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Transitioning A Parent to A Nursing Home

Transitioning A Parent to A Nursing Home As a caregiver, you may realize at some point that your loved one can no longer receive sufficient care at home. Transitioning a loved one to a nursing home can be stressful, exhausting, and emotionally challenging. It may cause your loved one to feel angry or resentful toward […]

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What is a living trust?

What is a living trust?   We have previously covered the basics of what a trust is.  There are many different types of trusts to be learned.  Let’s discuss  “Inter Vivos”, or Living trusts.  A living trust spells out what is to be done with your assets, dependents, and your heirs.  It is created by […]

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Avoiding Family Disputes

Family Disputes With or Without a Will   While it is important to ensure your loved ones are taken care of after you pass, it is also important to understand the conflicts families may endure over your estate after you pass.  Disputes can arise, whether you have a Will or not, due to conflicting feelings, […]

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How to prevent medical errors when advocating for a loved one

How to prevent medical errors when advocating for a loved one   We all know errors can occur anywhere in the healthcare system, whether it’s in a hospital, nursing home, or even at home, and of course, we want to prevent them from happening to our loved ones.  How can we be sure to prevent […]

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Grounds for challenging a Will: Undue influence

Grounds for challenging a Will: Undue influence   If someone takes advantage of a person’s reduced mental and/or physical state because of their proximity to the person, and influences a situation by exploiting fear or dependency, they aren’t just doing something improper. They may also be committing grounds for invalidating a Will. If someone signing […]

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Grounds for challenging a Will: Invalid Will

Grounds for challenging a Will: Invalid Will   Unfortunately, leaving behind a will doesn’t guarantee that your possessions will be distributed in exact accordance with the terms expressed in the will. Even the best made Wills and Trusts are subject to incorrect or unintended interpretations. If bad faith or poor stewardship of an estate is […]

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Grounds for challenging a Will: Fraud

  Grounds for challenging a Will: Fraud   Fraud is one of the most common grounds for contesting a Will. If you manage to prove fraud, some or all of the Will may be invalidated, and if an entire Will is invalidated and there is no other one, the property must then be distributed as […]

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So You Want to Contest a Will – Now What?

So let’s say you have read everything I ever wrote about reasons why you might not want to contest a Will. You know that it’s likely to destroy any family relationship that currently exists. You know how expensive the whole process can be. You know that it’s far from a sure thing that you’ll be […]

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Estate Administration

A Few Words About Estate Administration in New Jersey and Pennsylvania   When a person dies without a will, a court may appoint someone to administer the estate of the deceased. While the laws regarding the exact responsibilities of an estate administrator vary by state, if we are just talking about Pennsylvania and New Jersey […]

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What does it mean to “contest” a Will?

Probate litigation is there to provide a method of resolution for any issues which may arise amongst families when a loved one dies.  Sometimes contested matters do not involve animosity between parties, but most of the time they definitely do. Many matters handled by probate courts in New Jersey and elsewhere, such as admitting wills […]

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