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DNR vs. Living Will vs. POLST in the Age of COVID-19

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The current healthcare crisis has created an influx of calls to our office regarding the efficacy of DNR orders and Living Wills.  In the last few weeks, we have received multiple communications like this: “I can’t believe my mom has

Tips For Helping Seniors During The Coronavirus

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Over the last few weeks, our society has considered more than ever how we interact with our loved ones who are senior citizens.  According to the CDC, older adults may be at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19. While

Senior Care During the Coronavirus

Over the last few weeks, our society has considered more than ever how we interact with our loved ones who are senior citizens.  According to the CDC, older adults may be at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.  While

How To Contest a Will in New Jersey

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A will directs how one’s estate should be distributed after a person passes away.   Ordinarily, a will is admitted to probate and the wishes of the decedent are followed without issue.  However, there are occasions where the validity of

How to Become a Legal Guardian in New Jersey

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When a loved one loses the ability to make informed and reasonable decisions, pursuing a guardianship may become necessary. A guardianship appoints one or more individuals to handle the affairs of another. Guardianship requires a court proceeding and ongoing judicial

Spousal Refusal: New York State Medicaid

Spouses have a legal duty to support each other.  However, the astronomical costs of long-term care, such as home care or nursing home care, can bankrupt a “well” (i.e., healthy) community spouse.  To protect community spouses from impoverishment themselves, New

New York Voluntary Administration

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Probate and administration proceedings in New York State can be time-consuming and costly, but New York law allows for a simplified proceeding called voluntary administration for small estates with a value below a certain threshold.  Recently, the threshold was expanded

Small Estate Threshold Raised in New York

Probate and administration proceedings in New York State can be time-consuming and costly, but New York law allows for a simplified proceeding called voluntary administration for small estates with a value below a certain threshold.  Recently, the threshold was expanded

Access To Assets In Testamentary Trust (Powers Of Appointment)

Unfortunately, there are very few options that would enable you to leave the trust assets to your husband if he survives you.   Trusts are often used to control one’s assets after death to restrict use of the funds for selected

Inheritance Tax On Bequest To Nieces and Nephews

New Jersey remains one of the few States that imposes an inheritance tax.   The inheritance tax is not based on the size of the estate, but on who receives the estate. There is no inheritance tax imposed on transfers to

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