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Thursday, August 18, 2011

E374 NJ Laws Email Newsletter

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E374
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law

August 18, 2011

Office Phone Number:

(732) 572-0500


In This Issue:

1. Theft and Calling Mom Senile Fool Not Grounds for DV.

2. Error by Police Dispatcher in Invalid Arrest Warrant Requires Suppression of Evidence under NJ Constitution.

3. Friday, August 19 - Annual WFAN Day with Mike Francesa plus South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with special guests at Bar Anticipation.

Greetings Kenneth Vercammen,

1. Theft and Calling Mom Senile Fool Not Grounds for DV.E.M.B. v R.F.B. 419 NJ Super. 177 (App. Div. 2011)

Plaintiff's stated reasons for seeking a final restraining order against her 56 year old son were that he had stolen her car keys, cell phone, bankbook, money and some jewelry. In addition, plaintiff testified that defendant had locked her out of the house on one occasion and called her a "senile old bitch." The trial court entered a final restraining order based upon harassment. The court reverse because theft is not one of the enumerated predicate acts under N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19 and because the evidence was insufficient to prove the thefts or other acts were committed with the requisite purpose to harass.

2. Error by Police Dispatcher in Invalid Arrest Warrant Requires Suppression of Evidence under NJ Constitution. State v. Handy 206 NJ 39 (2011)

The dispatcher's conduct - advising an officer on the scene that there was an outstanding warrant when the warrant contained a differently spelled name and a different date of birth - was objectively unreasonable and violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Paragraph 7, of the New Jersey Constitution. Evidence uncovered during the search incident to the arrest must be suppressed.

3. Friday, August 19 - Annual WFAN Day with Mike Francesa plus South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with special guests at Bar Anticipation.

Starts at 1pm. Free Admission all day. Sponsored by Miller and Broadcast live on WFAN and the YES Network.

8/20 Bradley Beach 5k co-Sponsor Wakefern

8/21 McCormack 5k Bar A 9am free beer

8/28/11 CJRR Fall Classic 8:30 Cranford co-Sponsor Wakefern

8/30 JSRC meeting & BBQ Deal firehouse 7:15

9/4/11 Jimmy D 5k New Brunswick 9am free beers

9/5 Monday Pier House 5K, Long Branch8:30

9/10 Fallen Heroes Memorial Run Bar Anticipation, Lake Como 5k 9:30

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

E373 NJ Laws Email Newsletter

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E373
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law

August 3, 2011

Office Phone Number:

(732) 572-0500


In This Issue:

1. Termination of Child Support after High school Graduation and Upon


2. If no Exigency, no Warrantless Search even if Report of Gun.

3. Hearings Ordered to Determine Reliability of Different Thermometer

Used to Test Alcotest.

4. ABA Elder Law Seminar Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm,Metro Toronto Convention Centre

5. Kenneth Vercammen nominated for ABA Delegate At- Large. The Election will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting.

Greetings Kenneth Vercammen,

1. Termination of Child Support after High School Graduation and Upon Emancipation.

Child support is usually paid through a wage withholding garnishment at the parent's job. Child support orders and wage withholding continue forever against you until a Superior Court Judge signs a Formal Court Order terminating or modifying support. It is not sufficient for the payor to simply wait for a child to finish school. Many Divorce decrees and Property Settlement Agreements state that child support will end upon emancipation.

For example, the term "emancipation" is sometimes defined as follows:

(i) The completion of the child's formal education on a matriculated basis, whether it be graduation from a four year undergraduate school or high school, it being understood that so long as the child is diligently pursuing his formal education through a four year undergraduate college education and obtaining passing grades the child shall not be considered emancipated.

(ii) Upon the completion of any of the aforesaid segments of the child's education, and upon the failure to commence the next segment of his education, or upon leaving school, the child shall be deemed emancipated unless failure to continue on with his education has resulted from injury or illness or some other cause beyond the child's control.

(iii) The marriage of the child.

(iv) Entry into the military or armed forces by the child.

Your attorney can draft the appropriate Motion to terminate child support if the child is emancipated. You will need to provide your attorney with relevant papers including a copy of the Final Judgment for Divorce, any other Child Support Orders, copy of birth certificate if available, proof of graduation from school or working full time, etc.

Sometimes the child support recipient, usually the mother, will sign a Consent Order, which your attorney can file without the need for a formal Motion. However, generally a Formal written Notice of Motion must be filed in the County Superior Court where the child support Order was entered.

