Now Is The Time To Establish Your Estate Plan
It’s a natural tendency to put off planning your estate, but it is important to plan ahead. Putting all your affairs in order will protect both your property and the people you select to inherit. Establishing a comprehensive estate plan is the only way to make sure your loved ones get the property you wish to leave for them, avoid confusion and disagreement, and simplify the process. It is critical to work with an experienced estate planning lawyer to be sure your estate plan will be effective. At The Mecca Law Firm, our attorneys have been building a solid reputation for providing probate and estate administration services to families in northern New Jersey since 1987. In some cases, we have worked with multiple generations on the management of a single estate. The Mecca Law Firm is a premier estate planning firm you can trust.
Helping You Create A Comprehensive Estate Plan
In an effective estate plan, each document works together to create unified, cohesive instructions for the disposition of assets and end-of-life health care directions. Our lawyers will work with you to establish all the necessary documentation, including:
- Will: The will is the primary document in an estate plan, directing the general disposition of your assets.
- Trusts: There are numerous types of trusts that allow you to retain a degree of control over the timing and method of transferring assets. For example, you could create a trust to go to an heir but direct it to go toward the heir’s college education or to go to the heir after he or she completes college. You can also set up a trust to support a family member with special needs.
- Powers of attorney: A power of attorney transfers the authority to act on your behalf in the event that you lose the capacity to handle your own financial affairs. In this document, you can name the person to take this responsibility (the attorney-in-fact), spell out the limits of the authority and leave specific instructions for how you want certain aspects of your financial portfolio handled.
- Advance health care directive: The advance health care directive, often called a living will, allows you to spell out your wishes for your health care in the event that you are no longer able to make or communicate these decisions yourself.
- Conservatorships: A conservatorship is similar to a power of attorney but is created after a person becomes unable to handle their own affairs. Instead of the principal establishing the legal relationship, a court order determines conservatorship.
Our lawyers can walk you through the entire process, help you understand the choices available to you and make sure you get the results you need in your estate plan.
We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with courtesy and respect. If you call us, we will call you back. If your schedule makes it difficult to meet during regular business hours, we can arrange meetings in the evenings and on weekends. If you have questions or concerns, your attorney will be involved and available to provide honest answers throughout the process. We are happy to assist you in locating an attorney to represent you in other areas of elder law, including asset protection and Medicaid planning. If you don’t know where to go to find help, contact us. We will listen to your situation and do our best to provide an appropriate referral.
Conveniently located near the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 4 in Paramus, New Jersey, our offices are handicapped-accessible, and free parking is available to our clients. Call 201-584-7388 or contact us online to arrange an initial consultation.