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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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What is a Special Needs Trust (SNT)?

Special Needs Trusts have become a common and effective planning technique for families of persons with disabilities because they enable families to secure the future long term care of their disabled loved one. Establishing a Special Needs Trust (SNT) can allow a disabled beneficiary to become and remain eligible for need-based government benefits, such as […]

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Why Just “Being There” Is Important For Your Loved One’s Health

I just had a conversation the other day with a remarkable woman who noticed her elderly neighbor’s memory was not what it used to be. She started spending time with her neighbor and realized that she had no family and limited friends. She had no one to help her with day-to-day chores and she was […]

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Talking to Seniors with Memory Loss or Dementia

Taking care of and dealing with our elders can be all-consuming, draining, and somehow at the same time feel unfulfilling.  Add memory loss or dementia into the mix, and it is no surprise that caregivers often reach out (and more often don’t!) due to an impending feeling of helplessness.  Having conversations with elderly people with […]

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