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New Jersey Set to Become the Latest State Adopting Longer Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse

New Jersey is set to become the latest state to expand its statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse to seek justice against those who have harmed them.  The law will apply not only to abusers themselves, but to any persons or organizations that were negligent in allowing the abuse of a child to occur, such as a school, athletic league, or church.

The proposed law, which has been stalled in the New Jersey legislature for almost 20 years, will extend the time victims have to sue to age 55, or 7 years from the discovery of the connection between their psychological injuries and their abuse (known as “the discovery rule”).

Critically, the bill will also open a two-year window during which anyone can file suit for damages arising from sexual abuse, including anyone whose claims were previously barred by the statute of limitations.  This measure will allow many survivors of abuse access to the courts when it had previously been denied to them.

Recent studies show that the average survivor of sexual abuse reports his or her abuse as a child after the age of 50.  This law, like many others now being passed and considered nationally, recognizes that child sexual abuse is something that people are not typically ready to deal with until much later in life. In the case of many survivors, it will also shift the cost of treating the effects of sexual abuse from the State to those who are actually responsible for the abuse.

The law will affect hundreds, if not thousands, of children sexually abused by priests in the five New Jersey Catholic dioceses.  Recently, the New Jersey Catholic Conference announced voluntary settlement funds to resolve claims of child sexual abuse by clergy in an abbreviated process that does not allow for a discovery of information held in the secret files of New Jersey’s bishops.  However, under the new law, plaintiffs would be allowed access to that information and the public will finally know what Catholic leaders have done to enable the abuse of New Jersey’s children for decades (and what, if anything, they have done to prevent it).

It also abolishes the doctrine of charitable immunity in cases of child sexual abuse.  Previously, under New Jersey law, a non-profit organization could claim immunity for alleged negligence in the commission of crimes and against children.  It will also enact additional protections for victims who file lawsuits, including barring evidence of the victim’s sexual history.

The bill has passed both houses of the legislature and is expected to be signed by the governor when it hits his desk.

Fr. Patrick J. Weaver – Diocese of Camden

Father Patrick J. Weaver
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1963

Permanently suspended: 1994

Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Victories (Landisville, NJ)
  • St. John (Collingswood, NJ)
  • Corpus Christi (Carney’s Point, NJ)
  • St. John (Paulsboro, NJ)
  • St. Mary’s Parish (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • St. Joan of Arc (Camden, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J Weaver:

In a 1966 case, a young boy alleged that Father Patrick J Weaver abused him after he went to Weaver, then serving at St. John in Collingswood, for advice on becoming a priest, the suit says. The boy’s mother quickly complained but says she was threatened with ex-communication unless she kept quiet.

As a “spiritual advisor” to then-Bishop Guilfoyle, the Diocese of Camden did nothing to Weaver except promote and transfer him to another parish.

In 1985, another victim alleged that Father Weaver molested him at St. Joan of Arc rectory in Camden, forcing him to urinate as the priest held the boy’s penis. Weaver was never charged with that assault. Despite a state law requiring notification of police, law enforcement was never alerted.

That same year, Weaver quit the Diocese of Camden and was convicted for molesting his own nephew and another boy who attended St. Joan of Arc. For his crimes, Weaver served no time and was, instead, placed on probation.

In 2019, there was a lawsuit in which Weaver was accused of abusing a boy, ages 8-13, in 1974-1978.

Weaver’s name appears on the February 2019 Diocese of Camden list of credibly accused priests. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Weaver died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Alfred Vasapolli – Diocese of Camden

Father Alfred Vasapolli

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1973

Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Christ the King (Haddonfield, NJ)
  • St. Aloysius (Oaklyn, NJ)
  • Camden Catholic High School (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • St. Peter Celestine (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • St. Veronica (Delair, NJ)
  • Transfiguration (West Collingswood, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (South Camden, NJ)
  • Our Lady of the Lakes (Collings Lakes, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Vasapolli:

Father Alfred Vasapolli was recently included on the Diocese of Camden list of priests who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Vasapolli or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Vasapolli was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. He is believed to be residing in the Ewing, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 72 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William Titmas – Diocese of Camden

Father William Titmas

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1963

Permanently removed from ministry: 1994

Death: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Thomas (Brigantine, NJ)
  • St. Margaret (Woodbury Heights, NJ)
  • St. James (Ventnor, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (South Camden, NJ)
  • St. Stephen (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • St. Peter (Merchantville, NJ)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea (Cape May, NJ)
  • Assumption (Pomona, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Salem, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (Sea Isle, NJ)
  • Chaplain, West Jersey Hospital (Camden, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Titmas:

In a 1994 RICO lawsuit again the Diocese of Camden, a victim alleged that Father William Titmas abused and assaulted him for years beginning when the victim was 12 or 13 years old.

