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John J. Scura III


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Pedestrian and Biking Safety: How to Avoid Accidents in Hoboken

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Because of its dense population and busy streets, the City of Hoboken is a dangerous place for unwary pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers with many personal injuries occurring as the result of accidents. The City of Hoboken is one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. As of the Census of 2010, Hoboken had over 50,000 residents. Hoboken is small in geographical area and is also known as the “Mile Square” city. Technically, its geographic area covers a little more than 2 miles, but cramming 50,000 residents into this small an area leads to severe congestion and dangers for both pedestrians and riders of bicycles.

What is the Verbal, Lawsuit, or Tort Threshold in New Jersey?

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All auto insurance policies in New Jersey require the consumer to choose from one of two options with respect to their right to bring a lawsuit.  The two options are: (1) the lawsuit or verbal or tort threshold or (2) the no tort threshold or no lawsuit threshold.   Under different policies, the tort options (your right to sue) are referred to as these various names but mean the same thing.  Under option (1) you are limiting your ability to sue for certain injuries.   Under option (2) you can sue for any injury.

Feeling Tricked by Your Insurance Company After an Accident in New Jersey?

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[John J. Scura III, Esq. explains what to do if you are feeling tricked by your insurance company after an accident in New Jersey]

I wrote a blog on the worst tricks insurance companies use in trying to deny people fair money for their claims after an accident.  As a follow up, I wanted to explore what to do if insurance companies use one of these tricks on you and how to best protect yourself going forward:

The Most Important Auto Insurance Coverage You Should Have [Video]

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[John J. Scura III., Esq. explains the type of auto insurance coverage you should have in New Jersey]

The least explained but most important insurance in New Jersey is Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UM/UIM) Coverage. Insurance agents do not explain this insurance fully, leaving you potentially in trouble with not enough insurance in cases involving serious injuries.

State law in New Jersey requires that insurance companies offer Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage as an option up to at least $250,000 for each person and $500,000.00 covering each accident for bodily injury.  Insurance companies also have to offer a $500,000 single limit option for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.  You can also have these limits increased further by purchasing an umbrella policy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy [Video]

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[John J. Scura III, Esq. explains how Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you save your house in four minutes]

I wanted to go over some issues with respect to Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help save a house from foreclosure:

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, primarily, is used for someone trying to save a house from foreclosure. It's probably the number one reason we use Chapter 13. I'd say, 70% to 80% of our cases are for that reason.  The Chapter 13 is a powerful legal strategy.  No matter what stage of foreclosure your house is in ... In New Jersey, you can file the Chapter 13 bankruptcy, file a plan of reorganization, and catch up on any amount you fell behind on the mortgage.

4 Common Myths of Bankruptcy [Video]

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[John J. Scura III, Esq. explains four of the common myths and misperceptions in bankruptcy in three minutes]


I wanted to go over some common myths and misperceptions in bankruptcy. I get a lot of calls from clients, potential clients, about what happens with a bankruptcy.

"What do I lose? What types of debts can I wipe out?"

There are a lot of misunderstandings about bankruptcy and how it works, and what you can do and can't do.

10 Worst Tricks Insurance Companies Use After You Are Involved in An Accident

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Insurance companies spend billions of dollars each year in marketing to convince the public that they have your best interest at heart.  Let’s take a look at some of the slogans:  State Farm  -  Like a good neighbor State Farm is there; Allstate – You’re in good hands with Allstate; Geico -15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance; Progressive – Think easier, think Progressive; Chubb- Peace of mind; Prudential – Let Prudential be your rock or Bring your challenges.

 I have represented people against insurance companies for 25 years and can tell you unequivocally that these insurance companies will do anything they can to deny you fair money for your loss whether it be personal injury, property damage or economic loss. In your toughest time of need you will not be in their “good hands” and they will not be your “good neighbor.”  Protect yourself and your family after an accident and understand they are not in any way trying to help you.




Ten of the worst tricks insurance companies use in trying to deny people fair money for their claims after an accident are as follows:

5 Proven Strategies to Improve Bad Credit Scores

credit score graphicHaving a good credit score is important for an individual in our economy.  The higher your credit score the better rates you are going to obtain on loans, which will save you money over the course of repaying the loan.  Thus, a solid credit history can have a significant impact on your quality of life, how much money you pay on loans as well as determine whether you can get loans at all.

Top 10 Tips To Buying Car Insurance In New Jersey

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1) Get Plenty of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage is the most important insurance on your car that you can carry. In NJ, besides basic auto policies, all auto policies are required by law to have underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage in the minimum amount of $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident. This minimal coverage is not enough. If you want to protect yourself and your family, you should increase your limits of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Do I have to Pay a Condominium Association Lien in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

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Changes in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Law Treatment of Condominium Association Liens

Over the past year, New Jersey bankruptcy law concerning condominium association liens and their treatment under a Chapter 13 plans of reorganization has dramatically changed.

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