Bergen County Lawyers & Bergen County Legal Services


Richard D Kelly understands that the law affects people in many different ways.  He has the  experience in both counsel and representation of thousands of clients over the past 35+ years, in Hackensack, Dumont, Oradell and the entire Bergen County area.  Here are only a few of the services that you can rely on the Law Office of Richard D Kelly to perform to your entire satisfaction:

  • Bergen County Legal Services:Real Estate: Mortgage Financing
  • Richard D Kelly specializes in real estate transactions involving the sale and purchase of properties.  His service is personal in nature and tailored to meet the specific needs of each and every client.  His representation is totally independent of the Real Estate Agent, the Lender and the Title Insurer.  He believes that the purchase or sale of property is a transaction of such magnitude that the client needs personal representation from an experienced attorney, who does not answer to anyone but the client.  Richard D Kelly is an Attorney based in Oradell who knows the northern New Jersey area. , having represented clients throughout most all of the Bergen County Municipalities.


  • Bergen County Legal Services: Civil Litigation
  • Cases falling under the civil litigation area of the law are usually concerning matters such as breach of contract, debt collection, malpractice or injury.

    Although he does not actively handle any litigation work at this time, Richard D Kelly has over 25 years of trial court experience.  That experience and the knowledge of how a controversy can proceed to trial is an invaluable aid used in the counseling of clients.  Trial experience aids an Attorney in the counsel he gives because one of the Attorney’s many responsibilities is to keep a client out of court.


  • Bergen County Legal Services:Municipal Law: Zoning and Planning
  • Richard D Kelly has a considerable amount of experience in the representation of Municipal Governing Bodies (Mayor & Council), local Zoning Boards, Planning Boards and individual clients appearing before such Boards and Bodies. He has drafted Zoning Ordinances, Land Use Procedures Ordinances, Site Plan and Subdivision Ordinances in his role as Counsel to the Boroughs of Dumont and Northvale in Bergen County.

  • Bergen County Legal Services:Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Richard D Kelly represents all clients in matters relative to the creation and maintenance of Businesses, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, Corporations and Sole Proprietorships. This involves the formation of new entities, registering of same, filing of Trading As Names, as well as Agreements between Shareholders and Partners.

  • Bergen County Legal Services:Wills: Powers of Attorney: Personal Documents
  • Richard D Kelly tailors specific Wills and Trusts to meet a client's given situation and needs. He also drafts and counsels clients on a myriad of personally drafted documents such as Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Declarations and Trusts.

  • Bergen County Legal Services:Landlord/Tenant Relations: Agreements: Leases
  • Richard D Kelly has counselled many clients in the Oradell area as well as most of Bergen County including the Boroughs of Dumont, Emerson & Westwood in their landlord/tenant relations. Such counsel has also included the review of and preparation of Residential Leases and/or complex commercial leases.

These are only a few of the many services that the Law Office of Richard D Kelly offers. For more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Richard D Kelly call our Oradell area office today.

Bergen County Legal Services

Execute a Will

Preparation of a Will is not confined to the elderly. Every adult should have an estate plan specifying what should happen to your property when you pass away. While most people prefer not to think too far ahead, death is a reality that is, for most of us, unplanned. It is much better to draw up your own Last Will & Testament than to rely on what the law has in store for everyone who did not take the time to do so. If you have a spouse and/or children, it is especially important for you to have a Will to ensure they are properly taken care of once you have moved on. Consider who will be the Guardian of your minor children as well as who will protect your financial estate for your children until they are of an age you specify. 

Execute a Power of Attorney
Much like a Will, the preparation and execution of a General Power of Attorney and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is not confined to the elderly. Documents of this type are drafted specifically to meet your needs. It should never be from a Form purchased at a store or online. It is best if it is tailored to your specific needs. The Last Will & Testament provides for your desires to be carried out after your death. The Power of Attorney applies to that time of your life before death, but when you are not able to act on your own
Execute a Durable Power of Attorney: Health Care Declaration: Living Will
The need for appointing an Agent to take charge of your care when you are unable to act is not confined to the elderly. Current privacy laws may sometimes prevent, even a loved one, from effectively advocating on your behalf with medical personnel or a medical institution. While there are Forms available at a store or online, it is in everyone's interest to take charge of their own lives and have the proper paperwork specially tailored their specific needs. Don't put it off until it's too late.

The Last Will & Testament provides for your desires to be carried out after your death. The Power of Attorney covers your property and applies to that time of your life before death, but when you are not able to act on your own. The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care provides for all health care decisions to be made on your behalf, only while you are unable to communicate your wishes.
Be open and honest

As your attorney I can only help you insofar as you help me to understand your case. Keeping details or information from me not only makes my job that much difficult, it is in every case a detriment to your rights allowed to you by law.   I represent your interests and your interests only.  This is especially true in a real estate transaction, where your Real Estate Agent and/or your Lender only get paid if you close title.  Sometimes, it may not be in your interests to close a particular title.  I am here to represent you and you therefore need to have enough trust in me to divulge everything pertaining to your situation. Remember that my only concern is to ensure you come out of the situation with the best results possible, and as such you should answer honestly and not feel defensive when being questioned.

Ask questions and get answers

 I expect you to have many questions about your matter. Any Attorney who cannot or will not take the time to answer your questions clearly and openly should not be considered.

Tips

Home Buyers:

Buying a home is typically the most important and expensive transaction in which a client will become involved at a given time of their life.  It is a process that can be fraught with potential hazards and conflicts.  The Real Estate Agents, who help to bring about the signing of the Contract, are experts in the marketing and pricing of a given home in a given area.  They are not, however, trained or experienced in the practice of law.  They have assisted you in the selection and pricing of your new home.  At this point your independent attorney represents your personal interests from Contract through closing of title.  The Real Estate Agent works on a commission basis, which is paid by the Seller.  The Real Estate Agent only receives his or her compensation when and if the title closes.  Don't wait until a Contract has been signed to begin searching for an Attorney.  Don't wait for a Real Estate Agent's referral.  Choose the Attorney to represent you independently of the Realtor, Lender or Title Company. 

Prospective Buyers of a home are encouraged to call for a no cost consultation to better understand the Contract process, the Attorney Review Contingency as well as the rights they may have in their upcoming Contract.  Richard D Kelly will personally meet with you to discuss all aspects of your transaction. You need an independent attorney, with expertise in the area to work on your side and be beholden to no one else in the transaction.  In essence, you need  someone to represent your needs apart from the needs of the Real Estate Agents, Lenders or Title Companies.

Home Sellers

Prospective Sellers are encouraged to call for a no cost consultation to understand your rights and responsibilities in the home sale process.  This is best accomplished before a successful bid on your home is considered, and in many occasions, before listing your home with a Real Estate Agent. Allow me to be your independent voice to assure a smooth sale of your home as well as a smooth transition to your new locale.