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I recent call I received from Mary illustrates the risks of do it yourself estate planning.  In this case  Mary and john, her husband prepared their wills using Quicken’s Willmaker software which can be purchased online for less than $100.  It couldn’t be easier, right?  Hiring an estate planning attorney could cost several hundred to a

Last week, I heard the statistic reported that the number of Covid-19 related deaths has now exceeded the number of people who died in the Vietnam War.  The Vietnam War, of course, spanned 11 years while the current pandemic has been ongoing for a few months at this point. The compressed

Last week I wrote about the process of probate and how easy it is to admit a will to probate without the need to appear before judge if it is a self-proving one. But what exactly is a self-proving will? New Jersey law sets out clear instructions on how to make

Probating a will is the process by which a will is presented before a court of law for the purpose of having it established to be the last will of the person who died.  Probate means “to prove”.  In New Jersey most wills do not need to be presented before

                A part of what we do as elder law attorneys involves drafting the essential legal documents that will help clients set forth clearly their wishes and help family members assist them in accomplishing their goals.  This usually includes a power of attorney, health care directive, last will and testament

                In last week’s post I started talking about intestacy laws which direct how assets pass when a person dies without a will.  This week I will discuss a couple of instances where failing to prepare a will proved harmful.                 In the first case, Joe was married but he had