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February 2012 Archives

Doctor suggests going one step further than living will

Living wills and medical powers of attorney are among the many useful documents that experienced estate planners in New Jersey regularly employ to be sure that their clients retain the greatest measure of control over the care they receive. Having such a plan in place is good advice for everyone.

New Jersey Salvation Army attains guardianship for two children

A New Jersey grandmother contacted the local Salvation Army looking for help obtaining legal guardianship of her two minor grandchildren. The Salvation Army is working towards obtaining the legal guardianship for the grandmother and her grandchildren. The Salvation Army is also providing the family with appropriate family counseling services for the grandmother and grandchildren. The Salvation Army used holiday funds to finance the legal aid and support provided to the grandmother and two minor grandchildren.

Man's estate gains even in death thanks to planning

We focus a lot of attention on the importance of estate planning for the value it provides in making sure each New Jersey resident has a chance to articulate clearly his or her wishes for the future. Whether it is to specify the level of extraordinary measures doctors should take in case of an emergency, providing for the care of a loved one or distributing assets to heirs, there are tools that can be used in estate planning to cover the bases.

Mogul's bid to adopt girlfriend challenged

Protecting the assets of an estate so that heirs reap the greatest benefit is one of the main advantages of a solid estate plan. New Jersey residents who want to be sure their loved ones are cared for in the long term owe it to themselves to leverage the tools available; wills and trusts; to protect assets against the bite of undue taxes.

Best interests in case of mentally ill pregnant woman unclear

In the fields of family law and estate planning there is a foundational baseline that tends to apply across all the life facets these areas cover. It is the best interest of the individual. The key in trying to make the ideal a reality, as New Jersey-based attorneys with experience in these areas know, is in providing clarity of intent.

Long distance care of aging parent magnifies need for plan

Anyone who has had to care for an aging parent knows what a challenge it can be. There are demands on time, energy and the emotional toll. Responsibilities and obligations of an adult child's own family don't just vanish, either. The issue is worse for those caring for a parent over long distances. And statistically, for residents in New Jersey and the country at large, the situation is only likely to become worse.

Domestic partnerships can present estate planning challenges

The landscape of American families is constantly changing. No longer is the traditional nuclear family of a man and woman raising one or more children the majority situation in the United States. Census Bureau data show less than a quarter of all households fit that demographic. Households in the United States, New Jersey included, are now comprised of various family types; whether they are single parent households or domestic partnerships.

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