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  • Feb 19, 2020Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money in 2020

    One obvious reason for filing real estate property tax appeals is to obtain a lower assessment on your real property and thereby save significant tax dollars. Another important reason to lower your assessment and taxes is to help maintain the value of the property by making it more marketable to potential buyers.

    Property owners often believe that their property is worth an amount equal to the assessment on the property. This misconception leads owners to overlook the different ratios of assessed value to true value applicable in each of the assessing districts of New Jersey and the fact that these ratios generally decline each year. For example, if a property worth one million dollars this year is located in a municipality with a 60% ratio, it should be assessed at $600,000 this year. If that ratio drops to 54% next year, its assessment should be $540,000. If the ratio drops, but the assessment remains high, it may be time for an appeal. The revaluation of all property within a municipality may increase the possibility of over-assessment on larger commercial and industrial parcels.

    Taxpayers with assessments in excess of $1,000,000 can file an appeal for direct review of their property’s assessed valuation by the Tax Court of New Jersey, without first filing an appeal with the local county tax board. Tax appeals on assessments of less than $1,000,000 must first be filed with the county tax board.

    If the taxpayer prevails in securing a tax appeal judgment reducing its assessment, the “Freeze Act” binds the municipality for the years covered by the tax appeal plus two additional years, subject to two exceptions. The first exception is a complete revaluation of all real property in the municipality. The second exception is proof by the municipality of a substantial increase in the property’s value. These exceptions aside, the assessment is frozen at the reduced level, at the taxpayer’s sole option. Thus, if a taxpayer wishes to appeal for a further reduction during the freeze period, he or she is free to do so.

    These points are merely intended to scratch the surface of this area of the law. This should also help to explain why property owners should have their tax assessments reviewed by legal counsel each year to determine whether a tax appeal is warranted. The experienced attorneys at Norris McLaughlin can help you review and analyze your real property valuations to determine if an appeal makes sense.

    For all counties, other than Monmouth and Gloucester, the deadline to file a tax appeal in 2020 is April 1st. For all towns subject to a revaluation or reassessment (other than those towns in Monmouth and Gloucester Counties), the deadline is extended to May 1, 2020.

    For additional information, contact one of our tax appeal attorneys, Nicholas F. Pellitta, Timothy P. McKeown, or Andrew D. Linden.

    This Real Property Tax Appeals Alert provides information to our clients and friends about current legal developments of general interest in the area of real property tax appeals law. The information contained in this Alert should not be construed as legal advice, and readers should not act upon such without professional counsel. Copyright © 2020 Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

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  • Nov 08, 2019Nick Pellitta to Speak on College Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will join a panel of attorneys discussing “College Disciplinary Hearings Involving Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Is the Latest?” on Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The program is being presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Individual Rights Section and the NJSBA Higher Education Special Committee.

    About the Presentation

    “Colleges and universities are committed to protecting their campus communities from sexual violence. Recently proposed rules governing how campuses deal with sexual misconduct allegations may impact the way schools respond to these allegations,” said Pellitta. He will speak on what campus disciplinary proceedings look like and the variations at different schools; the Title IX statute, Department of Education guidance, and proposed federal regulations; and considerations when representing a higher education institution. Discussions will also include due process considerations and related issues.

    The program is approved for 3 NJ CLE credits and 3 NY CLE professional practice credits with 2.5 PA CLE substantive credits pending. For more information and to register, visit the NJSBA website.

    About Nick Pellitta

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for more than 30 years in areas such as tort claim defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline.

    Pellitta is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He is a current board member and former chair of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and former chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board.

    Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    With a total of more than 40 years of experience, the Norris McLaughlin higher education attorneys have represented colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with a broad range of legal needs. Services offered include advice and counsel/transactional, bankruptcy, cannabis, construction, criminal, environmental, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, student discipline, and taxation.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with offices located in Bridgewater, Montclair, and Short Hills, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, Pennsburg, and Easton, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • Dec 11, 2017Nicholas Pellitta Honored by Boy Scouts of America

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., received The Boy Scouts of America Toast to Scouting Award at the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2017 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater on November 30.

