7 01, 2018

Estate Planning for Mixed Families

2018-02-02T22:10:31-05:00January 7th, 2018|

Estate planning for mixed families is a bit more complicated, and requires specific consideration of the treatment of stepchildren and the path assets will follow after the death of one spouse. When one or both spouses has children with someone [...]

2 01, 2018

How Do I Change a Will in New Jersey?

2018-02-02T22:10:32-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

Creating a will is an important step in estate planning, but circumstances change. It is important to review your will and other estate planning documents periodically, and to assess whether or not they are still appropriate when certain events occur. [...]

9 12, 2017

What is a Pour Over Will?

2018-02-02T22:10:32-05:00December 9th, 2017|

When you start thinking about protecting your loved ones with an estate plan, the terminology you encounter may be confusing. Maybe you’re thinking about creating a will, but then you see mention of self-proving wills (which are just ordinary wills [...]

27 11, 2017

What is a Self-Proving Will?

2021-11-01T17:00:18-04:00November 27th, 2017|

The phrase “self-proving” will suggests that no further evidence of the document’s validity is necessary. While that’s true in a sense, a self-proving will is subject to the same witness requirements as any other written will. New Jersey requires two [...]

19 11, 2017

Identity Theft Can Reach Beyond the Grave

2018-02-02T22:10:32-05:00November 19th, 2017|

When you lose a loved one, identity theft is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Clearly, it’s not an issue that you want to or should have to concern yourself with when a family member dies. Unfortunately, identity theft [...]

2 11, 2017

What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

2018-02-02T22:10:32-05:00November 2nd, 2017|

Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues demanding attention. It can be difficult enough for [...]

2 11, 2017

Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00November 2nd, 2017|

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay your debts. While generally heirs cannot inherit debt, debt can [...]

31 10, 2017

The Elective Share and Other Rights of a Surviving Spouse

2021-11-01T16:59:17-04:00October 31st, 2017|

Most people know what when a married person dies without a will, the surviving spouse is entitled to a significant share of the deceased’s estate. Depending on the family structure and other natural heirs, the surviving spouse may inherit the [...]

23 10, 2017

At What Point Do I Need a Will?

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

If you’re over the age of 18 and are thinking about the right time to create a will, chances are good that the answer is “now,” or even “you should have taken care of that a while ago.” Of course, [...]

20 10, 2017

What to Expect from the New Jersey Probate Process

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Most people know that when a person passes property through a will or dies without having made provisions for distribution of the property he leaves behind, the estate must pass through probate. However, many don’t understand exactly what probate is, [...]