Why I became a Real Estate and Probate Attorney focusing on Protecting People’s Future Today:

Since founding the firm, I’ve had the pleasure of working with countless families. I take my job as a counselor very serious and take great pride in assisting the families that walk through our doors. Every day, I strive to become a better practitioner and to offer more options and better advice to my clients, and this makes me very happy and it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I’ve also had the good fortune of partnering with three great individuals who truly compliment me and all of whom have similar ethical and moral character. They are equally passionate about their own areas of practice and in the end, this is truly what benefits our clients the most. Often our clients’ issues touch on two or more of our practice areas and have the solution in-house without having to involve other firms are of great benefit to our clients. One of the most rewarding moments is seeing the positive impact I have on entire families, and how the result of my work leads to a better life for many.

I can’t say that I always knew I would be a lawyer, in fact, my path to law school didn’t start until much later in life. I went to college and law school in my late 30s and early 40s. You see, I didn’t have law school in my cards, I am the son of a farmer and a homemaker, and becoming a lawyer was not something that seemed possible. When I returned to college in 2002 my intention was to get a college degree and become an executive at a fortune-100 company. (Your typical ‘climbing the corporate ladder dream). I had been in the corporate world for over a decade at that point, and this seemed to be what everyone else around me was doing.

However, soon after I completed my undergraduate degree I decided to continue with my education and realized that a law degree was what I wanted to pursue. It was thanks to the support I received from my family and some of my friends who pushed me to take a hard look at law school. In hindsight, this was one of the best decisions of my life and it allowed me to exit the corporate hamster wheel and pursue my true passion.

During my time in college, I also started to get involved with social justice issues. I joined an advocacy organization called the Latino Coalition of New Jersey, of which I am still a member, and worked on issues relating to immigration and civil rights. My work for this organization was an eye-opener and, in some ways, it was probably the catalyst that propelled me to attend law school. During my initial work in advocacy, I realized that people in power often misuse their position to manipulate the voiceless and powerless to their advantage. Trying to give those people a voice and advocating for them is the reason I enjoy being an attorney.

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  • JDRutgers School Law, Newark NJ
  • BA, Political Science, Rutgers, University College
  • AA, Business Administration, Brookdale Community College

Bar Admission & Licenses

  • Admitted to the New Jersey State Bar
  • Federal District of New Jersey

Lazaro Cardenas, Esq.



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