Avoid a Guardianship Proceeding With Advanced Directives

guardianship lawyer New JerseyGuardianship Proceedings In New Jersey

New Jersey offers multiple forms of guardianship for adults that have limited or total incapacity, most commonly:

  • New Jersey Statutes §3B:12-24.1(a); and
  • New Jersey Statutes §3B:12-24.1(b).

While both of these involve petitioning a court to appoint a guardian to care for the person and/or property of another, there are some differences in the scope of the guardian’s duties and responsibilities. Continue reading Avoid a Guardianship Proceeding With Advanced Directives

A Last Will and Testament is Important

estate plan lawyer Wayne New JerseyA Last Will and Testament is a document that memorializes the wishes of the testator. When a person dies without a Will, his or her assets are distributed in accordance with the state laws of intestacy. When this occurs, assets are distributed in a specific order to the decedent’s next of kin, which may not be in accordance with their wishes. Also, a Will may set forth a decedent’s wishes for his or her funeral. Without a Will, a decedent’s wishes for their burial or cremation may not be carried out properly. For these reasons, it is important to execute a valid Will. Continue reading A Last Will and Testament is Important

Summer Is Approaching, so Be Sure to Have Your Advanced Directives in Place

estate plan lawyer Passaic CountyAdvanced directives are documents that enable you to choose a designated individual to make certain important decisions in the event you become incapacitated. Advanced directives include:

Health Care Proxy

A health care proxy designates an agent to make medical decisions in the event a person becomes incapacitated.
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Spring Is Here So Update Your Estate Plan to Reflect Life Changes

estate plan lawyer New JerseyWhether you are looking to create an estate plan for the first time or want to update an existing plan, Spring is an ideal time to meet with an estate planning lawyer to address your current legal needs and protect your legacy for the future. In this article, we have listed a few important areas of your estate plan to review and update as necessary this Spring. Continue reading Spring Is Here So Update Your Estate Plan to Reflect Life Changes

New Jersey’s Proposed Gestational Carrier Agreement Act May Become Law

The topic of parental rights has become more difficult to understand in recent years, as technology and science has developed to bring children into the world in unconventional ways. One of these is by way of gestational carrier, otherwise known as a surrogate. In the 1980s, New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that a surrogate has the right to keep the child if she chooses to. At that time, the surrogate was usually the biological mother of the child who donated her egg and agreed to simply carry the child and surrender her rights to the adoptive parent/mother and biological father. Today, though, it is possible for a woman to carry a fetus that she has no biological connection to. This has created an issue in surrogate situations today in that the law has yet to catch up to reproductive science.
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Planning Your Own Funeral May Mitigate the Risk of Disputes Between Grieving Family Members

An authorization for final disposition allows someone to designate an agent to make arrangements for their funeral, as well as take control of his or her body upon death. An authorization for final disposition can set forth instructions for the following:

  • Burial;
  • Viewing;
  • Headstone;
  • Attire;
  • Flowers; and
  • Cost, among other arrangements.

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Even Single People Need an Estate Plan

estate planning lawyer in Wayne, New JerseyA person that dies without a Last Will and Testament is known to have died intestate. Dying intestate or without a Will can result in unintended consequences as well as chaos because the decedent’s property and possessions will then be distributed to their heirs in accordance with the laws of the state. When this happens, a decedent’s intended wishes for the distribution of their assets and possessions will not always be carried out. Continue reading Even Single People Need an Estate Plan

Disclaiming an Inheritance May Have Benefits

Passaic County Inheritance LawyerCreating a comprehensive estate plan is an important part of planning for your future and the future needs of your loved ones. In addition to establishing a comprehensive estate plan, it is important to discuss this inheritance plan with your beneficiaries so that he or she may prepare for their designated role. Continue reading Disclaiming an Inheritance May Have Benefits

Create an Estate Plan to Ensure Your Property Is Distributed as You Wish

Wayne New Jersey estate planning lawyerOftentimes, when a family member or loved one dies without a Last Will and Testament, it results in unintended consequences as well as excessive expense. When a person dies intestate or without a Will, his or her property and possessions will be distributed to their heirs in accordance with the law of the state. When this happens, a decedent’s intended wishes for the distribution of their assets and possessions will not likely be carried out. To ensure that person’s wishes are carried out upon their death a comprehensive estate plan must be created. Continue reading Create an Estate Plan to Ensure Your Property Is Distributed as You Wish

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