Where can I find an estate planning lawyer Bergen County, NJ residents trust?
Estate planning is one of the practice areas of the Kaplan Law Practice and they have an office in Bergen County, NJ.
What is estate planning?
Estate planning is a branch of law that governs how you can make sure your estate, like your home, investments, money etc. ends up where and the way you want it when you pass.
Can I designate who will take care of my minor children in an estate plan?
Yes. In fact this is one of the best ways you can choose to will care for your minor children.
What if I want to leave a portion of my estate to a charity or other organization?
An estate plan is precisely where you can name the organizations you want to support after your death.
Am I required to have an estate plan?
No, in New Jersey you’re not required to have an estate plan.
What happens if I die without an estate plan?
If you die without an estate plan you are said to have died intestate. It means the state of New Jersey will govern how your estate is distributed. For example, they might award custody of your minor children to their other parents even though you were divorced from them and would have wanted someone else to care for them.
Can you draft a will for me?
Yes, at Kaplan Law Practice we can draft all kinds of wills for you.
Someone mentioned ‘asset protection’ to me the other day. Is that part of estate planning?
In general, asset protection is a different field than estate planning. They do, however, overlap. Asset protection is designed to protect your assets while you’re alive while estate planning is your plan for the distribution of your assets after you pass.
I don’t think I’m wealthy enough to want an estate plan. What do you think?
Do you own your home and/or other real estate? Do you have a stock portfolio? How about a significant amount of money in savings or even in a savings account box? Any of these can be a reason to set up an estate plan. How about minor children? In an estate plan you can designate who will take care of them.
I recently heard about a virtual estate plan. What is that?
It’s a plan for your digital assets after you pass. For example, you’ve probably got a membership in a variety of online accounts from social media through bank accounts and maybe even crypto currency. Such a plan can save your estate money and help protect your reputation and your assets.
What’s the best way for me to get started?
The best way to explore working with us and to even get started if that’s what you want is to schedule what we call a Case Evaluation. You’ll find an email form to do exactly that on the right side of most of our site’s pages. You’ll also find our phone numbers above that form.