Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and the Need for Advanced Directives to be in Place

Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects cognitive functions, including memory, thinking, and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease and, by 2050, that number will increase to nearly fourteen million. The association claims that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in […]

Estate Closure Should be Completed by an Experienced Lawyer

In accordance with the law, an estate is responsible for paying the following with the assets from an estate:

Expenses for the decedent’s funeral; Administration expenses, which includes legal fees, probate fees, and appraisals among others; Money owed to the government such as estate and income taxes; and Real property taxes that were accrued prior […]

Pre-Plan and Pre-Pay Today!

While it may be emotional and difficult to think about, pre-planning and pre-paying for a funeral will ensure that your wishes are carried out properly. In addition, establishing an irrevocable pre-paid funeral trust can also assist with spending down assets in order to become eligible for Chronic Care Medicaid. An irrevocable pre-paid funeral trust cannot […]

End-of-Life Conversations Can Be Difficult but Necessary

For many elderly people, discussing and planning for end-of-life situations may be very difficult. However, if you are a child of a parent that has not yet discussed his or her wishes for end-of-life care, you may be able to ease them into the process. Here are some tips to remember:

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New Jersey Court Rejects “Equitable Adoption” Argument in Inheritance Case

On November 7, 2018, the Appellate Division of New Jersey’s Superior Court ruled in favor of a descendant’s only child and against the descendant’s siblings in an inheritance matter. The descendant’s siblings sought to disinherit the child using an “equitable adoption theory.” The court’s decision affirmed the primacy of statutory law over judicial fiat in […]

What Is A Trust Identification Number?

A trust identification number (TIN) is a tax identifier that is either:

The grantor’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); or The grantor’s Social Security Number (SSN), which is issued at birth. […]

What is POLST?

On December 21, 2011, the state of New Jersey, under the authority of then-governor Chris Christie, created the standardized Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. The state of New Jersey recognized the importance of advanced directives (living wills, in particular) and decided to create a statewide form for individuals to set limitations on life-sustaining […]

Are You a Millennial? An Estate Plan May Be Right for You

A growing number of millennials are beginning to have children. Yet, the vast majority of this generation does not have advanced directives or a Last Will and Testament in place. Designating a person to make medical and financial decisions on their behalf, and on their child’s behalf, is extremely important in the event he or […]

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