Free Consultation: (844) 533-3367Tap to Call This Lawyer
Derek John Soltis

Derek John Soltis

Law Offices of Patel and Soltis
  • Employment Law, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense...
  • New York
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media

Derek J. Soltis, Esq. is graduate of Rutgers School of Law Newark and an admitted attorney in the State of New York. Mr. Soltis also has an MBA in Management Systems with an International Business Designation from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a Master of Science in Information and Communication Systems where he specialized in System Dynamics. While at Fordham Mr. Soltis graduated in the top 10% of class and was enrolled in Phi Kappa Phi the Collegiate Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma the Business Honors Society. Mr. Soltis's undergraduate degree is a BBA from the University of Houston - Downtown, in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Soltis has spent several years in the eDisocery industry working on the technical and project management side of many cases for Fortune 100 clients and top 100 law firms. He has also managed business units for multiple Fortune 500 companies with responsibility for sales in excess of $18 million wile managing a budget of over $1.5 million. Mr. Soltis is deeply involved in volunteer work. He has volunteered for many organizations, including: Bowery Mission, American Red MIssion, American Red Cross, Essex County Law Day, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project in Newark. He has also worked as a Street Law teacher in Newark while in Law School where he taught at the Essex County Juvenile detention center and the Alma E. Flag Middle school.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Immigration Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of Patel and Soltis
- Current
Partner in firm.
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
J.D. (2012) | Law
Placeholder image for education.
Fordham University
MBA (2006) | Management Sytems
Fordham University Logo
Fordham University
M.S. (2006) | Information and Communication Systems
Fordham University Logo
University of Houston - Downtown
B.B.A. (2003) | Computer Systems
Placeholder image for education.
Professional Associations
State Bar of New York
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Relativity Certified Administrator
Websites & Blogs
New Jersey Foreclosure Defense Attorneys
Legal Answers
183 Questions Answered

Q. My mother, brother and I are forcefully getting evicted, without any eviction notice from the actual landlord.
A: I sounds like your rights are being violated. If it is an illegal apartment, you may be able to get 6 months of rent to move. You need to talk with a land lord tenant attorney that handles tenant side matters to go over all of the facts of the situation and your options. Courts are only hearing emergency matters, and this may fall in that category.
Q. My grandmother co-signed a house in NJ now it's in foreclosure. She is 84 lives in FL only social security. Advise?
A: If the house is foreclosed, most of the time the bank takes the home. If it sells for less than it is worth, they may send a 1099-c form forgiving the debt which becomes taxable income unless the person fills out the right form on his or her taxes. Its rare that a bank sues for the delinquent funds. Your grandmother has multiple options at this point as does the person in NJ. The main thing is both should be talking to a foreclosure defense attorney that understands NJ foreclosures to go over the options.
Q. Can i file for bankruptcy without losing my apartment or my ability to renew?
A: You have a very complicated question. Talk to an attorney for free. You have lots of wiggle room based on what you wrote.
Q. At which point does an executor take their payment(s)? At the beginning, during or end?
A: The fee should not be taken until the estate is settled. The house sounds like it is going to need to be sold to make the estate whole. The estate tax is based on who takes what and the relationship to the deceased. You are better off talking to a probate attorney to get direct answers to your questions. You should be able to get a free consult from most attorneys.
Q. If I signed a contract from a school district to coach baseball and district closes b/c corona virus should I get paid
A: You should read the contract. If it was well written there would be a force de majure clause. The clause let's parties out of the contract for events beyond their control. The clause may not be in there, and there maybe clauses in your favor, but without reading the contract no real opinion of value can be offered.
Q. Do I have to pay late fees to landlord if it’s not listed on the lease agreement as “additional rent” ?
A: If you cannot make an arrangement with your landlord prior to the court date, make sure to point that out to the mediator and judge. You should be able to avoid paying it as it is not listed as additional rent. Make sure to check all paragraphs on your lease.
Q. Can contacting a lawyer to file bankruptcy stop an eviction if your landlord filed for non payment of rent?
A: Filing the bankruptcy slows down the eviction process. If the landlord knows what they are doing, they can get the automatic stay lifted. If you are behind on your rent, you qualify for a grant to get you current. You can look to the United Way or Salvation Army for help.
Q. Does a landlord have to give a notice to cease if he/she claims that tenant is habitually late with rent?
A: Yes. They are supposed to. About the only thing that doesn't need notice is non payment of rent.
Q. Father lives in NJ has a condo in PR owned free and clear he has a will and has disinherited (1) child from real estates
A: You need to have an attorney admitted in PR review the will. They are the only people that can tell you whether the will is going to do what you want it to. Just because you say the will is set to do something, doesn't mean the will legally will stand up. My firm deals with wills all the time written by attorneys that did not practice probate law that were screwed up in fundamental ways.
Click here to see all answers
Contact & Map
Across from Court House
574 Newark Ave
Suite 307
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Toll-Free: (844) 533-3367
Telephone: (844) 533-3367
Cell: (917) 687-4219
Fax: (866) 212-4111
New York City
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 704
New york, NY 10001
Toll-Free: (844) 533-3367
Cell: (917) 687-4219
Fax: (866) 212-4111
121 Newark Ave
Suite 554
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Telephone: (844) 533-3367