New Jersey Estate Planning: The Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Guardianship

As New Jersey residents age, they can develop mental and physical disabilities that make it difficult to handle their personal affairs. Certain children who turn eighteen—such as those with certain disabilities—may have special physical and emotional needs that need to be addressed so they can function and live their lives. Concerned parents, family members, and friends often want to help out the people they love but Read More

Everything You Need to Know About New Jersey Probate

Planning your estate is the best way to ensure that your property is safe and passed on to the people who you want to receive it. There are several steps in securing your possessions after death and one is understanding the probate process. What Is Probate? Probate is the name of the process which takes place shortly after someone dies. In New Jersey, this takes place no sooner than eleven days after the death. The Read More

Estate Liquidity with Dion Johnson

Estate planning and life insurance is very important. Here's an important article with Dion Johnson of Axa Advisors FP, who we highly respect. The Problem… When a person dies, taxes and other costs must be paid in cash within a short period following the date of death. These taxes and costs deplete the amount of an estate left for heirs. Typical costs include federal and state estate taxes; funeral expenses; Read More

What Will Your Title Search Uncover?

As we have discussed in a previous blog, there are many ways in which an attorney can assist you in purchasing real estate. One of the key services an attorney will provide you with is conducting a thorough title search. A title search is an in depth investigation into the documentation and history of transactions involving the property. It is intended to uncover any potential legal issues which could inhibit your Read More

Advantages and Disadvantages of Creating a Revocable Trust

Revocable trusts are similar to irrevocable trusts with one key exception—revocable trusts are, as the name suggests, revocable. This means that the trust can be terminated or changed by the grantor of the trust as he or she sees fit. Depending on your circumstances, there are both advantages and disadvantages to having the control afforded by a revocable trust. We have outlined a few of the most important Read More

7 Eye-Opening Statistics About New Jersey Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care (LTC) is any type of care intended to meet both medical and non medical needs of individuals struggling with some form of disability, most often brought on through the aging process. It can be administered in numerous types of venues such as skilled nursing facilities, adult day care facilities, or even in the individual’s home.   Most of us will be forced to deal with the need for and cost of Read More

Advantages and Disadvantages of Creating an Irrevocable Trust

An irrevocable trust, like any trust, is a vehicle whereby property is set aside by a grantor and held by a trustee for the benefit of a beneficiary. Irrevocable trusts, as the name suggest, are distinguished by the fact that the grantor gives up ownership rights to the property and the trust usually cannot be changed. Below we have detailed some of the key advantages and disadvantages of creating an irrevocable Read More

Christine Matus Interviewed by Business Innovators

Attorney Christine Matus recently sat down with Stephanie Miller from Business Innovators to discuss how to put together a financial plan for your special needs child. Click here to read her interview! Read More

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Naming a Guardian for Your Children

When you have children, the estate planning process becomes especially important. Not only is it necessary to ensure your wishes are carried out and your family is financially provided for if you pass, it is absolutely vital for the purpose of naming a guardian who will raise your children if you and their other parent are ever killed or unable to raise them. The fact is, accidents happen all the time, and the Read More

Christine Matus Appears on the Small Law Firm Radio Hour

Attorney Christine Matus recently appeared on the first episode of the Small Law Firm Radio hour hosted by RJon Robins. In this episode, Christine and other panelists discuss when you should hire new staff, how much you should spend on advertising, and whether or not you should take out a loan or line of credit to help with initial business growth. Click below to listen! Read More