The requirements of the Motion are detailed and must include the correct filing fees. Child support does not end merely if the child reaches 18 and graduates high school. Most child support Order continue child support if the child is in college full time. However, don't give up. In the unreported Appellate Division decision of Kozak v Kozak __ NJ Super. __ (App. Div. decided January 9, 2003) the court reduced child support during the period of time the child resided at the college campus. The judge properly determined it was appropriate to calculate child support only for the period of time the child was not residing at college.

2. If no Exigency, no Warrantless Search even if Report of Gun. State v Witczak __NJ Super. __ A-2735-10T2

The court reviewed an interlocutory order denying defendant's motion to suppress a handgun seized from his residence. The primary question presented is whether the community caretaker exception enunciated in Cady v. Dombrowskiapplied to a warrantless search in the home. Defendant contended that the motion judge erred by applying the exception, and urged the court to follow the rationale expressed in Ray v. Township of Warren,which held that the exception does not extend to searches of homes. The court declined to follow Ray and continued to apply New Jersey precedent, which permitted the exception in the home context on a case-by-case, fact-sensitive basis. The court reversed, however, because no exigencies existed for the warrantless entry into defendant's home and the State did not demonstrate that the search was performed for the legitimate purpose of fulfilling a community caretaker responsibility. 4-12-11

3. Hearings Ordered to Determine Reliability of Different Thermometer Used to Test Alcotest.State v Holland __ NJ Super. __ A-4384-09T3

In appeals from DWI convictions, the court held that Alcotest results are not per se inadmissible simply because the device has been calibrated with a Control Company temperature probe instead of the Ertco-Hart thermometer validated by the Supreme Court in State v. Chun. Because the record in these matters, however, is insufficient to support a finding that the digital thermometer used was substantially similar to the Ertco-Hart device, the court remand to the Law Division for a consolidated hearing to determine the reliability of the Control Company probe, including whether differences between the two had any impact at all on the accuracy of the ultimate results. 4-05-11

4. Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate- New Ideas to Expand & Excel Your Practice, ABA Annual Meeting Toronto, Canada , Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Learn from nationally recognized experts on using new techniques to improve service to Elder Law & Estate clients. Forms & briefs will be provided to all attendees.

Parag Patel, Esq. Iselin, NJ Chair ABA GP Tax Committee

Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq. - Chair ABA GP Elder Law Committee & co-author "Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law", Edison, NJ

New Speaker: Catherine Seal

Kirtland & Seal LLC

Colorado Springs, CO

Elder Law program Primary Sponsors: General Practice Section

Co-sponsors: ABA Commission on Law & Aging, Health Law Section,

YLD, Senior Lawyers Division, Real Probate & Trust Section, Tax Law Section


5. Kenneth Vercammen nominated for ABA Delegate At- Large. The Election will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting.

2011 Delegate-at-Large Election in Toronto

Pursuant to §6.5 of the ABA Constitution, six Delegates-at-Large to the House of Delegates will be elected at the 2011 Annual Meeting for three-year terms beginning with the adjournment of that meeting

Under the Constitution, no more than one nominee from a particular state, territory or possession may be elected in the annual election.

Voting will take place in the registration area of the Toronto Convention Centre. The polls will be open during the same hours as registration, except that the polls will close on Monday, August 8, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. The votes will then be tallied and the six nominees with the highest number of votes (taking into account that no more than one may be elected from the same state, territory or possession) will be declared elected as Delegates-at-Large.

All attendees of the Annual Meeting can vote for six candidates.

Details on my ABA leadership positions and volunteer work for the General Practice Section, LPM and YLD since 1985 is set forth on my website resume:http://www.njlaws.com/resume1.htm

E371 NJ Laws Email Newsletter

NJ Laws Email Newsletter E371
Kenneth Vercammen, Attorney at Law

June 29, 2011

Office Phone Number:

(732) 572-0500


In This Issue:

1. You are invited to Ken Vercammen's Annual Summer Happy Hour,

Friday, July 8 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

2. Belmar 5 fun teams July 9, 2011 8:30

3. On DWI court can weigh mitigating and aggravating.

4. Defendant entitled to PCR hearing on whether they the court advised of deportation consequences.

5. Don't always put Pod on bank accounts. Avoid This Common Banking Error By Tom Begley III

Greetings Kenneth Vercammen,

1. You are invited to Ken Vercammen's Annual Summer Happy Hour

Friday, July 8 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Bar Anticipation

