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Debra Kradjian Stephans

Debra Kradjian Stephans

Bergen County- Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Business, Education, Employment
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  • New Jersey
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With more than 20 years of experience as a licensed NJ attorney, Debra prides herself on providing personalized attention, professionalism and sound advice. Debra handles all aspects of residential & commercial real estate transactions in NJ & NY, from contract negotiation through closing. She has experience with leasing, landlord-tenant, representing landlords with all of the laws governing landlord-tenant rights and disputes. Debra assists businesses with contracts/compliance as well as all other needs.

Debra assists businesses with workplace investigations, counseling, drafting and revising of company policies and procedures, representation in employee disciplinary actions, labor arbitrations, union grievances, student disciplinary actions, and claims of discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission position statements, New Jersey Division of Civil Rights cases, unemployment claims and wrongful termination. She has also represented school boards in a wide variety of matters, including employment related matters.

Debra is also an adjunct professor at Berkeley College where she teaches legal and justice studies courses. Debra received her Juris Doctorate from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seton Hall University. During law school, Debra interned for the late Hon. Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C. and was offered a clerkship at the Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey. She also clerked for the late Hon. Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C. and the late Hon. Charles J. Walsh, J.S.C. She continued working for the State of New Jersey and joined the Department of Law & Public Safety, Division of Law, as a deputy attorney general, primarily handling employment and labor matters on behalf of state agencies for over ten years. In addition, she has served as corporate counsel for Benjamin Moore & Co. in their labor & employment group prior to joining the Lauren Murray Law Offices, LLC.

Elisabeth Haub School of Law - Pace University
J.D. (2000) | Law
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Seton Hall University
B.A. | Psychology
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Lauren Murray Law Offices, LLC
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Attorney-at-Law handling real estate, landlord-tenant, collections, small business, education law, civil litigation.
Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
Employment Counseling and litigation Section.
Professional Associations
State Bar of New Jersey  # 025112000
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
ID Number: 25112000
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Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation
Education Law
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law
Civil Rights
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment
Additional Practice Area
  • Labor Law -union representation before arbitrators or administrative bodies.
  • Armenian: Spoken
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. my 39 year old son is conspiring with a lawyer to defraud me....the lawyer has my son spying on me to get me out of my h
A: I am sorry to hear this. Are you the sole owner of the home? Does your son live with you as a tenant and stopped paying rent? If your son does not own the home and does not have any type of lease with you, you could seek to have him removed from your home. However, it is best to consult with an attorney that specializes in this area of law.
Q. Signed expired purchase agreement on home. Contract states if not signed by seller and accepted by buyer before expirati
A: This is basic contract law. There are 3 essential elements to a contract. Offer, Acceptance and Consideration. An offer typically has a time limit and if it does not it will be based on a reasonable time. Since there is a time limit on the purchase agreement in question, the offer expires when the time limit has passed. If one of the parties has signed that same agreement, that can be considered a new offer, or counteroffer and the other party would have to accept that new offer by signing it.

Certainly, if both parties are still interested in moving forward with the agreement they can always do so.
Q. Recently sold my property AS IS buyer cut down trees judge gave me until 15th for my stuff out can I sell the trees
A: If you sell your house "as is" you are leaving the property to the new owner the way it is with all of its flaws and conditions in conjunction with the terms of your contract of sale. Typically, if you are moving out of house, you take your personal belongings and anything else that was excluded from the sale. Did your attorney craft any clauses in the contract regarding the trees? Have you spoken with the new owner to see if you can take the trees? They may be open to you removing them from the yard, it's a good idea to have a discussion with them or have your attorney or real estate agent do this for you.
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Lauren Murray Law Offices, LLC
45 Whitney Road
Mahwah, NJ 07495
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