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Practices

SSJ Law Group provides legal counsel and advisory services to individuals and companies. Our corporate, real estate and wealth planning practices are varied and nuanced to meet our clients’ needs. Whether a start-up seeking seed funding or an established business negotiating a complex transaction, SSJ Law Group’s Attorneys are equipped to efficiently and cost-effectively handle the matter. We take pride in the fact that many of our corporate clients first engaged us as start-ups and continue to rely on us for our expertise throughout their growth.

Likewise, our real estate clients range from first-time homebuyers as well as real estate investors who trust us to handle their broad range of complex legal needs. Finally, our wealth planning practice serves individuals with small estates seeking a simple distribution of their assets upon death as well as those whose estates require more complex solutions such as trust creation and charitable gifting.
Click on each of the practice areas to the left to learn more about our firm’s approach.

At SSJ Law Group, we get to know your business so that we can offer more than just legal counsel. We take pride in our ability to propose solutions that are practical and valuable. Our corporate Attorneys have a strong understanding of the challenges facing corporate clients, and are equipped to assess and assist in a cost-effective manner that will help your business thrive.

GENERAL CORPORATE

Our Attorneys assist corporate clients in a wide range of activities. Our general corporate services include choice of entity analysis, incorporation and limited liability company formation. Our experience with various types of board and committee structures as well as our knowledge of internal operations allows us to draft tailored governance documents that are right for your company.

We regularly advise corporate officers and directors on their duties and responsibilities and help develop strategies that are legally sound, yet still practical. We draft internal agreements for our clients such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as employee agreements. When dealing with service providers and third parties, we take pride in our ability to negotiate agreements on behalf of our clients that are beneficial and forward-looking. With our guidance, businesses are able to add value while avoiding common pitfalls.

CORPORATE FINANCE

Funding is key to sustainable business growth, and our Attorneys understand how to obtain financing for our clients while managing risks. We are able to structure, negotiate and document equity and other financing needed to start up, grow or diversify a business. Our Attorneys are experienced in advising entrepreneurs and investors alike in connection with investment funds, financial institutions, and private placements.

SECURITIES

Both private and public companies face securities laws issues on a regular basis. Our Attorneys guide clients to recognize these issues and act in accordance with a sound legal framework. We have experience drafting convertible notes, private placement memoranda, subscription agreements, and other financing-related documents that require an understanding of the federal and state securities laws framework. Our superior knowledge of securities laws allows us to also advise broker-dealers and investment-advisers.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Mergers and acquisitions present a number of complex legal issues for parties on both sides of a transaction. Successfully navigating such transactions necessitates expertise in a broad range of areas from corporate finance and taxation to intellectual property and regulatory concerns. Our Attorneys are able to advise clients with an acute awareness of all of these issues. Our experience includes the following:

  • Joint ventures
  • Merger strategy
  • Private equity
  • Strategic preparation for prospective targets
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Stock sales and purchases
  • Negotiation of complex transactions
  • International and cross-border transactions

COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK

Our Attorneys prepare applications to obtain registration of trademarks and copyrights in the United States. We also assist clients in selecting and obtaining domain names. We work closely with each client to learn its business and to develop and implement cost-beneficial intellectual property registration and protection strategies best suited to the client and its business objectives.

CORPORATE DISPUTES/LITIGATION

At one time or another, all corporate clients require counsel regarding corporate disputes and litigation. Our Attorneys work with our clients to facilitate cost-saving and practical results through resolution of disputes prior to litigation, settlement during litigation or representation in the courtroom. We zealously represent the interests of our clients while maintaining our code of ethics in order to help our clients achieve desirable results.

The Attorneys at SSJ Law Group have counseled numerous foreign companies and investors who are looking to expand into the United States. We understand our clients' goals and offer tailored solutions to help accomplish those goals in the most efficient manner possible.

Business/Investment Immigration EB-1C

A First Preference Immigration Petition (EB-1) is an employment-based petition for permanent residence. It is broken down into three categories: EB-1A, EB-1B, and EB-1C. EB-1A visas are reserved for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics; EB-1B visas are reserved for individuals who are outstanding professors and researchers; and EB-1C visas are reserved for multi-national executives.

EB-1C visas provide an excellent opportunity for foreign, small or midsized businesses to expand into the U.S. market by sending a key executive or manager to run its operations. The decision to move to the United States has long-lasting effects for businesses and families alike. The Attorneys at SSJ Law Group take the time to understand a client's needs and long-term goals in order to craft an optimal immigration strategy.

Business/Investment Immigration EB-5

A Fifth Preference Immigration Petition (EB-5) is an investment-based petition for permanent residence which has two categories: direct and indirect.