The victim claims that Titmas and two other priests, John P. Kelly and John P. Bernard, attacked him in parish rectories at St. Gregory’s in Magnolia, St. Peter’s in Merchantville, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May, New Jersey. He said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1977.

The victim shared in the settlement of the lawsuit with other victims.

Titmas’ name appears on the February 2019 Diocese of Camden list of credibly accused priests. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Titmas died in 2004.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Brendan V. Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Brendan V. Sullivan
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1960

Retired: 2004

Permanently removed from ministry: 2010

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1960: St. Theresa (Runnemede, NJ)
  • 1960-1961: Queen of the Apostles (Pennsville, NJ)
  • 1961: St. Maurice (Brooklawn, NJ)
  • 1963-1965: St. Joan of Arc (Camden, NJ)
  • 1963-1965: Camden Catholic High School (Camden, NJ)
  • 1965-1976: Blessed Sacrament (Margate, NJ)
  • 1964-1978: Holy Spirit High School (Absecon, NJ)
  • 1976-1978: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Absecon, NJ)
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Grace (Somerdale, NJ)
  • 1979-1982: Assumption (Atco, NJ)
  • 1982-1987: St. Patrick (Woodbury, NJ)
  • 1987-2004: St. James (Ventnor, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Brendan V Sullivan:

Father Brendan V Sullivan worked in over a dozen parishes in the Diocese of Camden from 1960-2004. In 2010, a man accused Fr. Sullivan of sexually abusing him in 1981, when he was just 14 years old. At that time, Sullivan was working at the Church of Assumption in Atco, NJ. Sullivan admitted to a reporter for The Press of Atlantic City that the incident occurred only happened once and that he knew the victim several years before it occurred. Although Sullivan retired in 2004, the diocese removed Sullivan from ministry in 2010, prohibiting him from serving as a priest. Sullivan died in 2011.

In 2019, a new law was passed in New Jersey extending the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse. The new law now allows victims of child sex abuse to sue over alleged offenses until they turn 55 or within seven years of their realization that the abuse caused them harm. It also allows victims previously barred from suing their abusers and institutions two years to go to court.

Within hours of this law passing, a former altar boy filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, accusing Fr. Sullivan of alleged sexual abuse that started in 1996 at the age of 7 and lasted until 2001. According to the suit, Sullivan was working at Saint James Parish in Ventnor City, NJ. He began grooming the victim by becoming his best friend, taking him out on his boat, and taking the altar boys swimming. Sullivan allegedly would also give the boys money and take them out to dinner.

The victim claims Sullivan began touching him inappropriately, including fondling, groping, touching his private areas, and removing the victim’s clothes and undergarments. He also claims Sullivan often exposed himself to the boy. 

“It was a friendship at first, you know. I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a friendship,” Hoffman said. “That’s not a healthy friendship. There isn’t a friendship between a 65- or-70-year-old priest and a 9-year-old boy. My parents were cool with it, my mom not so much. I think my dad kind of just said, ‘Well, he’s a priest. He’ll be fine.”

Sullivan’s name is listed on the February 2019 Diocese of Camden list of credibly accused priests. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Antoine St. Germain – Diocese of Camden

Father Antoine St. Germain

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1976

Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Carneys Point, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Grace (Somerdale, NJ)
  • St. Frances de Sales (Barrington, NJ)
  • St. Martin de Porres (Hammonton, NJ)
  • St. Joseph High School (Hammonton, NJ)
  • Incarnation (Mantua, NJ)
  • St. Augustine (Ocean City, NJ)
  • St. John (Paulsboro, NJ)
  • St. Stephen (Pennsauken, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Antoine St Germain:

Father Antoine St Germain was recently included on the Diocese of Camden list of priests who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against St. Germain or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

According to the Diocese of Camden, St. Germain is dead.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Walter Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father Walter Smith

