How to Maximize the Appraisal Value of Your Home

Increasing the appraisal value of your home can help you sell it for top dollar. The appraised value may not be in line with what you actually paid for the home because the appraiser’s job is to determine what the house would be worth based on the market as it stands today. You can make certain changes to maximize the appraisal value of your home, which can be helpful whether you are selling or trying to Read More

4 Things Every Purchase Offer Agreement Should Include

Making an offer on a house can be an exciting, yet scary time for any soon-to-be homeowner. One of the most confusing aspects of purchasing a home is going through all of the contracts and paperwork necessary for the transaction. The purchase offer agreement is one such document that should give you pause. In addition to obvious terms, such as the purchase price and amount of down payment, every real estate Read More

Before You Go Solar, These Are the Essential Solutions That Need Answers

Solar energy is probably one of the most popular questions we are asked about in real estate. It's a great way to save money, and help the environment. Often, however, we still are unsure how it exactly works to help our clients. We recently spoke to Jerry Donovan of Direct Energy Solar, https://www.directenergysolar.com. Jerry was kind to field some frequently asked questions. We highly recommend taking a look 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

What You Need to Know About Estate Planning for Adults with Special Needs

Estate planning can be challenging, but it is even more difficult if you have to plan for a dependant special needs adult. It is hard to predict what a special-needs child may need throughout their adulthood, but proper estate planning requires you to think about these aspects of your loved one’s future. For example, your estate plan may need to address unique issues that involve state or federal assistance, such as Read More

Guest Blog: Human Imperfections by Sue Shilling

There are many resources for parents who have special needs children. I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the Everything Special Needs radio show with Sue Shilling. She has some wonderful insight about what she does and I want to share that with all of you. As I sat and prepared for my year end retrospective for the year 2016 on the Everything Special Needs radio show, I went through a year's worth of shows and Read More

The Matus Law Group Featured in The County Woman Magazine!

The Matus Law Group was recently featured in the January/February 2017 edition of The County Woman Magazine! Click here to read. Read More

Buying a Business? 6 Important Questions to Ask the Seller Before You Buy

Deciding to buy a business can be life-changing. It can take up a considerable amount of time and resources, so it is important to make sure that you are making the right choice before you buy the business. Asking the right questions can go a long way to determining if you are purchasing a viable business option or business on its last leg. Consider the following points before you dive in head first. Why does the Read More