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Blog Category: Estate Planning & Administration

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Sep 24, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

Many families include children from prior spousal relationships. During the lifetimes of both spouses, joint decisions can easily be made regarding family finances that are fair to all concerned....

Special Trusts for Special People

Aug 26, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

My previous blogs have addressed the question of what type of estate plan might best suit your family.  Estate planning for the modern family tends to be efficient and beneficial for traditional...

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

Jul 23, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

Often people believe that only the wealthy require an estate plan. The fallacy of this belief lies in the fact that not all that glitters is gold.  Most people treasure their coveted relationships...

Retitling of Assets is Critical to Your Estate Plan

Jun 17, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

The estate-planning process is completed in several stages. Initially, I meet with clients to discuss their estate planning objectives. Next, I prepare draft estate plan documents for them to review....

Estate Planning to Protect the Family Legacy

May 5, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

The legal practice area known as “Estate Planning” is quite broad. It includes the preparation of estate planning documents as well as the development of gift tax planning strategies designed to...

Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Apr 13, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

Estate planning, like everything else affecting our lives, has evolved over time. The concept of the unlimited marital deduction (whereby a surviving spouse pays no death taxes on assets inherited...

Estate and Gift Tax Planning Basics

Mar 1, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

There are two ways to transfer assets for estate planning and asset protection planning purposes.  You (“Donor”) can either gift-transfer the assets to the beneficiary (“Donee”) during your...

Basic NJ Estate & Inheritance Tax Planning

Feb 25, 2021 | Written by: John G. Manfreda, Esq. |

New Jersey has two death tax systems that are mutually exclusive:  the estate tax and the inheritance tax.  Prior to January 1, 2018, NJ levied an estate tax on the value of the gross assets of an...

Right-to-Die Law Passed in NJ

Apr 18, 2019 | Written by: Daniel S. Makoski, Esq. |

The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was signed into law on April 12, 2019. The law, which goes into effect on August 1, 2019, allows a terminally ill patient to make a request to receive...

The NJ Estate Tax Has Been Eliminated…Do You Still Need a Will?

Feb 1, 2018 | Written by: Lori K. MacWilliam, Esq. |

As of January 1, 2018, there is no longer any New Jersey estate tax, as per New Jersey P.L. 2016, c. 57.  Many New Jersey residents have been asking, “Do I still need a will, since there is no need...