How to Own Your Real Estate

Real estate encompasses not only one’s primary residence but also other real estate such as a vacation home or a rental property. The ideal form of ownership varies depending on the type of real estate you own. Below, we take a look at the different types of real estate and offer advice about the best form of ownership for each. Primary Residence Because your primary residence receives special tax treatment, Read More

Thirteen Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

Estate planning—it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber-wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do. Estate planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing guardians for minor children, choosing healthcare agents to make decisions for you should you become ill, minimizing taxes so you can pass more wealth Read More

Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts: Understanding the Difference

Though many people cockily believe estate planning is just a matter of creating a will and they don’t need any help, there are actually many different estate planning tools at your disposal, which an estate planning attorney can help you navigate. In today’s blog posts, we’re taking a look at two different types of trust that people often mix up: revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts. We’ll help you understand the Read More

Selling a House or Commercial Property While Social Distancing: Your Guide to Hosting a Virtual Open House

As we all adjust to a world where social distancing is the new norm, the world of real estate is quickly adapting and finding ways for sellers to show their homes without risking the spread of disease. One idea that’s catching on quite well is the “virtual open house.” Read on to discover our tips for hosting a successful virtual home tour on Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. 1. Remember there are no second chances for a Read More

Your Guide to New Jersey Probate

Smart estate planning is your key to making sure all of your assets are protected and can be passed on to your loved ones when you pass away. To understand the importance of estate planning and the purposes of the tools involved, it is important to first understand the probate process. In today’s blog post, we’re taking a look at the ins and outs of New Jersey probate. What exactly is probate anyway? Probate is Read More

3 Ways The Matus Law Group Can Help You Overcome the Challenges of Raising a Special Needs Child

Whether you are a new parent reckoning with the prospect of raising a special needs child for the first time or an experienced mother or father to a special needs child looking for guidance, The Matus Law Group is here for us. Our team has unique, personal experience with the joys and challenges of raising special needs children. We have seen how arduous, but also how beautiful this labor of love can be. We know that Read More

Durable Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Most people think of estate planning as making a plan for what will happen after they pass away, but in fact it encompasses a lot more than that. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were still living, but somehow incapacitated and unable to manage your own financial affairs? What if you were unconscious and could not express your own desires about your healthcare? Fortunately, there is an estate Read More

How a Divorce Can Impact Your Special Needs Estate Plan

Divorce always has a major impact on estate planning, and after any divorce it is important to rethink and reorganize your estate plan to account for the fact that you are no longer married. However, the impact of divorce on an estate plan is even greater when you have a special needs child.  During your divorce, the most basic of agreements will be made regarding how you and your former spouse will split the Read More

Reverse Mortgages Simplified

If you or a loved one are 62 or older and have considerable home equity, it may be wise to consider a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a loan, but it is not the same as the type of mortgage you get when you are buying a house -- that’s called a forward mortgage. Unlike with a forward mortgage, reverse mortgages don’t require you to make any loan payments until one of two things happens: you die or you decide Read More

Mythbusting Probate: 4 Common Misconceptions

Probate is perhaps one of the most misunderstood processes in the world of estate planning. These myths can shape people’s estate planning decisions and leave their assets unprotected, so it is crucial to understand common myths, know why they are wrong, and be fully informed while creating your estate documents. This pertains to the Probate process in New Jersey. Other states have different probate processes that Read More