The importance of proper estate planning cannot be overstated. Whether the matter at hand is the smooth transfer of assets, healthcare directives, determining who will handle the financial or legal matters of the estate, or appointing guardians for young children, a well-developed estate plan is critical to ensuring that, in the event of incapacitation or death, all actions taken are done in accordance with wishes of the individual. Failure to create such a plan runs the risk of having legal matters ultimately handled in probate court, a situation which can result in unnecessary expense and high levels of family tension.
The attorneys at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson are well versed in the many aspects of wills, probate and estate litigation. We understand its importance as well as how amendments to the Uniform Probate Code and recent probate litigation decisions can affect how such plans should be created as well as the impact they may have on wills and living wills which already exist. That is why we always urge New Jersey residents to have such documents reviewed by a knowledgeable probate attorney.
There are three core documents in a complete estate plan:
Will – Designates how assets will be allocated upon the death of an individual and who should become guardian of any young child that may be involved
Living Will – Outlines directives for the healthcare of the individual, should they become incapacitated
Power of Attorney – Grants the power to act on one’s behalf to a person or persons of the individual’s choosing
There are times in which, despite everyone’s best intentions, situations arise in which an individual’s wishes and/or legal documents are contested. This may be the result of not having an estate plan in place, having a plan which is unclear, or any of numerous other reasons. Regardless of what the reason may be, Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson attorneys have the experience and the resources to help you achieve an amenable resolution.
Matters of wills, probate and estate litigation are all very personal issues that require experienced legal counsel that is attuned to all of the sensitivities involved.