Legal Matters Feb Newsletter

Read our Legal Matters newsletter here! In this issue, we cover Keeping Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts, Grandparents Options for College Costs, Paying Taxes When You Inherit a Home, and more! Read More

Listen to Christine’s Radio Interview!

On January 29, 2019, Christine was invited to speak about wills and trusts on Preferred Radio in New Jersey. You can listen to the interview here! Read More

15 Year Anniversary!

  Milestones are great, especially for businesses. It means you’ve achieved a goal and something’s going right.   The Matus Law Group has hit its 15th Anniversary: 15 years of protecting families and their assets, helping with real estate and especially serving those with special needs families! The official “birthday” was November 7, but over the next few Read More

A Brief Overview of FAPE

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every child that has a disability has the right to receive FAPE, or a “free and appropriate public education.” FAPE is your child’s right to get their unique educational needs met at school that’s appropriate to their developmental level in the least restrictive environment possible to their level. Dissecting FAPE “Free” means that there will be no Read More

4 Things You Should Know About Dynasty Trusts

A Dynasty Trust is a long-term trust that allows individuals with considerable wealth to protect and preserve their assets for multiple generations. Dynasty Trusts are exempt from transfer taxes, like estate and gift taxes. Establishing a Dynasty Trust also protects the assets in the trust from death taxes, as well as other situations that, under different circumstances, would threaten the beneficiaries’ interest in Read More

Top 5 FAQs about Irrevocable Trusts for Long Term Care

Since the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, trusts have become an increasingly popular tool for asset protection in long-term care planning. This legislation increased the look-back period from three years to five years for gifts to individuals but maintained the five-year look-back period for gifts to trusts. Therefore, a gift to a trust has the same five-year look-back as a gift to an individual. 1.  Why use a Read More

Colleen L. Clark recognized

We are excited to announce that our own Colleen Clark has been recognized in The County Woman Magazine! You are a special member of our team and we couldn't be who we are without you. Congratulations! Read More

5 Tips to Make Selling Your Home Go Smoothly

Selling your home on your own can be somewhat daunting, but it can also be extremely rewarding. If you are looking to sell your home in New Jersey, use the following general suggestions and information for a successful For Sale By Owner (FSBO) transaction: Do some research to price your home correctly. One of the biggest mistakes that sellers make is that they price their home either too high for the market Read More

Make an estate plan for your digital assets

Today, 77 percent of Americans go online every day, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, and most of us maintain at least some kind of digital data in the cloud. We save emails, post to social media, and store photos in online albums. All of this digital information has created a new issue for you, your heirs, and the technology firms that hold your assets. The key concern is maintaining your Read More

Divorce and Special Needs: 4 Things to Consider

When parents have special needs children, it affects virtually every aspect of their life. That includes situations where a couple divorces. When the parents separate, they have a lot of things to consider regarding their child, especially as it relates to the divorce decree and related estate planning matters. Below are just a few things that you should keep in mind if you are a parent going through a divorce. Read More