Estate Planning, Probate
and Guardianship Practice

Wills and Trusts
Our team of lawyers have over 75 years of combined experience in working extensively with individuals and families who want to establish a plan for the distribution of their assets as well as arrange the care of any minor children in the event of the unexpected or untimely death of both parents. We will make sure to take the time to learn as much as we can about your goals, financial situation and the unique needs of your family, so that we can create a plan that best meets your needs and the needs of your loved ones.

In our experience, many people come to us with preconceived notions about a Will or a Trust and what would be the best tool to help them accomplish their objectives. We will make sure that we help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of different estate planning options. We will make sure that your children and other family members are well-protected in the event of your death with the appointment of guardians and trustees. Once you and your family have identified the option that is most best-suited for your individual situation, we will prepare and execute all the documents necessary to put your estate plan into place.

Advance Medical Directives and Powers of Attorney
In New Jersey, as in many other states, a person must specify in writing his or her intentions regarding the management of their assets and/or their medical care in the event that the person cannot make decisions for him/herself. In these situations, a comprehensive Power of Attorney (whether it be a Durable Power of Attorney, Springing Power of Attorney or Limited Power of Attorney) and/or a Health Care Directive will assure that your wishes are being carried out. We can help you draft a Living Will and/or Power of Attorney which is tailored to your individual needs and wishes.

Guardianships
Oftentimes, our loved ones are often unable to care for themselves. In such situations, an application for Guardianship must be made through the Surrogateís Court. The Court will appoint a qualified individual to care for the personís personal needs and to manage his/her finances. Our highly qualified attorneys can help guide you through the application process and advise you as to your obligations and rights as Guardian of the Person and/or Guardian of Property.

LGBT issues
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender individuals will find that the laws are rapidly changing in the area of civil unions, same sex marriage and gay rights. Our firmís lawyers are experienced in advising you on these issues and how they affect your options when considering estate planning vehicles.