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Attorneys & Counselors at Law
(201) 313-4500

Areas of Practice:

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  • Real Estate - Buying, Selling, Refinance, Short Sales, & Reverse Mortgages
  • Buying, selling, renting or building can be complicated processes. We provide a full range of legal services, including enforcement of construction lien claims, representation of landlords in eviction and bankruptcy cases, representation of borrowers, lenders and financial institutions, representation of condominium and cooperative associations, and the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties. When you are making major decisions regarding the purchase or sale of real estate, you need a detail-oriented lawyer who will protect you and watch out for your best interests. Frederic C. Goetz, Esq., LLC many clients throughout the northern Bergen County Area. From initial negotiation through successful closing, we can offer comprehensive advice in matters of: real-property land purchase or sale, construction and zoning, title issues such as title examinations, chain of title, quiet title actions and encroachments, reviewing the documents regarding mortgages and leases, unpaid mortgages and foreclosures, inspection contingency negotiations, review of broker contracts, and coordination with mortgage lenders.

  • Real Estate - Landlord/Tenant
  • We represent both tenants and landlords regarding a variety of matters concerning residential, private, and commercial properties. We offer lease drafting and negotiating services, and we can craft arrangements that prevent future disagreements between parties by reducing any ambiguities concerning the rights and responsibilities of both the property owner and a renter. We also handle disputes that may arise between landlords and tenants regarding their lease term.

  • Debt Collection
  • The key to running a successful business is money. At times, getting that money is much harder than simply sending out a bill. At Frederic C. Goetz, Esq., LLC, we will make sure business owners and managers can collect promptly while protecting their own rights. Debt collection matters that we handle include, but are not limited to, both consumer and commercial accounts receivable, actions to enforce promissory notes, foreign judgment enforcement, and recovery of professional service fees.

  • Debt Settlement
  • As experienced debt settlement attorneys and paralegals, we negotiate with creditors to reduce the amount of debt the individual must repay. We will contact each one of your creditors and/or each collection agency to stop the late fees, penalties, and premiums building up on all accounts. We will establish agreements so that the credit card companies and collection agencies will contact the Frederic C. Goetz, Esq., LLC instead of the consumer. We also work to obtain the consumers credit report and work to remove any misleading, unsubstantiated, or incorrect items on our client's credit reports. This is a very important service that can be utilized by the consumers to restore credit ratings and create a plan for future financial management.

  • Business Formations & General Business Counseling
  • For someone or building a business, the laws can be challenging. From establishment to maturity, we counsel prospective and active business owners concerning the best structure for opening and operating a business. Our practice includes the formation of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. We also provide ongoing advice and litigation services concerning the many legal issues facing all kinds of modern businesses including, contracts, negotiations, general business disputes, and licensing needs (just to name few).

  • Corporate Law
  • Today's business organizations are increasingly complex. We understand these intricacies and can guide you through them. Our areas of expertise include shareholder and operating agreements, negotiation of contracts and leases, corporate governance, representation of lenders and borrowers, partnership and shareholder disputes, and representation of creditors in bankruptcy and other contexts.

  • Litigation
  • Although we also counsel our clients on how to avoid litigation if possible, Frederic C. Goetz, Esq., LLC handles all types of general and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, ranging from simple contractual matters to complex questions of law. We will explore all options, analyzing costs and merits of particular actions, explore dispute resolution and advise you such that you can make your own informed decisions. Our litigators put all of their skills and experience to work for our clients to help them achieve the best possible results.

  • Municipal Violations & DWI
  • Unintentional infractions with the law are not uncommon. If it happens, we will be there to help you through those tough times. Frederic C. Goetz, Esq., LLC has extensive municipal court experience defending motorists accused of traffic offenses, and DUI. Our criminal and municipal practice also includes theft related offenses, assault and battery, DWI, drug offenses, and juvenile offenses.

  • Estates, Trusts & Wills
  • Dealing with your estate can often be trying and complicated time. Our attorneys are experienced in addressing special concerns, such as succession in family-owned businesses, preparation of trusts and wills, living wills, structuring gift giving and planning for the disposition of insurance proceeds.

  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • We also handle probate and estate administration. Probate is the legal process by which a person's Will is allowed by the Probate Court. The provisions of the will dictate how the individual's debts are paid an assets are distributed upon death. Estate administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of deceased's assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirement. We assist the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent assets. We also ensure that all steps are properly taken in order to carry out the decedent's intent in accordance with the law.

