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March 2013 Archives

Trusts can be both good and bad, depending on the beneficiary

People often misunderstand the power that a trust can have. When a person hopes to leave money to a person who isn't legally able to inherit property, they might set up a trust to help manage the money and make sure they receive the funds at an appropriate age. Sometimes people just say in their trusts that the money can be inherited by the person at the age of 25, or any other age over 18, and don't put any other restrictions on the money.

Millions of dollars in unpaid child support owed in New Jersey

When married couples go their separate ways, there are several issues that must be examined and addressed. Property is divided and spousal support may be awarded. Child custody is determined and this is often followed by an amount that must be paid by the noncustodial parent in child support. According to the Department of Human Services in New Jersey, this figure is determined after examining the incomes of both parents and the expenses that the child generates.

Estate plans should reflect our digital lives

Estate planning should change when our lives change. As technological developments have occurred, a large part of our lives have resulted in digital presences. This digital presence might be intellectual property. Photos that are stored on a hard drive are likely owned by the person that took them and owns the hard drive. These photos, along with other digital property, could have value to a person and their family.

People often delay end-of-life planning despite desire to do so

A new survey released last month found that many people are interested in planning for the end of their life, through a living will or advanced directive. However, less than a quarter of the people who think that this planning is important actually have done their planning. According to the study, 80 percent of people don't think that end-of-life planning is important.

Retirement planning is more than just IRAs and 401(k)s

When people think about retirement, they think about how much money they have saved, what financial products they might use to invest some of their money, and what they want to do when they retire. The truth is retirement planning can consist of more than just 401(k)s and IRA accounts. It can often include estate planning.

Children of divorce are more likely to smoke, study says

A new study is reporting an interesting connection between divorce and smoking. Though many people cope with a divorce differently -- some choose to drink, others choose to act out -- the study did not focus on the couples that were dissolving their marriages. Instead, it focused on the children of divorces, and people in Jersey City, New Jersey, may be interested to learn the results.

Wills are necessary for people, even when they are married

People who are single might sometimes think that they are the only ones that need a will. They think that the families of people who are married and have children will just get all of their belongings. The truth is, even married people should have wills. While in many states their family will get their belongings, it is important that people's assets are distributed according to their wishes. Sometimes people don't understand the estate laws of their state, and their assets might not end up going where they think they will.

Suit says Michael Jordan is father of woman's son

Celebrities are often at the center of legal controversies that they have contributed to themselves - many people in New Jersey realize this. But a recent filing in a family law court has a former NBA superstar filing for dismissal of a lawsuit. According to reports, a woman is claiming that Michael Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son. She wants him to take a paternity test and begin contributing financially to her son's life.

Business succession planning is essential to stay open

Many people delay estate planning until later in life. For whatever reason, they decide that they might not need an estate plan. They think they don't have enough assets, they don't have many relatives or they just don't like thinking about it. Estate planning can help every family understand their loved one's wishes and should be done sooner rather than later.

Estate planning is necessary, but will be different for everyone

People may have heard of estate tax changes that have come with the New Year. The estate tax changes have raised the exemption of estate taxes to $5 million. That might lead some people to think that estate planning is only for the rich and famous. While this increase does benefit people who have accumulated large amounts of money, it is important to remember that estate planning does so much more than help with tax liability.

New Jersey case against Indian parents is dismissed

A case made by New Jersey Child Protection Services against a couple from India has been wrapped up. According to reports, the international child custody battle created several issues for the family. Those issues began on August 9 in Parsippany, N.J.

The basics of estate planning: what does it all mean?

What is estate planning, why do people need it, and what does it consist of? Those are many questions people ask when they are considering planning for their family. Most people have heard of wills, but don't fully understand what it covers and what other estate planning documents they might need to ensure the smoothest transfer of assets to their loved ones. It is important to ask questions throughout the estate planning process to fully understand what each document does and why it is important.