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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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Thanking My Family

I think every social media outlet in the world does something cheesy to put themselves on your radar for every passing holiday. I am not going to pass up that opportunity either, but I thought I might do it a little differently. How do I know that this firm and this area of law is […]

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What is a trust?

A trust is a bucket.  What on earth does that mean? Well, I could tell you that a trust is a fiduciary arrangement established by someone allowing someone else to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. I could tell you that trusts are established for any of dozens of different reasons, and […]

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Why do I need a will?

A Will is a legal document that details the distribution of your property (and the care of any minor children, but that’s another article). In the absence of a Will, the laws of the state you live in determine where your possessions go. In addition to the “intestacy statutes,” as they’re called, states will often […]

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

Dying without a will (which is to say dying “intestate”) means you have no say over who receives your assets. So if you want to be sure that certain personal belongings and/or specific property goes to particular person(s) after your passing, drafting a will can provide you with that peace of mind. Even if you […]

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What is a “Life Estate” on a Deed?

Often, people come to me asking if it would make sense for them to “gift” their house to their children or to a spouse for planning purposes. There are times this makes sense, and times where it does not. One of the biggest concerns that my clients have either way is that they do not […]

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