John E. Lanza has been associated with Lanza & Lanza LLP since its inception and has been a practicing attorney since 2001. He maintains an active probate practice including probate litigation (will contests, guardianships, fiduciary accounting challenges), estate and trust administration and estate planning (drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills).
He has been appointed by the Hunterdon County Surrogate to represent elderly clients in guardianship proceedings and to administer testamentary trusts for minors. In 2010, he lectured before the organization Volunteer Guardianship One-on-One on the topic of avoiding court challenges to guardianships.
Along with his probate work, Mr. Lanza also maintains real estate, commercial litigation, land use, appellate and municipal court practices. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Lanza is an alternate municipal prosecutor in the Borough of South Plainfield, Township of Piscataway and City of South Amboy.
Mr. Lanza earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Boston College in 1998 and graduated cum laude from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001.
Areas Of Practice
- Probate Practice - represented estate fiduciaries, incapacitated persons and Guardianship applicants, litigated will contests, administered decedents' estates and performed estate planning
- Civil Litigation - represented individual, corporate and municipal clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in land use matters and contract disputes in both State and Federal Court
- Appellate Practice - drafted briefs and argued before the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey regarding commercial, criminal, family and probate matters.
- New Jersey, 2001
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2012
- Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
- J.D. - 06/2001
- Honors: cum laude
- Boston College, College of Arts & Sciences, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
- B.A. - 1998
- Major: Political Science
- Contributor: "What Lawyers Need to Know About Accepting Cash From Clients", Michael B. Himmell,, 162 N.J.L.J. 156, 2000
- Contributor: "Bankruptcy Practice for the Next Millennium", Patricia Gardner , 159 N.J.L.J. 469, 2000
- Pacifico v. Pacifico, 190 N.J. 258, 2007
- O'Rourke v. City of Lambertville, 405 N.J. Super. 8, 2008, App. Div.
- Marcinczyk v. State of NJ Police Training Comm'n., 406 NJ Super 608, 2009, App. Div.
Professional Associations And Memberships
- District XIII Ethics Committee, 2009-2013; Vice-Chairman 2011-2012; Chairman 2012-2013
- Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Current Term: 2014 - 2016
Past Employment Positions
- South Plainfield, Piscataway and South Amboy, NJ, Assistant Municipal Prosecutor, 2003 - present
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel LLP, Woodbridge, NJ, Associate, Litigation Department, 2001 - 2003; Summer Associate/Law Clerk, Litigation Department, 2000 - 2001