703 16th Avenue

Belmar, NJ

This is the 35th Annual Vercammen Summer Blast

Free Food 5-7 Hot & Cold Buffet with carving station

$1.00 Drafts 6-7 [need special wrist band from Ken V]

Games & prizes

We will be at outside bar #1 in the back, near cabana 1, not far from outdoor band duo called the Toxic Twins, who play 5-9

Hydrate for Belmar 5 mile Race the next day

- Meet the "SuperLawyers" of NJ

This is open to your friends. If attending email Ken's Law Office so we can put your name on the list for wristbands:VercammenLaw@Njlaws.com

- Appearances by the "Legends of Belmar" and Janet Vercammen of Ohio

After Happy Hour, join us outside at Cabana #1, VIP area

More details at:


2. Belmar 5 fun teams July 9, 2011 8:30

Kenneth Vercammen is again putting together 5 teams of both competitive and non- competitive runners. If you can finish 5 miles in less than 1 hour, you can be on our teams of fun.

Our winning teams in 2010 won free beer tickets. Individual Application online at: http://www.belmar5.com/belmar.pdf

or go to: http://Active.com

The name of Ken's teams are US Olympic Development 1, RVRR Beer Mile Champs, and US Olympic Development 3 [ just trying to finish] and our masters, known as "The Legends of Belmar". We will have runners from several running clubs, including RVRR. JSRC, CJRR & Sandy Hooker Tri Club and Rumson Hash.

You do not need to be a member of USATF or any club to be on a team. We would like 30 people of different abilities.

Post Race Activities -

Enjoy a complimentary massage and stop by the sponsor and merchant tables in Silver Lake Park, for sampling and giveaways.

Team awards, music and Beach party, after the race at Bar Anticipation.

Bring your Belmar Five Mug - mug discounts all day after the Race!

Bar Anticipation - 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como (formerly South Belmar)

If you have or will enter the Belmar 5, email Ken V at KenV@njlaws.com

Call Kenneth Vercammen at 732-572-0500

More details on Belmar 5 at http://www.belmar5.com/

3. On DWI court can weigh mitigating and aggravating. State v Henry ____NJ Super. ____ (Law Div. 2011) Mercer Municipal Appeal 2010-16

In determining the term of incarceration for a defendant convicted of a second DUI offense, the court held that aggravating and mitigating factors prescribed by the Criminal Code, N.J.S.A. 2C: 44-1, if appropriately tailored, provide an appropriate guide for the exercise of sentencing discretion, although the factors are not mandated. The court also held that a driver's extremely high blood-alcohol level may be considered an aggravating factor, and does not constitute impermissible double counting of an element of the offense. The court also held that a probationary sentence conditioned on a jail term is authorized by N.J.S.A. 39:5-7, so long as the court imposes at least the mandatory custodial term under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. 2/10/2011

Source: dailybriefing@njsba-njldailybriefing.com

4. Defendant entitled to PCR hearing on whether they the court advised of deportation consequences. State v Gaitan419 NJ Super. 365 (App. Div. 2011)

Defendant filed a petition for post-conviction relief, arguing his attorney failed to discuss with him the deportation consequences of his guilty plea. The trial judge denied the petition, concluding without the benefit of an evidentiary hearing that defendant's responses to the plea form as well as his testimony at the plea hearing demonstrated he understood the deportation consequences. In reversing that determination, the court also considered the impact of Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. __, 130 S. Ct. 1473, and State v. Nuñez-Valdéz,200 N.J. 129 (2009), both of which were decided after defendant pled guilty and after his PCR petition was denied.

The court recognized that certain aspects of Padilla -- namely, it's holding that counsel's failure to give any deportation advice is no different than the rendering of bad deportation advice, and its holding that the direct/collateral methodology regarding deportation advice had never applied to Sixth Amendment claims of ineffectiveness -- did not create new rules insofar as the Sixth Amendment is concerned. Because defendant was entitled to the benefit of that federal rule, the argument that Nuñez-Valdéz's rejection of the direct/collateral methodology as a matter of New Jersey constitutional law constituted a new rule was irrelevant in determining whether defendant received the effective assistance of counsel when he pled guilty.

These immigration cases have accounted for more than half of all new prosecution.