    In circumstances where disputes arise after a death, our office can assist in will contest litigation. We offer representation to the Estate or estate representative (i.e. administrator or executor), or to individuals challenging the validity of a will or the way the administrator is carrying out his or her duties.

  • Land Use
  • Getting the site plan approvals, subdivision plan approvals and variances are difficult and time-consuming processes. It requires that a property owner provide public notice of a proposed use and obtain a variance from government agencies that oversee the enforcement of municipal zoning plans. The process customarily requires a public hearing on the proposed use variance and opposition to zoning changes by neighbors and other interested parties can be fierce.

    Our goal in every land use matter is to streamline the process and anticipate potential challenges. From bars and restaurants to parking spaces and multi-million dollar developments, we have the experience and knowledge to represent your best interests and maximize the value of your real estate.

  • Divorce/Family Law
  • *Frederic C. Goetz, Esq. serves as a panelist on the Matrimonial Early-Settlement Panel for the County of Bergen for the years 2015-2022.*

    Divorce is a serious matter, and as such, requires professional guidance from someone who understands the complexities that may arise in such proceedings.

    SUBAREAS OF PRACTICE
    • Divorce
    • Custody
    • Child Support
    • Alimony
    • Palimony
    • Post Judgement Applications
    • Domestic Partnership
    • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
    • Mediation

    As seasoned attorneys, our goal is to settle your case quickly and with as little emotional distress as possible. Every case is based on individual circumstances and we strive to protect and defend your best interests.

    Serving Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Morris, Middlesex and Sussex Counties, as well as other vicinages. Please feel free to contact us at any time to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. We ffer a free initial consultation for all of our clients. Below are examples of questions that may be asked during initial consultation:

    • How will spousal support be determined?
    • How will your business or job be affected?
    • How will divorce affect a professional practice/partnership?
    • What will happen to the family home?
    • What will happen to investments?
    • Has your spouse been hiding assets?
    • How will the valuation of your assets be conducted for the purpose of distribution?
    • How can you be assured that you will get a fair share of the assets?
    • How will custody be awarded?
    • How much child support will be awarded?
    • What measures can you take to gain custody/what mistakes to avoid that may jeopardize your parental rights?
    • How can you avoid a litigious and costly divorce?
    • What can you realistically expect your costs to be based on your specific set of circumstances?
    • How will custody be awarded?
    • How much child support will be awarded?
    • What measures can you take to gain custody/what mistakes to avoid that may jeopardize your parental rights?
    • What can you do to strengthen your position?
    • How can you protect your assets until a settlement has been reached?

    During our initial consultation, we will address the issues you are facing and develop a comprehensive strategy that fits your interests.
    We look forward to assisting you with all of your Family Law and Matrimonial needs.

  • Traffic/Motor Vehicles
  • For all cases in the Municipal Courts of New Jersey, you have the following rights:
    1. The right to know the accusation against you;
    2. The right to remain silent concerning your accusation (remember, anything you do say may be used against you);
    3. The right to retain an attorney of your choice;
    4. The right to a reasonable postponement to retain an attorney or prepare your defense which includes the right to subpoena witnesses on your behalf for trial;
    5. The right to testify or not testify on your behalf and a decision not to testify cannot be used against you; and
    6. The right to a trial before a Municipal Court Judge with the right to cross examine witnesses against you and present a defense on your behalf.

    Our attorney(s) frequently appear in various municipal courts and we are available to appear in the municipal courts of:

