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If you don’t have a Will, the state of New Jersey has one for you – and it may cost your family thousands in probate court. Don’t leave behind a mess. Start your Will or Living Trust today in just 30 minutes.

WILLS + ESTATE PLANNING (MADE EASY)

You know the importance of planning for your future; it’s time to stop putting it off. Lucky for you, it’s actually quicker and easier than you think.

  • Protect your assets (and legacy)
  • Take care of your loved ones
  • Avoid unnecessary financial burdens
  • No sweat, tears, or hassle

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If you truly care about your loved ones, why would you go one more day without getting this vital planning done?

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    Estate Planning Value Breakdown

    Transparency is essential when it comes to your legal protection. You won’t find any hidden fees or markups here — but our clients routinely save their families thousands of dollars during a difficult time.

    See for yourself the value in a one-time investment for their future.

    Without a Will or Trust With a Will * With a Trust *
    Cost of plan $0 $2,000+ $5,000+
    Cost of probate court process $5,000+ $2,000+ $0
    Wait time before probate court 9+ months 3+ months None
    Who gets your home State decides You decide You decide
    Who gets your money & assets State decides You decide You decide
    Who is guardian of your children State decides You decide You decide
    When do kids get money & property Age 18 You decide You decide

    *NOTE: These fees include: Living Will (Directive), Powers of Attorney – Medical & Financial, HIPAA Medical Release, Declaration of Guardian, Disposition of Remains, and Designation of Health Care Agent for Children.

    FAQs

    New to this whole thing? No problem.
    Let’s start with the basics:

    A will is a legal document that outlines how you want your assets distributed after your death. It names one or more persons who you want to serve as your executor. Having a will is essential for ensuring your wishes are honored. If you have minor children, you can also use a will to designate guardians. Without a will, state laws determine how your assets are distributed and other legal issues are handled. Note that a will requires probate in order to give effect to the wishes expressed in your will.

    Trusts are estate planning tools that hold assets for beneficiaries under the terms you set. They offer more control over asset distribution and can provide tax benefits and protection from creditors. Trusts can be revocable (changeable) or irrevocable (permanent). Having a trust helps to avoid probate, keep your estate matters private, and keep it simple for your family and other beneficiaries.

    Asset protection involves structuring your estate in a way that minimizes the risk of loss to creditors or lawsuits, as well as protecting inheritance for the life of your beneficiaries from their spouses, creditors, and spendthrift habits. This may include creating specific types of trusts or legal entities, re-titling assets, or other legal strategies to safeguard your assets.

    Estate planning for blended families can be complex. It involves ensuring fair and intended asset distribution among biological children, stepchildren, and new spouses. It may require specialized and carefully drafted trusts to ensure that beneficiaries on both sides of the family are protected irrespective of which spouse dies first.

    For families with minor children, estate planning is crucial and should include appointing guardians in the event of the parents’ untimely death, setting up trusts to manage the children’s inheritance, and planning for their education and living expenses. The rules of the trust and distributions guidelines will help to determine when your children are responsible enough to take control of their inheritance that will be safeguarded and applied for their benefit following your guidelines until then.

    Planning for disabled beneficiaries often involves setting up a Special Needs Trust. This allows the beneficiary to receive inheritance without losing eligibility for government benefits like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), affordable housing, and other government programs and subsidies.

    This involves strategies to minimize the tax impact on your estate and inheritance. It can include gifting assets during your lifetime, setting up certain types of trusts, and taking advantage of tax exemptions and deductions available now or in the future.

    Wills are legal documents that only become effective after one’s death and often require probate, a legal process that can be time-consuming and public. In contrast, trusts can become operational during an individual’s lifetime and typically bypass the probate process. This key difference means trusts offer more privacy and can provide greater control over asset distribution, but they are generally more complex and expensive to establish and maintain compared to wills. Trusts are also more flexible, allowing for specific conditions on asset distribution, which is not as easily achievable with wills.

    To ensure that your estate plan accurately reflects your current intentions and life situation, it’s important to conduct regular reviews and updates. This is particularly crucial following significant life events such as marriage, divorce, the birth or adoption of a child, or major changes in your financial status, like receiving a large inheritance or experiencing a significant increase or decrease in wealth. Keeping your estate plan updated helps in aligning it with your present circumstances and desires, ensuring that your assets are distributed as you wish and your family’s future is secured according to your latest plans.

    A power of attorney is an essential tool in estate planning as it grants authority to a trusted individual to manage your financial and legal affairs in case you become incapacitated. This provision is vital for continuous management of your estate and ensures that your assets and personal affairs are handled according to your preferences, even if you are not in a position to make decisions or communicate your wishes. It provides peace of mind, knowing that someone you trust is legally empowered to act on your behalf, making crucial decisions that align with your intentions and benefit your estate and beneficiaries.

    To safeguard inheritances for beneficiaries facing personal challenges such as marital disputes, financial instability, or spendthrift tendencies, establishing trusts with specific conditions is a strategic solution. These trusts can include provisions that protect assets from potential divorce settlements, creditors, or misuse. By setting up a trust, you can dictate how the assets are utilized, focusing on beneficial purposes like education, health care, or general welfare. Additionally, these trusts can be structured to provide periodic distributions instead of a lump sum, ensuring a steady and controlled disbursement of funds that align with the beneficiary’s needs and your intentions.

    Various trusts serve distinct purposes in estate planning. Revocable Trusts offer flexibility and control, allowing you to alter or revoke the trust during your lifetime. They’re beneficial for privacy and avoiding probate. Irrevocable Trusts, once established, cannot be easily changed, providing strong asset protection and potential tax benefits. Special Needs Trusts are designed to support beneficiaries with disabilities without jeopardizing their eligibility for government assistance. Charitable Trusts allow for philanthropic contributions while offering tax advantages and fulfilling charitable intentions. Each type of trust serves a specific objective, whether it’s asset protection, tax planning, providing for a particular beneficiary, or supporting charitable causes, thus forming an integral part of a comprehensive estate plan.

    Long-term care, especially in nursing homes, can be financially draining, making it crucial to strategize for asset protection. Purchasing long-term care insurance can provide coverage for these costs, alleviating the financial burden. Additionally, setting up a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust allows you to qualify for Medicaid while preserving your estate. These trusts must be established and funded well before they’re needed, as Medicaid has a look-back period for asset transfers. Other legal strategies may include converting countable assets into exempt ones, thereby reducing your estate’s value for Medicaid eligibility. This planning ensures that your hard-earned assets are protected and that you have access to the necessary long-term care without exhausting your estate.

    A Health Care Power of Attorney is a vital legal document in which you designate a trusted individual to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This appointed person, often a family member or close friend, will have the authority to make decisions ranging from routine medical treatment to more significant decisions like surgery or life-sustaining measures. This ensures that someone who understands your values and wishes can oversee your healthcare needs. It’s crucial to have open discussions with your chosen agent about your health care preferences, including treatment options and end-of-life care, to ensure they are well-prepared to make decisions that align with your wishes.

    Advance directives are legal documents that articulate your wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care. These include living wills, which specify the types of medical treatments you would or would not want in certain situations, and health care proxies or durable powers of attorney for health care, where you appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to do so. These directives are crucial for ensuring that your preferences for life support, resuscitation, and other medical interventions are respected, especially in circumstances where you can’t communicate your decisions. They provide guidance to your family and healthcare providers, reducing uncertainty and stress during difficult times, and ensuring that your healthcare and life support preferences are known and honored.

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