    Recipients of the award are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

    According to their website, the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. They serve more than 19,000 youth members and 6,000 leaders each year in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex. The Council’s core objective is to build strong personal values, family values and character in young people by providing program activities that teach, support and encourage such values.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts, and provides a wide variety of litigation strategy and assistance for business clients in commercial matters, including contract review, insurance-related issues, and real property tax appeals. He represents colleges and universities for more than 25 years in areas such as tort claim defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline.  Pellitta also assists clients in matters involving personal injury, criminal charges, juvenile delinquency, and other similar offenses, both in municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta is a current board member and former Chair of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board. He earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers College.

    Pictured from left to right: Event Co-Chair, Lesley Gabel; Award Recipient, Nicholas Pellitta; President & CEO of Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, Chris Phelan; and Event Co-Chair, Donna Simon

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  • Apr 08, 2014Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Selected as Counsel for Flemington Business Improvement District

    Bridgewater, NJ (April 8, 2014) – The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected as counsel for the Flemington Business Improvement District. Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the firm, will provide legal services and guidance to the Board of Directors as they work towards the FBID’s mission of recruiting, revitalizing and retaining businesses in the Borough of Flemington.

    “The attorneys at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. have been serving the business community for over 60 years,” said Pellitta. “We are dedicated to serving our clients and are extremely happy to have the Flemington Business Improvement District as one.”

    The Flemington BID is a non-profit organization that partners with the public and private sectors in the promotion and development of the Flemington commercial district. The initiatives and programs of the FBID are managed by a full-time executive director, and an elected Board of Directors oversees the operations of the organization.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., founded in 1953, currently operates with over 125 lawyers and 145 support staff. The firm has distinguished itself among the best within the fields of arbitration and mediation; banking and finance; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights; litigation, including bankruptcy, commercial, eminent domain and condemnation, and environmental; mergers and acquisitions; securities and capital markets; and trust and estates; and its Environmental and Health Care Groups are globally recognized. With offices in three locations, including Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. serves a broad range of clients, from high net-worth individuals to start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit nmmlaw.com.

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  • Mar 13, 2014Nicholas Pellitta Receives the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award

    Bridgewater, NJ (March 12, 2014) – On February 28, Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., received the 2013 Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) President’s Award at the Annual Meeting and Dinner Dance. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that are engaged in and supportive of the mission of the Chamber.

    “Nicholas F. Pellitta has been dedicated to the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce for many years. It was with great pleasure that I presented this year’s President Award to him for being an active member of the HCCC, including serving as legal counsel, chair of numerous committees, a long-standing member of the Executive Committee, and Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors,” stated Christopher Phelan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.

    The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is a proactive partnership of businesses, with approximately 500 member companies, dedicated to promoting a favorable business climate, supporting member companies and providing business leadership throughout the county. The volunteer membership drives the committees and activities of the organization, which serves as a collective voice for business where and when it matters.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for more than 20 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.

    Pellitta is Chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation and a member of the Hunterdon Prevention Resources Board of Trustees.

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  • Oct 11, 2013Nicholas Pellitta Appointed Chair of the Board of Raritan Valley Community College Foundation

    Nicholas Pellitta Appointed Chair of the Board of Raritan Valley Community College Foundation

    Bridgewater, NJ (October 11, 2013) – Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation.

    “It is my pleasure to continue to serve the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation and take on this new leadership role. I am dedicated to serving the Foundation and, in turn, the needs of Somerset and Hunterdon counties,” said Pellitta.

    The Foundation was created in 1971 to help Raritan Valley Community College expand and meet the growing educational and cultural needs of residents and businesses in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. The Foundation strives to enhance the College’s standing as the most important source of culture and continuing education in Somerset and Hunterdon counties and works with the College to expand the relationships it has forged with businesses and the community. The mission of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation is to raise funds above and beyond public and tuition sources and to promote awareness of the institution.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for 25 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. On the individual level, Pellitta offers assistance to clients in a variety of matters in all state courts.

    Pellitta currently serves on the Board of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Board Chair and Legal Counsel to the Chamber. He is Chair Emeritus of the Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) and serves as a member of the HPR Board of Trustees. He has been honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 20 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as a Rutgers Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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