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Grow NJ Incentives Program

Grow NJ is a job creation and retention incentive program seeking to strengthen New Jersey's competitive edge and prevent companies from relocating out-of-state. Atlantic City is designated as a Garden State Growth Zone ("GSGZ"), allowing for enhanced tax credit incentives for both existing (retained) full-time jobs and new full-time positions. The tax credits are paid on a per job (new and/or retained) basis and are paid for up to 10 years per job, but the jobs must be maintained for 150% of the period the credits were paid. Click the image below to read more.

Brain injury after a car accident

You are at risk for a car accident in New Jersey every time you get in your vehicle. While any injury you may sustain during a collision could cause serious damage, one of the most potentially debilitating is trauma to the head. Here at Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, we understand the devastating effects that brain injuries can have on car accident victims, and we seek fair compensation for the trauma they endure. It is important to understand the signs of brain injury, as well as your treatment options, so that you can respond correctly.

According to the Mayfield Clinic, traumatic brain injury occurs when your brain jolts against the skull, causing bruising or swelling. One common cause of this type of injury is car accidents. In more severe cases, the impact could cause a breaking of internal nerves, which may cause you to lose consciousness for an extended period of time. TBI can also develop more severe physical issues after the initial impact. The swelling that occurs afterward puts additional pressure on your brain and the surrounding nerves. While this swelling may dissipate on its own, you may require surgical intervention to relieve the pressure.

New Jersey enacted a new child support law. It's dense, complex, and full of pitfalls. So, let's demystify it.

Effective February 1, 2017 New Jersey enacted a new child support law. It's dense, complex, and full of pitfalls. So, let's demystify it.

Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - February 17, 2017 -Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors residing in the firm's practice areas, including Atlantic, Cape May and Camden Counties in New Jersey. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university.

"We believe that investing in the education of the next generation is one of the best ways to insure the continuous improvement of a community," said Lloyd D. Levenson, chief executive officer. "We're pleased to be able to help high school seniors who demonstrate civic responsibility and academic achievement despite challenges. These are our leaders of tomorrow."

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

ounce of prevention.jpgLet's be honest - commercial litigation can be very costly! All too often clients come to us after they have embarked on a commercial transaction without the guidance of competent legal counsel. In an attempt to avoid legal fees, they decided that they really didn't need a lawyer to help with the deal. Then, the deal hits a snag and they come to us asking for advice as to their rights in resolving the dispute. They then learn that, because they did not have the assistance of counsel, they find themselves in a disadvantageous position or embroiled in costly litigation.

This scenario repeats itself over and over again. Regardless of how simple you might believe the transaction to be, or how amicable the negotiations appear to be, it is always a prudent investment to engage the assistance of counsel in the preparation of the agreement memorializing a transaction. This applies to situations involving the simple purchase of a home to the complex acquisition of a business.

Cooper Levenson Attorneys Honored by Atlantic City Bar Association

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - January 31, 2017 - Cooper Levenson's Fredric L. Shenkman, Esq. and Rebecca C. Lafferty, Esq. each received top honors at the Atlantic County Bar Association dinner at the Linwood Country Club on Jan. 26.

Shenkman received the Robert N. McAllister Award for excellence in the profession of law. The award, given in memory of trial lawyer and Atlantic County prosecutor Robert N. McAllister, has been presented annually since 2011. It is given to those who set a positive example for others in the profession, demonstrating integrity, ability and professionalism.

A seasoned attorney, Shenkman has decades of experience in both transactional work and commercial litigation. He has litigated in both the State and Federal Courts in such areas as real estate, corporate governance, public finance, and state and federal taxation. He also has lectured extensively on general equity and attorney ethics to various bar associations and Inns of Court. Shenkman served as chairperson and as secretary of District I of the New Jersey District Ethics Committees.

How do I stay alert while driving?

Most people in New Jersey probably understand the dangers associated with drowsy driving to an certain extent. However, according to UCLA Health, driving while tired may be as dangerous as drunk driving. It has the same effect on your mind and body's ability to respond to the surroundings in a timely manner. In fact, an estimated 100,000 accidents occur annually as a result of fatigue behind the wheel. If you are planning a long road trip in the near future, or if you sense a regular sluggishness behind the wheel, you should be aware of the causes of drowsy driving and the steps to take to prevent it.

Drowsiness while driving may affect you for several reasons. If you are driving at a time during which you are normally asleep, your body will be programmed to rest at that time, and it may be difficult to stay awake. Most people's bodies' circadian rhythms expect nighttime sleep. Therefore, taking a road trip throughout the night presents a higher risk than daytime driving. Additionally, most adults admit that they do not get sufficient sleep. You need at least seven hours of sleep on a regular basis in order to give your body the rest it needs. 

The costs of a car accident

The United States does not have a healthy track record when it comes to car accidents. In fact, according to CNN, when analyzed in a group of 20 affluent countries, the U.S. had the highest traffic-related death rate. The study found that an average of 19 car accident deaths occurred every day in the United States in 2013. While deaths are the most serious consequence of an accident, there are other ramifications that affect drivers and their passengers as well. Therefore, it is important for drivers in New Jersey to know about the peripheral expenses that may arise after an accident.

CheatSheet estimates that the average person will file an accident insurance claim about four times throughout his or her driving years. While some experience more accidents, and some experience fewer, everyone should prepared for an accident at some point. One of the most obvious expenses is vehicle repair. This may vary dramatically depending on the type of insurance coverage the driver has. Another related expense is renting a vehicle while the damaged one is being fixed. Some insurance plans may not cover a rental, so it may come as a surprise out-of-pocket expense.

The Cost of Raising a Child

Cost of Raising a Child.jpgChild support is designed to allow the child or children to maintain a standard of living, despite the divorce or separation of their parents. Frequently, I hear from either the payer or the recipient of child support, that it is too low to raise a child.

Well, they are likely correct, which makes it even that much more important that individuals receive the proper amount of child support.

Dangers to office workplace safety

Safety in the workplace extends beyond retail stores and warehouse facilities. There are many dangers that face employees in an office setting as well. Property owners and managers in New Jersey should have an understanding of the risks facing office workers and a plan to prevent injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Human Resources Management, the greatest cause of injury to office workers is falls. This common mishap may be minimized by proper housekeeping. Filing cabinets should be kept in working order so they close properly, and walkways should be clear of excess. Maintenance staff should promptly remove snow, ice and water, as well as use proper signage when the floors are wet. Additionally, power cords and similar equipment should be stored correctly, rather than stretched across an aisle.

Employees may also benefit from quality workstations. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, employers should provide adjustable chairs that may reduce the frequency of back injuries. Lighting should be adjusted according to the work involved, and regular, thorough cleaning may reduce air pollution that triggers asthma and allergies.