DNR Orders Explained

Every mentally competent patient has the right to either accept or refuse any medical treatment recommended to him or her by healthcare providers and medical professionals. This right has been called "a fundamental principle of liberty" and patients may exercise it even if the treatment offered is considered to be lifesaving. In the US, this right is guaranteed by law and enshrined in the American Hospital Read More

Are You the Executor of a Will? Here’s What to Expect

When a loved one passes, there’s a lot to manage. Emotions are likely to run high among family members and friends alike, and beyond the emotional fallout, there is a considerable amount of legal work to be done. That’s where the executor of an estate comes in; the executor may be named in the decedent’s Will. They may also be appointed by the court if the Will does not name an executor. If you’ve been named or Read More

5 Different Types of Wills

Wills are a commonly used tool in the world of estate planning, allowing testators to list their final wishes, layout their preferred division of assets, and provide for their heirs after their passing. There are many types of Wills, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Read on to learn more. Simple Will Also known as a statutory Will, a simple Will is often suitable for those with straightforward small Read More

Attorney Colleen L. Clark to Host Webinar on Extended School Year Programs

As part of The Family Resource Network's webinar series, Attorney Colleen L. Clark will be hosting a webinar on extended school year (ESY) programs. Often families have questions regarding extended school year (ESY) services. This webinar will address "what is ESY," factors to be considered when determining eligibility, helpful tips, and options for ESY programs. Time for question and answers will be provided at the Read More

Understanding the Special Education Referral Process

When you suspect that your child may have special needs, you want immediate solutions. However, it takes time to navigate the special education system, determine what type of support your child needs, and ensure that they receive that support in every learning environment. Identifying Your Child’s Needs The first step is recognizing that your child may need additional assistance in their learning environment. Read More

6 Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

Estate planning is often overwhelming, and many couples and individuals worry that the cost of writing and filing legal documents will be too much to handle. However, the consequences of doing your own estate plan with documents or guides found online can be devastating for your loved ones and beneficiaries. 1. Errors on Estate Planning Forms Are Common DIY estate planning services and document databases often Read More

Estate Planning Basics and Advance Directives

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3rd Annual Autism Resources Fair Comes to Toms River Library

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will host the “3rd Annual Ocean County Library Autism Resources Fair” from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 7. This will be the largest Fair to date with more than 40 agencies expected to attend. The Fair will provide a forum in which families affected by autism can access the resources of state, county, and local organizations. Participating groups will Read More

Christine Matus Named a Super Lawyer for 2019!

Attorney Christine Matus has been selected to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional Read More

Wills vs. Living Trusts: Which One is Right for You?

You’ve worked hard to build up your assets and you want to ensure that they’re distributed properly after you pass. Both Wills and living trusts can help you protect your assets and provide for your children after your death. It’s important to consider different estate planning options to figure out which type of tool best suits your needs, and this blog will compare two of the most common. What is a Will? A Read More