19 Engle Street, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Phone: 201-568-2200       Fax: 201-568-9570

Email: lawfirm@jacobsandbell.com

The Firm

Jacobs and Bell is a general practice law firm serving a variety of clients: individuals, large and small businesses, developers, lending institutions and municipal agencies. Most of our clients have been with us for many years, knowing that they can turn to us for both business and personal legal matters. We have represented two and three generations of many families. Our long term relationships are built on the service we provide and the results we achieve.

We maintain total commitment to every client. Clients are given uninterrupted attention when they visit. Phone calls are returned promptly and client deadlines are met on time. Clients are always kept apprised of the progress of their matters, receiving copies of all correspondence and documents.

Our peers have ranked us at the highest level of professional excellence, resulting in the top rating (AV-Preeminent) in the Martindale-Hubbell national directory of attorneys.


Areas of Practice

Clients regularly consult with us on a variety of situations. While we perform most of our work in the below listed categories, our practice is not confined to these areas; we are engaged in the general practice of law. 

Business and Corporate law

We represent companies in the various legal issues that arise during everyday business transactions, including contracts and disputes with suppliers, customers or employees. We handle all phases of the formation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. These services include such matters as buy-sell agreements, the purchase or sale of a corporation or business, partnership and stockholder agreements and other business documents.


Real estate

We assist in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of residential and commercial property for individuals, investors and developers. We prepare and secure registration of documents for the establishment of condominiums and homeownersí associations. We represent condominium associations and owners groups.


Wills and estates

From simple to more complex plans, we assist clients in drafting wills and trusts, advise them on the state and federal tax benefits of estate planning, handle the administration of estates and litigation in contested will and estate matters. In addition, we will act as executor of an estate or trustee of living or testamentary trusts.


Land use planning

Our firm represents individuals and developers in their applications for variances, subdivisions and site plans, from initial conceptual planning through public hearings and development. We also represent municipal land use agencies, such as Planning Boards.

Banking and mortgage financing

We represent various institutional and corporate lenders in all aspects of commercial and real estate financing transactions.



We are experienced litigators at the trial and appellate levels, primarily in matters involving commerical disputes, real estate, construction and estates.


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The partners

Raphael G. Jacobs was raised in Bergen County and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. 

He concentrates predominantly in the fields of wills and estate planning, real estate, land use, corporate, business transactions, and commercial litigation.  In addition to private clients, Mr. Jacobs has represented various municipal agencies as general or special counsel.

Over the years, Mr. Jacobs has served on bar association committees, worked with many civic organizations and has been involved with several business ventures. He has been Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee for Bergen County.

Direct email: rjacobs@jacobsandbell.com

Allen M. Bell is a resident of Tenafly, New Jersey. He received his Juris Doctor from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1971. 

Mr. Bell handles a wide variety of matters with an emphasis on real estate, commercial leasing, landlord/tenant disputes, zoning and planning, municipal law, banking, environmental and corporate matters.

Mr. Bell has held many state and county Bar Association posts over the years, including President of the Bergen County Bar Association,  the Association of County Bar Presidents, and the Bergen County Bar Foundation, and Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee for Bergen County and has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Special Master in complex ethics hearings.

Mr. Bell is the attorney for the Borough of Old Tappan and the Oradell Planning Board, and Municipal Judge of the Boroughs of Tenafly and Cresskill.

Direct email: abell@jacobsandbell.com