James B. Griffin, CPA, Esq.
James B. Griffin is Of Counsel to the firm, who provides business, tax and accounting advice to clients, assisting them in maximizing growth and profits, and minimizing taxes. He also provides guidance on complex estate planning issues.
Mr. Griffin works with individuals, construction companies, contractors, service and health care providers, real estate agents, wholesale and retail sales companies, manufacturers and distributors. Mr. Griffin has lectured on budgeting and monitoring; financing for small businesses; and, tax planning.
Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Widener University, School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware (J.D. 1994) and the University of Delaware (B.S. 1987). Mr. Griffin is also a Certified Public Accountant.
News & Announcements
EXTENDED LIEN PRIORITY TO EXTEND ASSOCIATION BUDGETS
January 17, 2020
A new bill, passed on April 29, 2019 (N.J.S.A. 46:8B-21), signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy, extends lien priority for condominium associations and creates similar lien priority protections for homeowner associations. For many years, the New Jersey Condominium Act has permitted the filing of liens against condominium units when assessments remain unpaid. Homeowner association, because they were not included in the Act, provided for the filing of liens in their governing documents. These liens served as the basis for foreclosure against units in serious arrears. The ability to file liens and foreclose provided a substantial benefit to the fiscal stability of community associations throughout the State. Without the ability to file liens and foreclose on them, abandoned units, units falling into serious disrepair due to owner inability to afford to pay maintenance or afford repairs, and units in which residents are otherwise judgment-proof, would substantially increase the monetary burden on those who do pay their maintenance fees, and would reduce the marketability of all Units in the community.
BILL PASSED IN NEW JERSEY REGARDING WHEN TENANTS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE PAYMENTS AFTER EVICTION AND/OR LOCKOUT
January 17, 2020
A new bill titled NJ S3124, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on January 13, 2020. This bill requires landlords to allow tenants to pay rent up to three business days after an eviction order or lockout is executed and requires landlords to accept rent payments by any means.
New Legislation Regarding Tenants Payments to Landlords in New Jersey
January 15, 2020
The new bill is titled S1493 Sca (1R) and it was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, January 13, 2020. Generally, the new legislation aims at landlords who require renters to agree to automatic monthly debit payments as a condition of entering a new lease or renewing a lease. The new legislation prohibits landlords from requiring residential tenants to pay rent and other related charges through electronic funds transfer and it requires landlords to provide receipts for cash payments.
New York Housing Right to Counsel
January 13, 2020
New York City has established a city-funded right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings. The right to counsel law, Local Law 136 of 2017, amended the New York City Administrative Code § 26-1301 et seq. The law now requires New York City to build up the capacity of the City’s nonprofit legal services organizations over five years so that by 2022, the nonprofit organizations will be able to provide attorney representation for every low-income household in New York City that is subject to eviction in Housing Court.
RESPONDING TO A LAWSUIT
December 18, 2019
Lawsuits arising from claims between landlords and tenants, or between community associations and unit owners, are unfortunately not uncommon. Whether acting as the Plaintiff or Defendant, it is important to understanding the basics of each type of suit before initiating or replying.
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