Estate Planning Attorneys Serving in Hopewell
It is never too early to start thinking about the future, no matter how old you are. One way you can prepare is to speak with an estate planning attorney. Having your affairs in order now can ensure your wishes are followed in the future and increases the chances your family will be well taken care of.
It only takes a single accident or illness to bring life to a stop. In times of crisis, it can be challenging for families to handle end-of-life care and wishes. With an established estate plan, you can ensure that your family has the guidance they need to make the proper decisions concerning your assets.
The attorneys at the Van Dyck Law Group can help you start forming an estate plan. When you are proactive with what will happen to your estate should you pass away, you have the opportunity to decide what will happen and how it will happen. A comprehensive plan ensures your legacy is protected.
Our attorneys are well-versed in New Jersey estate planning laws and we serve clients in Hopewell. When you seek our help to develop your estate plan, we can look into your goals and possible future situations. Whether you are looking to write a last will and testament, want to establish an advance directive, or wish to learn about trust, we can help.
If you are ready to learn more about estate planning, all you need to do is reach out to the Van Dyck Law Group. Call (609) 293-2562 or contact us online to make a no-risk appointment and consultation today.
Estate Planning Lawyers Helping Preserves Legacies in Hopewell
Located in Mercer County, the township of Hopewell has a population of nearly 17,500 residents. Only 60 square miles large, Hopewell is a tight-knit community of families and working professionals. Not far from New York City, Hopewell is known to be a quiet area to settle down with the benefits of the city a short distance away.
The Van Dyck Law Group is proud to provide estate planning services to the residents of Hopewell. We understand the sensitive nature of estate planning, so we will be sure to thoroughly explain all of your options so you are aware of how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances and familial situation.
Our services include:
- Last Will & Testament Creation
- Trust Formation
- Estate Tax Planning
- Charitable Planning
- Special Needs Estate Planning
- Asset Protection
- Long-term Care Planning
- Medical Crisis Planning (Advanced Directives)
- Powers of Attorney
- Estate Plan Reviews
- Probate Assistance
Proudly Serving Our Clients in Mercer County
Van Dyck Law Group provides comprehensive guidance to help individuals get their estates in order. We can assist you in learning more about the most important strategies for estate planning, including helping you put your existing wishes into goal-oriented actions. No matter what your circumstances are in life, you can benefit from working with a Mercer County estate planning lawyer who is well-versed in New Jersey law.
Mercer County was first populated well before the founding of New Jersey or the United States. Originally inhabited by the Lenape, early Europeans arrived in the area in 1610. More than a century later, in 1754, a group of trustees decided to move their college to the area — the college that is today known as Princeton University. However, it wasn’t until 1838 that Mercer County was founded.
Today, Mercer County is brimming with flourishing neighborhoods, rich farmlands, and bustling urban centers. Long-time residents and visitors alike can always find something new to do in Mercer County.
The Importance of Establishing an Estate Plan
Estate plans are not just for high-net individuals. Regardless of your financial status or age, it is essential to have an estate plan. Establishing an estate plan will ensure your assets are appropriately distributed after your death and that your personal affairs are prepared for challenges like probate and inheritance taxes.
If you were to pass away without an estate plan, New Jersey law decides what happens to your assets. In most instances, the surviving spouse and/or surviving children are deemed the representative of the estate and have the responsibility of distributing any assets. If there is no spouse or other family members, the court will name a public trustee to manage distribution.
The probate process is long and often expensive. When you have an estate plan, you can help your loved ones save time and money after you’re gone by laying out your wishes officially and strategizing to minimize their own procedural burdens.
Estate planning is especially important when you have dependent children. If you were to die without a surviving spouse to raise your children, the probate court would likely appoint a legal guardian for your children. In some cases, they could go into foster care and become a ward of the state. With an estate plan, you can ensure your children are cared for if you pass away.
There are many other considerations that go into an estate plan, as well, including your advance directive, powers of attorney, and more. Speak to an estate planning lawyer at Van Dyck Law to start the process and help your loved ones be prepared for the future.
Elements of an Estate Plan
Your wants and needs for your estate plan will affect the types of documents you wish to file.
The most common elements of an estate plan include the following:
- Last Will and Testament. Your will contains all of your wishes and intentions regarding the distribution of your possessions after you pass away, as well as other important instructions. You can name a personal representative to manage your estate, describe your preferred funeral & burial arrangements, and offer other guidance for your loved ones in handling your affairs.
- Probate Planning. Most wills must pass through probate court to be executed. As there are some exceptions in New Jersey, it is best to work with an estate planning attorney to prepare for the probate process and minimize the duties placed upon your surviving heirs.
- Trust Documents. A trust is a legal entity that involves the trustor, trust manager, and beneficiary. They can include specific instructions, including the transferral of property held in trust to a specific beneficiary. Establishing a trust is often favorable during estate planning, as it means avoiding probate court.
- Powers of Attorney. In the event you are incapacitated, designating someone with power of attorney specifies who has the ability to make financial and/or medical decisions on your behalf.
- Advance Directives. An advance directive is a health care document, also referred to as a “living will.” These documents outline what you want to happen in the event you are medically incapacitated. You can specify which life-saving measures you would like administered, for example, or specify how financial affairs will be managed in your stead.
What to Expect From a New Jersey Estate Planning Lawyer
While we should all plan for our futures, some find the idea of discussing estate planning uncomfortable, perhaps even morbid. Fortunately, the estate planning lawyers from Van Dyck Law group know how to handle your questions and concerns with the utmost respect and care.
When you first reach out to us, we will make an appointment to discuss your options. The more prepared you are for the meeting, the better we can serve you.
For example, consider the following questions prior to the meeting:
- What types of properties and assets do you own?
- Who may you want to manage your estate and carry out your wishes after your passing?
- Will you need a trust or a charitable arrangement, or could you benefit from establishing one?
- Who are the beneficiaries you wish to inherit your assets?
- Do you need to select an appointed guardian for minor children? If so, who might you consider?
While you won’t need formal documentation when we first meet, mentally preparing to answer those questions can make the preliminary process easier. When you seek estate planning guidance from our lawyers in Mercer County, you can rest assured that your wishes will be honored and your legacy upheld.
Speak With an Estate Planning Law Firm About Your Hopewell Estate
Van Dyck Law Group provides clients with personalized estate planning guidance so they can move into the future with confidence and peace of mind. We understand that you cannot always predict what will happen, but with a regular review of your affairs, you will have the opportunity to plan for the broadest range of scenarios.
To leave your loved ones with everything they need to preserve your legacy now is the time to take action. We will explain the steps you need to take to prepare for the future. Schedule your no-risk consultation now by calling Van Dyck Law Group at (609) 293-2562, or contact us online.