Estate Planning Lawyer Bergen County NJ
If you haven’t yet created a virtual estate plan, please connect with an experienced estate planning lawyer Bergen County, NJ residents trust. In today’s world, having a virtual estate plan in place is critically important. The only New Jersey residents who don’t need a virtual estate plan in place are most of those who are younger than 18 years of age and those who for whatever reason have chosen to remain electronically disconnected from the remainder of the world. If you are an adult and have so much as an email account and/or a social media login, you’ll want to speak with a knowledgeable Bergen County, NJ estate planning lawyer about creating a legally enforceable virtual estate plan.
Virtual Estate Planning An Introduction
A virtual estate plan can be drafted as a modern addition to any existing estate plan or one can be created as part of a new estate plan, if you don’t already have one in place. Essentially, a virtual estate plan will direct your estate administrator to treat your virtual assets, intellectual property, logins, and accounts in specific ways in the event that you either pass away or become incapacitated.
Imagine for a moment that something unexpected happens to you and you’re no longer in a position to access any of your online presence as a result of accident, injury, illness, or death. Ask yourself who would you want to have access to any/all of your online accounts? Who would you NOT want to have access to any/all of your online accounts? Would you want to grant anyone the power to modify your online presence in any way or to benefit from any of your intellectual property stored online? How would you want your social media accounts to be treated? Your email? Creating a virtual estate plan with the assistance of the experienced team at Kaplan Law Practice, LLC will allow you to address these issues and any other issues raised by your online presence that could affect your loved ones, your assets, and your privacy in the event of your death or incapacitation.
Another important reason to ensure that an enforceable virtual estate plan is in place involves the administration of your broader estate. If any of your assets and accounts are primarily accessed online, your estate may have a difficult (and possibly impossible) time accessing those assets and accounts unless you put a virtual estate plan in place empowering your estate to be granted the access it needs to your online presence. As you can see, a failure to act now to ensure that someone has authority to act on behalf of your estate in this way and ideally has easy access to logins and passwords for critical accounts could significantly impact your loved ones down the road.
5 Reasons an Estate Plan Is Important
An estate plan goes further than a will. Your will is an important element of your estate plan as it outlines your wishes regarding your assets after your death. But an estate plan also dictates your wishes about your health and finances while you’re living. An estate plan can include a living will, a healthcare power of attorney and a financial power of attorney, which are valid only until your death. If you’ve been putting off your estate plan, here are five good reasons to make an appointment with an estate planning attorney to get started.
Probate is the legal process of distributing your estate to your beneficiaries. If you want to avoid probate, you’ll need to work with an estate planning attorney to deal with your assets before your death. A will doesn’t negate probate. A trust can. Your estate planning lawyer can help you navigate this process.
Reduce and Even Eliminate Estate Taxes
Depending on the size of your estate, your beneficiaries may have inheritance taxes. There are some techniques that can be used to reduce the burden on your heirs, but again, you must set these things in place before your death.
Avoid a Mess
Modern families are often complex, with multiple layers. One parent may have adult children from one spouse and minor children from another. You may own a business with an unrelated partner. Estate planning avoids family fights and costly court battles over who gets what and how. You choose who is in charge of your assets if you are incapacitated, not just when you die.
Protect Your Assets
Estate planning protects your assets during your lifetime. If you are in a professional career where you could be sued, your estate plan can keep your assets from being seized. Asset protection planning is a legal and upfront way to protect your assets, but it must be done before any lawsuit is filed.
Protect Your Beneficiaries
With estate planning, you can name the trustee for your estate plan, keeping it out of the hands of someone who is bad at managing money. If you have minor children, you can be assured of who is handling their needs and finances until they become adults. Your estate plan can also protect you in the event of a divorce, depending on how it’s set up.
An estate plan can also deal with your electronic assets and accounts. Talk to an estate planning attorney about your needs and goals.
When to Start an Estate Plan
An estate plan is advised to be started whenever a person begins to accumulate assets and build up their estate. This is something that generally begins for people in their 20’s and 30’s, and for some others a bit later. Many people think that estate plans are something that is supposed to be done when they get older, but starting this at an earlier age can make the entire estate planning process easier for people throughout their lives. An estate planning lawyer in Bergen County, NJ from Kaplan Law Practice, LLC can provide the guidance and support that you need in drafting your estate plan. Our lawyers are skilled with years of experience in dealing with estate plans and can help to get yours done too. We understand the complexities and details when it comes to delicate estate planning and can also provide the guidance you need with handling these family and financial affairs.
Estate Planning is for all Tax Brackets
Numerous individuals believe that estate planning is only for those who are especially wealthy. This is not the case as anyone who has assets is advised to do an estate plan. By creating and finalizing an estate plan, a person ensures that their assets are transferred to those they wish to have them. Without an estate plan in place, the entire process is much more difficult for family members and loved ones who have to deal with the person’s estate. This means a potentially lengthy probate process and court dealings that may see turmoil arise in families and loved ones. A Bergen County, NJ estate planning lawyer is ready to sit down with you and complete your estate plan to make everything easier for both you and your loved ones. Lawyers from Kaplan Law Practice, LLC are awaiting your consultation and are more than ready to help you out.
What’s Included in an Estate Plan
An estate plan is more than just saying who gets what when you or a loved one passes on. While wills and trusts are some of the most important things included in an estate plan, there are also some other crucial things to consider and include. Power of Attorney is something that you will want to include in your estate plan. This is a designated person that you choose, usually a family member or close friend, who can make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to. There are different kinds of Power of Attorneys so when you speak with your Bergen County, NJ estate planning lawyer they can help answer your questions about the different types. Another crucial thing to include in an estate plan is guardianship if you have children. You will want to ensure that your children are taken care of by someone who is willing and trustworthy to care for them. Kaplan Law Practice, LLC lawyers can help you through the guardianship process as well and include it in your estate plan.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you don’t yet have a virtual estate plan in place, as part of your existing estate plan or because you don’t yet have an estate plan, please connect with the Law offices of Joshua Kaplan today. Scheduling a consultation with a knowledgeable Bergen County, NJ estate planning lawyer will help to ensure that your wishes are clearly articulated, enforceable, and ultimately honored.