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What is POLST?

estate planning lawyer Wayne New JerseyOn 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 treatment in case of incapacitation. Continue reading “What is POLST?”

Nursing Home Financial Abuse

nursing home abuse lawyers New JerseyElder abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. In long-term care facilities across the U.S., elders are facing financial abuse in alarming numbers. Nursing home financial abuse is a growing issue in today’s society and is likely to increase as the elderly population continues to grow. As many as one in nine individuals over the age of 60 years old have reported being financially exploited within the last year, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association. Elder financial abuse can cause serious harm to the senior and may result in depression, financial destitution, inability to support long-term care needs, among other effects. Continue reading “Nursing Home Financial Abuse”

Filing for Bankruptcy in New Jersey

bankruptcy lawyer New JerseyUnfortunately, many individuals across the United States and in the state of New Jersey face extremely difficult financial conditions which significantly affect their way of life. For some, filing for bankruptcy may be the best (or only) option to relieve themselves of their financial burdens. Federal bankruptcy laws allow individuals who qualify to have a fresh start. Continue reading “Filing for Bankruptcy in New Jersey”

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

estate planning for millennialsA 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 she becomes incapacitated or dies. Advanced directives include the following:

  • Health Care Proxy;
  • Living Will;
  • HIPPA Release Form; and
  • Power of Attorney.

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Guardianship Proceedings In New Jersey

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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 “Guardianship Proceedings In New Jersey”

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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