Estates and Wills

Ensuring your plans are preserved.

We know that end of life planning can be uncomfortable, but we promise you will find comfort in knowing that yours and your loved one’s life’s work and wishes are preserved when there’s a plan in place.

Our team of attorneys is highly experienced in handling all situations involving estate planning and probate litigation, including the preparation of wills, trusts, and estate plans, as well as overseeing the probate process and resolving contested wills.

We understand New Jersey probate procedures can be complicated and time consuming, especially when a contested will or other legal issues arise. Our goal is to take the burden off your shoulders and work to ensure the deceased person’s plans are preserved.

Our New Jersey Estate Planning Services Include:

W

Preparation of Estate Plans, Wills and Trusts

W

Overseeing the Probate Process and Probate Litigation

W

Living Wills

W

Power of Attorney

W

Business Succession Planning

What’s the New Jersey probate process?

The probate process is the term for the legal steps required to settle a person’s estate after they die.

If the deceased person had a will or estate plan in place, the first step of the NJ probate process would be verifying these documents, followed by the appointment of the executor (as assigned in the will) who will wrap up the deceased person’s affairs and distribute his or her remaining assets.How do you verify a will in New Jersey?

How do you get a will verified in New Jersey?

After a person dies, their executor should file their will with the Surrogate’s Office of the county where they last legally resided. 

What happens if you die without a will in New Jersey?

Essentially, you’ve left the state of New Jersey to write a will for you. According to the most recent statistics, less than half of American adults have a living will or estate plan in place. That’s not great news since the legal process for handling a person’s affairs without a will, referred to as the intestacy process, can be complicated, costly and emotionally draining for the surviving loved ones.

In New Jersey, the intestacy process is handled by the Surrogate Court in the county where the deceased person last resided. The court will appoint an administrator to oversee the distribution of the estate with preference order going to a surviving spouse, partner of a civil union or domestic partner, followed by surviving children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, nieces/nephews.

There is no one-size-fits-all framework for New Jersey’s intestacy laws, which is one of the many reasons why it is prudent to have an estate plan or living will in place. 

The attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi are available to aid in the preparation and revisions of affordable estate plans, living wills and trusts to ensure your interests are preserved beyond your lifetime.

To discuss the probate process or probate litigation, call the office of Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi at 856-429-3144.

What’s the difference between an estate plan and a will?

People often wrongly assume that a will and an estate plan are the same thing. An estate plan is a more comprehensive collection of several legal documents together. An estate plan might include a will, trusts, the assignment of a power of attorney (often a surviving family member), advanced medical decisions, the appointment of guardians for surviving minors, a business succession plan and more depending one the testator’s unique circumstances and wishes.

The attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi are available to aid in the preparation and revisions of affordable estate plans and wills and trusts to ensure your interests are preserved beyond your lifetime. 

What’s the difference between a will and a living will?

A living will outlines decisions on your medical care if you are incapacitated, while a will goes into effect after you die. It’s recommended to have a will notarized to prove validity and speed up the probate process.

The attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi are available to aid in the preparation and revisions of affordable estate plans and wills and trusts to ensure your interests are preserved beyond your lifetime. 

 

Let Us Serve You