New Jersey

Appointment of a NJ Funeral Representative

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Funeral Representative

In 2019, the State of New Jersey quietly updated the law with respect to the appointment of a Funeral Representative. Under the old law, in order to designate a Funeral Representative, the only way to do so was by inserting a provision in your Will.  The new law allows a person to designate a Funeral […]

Estate Planning

Florida Electronic Wills Soon To Be Legal

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Florida Electronic Will

According to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog, Florida has enacted a new law authorizing the use of Electronic Wills effective January 1, 2020.  Florida is the fourth state to authorize the creation and storage of digital Wills.  However, in my opinion, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the use of such […]

Will

Why You Should Have A Will

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Why You Should Have A Will

I am happy to announce that we have finally finished creating a series of short videos regarding the estate planning and estate administration process.  Here is our first video “Why you Should Have A Will” talks about the importance of having a Will.

Attorney

Do I Need An Attorney To Prepare A Simple Will?

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Do I Need An Attorney To Prepare A Simple Will?

I occasionally get asked if it is really necessary to hire an attorney to prepare simple estate planning documents.  Usually, the answer is NO, however, I find that once I start asking a few questions, most people really don’t need a simple Will and they would be much better served with professional guidance. Let me […]

Estate

Choosing an Executor, Trustee and Guardian

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Choosing an Executor, Trustee and Guardian

Clients frequently ask me for advice on who they should name as Executor, Trustee or Guardian when creating their Last Will and Testament.  First, let me explain the difference between the three roles. The Executor  The Executor is the person who probates your Will, goes into your house and looks through all your things, safeguards […]