the AAML New Jersey Chapter, he becomes an important voice speaking on behalf of the leading practitioners in the field of family law throughout the state. The AAML is comprised of approximately 1600 family law attorneys who are recognized for their outstanding achievements by judges and other attorneys for their high level of skill, knowledge, competence and integrity and trial experience.

Mr. Iglar is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. He is a frequent contributor of articles on family law to legal journals as well as the media. He has appeared on television and radio and his legal commentary has been featured in print media.

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