Estate Planning Attorneys Serving in South Brunswick
It only takes a moment for lives to change. If you were involved in an accident or suddenly fell ill, would your family know how to handle the situation? It may be uncomfortable to consider, but it is essential to prepare your loved ones and inform them of your wishes should you pass away.
While there is no way we can predict what tomorrow will bring, we can prepare for situations by thinking strategically, for example preparing for the day by packing an umbrella in case of rain. But what about planning for the long term? For that, you need an estate planning attorney serving South Brunswick.
At the Van Dyck Law Group, our attorneys assist clients with estate planning services. The earlier you begin to plan, the more time you will have to ensure all of your affairs are in order in the event of the unforeseen. Whether you are looking to designate powers of attorney, establish an advance directive for medical care, or create a will, we have the knowledge and resources you need to make the best decisions for your future.
Our attorneys understand how complex estate planning can be. We will help you establish your goals and ensure that the proper plans are put in place to not only follow your wishes but also protect your legacy.
Learn more about the best way to handle your affairs through estate planning. Call (609) 293-2562 or contact us online to make a no-risk appointment and consultation today.
Estate Planning Lawyers Preparing South Brunswick Residents for Tomorrow
Located in central New Jersey and home to nearly 50,000 residents. As one of the safest cities in America, South Brunswick is a modern community that encourages progress and diversity. It is known for its public education system and successful businesses. It offers opportunities for residents young and old. South Brunswick also has a population that tends to have a high degree of financial success, with median incomes well over the national average.
Our estate planning attorneys are proud to provide services to the residents of South Brunswick. No matter what stage of life you are in, we can guide you through the estate planning process to ensure a secure future.
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 (Advance Directive)
- Powers of Attorney
- Estate Plan Reviews
- Probate Assistance
Proudly Serving Our Clients in Middlesex County
Estate planning is affected greatly by state law, so it is advisable to work with a knowledgeable Middlesex County estate planning attorney. The lawyers at Van Dyck Law Group are well versed in estate planning laws and have the resources to help you strategize for whatever the future may bring. We will also ensure your plan is kept up to date with any changing wishes.
Located in central New Jersey, Middlesex County is the third-most populous county in the state. Established in March 1683, the location for Middlesex was chosen because of its proximity to the Raritan River. The Middlesex County of today features an extensive transportation network, including a number of rail stations. The area is also home to a vast public park system made up of more than 6,300 acres.
Middlesex County holds the nickname of “The Greatest County in the Land.” Known for its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, as well as its world-class health care and educational institutions — including Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health in New Brunswick and Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro — Middlesex County rigorously promotes community, culture, commerce, and education.
With a focus on enrichment, Middlesex County aspires to provide all residents with the opportunity to access the arts, culture, and history. With a median age of 39.3 across over 830,000 residents, many residents in the county are at stages in their lives where it makes sense to start planning for the future. Van Dyck Law Group is proud to serve the residents of Middlesex County and the surrounding areas for all of their estate planning needs.
Build Your Legacy With Help from an Estate Planning Law Firm Serving South Brunswick
Planning for the future can be overwhelming, especially without the right support system. However, with an estate planning lawyer helping you manage your affairs, you can be prepared for whatever life may bring.
While estate plans are most often thought of in regard to someone’s passing, they can also come into effect during a person’s lifetime. If, for example, you were to be in an accident that left you medically incapacitated for a time, having powers of attorney and advance directive documents can ensure you receive the care you would choose if you were able to make your choices known.
At Van Dyck Law Group, managing attorney Fiona Van Dyck is recognized as a leading practitioner of estate planning in New Jersey. In addition to providing guidance to South Brunswick residents, she also provides continuing education instruction to members of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. If you have questions regarding estate planning, elder law, Medicaid, or Veterans affairs, Fiona Van Dyck and her team can provide you with answers and personalized guidance towards reaching your estate planning goals.
What To Know About Planning Your Estate in New Jersey
Many people assume that their end-of-life wishes are fully outlined with the last will and testament. However, there are many more components to a comprehensive estate plan. A well-crafted plan will protect your assets and save on estate taxes while avoiding probate. At a minimum, your estate plan should contain a will and a durable power of attorney. However, there are other elements to consider, including a trust, medical directives, and designated beneficiaries.
Components of an Estate Plan
- Will — A last will and testament is a legally-binding document that explains how your property is to be distributed after your death. Wills can also appoint legal representatives to carry out wishes, identify guardians for minor children, and provide other instructions including those for your funeral and burial.
- Trust — A trust is a legal agreement holding a trustee responsible for the management of the trust’s assets and their possible future transfer to a beneficiary. The trustee, which could be an individual, law firm, bank, or other institution, holds property for the beneficiary — which is often either a spouse or child(ren). Trusts are set up for different reasons, including establishing charities, avoiding probate, and reducing estate taxes.
- Power of Attorney. A power of attorney is a legal document that appoints a person to act in your place to make medical or financial decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated. Without a power of attorney, a court needs to appoint a guardian or conservator to your estate to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make your own decisions.
- Advance Directives — An advance directive provides guidance for someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapable of doing so. It can also establish the type of end-of-life care you want. For example, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders are set with an advance directive.
- Designated Beneficiaries — As you create your estate plan, you also want to ensure your retirement plan beneficiary designations are current. Naming a beneficiary is crucial to ensuring your benefits are appropriately distributed after your death.
Secure Your Family’s Future With Van Dyck Law Group
No matter what your goals are for the future, Van Dyck Law Group can help you prepare. When you reach out to an estate planning attorney serving South Brunswick, they will review your goals and help you construct a tailored estate plan that meets your needs. As time passes, you may find that your intentions change — and that’s okay. We can adjust your estate plan as needed to keep your wishes as current as possible and to reflect the current contents of your estate.
Van Dyck Law Group is focused on providing our clients with valuable, personalized service. When you create an estate plan with our guidance, you can rest assured your family will have everything they need to uphold your legacy, preserve your memory, and protect their own financial future. Schedule your no-risk consultation appointment now when you call Van Dyck Law Group at (609) 293-2562 or contact us online.