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1968

Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Casimir (Woodbine, NJ)
  • Our Lady of the Angels (Cape May, NJ)
  • St. Luke (Stratford, NJ)
  • Immaculate Conception (Camden, NJ)
  • Immaculate Conception (Bridgeton, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Williamstown, NJ)
  • Most Holy Redeemer (Westville Grove, NJ)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Hammonton, NJ)
  • St. Ann (Wildwood, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Gloucester, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart (Vineland, NJ)
  • St. Michael (Gibbstown, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Woodbury, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Cooper University Hospital (Camden, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Newcomb Hospital (Vineland, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Underwood Memorial Hospital (Woodbury, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter Smith:

Father Walter Smith was recently included on the Diocese of Camden list of priests who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination,  the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Smith or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith is deceased, however, the exact date of his death is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John E. Smith – Diocese of Camden

Father John E. Smith

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1969

Removed from ministry: Unknown

Dead: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1975: St. Lawrence (Lindenwold, NJ)
  • 1976-1982: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Berlin, NJ)
  • 1983-1984: St. Michael (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 1985-1992: Incarnation (Mantua, NJ)
  • St. Bernadette (Northfield, NJ)
  • St. Cecilia (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • Holy Spirit High School (Absecon, NJ)
  • St. Nicholas Grammar School (Atlantic City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John E Smith:

Father John E Smith was recently included on a Diocese of Camden list of priests who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Smith or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Smith was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. It is noted that he’s deceased, yet, the year is unknown.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Donal Sheehan – Diocese of Camden

Father Donal Sheehan

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1960

Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart (Camden, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Williamstown, NJ)
  • St. Joseph High School (Hammonton, NJ)
  • St. Raymond (Villas, NJ)
  • Incarnation (Mantua, NJ)
  • Holy Spirit (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • Blessed Sacrament (Margate, NJ)
  • Our Lady of the Angels (Cape May Court House, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (Somers Point, NJ)
  • Post Chapel (Fort Jackson, SC)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Anniston, AL)
  • All Saints Church (Anniston, AL)
  • Our Lady of the Angels (Cape May Court House, NJ)
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • St. James (Ventnor, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Burdette Tomlin Hospital (Cape May, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Atlantic City Medical Center (Atlantic City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donal Sheehan:

Father Donal Sheehan was recently included on the Diocese of Camden list of priests who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Sheehan or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Sheehan was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. His current whereabouts were not disclosed by the Diocese of Camden. He is approximately 83 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph E. Shannon – Diocese of Camden

Father Joseph E. Shannon

Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1961

Removed from ministry: 1990

Death: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Assumption (Wildwood Crest, NJ)
  • St. Bridget (Glassboro, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart (Camden, NJ)
  • St. Mary (Williamstown, NJ)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Camden, NJ)
  • St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral (Camden, NJ)
  • St. John (Collingswood, NJ)
  • St. Joan of Arc (Camden, NJ)
  • St. Michael (Cedarville, NJ)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul (Turnersville, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Woodbury, NJ)
  • Chaplain, Underwood Memorial Hospital (Woodbury, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph E Shannon:

Father Joseph E Shannon has been accused of child sexual abuse by four separate victims on four separate occasions. Each victim has filed suits against Shannon and the Diocese of Camden.

The first victim said Shannon first attacked him when he was 12, awakening him in the bedroom of his Blackwood home and performing oral sex on him. The victim said he and Shannon continued to have sexual contact for 15 years. Shannon acknowledged under oath that he had sex with him, but claimed the victim had initiated it when he was 18 years of age. The first victim later sued the diocese and received a $100,000 settlement.

In another suit, a second victim testified that Shannon sodomized him at his family’s vacation home in Brigantine, New Jersey in the late 1960s when he was 12 or 13 years old.

A third accuser said Shannon plied him with alcohol and assaulted him when he was 12 years old in the rectory of St. Joseph’s in Camden, New Jersey in 1971. The second and third victims shared in the large 2003 settlement with the Diocese of Camden.

In 2012, a fourth victim came forward and filed a lawsuit alleging Shannon molested him when he was a child. The victim said he was assaulted as a first-grader at St. Anthony of Padua’s parish school. He claimed to recall the abuse in February 2010 after seeing someone who reminded him of Shannon.

The suit was settled, but the terms were not released to the public.

Two of the victims were brothers and as of 2020, there is a case pending alleging that their sister was raped by Shannon when she was 13 years old.

Shannon’s name appears on the February 2019 Diocese of Camden list of credibly accused priests. According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

In 2013, Shannon died at Vianney Retreat House.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.