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NJ Criminal Law

If you are arrested, or if you learn you are the target of a criminal investigation, you need expert legal representation immediately.

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NJ Family Law

These can be some of the most emotionally devastating events in your life. There is often a strong sense of betrayal.

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NJ Real Estate Law

It’s important to seek out an experienced Real Estate Attorney, who can help you, the prospective buyer or seller…

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NJ Estate & Trust Law

Estate & Trust Law including Healthcare Directives / Living Wills, Elder Law, New Jersey Probate, Power of Attorney and Wills

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I have known Jim as a professional colleague for over 5 years. His demonstrated expertise as a criminal defense attorney is exemplary. During this period he has served as lead defense counsel in a very high profile criminal case that ran over several months. This highly complex case involved very unique and ground-breaking discovery procedures involving plaintiff and defendant testimony. While originally adjudicated in favor of the plaintiff, Jim skillfully and patiently persisted and succeeded in overturning the verdict on appeal. This case speaks to Jim’s professionalism, thoughtfulness, listening skills, persistence and persuasion capabilities on behalf of his client. I cannot think of a more highly qualified attorney to recommend to anyone facing a criminal court case and requiring defense counsel.

– Testimonial

I was exhausted and desperate before I met Mr. Patton. I was pushed into a corner by the prosecution without any hope. I was labeled as a spy, a thief and a liar. It was a real nightmare. I had no idea what I should do. The only choice I had was to fight or go to jail. From the first consultation, Mr. Patton went over all the coming steps with me, told me the reality and possibilities, helped me to calm down, helped me make informed choices and helped me prepare to fight…

– Federal Criminal Case

Jim was recommended to me by a friend who worked in the federal court system. At that time I needed a divorce attorney and this friend told me that if he needed a lawyer, he would choose Jim because he worked harder for his clients than any other lawyer he could name. He was familiar with Jim primarily from criminal cases, but said that if Jim also practiced divorce law, he’d be his pick without question…

– Child Custody Testimonial

I am an attorney who has known Jim Patton for many years.  I have first hand knowledge of his excellent and ethical representation of criminal defense clients and family/matrimonial law clients.  In one of his many high profile criminal defense cases, an adversary actually praised his representation and effective advocacy for his client.  I strongly recommend Jim!

– Testimonial

Jim practices as a criminal defense attorney because he believes with heartfelt conviction that people who have committed crimes deserve fair treatment by the justice system and, therefore, the best possible legal representation. He believed in my innocence, which means a lot to me, but I know that he treated me no differently than any other client…

– Testimonial from A.S.

About Us

With over 30 years experience as a Trial Lawyer in Federal and State CourtsWoolcock Patton offers excellence in presenting effective cases at trial and in negotiating favorable settlements for our clients.

Woolcock Patton’s approach is to put their clients in the best possible position. Based on their experience and in depth understanding of how courtroom decisions are made, Woolcock Patton explores all legal options available to their clients.

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A criminal charge can change your life forever.

If you are arrested, or if you learn you are the target of a criminal investigation, you need expert legal representation immediately. The stakes are far too high to act without the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

People often make their cases far worse by acting without an expert criminal lawyer.  They say things they think will help, but find their statements being used against them. They contact a witness or person claiming to be a victim and find themselves being accused of tampering with a witness. Rather than asking for an attorney, they make a false or misleading statement out of fear and find themselves being charged with obstruction of justice. They panic and hide and find themselves being denied reasonable bail because they are considered a flight risk. They talk to family and friends only to have prosecutors subpoena these people to force them to testify about what was said.

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Divorce, Custody Battles and Child Support.

These can be some of the most emotionally devastating events in your life.  There is often a strong sense of betrayal. There is uncertainty. And, there is fear.

  1. Fear you will lose your children.
  2. Fear you will lose your money.
  3. Fear you won’t have enough to live on.

James Patton understands these fears and aggressively works with you to reach a fair result that minimizes your emotional and economic damage.

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It’s important to seek out an experienced Real Estate Attorney, who can help you, the prospective buyer or seller, with the process of buying and/or selling homes.  The real estate attorney looks out for a party’s interests, ensures title to the property is clear, and takes care of issues that may arise after the sale.

Sandra Woolcock concentrates her practice in trusts and estates, wealth transfer, estate planning, estate administration and probate, guardianship, special needs and dispute resolution arising from complex New Jersey Wills. She seeks to maximize the goals of estate owners including limiting tax liability, avoiding or minimizing probate court involvement, and in anticipating and planning for issues affecting estate transfer.

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An important part of estate planning is to provide instructions for your family as to what you want done in the event you are unable to make medical decisions on your behalf.

One of the greatest gifts an individual can give their family is to provide clear instructions as to your desires as to what to do if you are incapacitated.

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