Recent Blog Posts


Black Ice and the Freeze-Melt-Refreeze Cycle

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

As temperatures outside fluctuate, the rising temperatures cause snow on the ground and piled from shoveling and plowing to melt.  In the evening when the sun sets and the temperature drops, this melting snow freezes into “black ice” causing a potential hazard for vehicles and pedestrians.  The presence of black ice creates unsafe walking… Read More »


Congratulations to our SFA Alumni!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Continuing the tradition of producing outstanding law students and excellent attorneys, we are very proud of our Spector Foerst & Associates alumni Edward J. Scarillo (EJ) and Jillian Swogier.  Both EJ and Jill graduated yesterday from Seton Hall University School of Law and will be sitting for the Bar Exam this summer.  We congratulate… Read More »


James M. Foerst named a 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyer!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

We are again pleased to announce that our Managing Partner, James M. Foerst, has been named a 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyer for his work in the Personal Injury practice area.  This is the 7th consecutive year Jim has been named a Super Lawyer in New Jersey.  Jim was previously named a rising star and… Read More »

Property Arrows

2017 Tax Appeal Season is Here!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

New Jersey Property Taxes have been on the incline in the last few years, and 2016 was no exception.  Tax payers saw an average 2.35% increase in their taxes from 2015 to 2016. According to NJ.com, the average residential bill has risen from $8,161 in 2014 to $8,353 in 2015 to $8,549 in 2016. To see how… Read More »


Decision to Appeal Planning Board Denial Pending

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Unfortunately your client can’t win every time but today, despite the disappointing outcome, we want to recognize James Foerst for an outstanding effort before the Westfield Planning Board.  Representing Derek and Maria Broaddus, Jim presented a powerful case in support of his clients’ subdivision request before the Board.  This home took on national notoriety… Read More »


Spector Foerst & Associates Proudly Welcomes New Counsel to the Firm!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Spector Foerst & Associates is proud to introduce the newest member of our firm, Natalie Shafer. Natalie is an alumni of Seton Hall Law School having received her Juris Doctorate in 2000.   With over 16 years of legal experience, she has joined our firm to compliment our personal injury and general litigation section of the… Read More »


Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise Due to Cell Phone Use

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a roughly 10% increase in motor vehicle deaths for the first 6 months of the year compared to last year. In 2016, there have been 17,775 deaths from January to June compared to 16,100 in 2015.  Distracted driving, primarily the… Read More »


Spector Foerst & Associates Family celebrates Life Milestones!!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Spector Foerst & Associates would like to congratulate two members of our family on lifetime milestones achieved in the last weeks.  Jennifer Cadillo, managing attorney of our real estate section, welcomed her first child, Charlotte Margaret Cadillo, to her family on October 24th!  Also, our lead paralegal and closing coordinator, Abigail Jenkins was married… Read More »


Today is: Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day!

By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Every year on October 10th drivers of New Jersey are asked to be “exceptionally careful” as a way to get one full day with zero fatal motor vehicle accidents. While on October 10, 2015 there was successfully zero fatal accidents, as of January 2016, there have been 409 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 432 fatalities…. Read More »



By Spector Foerst & Associates |

Happy New Year!!!  October 1st is the equivalent of New Year’s Day in the world of property tax appeals.  For the entire 2017 tax year we will be looking back on tomorrow when we talk about the valuation of property.  As we close out 2016, Spector Foerst & Associates is proud to have helped… Read More »