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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

E349 1. Benefits and Pitfalls of Pre-nup Agreements by Angela Barker, Esq. RECENT CASES: 2. Protective Sweep of Area by Police Som

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E349
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law

September 15, 2010

Office Phone Number:

(732) 572-0500
In This Issue:

1. Benefits and Pitfalls of Pre-nup Agreements by Angela Barker, Esq.


2. Protective Sweep of Area by Police Sometimes Permitted on Private Property.

3. A Review of Your Estate Plan is Essential After Divorce

By Angela Barker, Esq.

4. End Of The Running & Exercise Streak

5. Next Events

Greetings Kenneth Vercammen, Esq.,

1. Benefits and Pitfalls of Pre-nup Agreements

By Angela Barker, Esq.

In New York and New Jersey prenuptial agreements (agreements entered into by couples prior to marriage) are valid and enforceable agreements. A prenuptial ("prenup") agreement, once it is prepared and executed in the proper manner, and it reflects the intention of the parties, is very often viewed as any other contract is viewed and in the absence of any evidence of undue influence or very exceptional circumstances it would be the terms of the prenup that governs the division of assets and other financial issues upon divorce.

Very often a person (very often the one with the least assets) will telephone my office and state "We need a prenup. Can my fiancée and I come to your office and you draft it for us?" Other times they would say, "I got your number I just want you to look at my prenup because my fiancée's lawyer told me I had to have a lawyer but don't make a big deal of it. I am sure its fine, I just want to sign it." Usually, the prenup is not "fine." It is often extremely one-sided and would have you give away a lot of rights that are afforded to you under the family law statutes of your state. In addition, the same attorney should never represent both parties to a prenup agreement. Each side must have their own counsel to ensure that negotiations are fair and both parties' interests are protected.

In every pre-nup negotiation there must be full financial disclosure. In addition, you must pick an attorney of your own choosing. Most importantly, you must listen to your attorney and if he/she tells you the document is one-sided try to negotiate a better agreement. You will not be released from your rights and obligations if you knowingly sign a one-sided prenup. It is important that you understand the terms of a prenup and that you fully comprehend the impact of those terms in the event, however unlikely, of a divorce. For example, waiving alimony or maintenance may mean that after years of being a stay-at-home parent, or the one reducing your career opportunities for the sake of your family, you may not have sufficient resources to get back on your feet post-divorce.

For more information, go to : www.angelabarkerlaw.com


2. Protective Sweep of Area by Police Sometimes Permitted on Private Property.State v. Davila ___ NJ ___ (2010) (A-20-09) 7/14/10

A protective sweep conducted on private property is not per se invalid merely because it does not occur incident to an arrest. Law enforcement officers may conduct a protective sweep only when (1) the officers are lawfully within private premises for a legitimate purpose, which may include consent to enter; and (2) the officers on the scene have a reasonable articulable suspicion that the area to be swept harbors an individual posing a danger. The sweep will be upheld only if it is (1) conducted quickly, and (2) restricted to areas where the person posing a danger could hide. When an arrest is not the basis for entry, the police must be able to point to dangerous circumstances that developed once the officers were at the scene.

3. A Review of Your Estate Plan is Essential After Divorce

By Angela Barker, Esq.

The recent news report regarding deceased actor Gary Coleman is illustrative of the fact that you should review your estate plan after divorce. As I have repeatedly stated, an estate plan is not something you do once, then hide it away in a drawer. Rather it should be reviewed at least every three years and after major life changing events such as births, deaths and divorce.

In Mr. Coleman's case it was learned that he and wife Shannon Price were divorced in August 2008. However, the parties still lived together. It appears that Mr. Coleman granted Ms. Price authority to make medical decisions on his behalf. It was not clear whether that grant of authority was given prior to the divorce or at the time Mr. Coleman was admitted to the hospital for the injury which caused his death. If it were the latter there is no cause for concern. The newspapers reported that Mr. Coleman was lucid and presumably able to give informed consent for the directive. However, if the consent was given prior to the divorce, it is not clear that, post-divorce, Mr. Coleman would have wanted his ex-wife to make any decisions, especially health care decisions on his behalf. In many jurisdictions, estate planning documents such as power-of-attorney, wills, trust, health care proxies, designation of remains directives, and living wills are given literal interpretation and very often a subsequent divorce may not cut off the rights of former spouse named in these documents. Very often ex-spouses inherit assets that the deceased would surely have wanted to go to others. It is essential that upon your divorce you review your estate plan to ensure that these documents reflect your current desires and goals.

For more information, go to: www.angelabarkerlaw.com

4. End Of The Running & Exercise Streak

Ken Vercammen had knee surgery on September 14 and will be on crutches for 6 weeks. I have requested some area attorneys help me to cover nearby court appearances since I will not be able to get around much. I will miss attending running races and outdoor events during that time. I did not miss a day running or working out since July, 2006.

My initial running streak started on September 15, 1982. I was in my first year of law school and needed a stress reliever. The streak started as a disciplined way to force me to run every day. I was a Varsity Cross Country runner at University of Scranton. The streak helped me continue to get up early in the morning and on vacation. That running streak lasted until 1999 when I had heel surgery. My next running streak was 1999-2006, when I crashed on my bike and broke my collarbone.

During my break from running, I will devote more time to lecturing and writing on legal topics. I hope to be back jogging in November.

