Estate Planning Attorneys Serving in Burlington County

Now is the time to start thinking about your estate plans. Whether you’re entering retirement or just getting that first big career bump, estate planning is essential to providing security for your future and peace of mind for your family.

Van Dyck Law Group provides clients with comprehensive and personalized counseling to help them get their most important plans in order. If you want to strategize for whatever might lay ahead, you can work with an estate planning lawyer serving Burlington County who understands the intricacies of New Jersey law.

Managing attorney Fiona Van Dyck has been recognized as a leading practitioner of elder law and estate planning law in New Jersey. She regularly provides continuing education instruction to members of the New Jersey Attorney General’s office and conducts seminars on the topics of estate planning and elder law, including Medicaid as well as VA Aid and Attendance benefits.

Speak to us during a confidential, no-risk case evaluation with no further obligation. Find out the steps you could be taking to prepare for the future and ensure that your family and your other top priorities will be taken care of in the event of the unforeseen. Call (609) 293-2562 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.

Estate Planning Lawyers Helping Burlington County Residents Be Prepared and Be Strategic

Burlington County has a long history, one that started before the first streets of Philadelphia across the river were ever laid down. Many families go back several generations, while newly established residents join a legacy of passionate and involved people. 

Known for its expansive natural resources and scenic highways, Burlington County is also a place where many households feel blessed. With a median household income well above the national average, individuals and families in Bordentown, Florence, Medford, Mount Laurel and throughout Burlington County have lots to consider and prepare for. These estate planning preparations will ensure that their legacy can be preserved and further generations can flourish thanks to the deep roots they have set down.

Get Your Affairs in Order With Assistance From a New Jersey Estate Planning Law Firm

No one wants to think about losing a loved one or passing unexpectedly themselves. Yet, accidents and illnesses happen every day, and even the best-laid plans can be disrupted unless they are regularly reviewed and updated.

Estate plans also can come into effect long before your own passing. You may encounter a medical emergency where you are incapacitated, and having an Advance Directive along with Power of Attorney documents can go a long way towards providing your loved ones with the resources and instructions to help you as best they can. You may also be seeking tax deferment or other advantages that can come with strategic charitable trust formation or setting assets aside to lower your New Jersey estate tax responsibilities.

Whatever your goals, Van Dyck Law Group can help you feel prepared and confident. Tell us your most important priorities and the goals that you want to achieve. We will respond with a thorough and complete estate plan tailored to your exact needs. You can also review and update your estate plans on a regular basis with our assistance, keeping everything current and accounted for.

New Jersey Estate Planning Essentials

In order to prepare for a wide range of possible scenarios, every estate plan in New Jersey should ideally have the following components:

Last Will and Testament

This document puts your last wishes in writing and can establish your preferred arrangement for passing down assets and personal treasures to loved ones. Having a valid and up-to-date will is essential for helping your family avoid stress and confusion in the wake of your passing. Without a will, your estate likely becomes intestate. An intestate estate puts the responsibility of managing your affairs and inheriting all of your property on the shoulders of just one or a small number of family members.

Your will can also describe your preferred memorial and funeral arrangements, as well as name the person you feel is most qualified to manage your affairs after your passing. Wills can name guardians for individuals with minor children or disabled dependents, in addition to a number of other critical arrangements.

Probate and Estate Tax Planning

The wealth, assets, and possessions you have accumulated in life could become prized treasures for your beneficiaries, but they can also become a source of stress. Without strategic estate tax planning, assets held in the estate could not only be subjected to probate but also creditor claims and multiple types of estate taxes.

Estate tax planning in New Jersey allows you to set aside certain assets in trust and take advantage of other strategies that allow you to defer taxes — or avoid them entirely.

Health Care and Medical Incapacitation Planning

Health care costs can inflict a serious dent on the value of an estate right before the end of someone’s life. Long-term healthcare planning allows individuals to start preparing for the future now. That can mean setting aside funds for the purposes of paying for long-term care, or in other cases using asset protection strategies to take advantage of state Medicaid programs — without giving away a large portion of your estate to New Jersey once you have passed.

There’s also the possibility that you may become incapacitated for days or weeks after a medical emergency or unexpected accident. Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney documentation allows you to name trusted parties to make medical decisions on your behalf or manage financial affairs under your name. The exact powers provided depend upon your wishes and goals, so working with a New Jersey estate planning attorney is critical for being prepared for anything that may lie ahead.

Speak to Compassionate and Client-Focused Estate Planning Lawyers Serving Burlington 

Van Dyck Law Group wants to give our clients two main things: confidence, and peace of mind. We can’t always predict what may happen, but we can take the time to periodically review our affairs, put our current wishes into legal terms, and strategize so that the widest range of scenarios can be accounted for. With all this in mind, your loved ones will have everything they need to preserve your memory and leave behind a legacy you can be proud of.

If you’ve ever felt uncertain about what the future may hold for your loved ones after a medical emergency or a tragic event, now is the time to take action. Schedule your no-risk consultation appointment now when you call Van Dyck Law Group at (609) 293-2562 or contact us online.

Van Dyck Law Group Client Reviews

“ Fiona and her team made a complicated and potentially difficult process of planning for the inevitable an easy, pleasant and uncomplicated experience. Amazing!”

– Anonymous survey 2

“ The staff was very professional, courteous, and responsive. The process of updating and restating our trusts was less arduous than anticipated. Every question was clearly explained and clarified and aimed at our level of understanding. This was an A+ service.”

– David & Diane of New Providence, NJ

“ Fiona is professional and highly knowledgeable, but what sets her apart is her ability to explain complex legal details in an easy to understand manner. She is friendly and patiently answered our many questions thoroughly. Her staff is equally friendly and responsive. And they accomplished all of this under virtual conditions! Very pleased with our experience.”

– James and Sheri H.- Hopewell, NJ

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