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I have written in this blog previously about the outcome of estate distribution when the decedent (person who died) did not execute a will.  New Jersey intestacy laws predetermine what happens to your assets and it may not be what you want. Mary called because her cousin, Sam had recently died.  Mary had

This 3rd post of 3 is about estate administration which was begun but not finished by an executor who died.  As I explained last week, I first had to petition the court to be appointed administrator.  The estate consisted of a house and investment accounts. There were several issues that needed immediate attention.  Because

When we get a call from family members when a loved one has passed away, they typically ask how quickly they can or need to probate the will or otherwise begin the estate administration process.  The act of probating or “proving” the will - presenting it to the county Surrogate and

Last week I wrote about another possible home based Medicaid option in New Jersey beyond the traditional one.  It’s called the Personal Preference Program or PPP.  It gives the Medicaid recipient and his or her family members more control over the type of care the recipient receives. As I stated last week the

In the past year we have probably handled more Medicaid home based applications than in the previous 5 years combined.  Much of this has to do with the current pandemic and the reluctance of families to place their loved ones in facilities where maintaining Covid safety is more difficult than in