The direct EB-5 category requires that a person invest $1,000,000 (or $500,000 if the investment is made in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise. The enterprise must benefit the United States economy and directly create full-time employment for at least ten United States citizens, green card holders or immigrants holding work visas. A key requirement for the direct EB-5 investment is that the investor must be actively engaged in the new enterprise, meaning he or she cannot merely passively invest in a third party's company.

Alternatively, USCIS has created a Regional Center Program, which services as the indirect EB-5 category. Under this program, a foreign individual may invest $500,000 in a USCIS approved Regional Center as a passive investor in exchange for permanent residence. A key requirement for the indirect investment is that the full investment amount must be at risk for a minimum of 5 years. The investor is generally not involved in the activities of the Regional Center.

Business/Investment Immigration L-1

Similar to the EB-1C category, the L-1 visa is a good way for small or midsized foreign business to expand into the U.S. market by sending a key executive, manager, or a key employee with specialized skills, to run its operations. Unlike the EB-1C category, however, the L-1 category provides a temporary, non-immigrant visa. The L-1A category is designed for executive or manager transferees coming to work for the U.S. business. The L-1B category is designed for professional employees with specialized knowledge of the business. One key advantage of the L-1 category is that it allows a company which does not currently have a U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States in order to establish one. Furthermore, it also allows the L-1 visa holder to apply for permanent residence without jeopardizing his or her L-1 visa status.

Business/Investment Immigration E-2

The E-2 Treaty Investors category is available to a foreign native of a treaty country who wishes to enter the U.S. solely to develop and direct the operation of an enterprise in which he or she has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital. There are three main requirements to apply for E-2 visas:

  • A treaty must exist between the United States and the foreign country under whose treaty the E status is sought;
  • Majority ownership or control of the investing or trading company must be held by nationals of the foreign country under whose treaty the E status is sought;
  • Citizenship of the foreign country under whose treaty the status is sought by each employee or principal of the company who is seeking the E status pursuant to the treaty.

Once approved, the applicant is initially allowed a maximum stay of two years; however, extensions may be granted for periods of up to two years each.

Non Profit

Tied to our commitment to social responsibility and the ethical practice of law, our Attorneys take a special interest in advising non-profits. From formation to tax filings to the drafting of by-laws, our firm is able to serve a general counsel function for many kinds of non-profits. Specifically, our services include:

  • Entity formation through state incorporation
  • Obtaining tax exempt status
  • Preparation of various tax filings
  • Corporate counseling
  • Fundraising and governance (through partnership)
  • Complex transactions
  • Self-dealing and insider transactions
  • Internal compliance, reviews, and audits
  • International grant making
  • Consulting on various partnerships, ventures, and sponsorships
  • Various regulatory issues
  • Entity dissolution

In providing these services, we understand and appreciate the importance of non-profit organizations in the community, and endeavor to represent them with diligence and passion.

Real estate and property finance services constitute one of the firm's core competencies. Our Attorneys consistently coordinate and manage residential and commercial transactions, building upon years of experience, a wealth of resources, and cost-effective support systems designed to meet the client's needs. We have experience managing projects involving office buildings, single-family housing, condominiums, co-ops, retail properties, mixed-use projects, multi-family housing, or other commercial real estate, and provide a variety of related services.

Purchase Sale

Our advisory services as they relate to real estate acquisitions and dispositions begin prior to contract and continue after closing. Clients seeking to acquire property can benefit from the firm's expertise in contract negotiation, title examination, inspections, and coordination of funds transfers.

After closing, the representation continues, and the firm will ensure that deeds are properly recorded and scheduled. Clients intending to divest property can also take advantage of contract negotiation services, and can retain us to respond to buyer inquiries, prepare closing documents, and protect against continuing liability. Our expertise extends beyond the purely legal aspects of a transaction; negotiation tactics, strategy, and project management are all a core part of the services we provide.

Commercial & Residential Finance

A Fifth Preference Immigration Petition (EB-5) is an investment-based petition for permanent residence which has two categories: direct and indirect.

Our seasoned practitioners offer practical advice with regard to commercial and residential financing transactions. Our Attorneys have experience representing corporate clients in lending transactions while being attuned to the business needs of all parties. We also provide sound legal representation in connection with restructure, refinance and workout transactions.

Commercial & Residential Leasing

Our Attorneys are adept at structuring residential and commercial leases. Our advisory services extend to drafting sublease agreements, consents to assign, alter and use, lease renewals, and rent level reviews for landlords and tenants as well as to resolving disputes between such parties. We can also assist landlords with security of tenure matters, and regularly advise tenants in negotiating rental rates and protecting their rights as occupants.

Multi-Family & Condominiums

Our Attorneys represent developers, owners, and sellers of multi-family properties and condominiums in the Tri-State area and nationally. In addition to negotiation, drafting, and other typical responsibilities of counsel, we use our experience and business acumen to help our clients evaluate business opportunities. Additionally, we represent landlords and owners of multi-family dwellings to achieve and maintain compliance with multi-family dwelling laws.