  • Allendale
  • Alpine
  • Bergenfield
  • Bogota
  • Carlstadt
  • Cliffside Park
  • Closter
  • Cresskill
  • Demarest
  • Dumont
  • Elmwood Park
  • East Rutherford
  • Edgewater
  • Emerson
  • Englewood
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Fair Lawn
  • Fairview
  • Fort Lee
  • Franklin Lakes
  • Garfield
  • Glen Rock
  • Hackensack
  • Harrington Park
  • Hasbrouck Heights
  • Haworth
  • Hillsdale
  • Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Leonia
  • Little Ferry
  • Lodi
  • Lyndhurst
  • Mahwah
  • Maywood
  • Midland Park
  • Montvale
  • New Milford
  • North Arlington
  • North Vale
  • Norwood
  • Oakland
  • Old Tappan
  • Oradell
  • Palisades Park
  • Paramus
  • Park Ridge
  • Ramsey
  • Ridgefield
  • Ridgefield Park
  • Ridgewood
  • River Edge
  • River Vale
  • Rochelle Park
  • Rockleigh
  • Rutherford
  • Saddle Brook
  • Saddle River
  • South Hackensack
  • Teaneck
  • Tenafly
  • Teterboro
  • Upper Saddle River
  • Waldwick
  • Wallington
  • Washington Township
  • Westwood
  • Woodcliff Lake
  • Wood-Ridge
  • Wyckoff
  • Belleville
  • Bloomfield
  • Caldwell
  • North Caldwell
  • West Caldwell
  • Cedar Grove
  • Essex Fells
  • Fairfield
  • Glen Ridge
  • Irvington
  • Livingston
  • Maplewood
  • Millburn
  • Shorth Hills
  • Montclair
  • Newark
  • Nutley
  • Orange
  • Roseland
  • South Orange
  • Verona
  • West Orange
  • Bayonne
  • East Newark
  • Guttenberg
  • Harrison
  • Hoboken
  • Jersey City
  • Kearny
  • North Bergen
  • Secaucus
  • Union City
  • Weehawken
  • West New York
  • Bloomingdale
  • Clifton
  • Haledon
  • Little Falls
  • North Haledon
  • Passaic
  • Pompton Lakes
  • Prospect Park
  • Ringwood
  • Totowa
  • Wanaque
  • Wayne Township
  • West Milford
  • West Paterson
  • Berkeley Heights
  • Clark
  • Cranford
  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth Meadows
  • Fanwood
  • Garwood
  • Hillside
  • Kenilworth
  • Linden
  • Mountainside
  • Murray Hill
  • New Providence
  • Plainfield
  • Rahway
  • Roselle
  • Roselle Park
  • Scotch Plains
  • Springfield
  • Summit
  • Union
  • Westfield
  • Winfield
  • Avenel
  • Bottomtown
  • Carteret
  • Cheesequake
  • Cliffwood Beach
  • Colonia
  • Cranbury
  • Dayton
  • Dunellen
  • East Brunswick
  • Edison
  • Englishtown
  • Fords
  • Helmetta
  • Highland Park
  • Hightstown Hopelawn
  • Iselin
  • Jamesburg
  • Keasby
  • Kendall Park
  • Kingston
  • Laurence Harbor
  • Madison Township
  • Matawan
  • Menlo Park
  • Metuchen
  • Middlesexd
  • Milltown
  • Monmouth Junction
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • New Brunswick
  • Old Bridge
  • Parlin
  • Perth Amboy
  • Piscataway
  • Plainsboro
  • Port Reading
  • Princeton
  • Sayreville
  • Sewaren
  • South Amboy
  • South Brunswick
  • South Plainfield
  • South River
  • Spotswood
  • Woodbridge
  • Boonton
  • Brookside
  • Budd Lake
  • Butler
  • Califon
  • Cedar Knolls
  • Chatham
  • Chester
  • Convent
  • Denville
  • Dover
  • East Hanover
  • Flanders
  • Florham Park
  • Gillette
  • Gladstone
  • Green Village
  • Greystone Park
  • Hackettstgown
  • Hanover
  • Harding Township
  • Ironia
  • Jefferson Township
  • Kenvil
  • Kinnelon
  • Lake Hiawatha
  • Lake Hopatcong
  • Landing
  • Ledgewood
  • Lincoln Park
  • Long Hill Township
  • Long Valley
  • Madison
  • Mendham
  • Meyersville
  • Millington
  • Mine Hill
  • Montville
  • Morris Plains
  • Morristown
  • Morris Township
  • Mount Arlington
  • Mount Freedom
  • Mount Olive Township
  • Mount Tabor
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Netcong
  • New Foundland
  • Oak Ridge
  • Parsippany
  • Passaic
  • Township
  • Peqaunnock
  • Pine Brook
  • Pompton Plains
  • Port Morris
  • Pottersville
  • Randolph Township
  • Riverdale
  • Rock Valley
  • Rockaway
  • Roxbury Township
  • Stirling
  • Succasunna
  • Towaco
  • Victory Gardens
  • Washington Township
  • Wharton
  • Whippany
  • White Meadow Lake.
  • These towns encompass: Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Passaic County, Morris County and Union County.