5. Next Events

The next meeting of the Municipal Court Practice Section will be on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5 pm at The New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick

Program Topic: "Municipal Court Case Law Update" Get up to date on all the latest Municipal Court Practice cases, rules and statutes. Start the fall knowing that you have the knowledge to practice with confidence. Whether, judge, prosecutor or defense attorney, don't miss this valuable opportunity to stay at the very top of your game.

Speakers include: Jeffrey Evan Gold, Esq., Chair, NJSBA Municipal Court Practice Section and Kenneth Vercammen, Past Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year

This program has been approved for the following CLE credits:

1.2 New Jersey, 1.0 Pennsylvania, NY Pending

Editorial Assistance provided by Diana Ramos. Ms. Ramos currently attends The New Jersey Institute of Technology and is participating in Kenneth Vercammen's Internship Program.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

E348 August 31, 2010 1 Recent cases: Police can ask questions but cant lift up shirt

E348 August 31, 2010

1 Recent cases:

Police can ask questions but cant lift up shirt

State v. Privott _____ NJ ______ (2010) (A-7-09) 6/29/10

Based on the totality of the circumstances, there were specific and particularized reasons for the officer to conduct an investigatory stop and to frisk defendant Tysen R. Privott. However, the officer’s conduct in lifting defendant’s shirt exceeded the scope of a reasonable intrusion that is permitted as part of a Terry stop.

2. Recent Court Rule changes:

On July 23, 2010 the Supreme Court approved changes to two Appendices to the Rules of Court that are used in Special Civil Part cases, with those changes to be effective September 1, 2010. These are AMENDMENTS TO “TENANCY SUMMONS & RETURN OF SERVICE”



Evictions Summons must be revised

3. Fly the Flag on 9/11


 Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this Email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. 

If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same ... you get the idea.




On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this seventh anniversary of one our country’s worst tragedies. We do this honor of those who lost their lives on

9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.


In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.


Action Plan:

So, here's what we need you to do ....

(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don’t be the one to stop this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 

9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

4. Next community events:

9/5/2010 Jimmy D 5k New Brunswick 9am free beer

9/5 Woodbridge 5k 9am

9/6/2010 So Plainfield 3m

9/6/10 Monday Pier House 5k 8:30

9/11 Cranbury Day 5k 9am

9/11 Brielle 10k 9am & beer garden

9/11 911 Memorial run Belmar

9/12/2010 Great Atlantic Seaside Triathlon 7am [paid]

November 6, 2010 U of Miami Football v Maryland at Miami Shores, Florida Sun Life Stadium [formerly Dolphin Stadium] We wished Brendan Vercammen well as he started his college life at University of Miami with academic scholarships in pre-med program.

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E344 Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law July 21, 2010 In This Issue: 1. You are invited..... Friday, July 30, 2010 4-7 P

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E344

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E344
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law
July 21, 2010

In This Issue:

1. You are invited.....
Friday, July 30, 2010 4-7 PM

2. Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Domestic Violence Act.

3. Police cannot search home without warrant.

4. Erase & Eliminate Criminal Arrests

Office Phone Number:

(732) 572-0500
Greetings Kenneth Vercammen,

1. You are invited.....
Friday, July 30, 2010 4-7 PM

Happy Hour, Open House, Client & Community Appreciation Social. Open to the public

Where: 2053 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08817

RSVP -Yes, We will be attending the party

Name: _____________________________

Email: _____________________________

2. Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Domestic Violence Act. Crespo v. Crespo 201 NJ 207 (2010)

The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is constitutional. Judgment of the Appellate Division is affirmed substantially for the reasons expressed in the thorough opinion of Judge Fisher. Note - Judge Fisher wrote that discovery can be ordered by Trial Judge.

3. Police cannot search home without warrant. State v. Jefferson __ NJ Super. ____ (App. Div. 2010) A-1945-06T4 (05-21-10)

(1) In the absence of a warrant or a recognized exception from the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement, the police could not lawfully enter defendant's home to conduct a Terry type detention and investigation of defendant.

(2) A police officer's wedging herself in the doorway to prevent defendant from closing his front door was entry into the home.

(3) The police failed to show either "hot pursuit" exigent circumstances or a community caretaking exception from the warrant requirement.

(4) Although the police entry was unlawful, defendant had no right to resist physically, and the search of his person incident to arrest was lawful.

(5) Consent to search defendant's apartment, given by defendant's wife, was tainted by the unconstitutional police conduct and was not shown to be voluntary.

4. Erase & Eliminate Criminal Arrests

Attention individuals with criminal arrested from their pasts. Legally erase criminal arrests. If someone has been arrested or even had a private criminal complaint signed against them in the Municipal Court, they have a criminal record, even if the charges were dismissed.

Under NJSA 2C:52-1 et seq. past criminal arrests and convictions can be expunged/ erased under certain instances. We always recommend individuals hire an attorney to obtain an expungement. The process for all Expungements are held in the Superior Court. It takes a minimum of three months for the court to grant the expungement. The requirements are very formal. There can be a waiting period between 6 months up to 10 years after the criminal cases is finished.

When retaining the attorney, obtain a "certified disposition" of the court's decision, from the Court itself. Court costs and Legal fees for expungement range from $1,500- $2,500.

Editorial Assistance provided by Nikhil Joshi, who attends The New Jersey Institute of Technology as a Graduate Student. Mr. Joshi obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington and is currently participating in Kenneth Vercammen's Summer Internship Program.