Ideally, you should always be able to trust a guardian to look after their ward and always put their best interests first. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and you may need to challenge a guardianship for the good of the ward’s well-being. Here are five things you should know if you are thinking about challenging a guardianship:
An often underestimated, but potentially dangerous, threat to any business is the risk of a conflict of interest among its executives or directors. If left unaddressed, a conflict of interest can result in a conflicted director or executive reaping potentially substantial profits at the expense of the business as a whole. But what exactly is a conflict of interest, and how do you avoid the potential problems that can be caused by a conflict of interest?
No matter how healthy you are, there is always the risk that you will become incapacitated and unable to make healthcare decisions on your own. However, this is especially a concern for the elderly, and those with long-term health problems that may worsen at any time. That is why, if you are putting an estate plan together, you should seriously consider creating a healthcare proxy so that your wishes are honored if these situations arise.
For many business owners, the concerns about how to handle day-to-day business are more than enough trouble. However, with business dealings come plenty of potential legal issues, especially when it comes to business contracts. If you do not have a lawyer review or draft your contracts before you sign them, it could cost you a lot of time, stress, and money. Here are just a few reasons why you should make sure a lawyer has gone over your business contracts:
While not strictly a legal term of art, a business needing to be broken up due to its owners no longer being able, or willing, to do business with one another may lead to a “business divorce”. The process of a business divorce can be nearly as complex and stressful as a personal divorce depending on the issues involved. But why would someone ever need to get a business divorce?
When you hear the phrase “estate planning” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a Last Will and Testament. But estate planning is broader than that and includes other important documents such as a power of attorney and an advance directive, also known as a health care proxy. These are essential tools in any estate plan, because while a Will dictates what happens to your assets after you pass, a properly written power of attorney and advance directive ensures you are taken care of during life when you cannot care or make decisions for yourself. Without them, you could be facing substantial difficulties later in life that you might otherwise be able to avoid. Here are five things that everyone should know about powers of attorney and advance directives when making their estate plans:
The process of closing a real estate transaction may seem, in theory, be a simple formality. However, even after potentially lengthy negotiation and working through issues between the buyer and seller, there may still arise something that can cause problems at the very last moment. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to have a lawyer present when you are closing on a property:
Estate planning is an essential part of helping people to deal with troubles that are likely to arise later in their lives, as well as issues that may come up after they pass away. However, not everyone understands estate planning, and some people have a serious lack of understanding about what the process of planning your estate entails. Here are five of the most common misconceptions people have about estate planning:
For many people, estate planning begins and ends with their last will and testament, with perhaps some advance directives to avoid problems if they become incapacitated. However, there are some less well known estate planning issues that you should consider, especially if you own a variety of different types of assets. Here are five estate planning issues you may not have considered, but which may have an impact on you or your loved ones: Continue reading “Five Unconventional Estate Planning Issues”
The Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of New Jersey has issued a new directive that will introduce more stringent requirements for certain people seeking to become guardian of another person. These requirements will include a more thorough background check, which is meant to help determine if a guardian is suitable for the responsibility they would be given. Anyone who wants to apply for a guardianship in New Jersey should be aware of these new requirements, and be ready for the additional burdens they will impose. Continue reading “New Jersey Implements New Background Screening for Guardians”