19 05, 2018

Options for Updating Your Will in New Jersey

2018-11-08T05:38:35-05:00May 19th, 2018|

For most people, writing a will isn’t a one-and-done event. Unless your will is drafted very near the end of your life, chances are good that changes over your lifetime will make it necessary to update your will and other [...]

11 01, 2018

Is a Handwritten Will Valid in New Jersey?

2018-02-02T22:10:31-05:00January 11th, 2018|

A handwritten will, also known as a “holographic will,” may be valid if certain requirements are met. In fact, it may seem that a handwritten will has advantages. For example, a holographic will can be valid even without the witness [...]

2 11, 2017

Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00November 2nd, 2017|

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay your debts. While generally heirs cannot inherit debt, debt can [...]

23 10, 2017

At What Point Do I Need a Will?

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

If you’re over the age of 18 and are thinking about the right time to create a will, chances are good that the answer is “now,” or even “you should have taken care of that a while ago.” Of course, [...]

29 09, 2017

DIY Will Pitfalls

2018-02-02T22:10:33-05:00September 29th, 2017|

You’ve undoubtedly heard that it’s important for all adults to have a will or other legal plan for passing assets and getting debts settled when they pass away. You may also have heard that, despite that importance, most Americans don’t [...]

8 08, 2017

Estate Planning: Why Me, Why Now, and Is a Will Enough?

2018-02-02T22:10:37-05:00August 8th, 2017|

You have worked hard for years, have family members and friends you care about, and have approached a time in your life when “estate planning” sounds like something you should do, but you are not exactly sure why. You may [...]

18 07, 2017

Do You Really Need a Will?

2018-11-08T17:02:02-05:00July 18th, 2017|

You May Not Think You Need a Will, but You Really Do. Most Americans do not have a simple will as part of their estate plan. You might believe that a will is only for the rich and famous, and [...]

17 05, 2017

Will v. Living Trust: What’s the Difference?

2018-02-02T22:10:39-05:00May 17th, 2017|

People often ask whether a will or a living trust is “better.” The answer is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The right structure for your estate plan depends on the size of your estate, the nature of your assets, [...]

20 10, 2016

3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

2018-02-02T22:10:44-05:00October 20th, 2016|

With extreme wealth accumulated, one would assume that celebrities would take steps to protect their estates. But think again: Some of the world’s richest and most famous people enter the pearly gates with no estate plan in place, while others [...]