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June 2013 Archives

Estate planning may soon change radically for gay couples

Gay couples everywhere are faced with different financial parameters than their heterosexual counterparts. Even couples in states, like New York, that recognize same-sex marriages, they can not claim the same financial rights or benefits as spouses in male-female marriages. Social security death benefits, pension benefits and more are not allowed for married gay spouses.

I want to leave my kids money, but I've got a frivolous spender

Parents work hard with their kids in mind. They want to provide them with a great childhood and set them up to prosper in their future. A lucky parent will have their children outlive them, and more often than not, a parent will want to provide for their children even after they are gone.

Make estate-planning count by avoiding these mistakes

Many people are proactive when it comes to preparing for the future, however not everyone takes the proper steps to get their affairs in order before it’s too late. Proper estate planning in Hudson County can help a person and his or her family be prepared for an unexpected death or permanent disability. However, knowing the necessary steps to plan for your estate correctly is the key to success.

Some spouses will do everything they can to extend court time

If one woman's story is any sort of precedent for other divorce cases, it is likely that couples in Jersey City, New Jersey, have found themselves fighting over child support. According to her, women might get custody but they often get the short end of the stick when it comes to child support and alimony awards. This tends to leave men with a better financial outlook but less custody or visitation time.

Three things to consider when doing estate planning

Although death may be a subject that most people would rather avoid, preparing for one’s passing is a good idea. Getting one’s affairs in order can help bring peace of mind to that person as well as to his or her loved ones. Therefore, proper estate planning, including drafting wills and trusts, is something that probably everyone in New Jersey should consider.

Aging parents' debt can be problem for adult children

Estate planning can be a tricky and delicate subject for many people. Talking about death, especially one's one, is not something that comes easy. However, pre-planning in this area can not only make things easier for surviving family members when a death occurs but can also save heirs a lot of money. There are many ways that children or other survivors of deceased loved ones end up facing costly situations that could be avoided by the simple act of creating a valid will and asset valuation ahead of time.

A prenup can make your divorce much easier

Couples who decide to divorce in Hudson, New Jersey, may find that doing so is much more taxing than they thought it ever could be. The process can take up a large amount of time and cause emotions to run high, even in situations where both spouses believe that the split should happen. This is understandable, particularly when considering that the full weight of a family law proceeding is loaded onto the backs of two divorcing spouses.

Wills should include college plans for families

College savings is an important topic for New Jersey families. The popularity of the 529 plans has made saving for college a valued tax advantage as well as a convenient way to provide higher education opportunities. Parents and grandparents alike choose these plans for their simplicity and benefits but may forget to incorporate this planning into their overall estate planning.

Help protect your kids' college funds with proper estate planning

Many parents in Hudson County help their children save for their future education by starting a college savings plan. However, some of them may overlook the importance of protecting that money. One of the best ways a person can ensure that those funds will be used the way they were intended is to include them in his or her estate planning.

Man with Nazi beliefs pursues rights to see sons and daughters

A father from New Jersey who has been in the news before is back in the spotlight. According to reports, the 40-year-old man recently attended a child custody hearing in the hope that he would get to spend time with his 2-year-old son. It is unclear whether the court will allow the man to see his child -- and possibly his three other kids -- because they were taken away from him and his wife in 2011 for alleged abuse.

Proper estate planning can prove very valuable

Almost no one wants talk about death, but death is an inevitable part of life. It is something that everyone will experience, but it can be made a little easier on a person and his or her loved ones if a person takes the time to do a little estate planning before that day arrives. Filling out a will or a trust, or any other type of estate planning service in Hudson County, New Jersey is a smart idea for anyone.

Guardian sues bank regarding New York financier's accounts

Legal authority to care for an incapacitated person may include full legal guardianship in which one person assumes responsibility for another including paying bills, managing property, determining living situations and making medical decisions. In other situations, a durable power of attorney, living trust or living will can appoint a person or entity to manage assets or healthcare decisions. A limited guardianship may be instituted if the person is still able to work and make some decisions on his or her own.