For more information: http://www.njcrimmigration.com

5. Don't always put Pod on bank accounts. Avoid This Common Banking Error By Tom Begley III

Many people make mistakes in titling bank and investment accounts. Often advisors and bankers counsel customers to "put your child's name on the account" or to set the account up as a "pay on death" (POD) account. However well-intentioned the advice, the results of either approach to titling an account can be surprising and unpleasant. Good intentions do not make good advice.

The Allure of Joint and POD Accounts

Often the attraction is probate avoidance. Either a joint account with survivorship features or a POD account will pass as a nonprobate asset and avoid a state-mandated probate process, which can in exceptional cases take several months to a year or longer.

For joint accounts, the attraction is often convenience. Unlike a POD account, during the parent's lifetime a joint account holder has immediate co-ownership rights, and, thus, immediate access to the account. An older person may feel better knowing that a trusted son or daughter has immediate access to an account "in case something happens."

The Dangers of Joint and POD Accounts

If the POD or joint account payee is a child with disabilities, the result could be terrible for the child upon the parent's death because the receipt of the account could jeopardize continuing qualification for public benefits such as Medicaid or SSI.

There are other compelling reasons why a joint account may not be the proper approach:

The co-owner child now owns the account as much as the parent. What if the child is sued? What if the child goes through a messy divorce? Or what if the IRS takes a keen interest in the child's affairs? Those events happen to the best of children; nevertheless, in those cases the joint account will be presumed to be owned by the child.

Another problem is that the co-owner/child's sibling may be out of luck. This happens all the time. For example, Mom wanted the kids to share equally, but after Mom is gone Sis suddenly recalls that Mom wanted her to have the accounts since she "was the one who always helped Mom." Because Sis was a co-owner of Mom's accounts and likely had survivorship rights, she owns the accounts now. Usually there is nothing the rest of the family can do about it, even with legal assistance.

A Better Way

If the goal is asset management in the event the owner becomes incapacitated, one effective approach is a properly drafted power of attorney.

A power of attorney has nothing to do with appointing lawyers. The word "attorney" has its roots in an old French Norman word for "legal substitute." A power of attorney is simply a document signed by someone called the "principal" appointing an "attorney-in-fact" or "agent" to manage some or all of the principal's financial and business affairs.

The terms of the power of attorney document control what the agent may, or may not, do. If the document covers a broad spectrum of duties, then it is a "general" power of attorney. An agent can be given very broad powers, but if that makes the principal nervous, the instrument can require the agent to secure some other person's permission before use. (Note: Many banks and financial institutions prefer to use their own POA forms, but a growing number of states have laws requiring the institutions to accept other, often attorney-drafted, power of attorney documents.)

If the goal is to avoid probate upon death of the account owner, the better approach may be a revocable or living trust. The assets in the trust will avoid probate. In fact, a revocable trust can also assist in post-incapacity management of the person's assets because a successor trustee named in the trust agreement can step in to handle continuing management of all assets held in the trust. Moreover, in contrast to the unlimited access of a joint account co-owner who may have issues with his own creditors, the assets in the trust are protected from the trustee's creditors.

Finally, all of the above considerations especially apply if the parent has a child with disabilities. There will rarely, if ever, be an appropriate time to name a child with disabilities as the co-owner of a joint account or the beneficiary of a POD account. Carefully consider using a special needs trust, either under a will, as part of a revocable trust, or created as a separate trust document, to hold that child's intended inheritance. Properly drafted, the special needs trust assets will not jeopardize the child's continuing eligibility for various public benefits.

Here's the point: Do not put your children on the accounts as a joint owner. Instead, execute a power of attorney that grants appropriate sorts of powers to an agent whom you completely trust to assume the day to day responsibility for managing your financial and business affairs when and if needed. Alternatively, consider a revocable trust. In the meantime, keep the accounts in your name.

The downside to the advice given here: Some fees to a lawyer. The upside: You may avoid a train wreck.

About this Newsletter: We hope you find this newsletter useful and informative, but it is not the same as legal counsel. A free newsletter is ultimately worth everything it costs you; you rely on it at your own risk. Good legal advice includes a review of all of the facts of your situation, including many that may at first blush seem to you not to matter. The plan it generates is sensitive to your goals and wishes while taking into account a whole panoply of laws, rules and practices, many not published. That is what The Special Needs Alliance is all about. Contact information for a member in your state may be obtained by calling toll-free (877) 572-8472, or by visiting the Special Needs Alliance online.

Editorial Assistance provided by Hetal Patel. Ms. Patel will be entering her second year of law school at New York Law School and is currently participating in our Kenneth Vercammen's summer internship program.