NJ Laws Email Newsletter E324
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
January 1, 2010
In This Issue:
1. New Year's Resolution - Put your Estate Planning in Order.
2. FREEZING COLD HASH RUN -3 - 5 MILE GROUP RUN
Sat. Jan. 9, 2010 9:50am
3. Free Program! 2010 update of the Wills and Estate Planning Seminar"
4. Destruction of Video Tape may Permit DWI Defendant to Vacate Guilty Plea
1. New Year's Resolution - Put your Estate Planning in order.
You need a Power of Attorney and Living Will/ Advance Directive. Modern medicine
and machinery can keep a person alive for long periods of time.
Unfortunately, a person is often kept alive in great pain or under circumstances
that render him or her unconscious to everything around them, while causing pain
and anguish to the family.
Our state has passed a "Living Will" law, often called a "Death with Dignity" law,
which allows a person to direct that heroic measures not be taken to prolong life
in these unhappy situations.
This "Living Will" is not a substitute for a regular Will, which affects property
rights. The "Living Will" is an independent document to be signed in addition to
your regular Will.
Please let us know if you want a Living Will/ Advance Directive prepared.
I would like to thank my friends for another good year in 2009, despite the bad
economy. This year was our single best year for referrals. So many of you were kind
enough to tell others about our services. Since 1985, I have helped individuals
and businesses with legal matters. With changing laws, it is important that your
estate planning documents are updated to reflect your most valuable investments.
As you know, all business must grow, and one of the safest ways to grow is to get
referrals from satisfied clients. Thank you for referring friends and family.May
2010 bring happiness and good health to you and those you love.
2. FREEZING COLD HASH RUN--3 & 5 MILE GROUP RUN
Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 9:50am
START: Kenneth Vercammen Law Office
2053 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, NJ 08817.
Free open bar 7:30-10:30
Register online at: www.active.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=itzinfdab.0.0.be4bcacab.0&ts=S0441&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.active.com%2F&id=preview].
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For details Call run "hare" Ken Vercammen (The runner in the red, white & blue
flag shorts) at 732-572-0500
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make $12.69 checks payable to Vercammen Assoc. PC, and mail to:
Kenneth Vercammen Law Office, NJ Personal Injury Law Center
2053 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ 08817
FREE BEER FOR WOMEN 21-69
$12.69 TO RUN.
FREE T-SHIRT AND OPEN BAR FROM 7:30AM - 11:30AM for Pre-registered.
$15.00 DAY OF EVENT. VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE A SHIRT AND OPEN BAR! PLEASE BRING A CAN
FOOD DONATION FOR THE ST. JAMES FOOD BANK. $5.00 FOR THE POST RUN SOCIAL HELD AT
THE GREEN DERBY BAR, SITE OF THE "ON-ON" BREWS. A fun time is guaranteed! You must
be over 21 years old to participate. No times are recorded. A sense of humor is
a must. Prizes and giveaways at the post race social.
Other exciting details:
Tired of the same old neighborhood roads, traffic, bad drivers? Join the off-road
runners for a great and unusual training run. See the swamps and wooded areas saved
from development. The Rumson Hash House Harriers again return to the woods and marsh
of Edison. Hashing is not a race but a non-competitive group run which follows an
off-road course laid out with baking flour. If you like trail running without the
competition of a formal race, this will be a fun switch for you. This is a complex
and different course through woods, grass, swamp and marsh. Wear old running shoes.
Follow the trail to the finish.
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3. Free Program! 2010 Update of the Wills and Estate Planning Seminar"
Past Clients and friends are invited to our annual Client lunch and the "2010 update
of the Wills and Estate Planning Seminar" on January 13, 2010 from 12:15-1PM or
January 14, 2010 at 5:45.
Our program will discuss how the revised NJ Probate Law made changes in Probate
and the administration of estates and trusts. Please email us if you plan on attending.
The year 2009 was an exciting year. Kenneth Vercammen was the keynote speaker for
the Annual Estate Planning Forum sponsored by the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal
Education and lectured at the American Bar Association ABA meeting on Internet Crimes.
In October, he was a speaker at the NJ State Bar Association program, "Handling
Drug, DWI & Serious Motor Vehicle Violations. Ken's son Brendan was District
wrestling champ and Region champ at 171 lbs, and daughter Shannon has an A average.
South Brunswick Varsity wrestling 2010 schedule
Wed 01/06/10 PERTH AMBOY
Thu 01/07/10 Woodbridge High School
Sat 01/09/10 @ Montgomery Township Schools
Sat 01/09/10 @ Old Bridge High School
Sat 01/16/10 Edison High School
Sat 01/16/10 Kittatinny Regional H. S.
Sat 01/16/10 Sayreville War Memorial High School
4. Destruction of Video Tape may Permit DWI Defendant to Vacate Guilty Plea. State
v. Mustaro ___ NJ Super ___ (App. Div. 2009) 14-2-6169 12/14/09
The court considered defendant's appeal from the denial of a post-sentence motion
to vacate his plea of guilty to driving while intoxicated. The motion was predicated
on a claim that the state withheld exculpatory evidence, but by the time the motion
was filed the evidence - a videotape recorded by the camera in the arresting officer's
patrol car - had been destroyed through reuse in accordance with the police department's
procedures. Applying State v. Parsons, 341 N.J. Super. 448 (App. Div. 2001), and
State v. Marshall, 123 N.J. 1, 107-09 (1991), the court concluded that defendant
failed to establish that he would not have admitted to driving if he had access
to the videotape prior to the plea, and the court further concluded that the denial
of his motion was fully consistent with a proper application of the principles set
forth in State v. Slater, 198 N.J. 145 (2009).
Editorial Assistance of this email newsletter was provided by Valerie Brown. Ms.
Brown is currently participating in Kenneth Vercammen's Winter Break Internship
Program and is a senior at Muhlenberg College.