Once approved, the applicant is initially allowed a maximum stay of two years; however, extensions may be granted for periods of up to two years each.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes

In addition to services at the commencement of a lease agreement, we frequently represent landlords and tenants when the other party is in breach. From the applicability of exclusivity clauses to economic default, we help our clients reach a prompt resolution through all legal remedies available. For landlords, we provide representation during summary process actions (evictions), collection of unpaid rent, and collection for property damage. For tenants, we help resolve security deposit issues, ensure that the premises are maintained to code, and ensure that the terms of the lease agreement are upheld.

Corporate Real Estate Strategy

Each client has a unique set of needs and we provide a wide variety of custom-tailored legal solutions to meet those needs. We are able to minimize various tax liabilities and create corporations, limited partnerships, trusts, joint ventures, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships to limit liability more generally. Our Attorneys understand that these services invoke a broad range of practice areas, and possess the expertise to coordinate an effective legal strategy.

Once approved, the applicant is initially allowed a maximum stay of two years; however, extensions may be granted for periods of up to two years each.

Assistance with the preservation of wealth is an important service that our firm provides to individuals and families. We understand that estate and wealth planning goes far beyond the practice of law, and extends to complex risk/reward calculations critical to arriving at the appropriate solution for each individual. Depending upon a person's age, personality and goals, solutions vary dramatically. With this in mind, our lawyers use a custom-tailored approach to achieving a person's financial goals, present and future.

Whether your goal is asset protection, estate succession, or increasing overall wealth while serving a charitable endeavor, our Attorneys understand the issues and can guide you toward what is ultimately your own decision about your financial future. We specialize in effectuating legal strategies that assist our clients in making these important decisions. Our legal counsel includes will preparation and the employment of various trust strategies, e.g. living and irrevocable trusts, to the execution of powers of Attorneys as they pertain to both financial and medical decision-making.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT

A Last Will and Testament is the most basic, yet essential, estate-planning tool. It is the legal document through which an individual, the Testator or Testatrix, defines who will be responsible for managing his or her estate (the Executor), who will serve as guardian for any minors, and how the estate's assets will be distributed. Upon the individual's death, the original document is registered with the local probate court and the Executor is authorized by the court to act on behalf of the estate. Once the assets have been inventoried and taxes and debts have been paid, the court authorizes release of the assets to the ultimate beneficiaries.

Powers of Attorneys

A power of Attorneys provides authorization for a third party to act on behalf of a living individual. Such authorization may allow the third party to make decisions relating to real property, business, finance, and even healthcare.

HEALTH-CARE DIRECTIVES

A health-care directive, sometimes referred to as a living will, is a written instruction that specifies precisely what actions should be taken for an individual's health in the event that he or she is incapacitated.

LIVING TRUSTS

A Living Trust, also referred to as a Revocable Trust or an Inter Vivos Trust, is a trust that an individual (called a settlor) creates during his or her lifetime. The main advantage of a Living Trust is that property left through the trust can be directly distributed to the beneficiaries without going through the local probate court. During the settlor's lifetime, he or she appoints a trustee (which can be himself or herself) for the trust, thus keeping full control of the assets listed in the trust. The assets can be readily transferred in and out of the trust during the settlor's lifetime. Upon the settlor's death, any assets in the trust are distributed to the beneficiaries according to the terms of the trust document. It is important to note that although probate court is avoided, estate and inheritance taxes may still be due on the assets that have been distributed. In other words, living trusts do not achieve maximum inheritance and estate tax savings. Our Attorneys are skilled at analyzing clients' estates and goals to determine whether a revocable trust might be a beneficial estate planning tool for the individual.

IRREVOCABLE TRUSTS

Irrevocable Trusts are complicated legal entities that allow clients to achieve probate avoidance as well as savings on estate and inheritance taxes. As the name implies, Irrevocable Trusts once established, are unable to be revoked or modified. There are several varieties of Irrevocable Trusts including AB Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts and the list goes on. The various trusts are each regulated by complex tax laws and regulations. Our Attorneys can help you determine whether an Irrevocable Trust is right for you and your family, advise you on the benefits and drawbacks, and prepare the necessary legal documents.

CHARITABLE TRUSTS

Charitable Trusts allow clients to achieve savings on estate and income taxes while simultaneously accomplishing charitable objectives. There are two basic types of charitable trusts: charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts, each with its own distinct rules and regulations. Our Attorneys are skilled at analyzing clients' estates and goals to determine whether charitable trusts might be a beneficial estate planning tool for the individual.

Once approved, the applicant is initially allowed a maximum stay of two years; however, extensions may be granted for periods of up to two years each.