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

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

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

Estate Planning 101: Understanding Powers of Attorney

There’s more to estate planning than arranging what happens to your assets after you’ve passed away. It also involves taking steps to protect those assets (and your loved ones) even while you are alive, especially if you’ve reached a point where you can no longer make your own decisions. Power of Attorney Explained A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the power to act for you when Read More

Advantages and Disadvantages of Creating a Testamentary Trust

Trusts can be created either during or after your lifetime. Trusts that are created after your lifetime are called testamentary trusts because they are established in your “last will and testament.” The trust is described in the will and all of the terms are often found in the will. In other situations, a testamentary trust can sometimes be created by referring to another document that actually creates the trust. Read More

The 5 Most Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

Do you know about the 5 most common mistakes in estate planning? Listen to Christine's interview to find out. Read More

Estate Planning: Not Just for the Rich or Elderly!

When you think of estate planning, you probably imagine an older couple with a large amount of wealth and possessions. It makes sense that they need to get their affairs in order to properly allocate their assets after they have both passed, but what role does estate planning have for you if you’re young? Even if you’re single with no children and few assets, an estate plan is still essential for you to have. Let’s Read More

5 Keys to Successful Business Succession Planning

If you’re like most business owners, you pay a lot more attention to immediate concerns like a stable balance sheet and healthy cash flow. Retirement seems like such a remote concept right now. However, putting together a solid business succession plan should be done sooner rather than later: most experts believe that succession planning should begin anywhere from 10 to 15 years before your anticipated retirement. Read More

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

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