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Maurice J. Maloney
General Practice Lawyer In Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

As a general practice lawyer, I help clients with a wide range of issues in legal areas, including criminal defense, real estate law, family law, estate planning and commercial litigation. Every case is different, just as every client is different, and each of these legal areas has its own concerns. When you are my client, I listen to your story and work closely with you to resolve your issue in a way that suits exactly your needs.

All that said, there are certain questions that come up frequently. On this page, I answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

Should I Fight A Traffic Ticket?

You can defend yourself against a traffic ticket, but should you? In some cases, a speeding ticket or another traffic violation can raise your insurance rates and cause other problems. If you have a DUI on your record, a new traffic-related charge can put your driver's license in jeopardy. In these cases, it's a good idea to talk to a defense attorney about your legal options.

In my more than 40 years of legal practice, I have defended clients in all kinds of criminal cases, from parking tickets to murder charges. In my criminal defense practice today, I often defend the rights of people accused of traffic violations and other infractions at the municipal level, here in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, or at the Monmouth County level.

Should I Settle Or Go To Court?

Many of my clients ask this question, and I work with them to find the right answer for their needs.

Outside of criminal law, most legal disputes today are resolved through a settlement out of court. This includes commercial litigation, such as breach of contract lawsuits, and family law disputes, such as divorce and child custody. Still, when the two sides cannot agree, their dispute can only be resolved through going to court.

The main advantages of an out-of-court settlement are the same, whether your dispute is in commercial litigation or divorce: Negotiating a settlement is generally less expensive, faster, more private and allows you greater control over your outcomes.

When I represent you, I help you find the most efficient and effective ways of resolving your issues, whether that means going to the negotiation table or the courtroom, or both.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of negotiation that is guided by a neutral third party, known as the mediator. The mediator helps the two sides find common ground and reach an agreement. Typically, the agreement must then be signed off by a judge.

Because it emphasizes collaboration and shared goals, mediation tends to reduce the level of animosity and lingering bitterness between the parties. For this reason, it can be an especially good choice in child custody disputes and other issues where the parties must continue to work with each other, and where children may be affected.

Do I Need An Estate Plan?

The short answer is yes. Every adult, from all walks of life, all economic backgrounds and family relationships, at all ages, should have some kind of estate plan. This may consist of little more than a simple will, or it may involve an elaborate system of trusts. I help my clients develop plans that meet their exact needs and long-term goals.

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Call me, Maurice J. Maloney, at 732-978-4885 to discuss your legal needs. You can also reach me by email.

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