Colleen Clark Published in The County Woman Magazine

Attorney Colleen Clark had an article published in the May/June 2017 issue of The County Woman titled "Do I Need a Special Education Attorney." Click here to read the article. Read More

Estate Planning 101: Understanding Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney, sometimes referred to as a “POA,” is a written document that provides someone else with certain rights that you would normally hold. The principal, the person granting the power, authorizes another person, the attorney-in-fact, to act on their behalf. The relationship between the two is based on theories of agency, which means that one person serves as the agent of the other. In New Jersey, Read More

Guest Blog: Will My Disabled Child Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

Very often, we come across people who need help with Social Security benefits. It is upsetting to hear their struggles and frustrations with the system. So, when we come across a professional who has the experience and know-how to navigate through the maze of the government, we have to sit up and take notice. That professional is Kathleen Dotoli, Esq. Kathy is truly a dedicated attorney who has mastered her craft. Read More

Estate Planning Options for Families with a Special Needs Child

Families that have special needs children require special estate plans as well. Your estate plan should address issues related to ensuring that your child is fully taken care of while also maintaining eligibility for certain government programs and benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid. Having enough funds available can be a major concern, as well as issues dealing with treating other children fairly or Read More

A Wonderful IDEA: A Brief Introduction to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) helps children with disabilities throughout the United States. In fact, it helps states and other public agencies provide special education and services to 6.5 million children with disabilities. Under the IDEA, schools are required to evaluate students for learning disabilities and provide services for those who need it. The History of IDEA In 1975, Congress Read More

The Matus Law Group Published in County Woman Magazine

The Matus Law Group recently had an article published in the March/April 2017 edition of The County Woman Magazine. Click here to read the article on the Top 5 Issues in Divorce and Special Needs Children! Read More

How to Choose a Trustee: 6 Essential Attributes

Choosing the right trustee is extremely important because this decision can ultimately affect how efficient your trust will be in the future. It will affect your beneficiaries, who are often people or entities that you care about deeply. Choosing an ineffective trustee can ultimately undermine your goals in setting up your trust. You should look for the following characteristics in any individual that you are Read More

What to Do If You Think Your Property Tax Is Too High

New Jersey homeowners generally pay property tax each year in four installments. They are due every February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Owners usually receive the final tax bill itself in July or August. Property taxes are based on the value of your home. If your home is overvalued, then your taxes may be higher than they should be. Property values are not fixed, and they fluctuate from year to year. If Read More

Advantages and Disadvantages of Creating a Living Trust

A revocable living trust is similar to a testamentary trust, but it is established while you are alive, and you have the power to change it or adjust it as you see fit. It has a trustee that will administer the funds and beneficiaries. In this type of trust, you can be both the trustee and the beneficiary if you so desire. You can also set up a non-revocable living trust, which means that you cannot alter or destroy Read More

A Brief Overview of Asset Protection Planning

Asset protection involves keeping your personal and real property safe from being taken by creditors, particularly those who would win a lawsuit against you. The lawsuit could result from virtually any type of action, including a car accident, slip and fall situation, or even when you are involved in a foreclosure action. Some people assume that asset protection planning is only for those who are extremely wealthy Read More