Estate Planning

Examining the Estate of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Examining the Estate of Philip Seymour Hoffman

On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose at the age of 46.  He was an Academy Award winning actor who appeared in many productions on stage and screen.  He was survived by his life partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, Cooper (10), Tallulah (7) and Willa (5).  His estate […]

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How Much Does it Pay to Be Executor?

A commonly asked question in both estate planning and estate administration is “How much does the executor get paid?”  In order to evaluate that question, three issues need to be addressed: (1) the statutory allowance for compensation, (2) the options in drafting compensation clauses in a Will, and (3) the effect of case law of […]

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Have You Had The “Talk” With Your Family Members?

If you are a parent, you may be thinking of the “talk” you had with your children when they were pre-teens, but, that is not what I am referring to. This “talk” is with your family members about your “later in life” thoughts. Do your family members know your preferences about critical life support?  Funeral details?  […]

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The Types of Probate Administration

In the State of New Jersey, probate is handled by the Office of the Surrogate (also known as the Surrogate’s Court) established in each county. Unlike many states, the probate process is very simple. Filing requirements and appearances before probate judges are generally atypical. Notwithstanding, it is imperative to understand the probate process in New […]

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Effective Utilization Of Insurance And Retirement Accounts In Special Needs Planning

Estate planning for parents with disabled children is a very delicate and important proposition. During their lifetime, parents are able to provide emotional and financial support to their children. This support greatly enhances the needs-based government benefits, which are frequently utilized by the disabled, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. When parents pass […]

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Charitable Planning

For high net-worth individuals and couples, there are a variety of transfer techniques in order to minimize exposure to death taxes. These include, but are not limited to Disclaimer Trusts, Credit Shelter Trusts, Applicable Exemption Trusts (a/k/a Credit Shelter Trusts), and Q-TIP Trusts. These Trusts, effective for use with married couples, can be utilized in […]

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