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Lazaro Cardenas

Lazaro Cardenas

The Law Offices of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas
  • Real Estate Law, Probate, Foreclosure Defense ...
  • New Jersey
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Why I became a Real Estate and Probate Attorney focusing on Protecting People’s Future Today:

Since founding the firm, I’ve had the pleasure of working with countless families. I take my job as a counselor very serious and take great pride in assisting the families that walk through our doors. Every day, I strive to become a better practitioner and to offer more options and better advice to clients. This makes me very happy and it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

My partners are two dedicated individuals who truly compliment me, and both have similar ethical and moral character. They are passionate about their work and in the end, this ends up benefiting clients the most. Often our clients’ issues touch on two or more of our practice areas and we can provide comprehensive advice without involving outside counsel. Seeing the positive impact, we have on entire families, and how the result of my work leads to a better life for many is very rewarding.

I went to law school later in life. I attended college/law school during my 30s and 40s. I am the son of immigrants, a farmer and a homemaker, and as an immigrant myself, becoming a lawyer was not something that seemed possible. I started college in 2002 with the purpose of furthering my corporate career.

After my college graduation, I decided to continue my education and attend law school. It was thanks to the support I received from my family and friends that I decided to take a hard look at law school. In hindsight, this was one of the best decisions of my life and it allowed me to exit the corporate hamster wheel and pursue my true passion.

During my time in college, I also got involved with social justice issues. I joined an advocacy organization called the Latino Coalition of New Jersey, of which I am still a member, and worked on issues relating to immigration and civil rights. My work for this organization was eye-opening and the catalyst that propelled me to attend law school.

Rutgers School of Law-Newark
J.D. (2012) | Contracts, Trust & Estates, Real Estate
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Rutgers University - Newark
B.A. (2008) | Political Science
Honors: 3.8 GPA.
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Professional Experience
Patel, Soltis & Cardenas, LLC
- Current
Vice President of Funds Development
Latino Festival of Monmouth County
- Current
Lazaro is a founding member of the Latino Festival. He has served in multiple capacities including the founding chairperson. He continues to serve on the executive board as one of the senior executives and advisors.
Law & Justice Committee
Governor Phil Murphy Transition Team
Served as a member of the New Jersey Governor's transition team in the Law & Justice subcommittee.
Freehold Housing Authority
In April 2006, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey appointed Cardenas to serve on the Freehold Housing Authority as Commissioner with the mission of overseeing its functions. He was reappointed to this commission, by Governor Jon Corzine, in April of 2010, and served until August 2018.
Director, Information Systems
Prudential Insurance Company of America
Articles & Publications
Freehold Township’s fair housing plan approved |Cardenas
Asbury Park Press
Nearly 1000 New Jersey Leaders and Organizations Support Allowing More Residents To Access A Driver’s License
Do I Need to Hire An Attorney For My Real Estate Closing in NJ?
New Jersey Estate Plan for the New Year
Can I Cut My Spouse out of My Will?
How immigrant communities can avoid notario fraud
Do I Need a Trust?
Patel & Soltis' Policy Director Appointed to Transition Committee
Murphy appoints Patel, Soltis & Cardenas' policy director to transition committee
CARDENAS: Guadagno scapegoating immigrants for political advantage
Should the Electoral College be abolished? | Opinion
Asbury Park Press
Trump immigration action sparks fears; confusion in NJ
Why are Do It Yourself Wills dangerous?
CARDENAS: Stop unjust detainers at Monmouth County Jail
Who killed New Jersey's in-state tuition dream?: Opinion
Speaking Engagements
Moderator, School desegregation forum, Red Bank Elementary School
Latino Action Network Foundation
Conducted desegregation forum with 21+ community leaders, educators, and students about the pros and cons of desegregation for K-12 schools in New Jersey.
Court Certified Mediator
New Jersey Courts
Outstanding Contribution in Community Service
Latino American Association of Monmouth County, Inc
Presented on October 16, 2015, in recognition of my work in Civil Rights and Immigrant Rights in Monmouth County and across New Jersey by the Latino American Association of Monmouth County.
Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
Lazaro Cardenas was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Professional Associations
State Bar of New Jersey  # 046252017
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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  • Free Consultation
    We provide a free consultation in the following areas: Real Estate, Probate, Foreclosure Defense, Loan Modification, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept debit and credit cards.
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
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Foreclosure Defense
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. If you go to law school and pass the bar without being sworn in are you a lawyer
A: The short answer is no. In NJ you can search for the status of an attorney here:
Q. We live in NJ. My uncle passed away and me and my brother only relative he has left. His estate gets divided to us?
A: Hi, it is not automatic. if your uncle wasn’t married and had no children, siblings, or parents who were alive at the time of his death, and the two of you are the only heirs alive, then you will need to open probate and get named as administrator/executor for the estate. After that you’ll have access to his assets and will be able to distribute as per the intestacy laws of NJ if he didn’t leave a will. I suggest contacting a probate attorney in New Jersey who can assist you with this process.
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Law Offices of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas
1 Broad Street
Suite 9
Freehold, NJ 07728
Toll-Free: (844) 533-3367
Fax: (866) 212-4111
Law Offices of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas
574 Newark Avenue
Suite 307
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Telephone: (844) 533-3367 Ext. 13
Fax: (866) 212-4111
Law Offices of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas
Hackensack, NJ, USA
Toll-Free: (844) 533-3367
Fax: (866) 212-4111