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

A Brief Introduction to Business Succession Planning

If you own a business, you need to start thinking about business succession planning. Even if running the business seems to take every moment of your day, it is essential to take the time to have a plan in place for what would happen if you, for whatever reasons, could no longer run your business. We’ve heard business owners say, “Oh, I don’t need to worry about that now. Retirement is a distant dream!” But Read More

Being Grateful

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I find myself being grateful more than ever. This year, my mother became ill. I have faith however that it will get better. Yet, as she became sick, I discovered how I was not ready for this moment. The moment where I still care for my two young children and help, and manage for my older parents. I was not ready to coordinate all the doctor's orders, diagnoses, plans and decisions Read More

Special Education Law Basics: The Right to Accommodation

Differently-abled children sometimes need certain accommodations to help them succeed in school. At the Matus Law Group, we believe that every child deserves an equal and quality education that will prepare them for their lives beyond the educational system. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, discrimination against people with disabilities was banned. This also means that schools are required by Read More

No Executor? No Problem: 3 Alternatives to Consider

The executor of a Will is the person who has the legal responsibility to ensure that the deceased’s financial matters are handled. This can involve paying bills and taxes on the estate, making court appearances on behalf of the estate, distributing assets as laid out in the Will, and keeping up any property until it is sold or given to heirs. Your executor should be someone you trust, and who is familiar with you and Read More

Planning for the Unexpected: 5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Children

Children are every parent's treasure. You do everything within your power to ensure they are protected and taken care of all the time. However, death is inevitable and therefore, you should put various mechanisms in place to ensure that your kids and properties are in good hands in case the worst happens. In this article, you will learn about specific things you should do to protect your children after you pass away. Read More

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