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Don’t you hate it when you call a professional and they do not return your call? We’ve all been there. Doctors, accountants, contractors, real estate agents and, yes, even lawyers have fallen victim to this horrible habit.

It goes without saying, waiting for someone to answer your question or to let you know the status of your matter creates unnecessary anxiety and worry. Very rarely do we come across a professional who will not only take the time to return our call, but who will call us back quickly.

Here, at Iandoli & Edens, LLC, we return phone calls. We answer your emails. We let you know what is going on with your case. Quickly. If an adversary calls on your case and we are unavailable, we return their calls too. Stop waiting by the phone. Iandoli & Edens, LLC is here to help. Call us today at 908.879.9499 or visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

A Will is a document served to dispose of a Testator’s estate upon his or her demise. A Will can devise a Testator’s property, both real and personal; it can appoint a guardian for a Testator’s minor children in the event of his or her demise; and it can also dispose of the residue of the estate not otherwise bequeathed.

A Will appoints an Executor and Trustee vested with specific power and authority to manage and administer the estate of the Testator in accordance with his or her wishes. It is common for the Testator to direct payment of his debts, funeral expenses, and taxes before disposition of the estate.

In New Jersey, it is necessary for the Testator to sign the Will in the presence of two witnesses. The Testator must identify himself, establish residence in the State of New Jersey and declare the document to be his last Will. The Testator is required to revoke all prior testamentary dispositions as it is necessary to avoid any confusion in connection with other Wills made by the Testator. It is advisable to date the instrument to further avoid confusion.

A codicil is required in the event the Testator wishes to render minor changes, such as additions, deletions or alterations, in the terms of his or her existing Will.

Call Iandoli & Edens, LLC today to find out more at 908.879.9499. Visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com. Did you know you could make an appointment simply by emailing our firm? Try it today at Thomas@iandoliedens.com.

Stop debating as to whether or not you need a Will. Chances are, if you are over the age of 21, you should have one; if you have children, you need one; and if you wish to devise your property in a specific fashion, it is necessary.

Despite contrary belief, attorneys can prepare a Will for you rather quickly. For instance, if you call Iandoli & Edens, LLC today, we will send you a form to help you prepare your Will. You will need to designate the beneficiaries of your estate, the Executor of your estate and, if you have children or pets, name guardians for their care in the event of your demise. Your attorney will then draft the Will to your satisfaction. All you have to do is show up for your appointment to sign the document in front of two witnesses. This law firm will provide you with everything you need. Sounds simple? That’s because it is.

Call us today to find out how easy it is to get your Will off of your long, over-due “To-Do” list. We are open 9: a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to take your call at 908.879.9499. Visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com to contact us about making an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.

There are so many attorneys, you may be wondering where and how to start your search for your divorce attorney. One tip, of course, is to look at the attorney’s website. You may also want to ask professionals, such as other attorneys, therapists and psychologists. You may want to ask family members and friends and learn of their own experiences. Most definitely, you will want to interview the attorney you are considering. The attorney you hire should handle a significant amount of family law cases. Importantly, you want to have a rapport with that attorney. You don’t want to feel reluctant to discuss personal issues with your attorney. You want to be comfortable expressing your concerns and the matters that are most important to you.

For a consultation, call one of our experienced family law attorneys who know how to listen at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879 9499 or click here http://www.iandoliedens.com to learn more about us.

Iandoli and Edens is collecting non-perishable food for the Backpack Program. It is a charitable organization which collects and distributes food to parents of children. If you would like to contribute, we will keep a box in our waiting room for non-perishable food items. The program has suggested:

•Cereal-low sugar, child friendly
•Canned tuna or chicken
•Macaroni “N” cheese
•Peanut butter and jelly
•Pancake mix and syrup
•Applesauce and fruit (single serve), no sugar added
•Shelf-stable milk
•Meals in a can, like Dinty Moore and Chef Boyardee
•Granola type snack bars
•Raisins, individually boxed

Owning an asset prior to your marriage does not necessarily guarantee that the asset will be immune from division in the event of divorce.  Generally, when an asset is brought into a marriage, the asset is exempt from division, however, there are exceptions. For example, if a party uses his or her separate funds to purchase a residence in his or her name shortly before the marriage and the home is later used as the martial home, the purchase may be considered to be “in contemplation of the marriage” and therefore transformed into a marital asset.  This may be the case even if the home was titled in only the owner spouse’s name throughout the marriage. Also, a home purchased prior to marriage may become subject to distribution in the event of divorce if the property is maintained or improved with money or non-monetary contributions during the marriage.

 

Also, when added contributions or improvements made to pre-marital property during the marriage increase the value of the property, the appreciation in value may be considered as having been “acquired” during the marriage and therefore subject to distribution in the event of a divorce.  Similarly, an IRA, brokerage or retirement account acquired prior to the marriage may increase in value over the course of a marriage.  If the increase in value was a result of additional contributions to the IRA or other account, the increase would be considered acquired during the marriage and subject to distribution. However, if an account simply increases because of market conditions it is exempt.  Additionally, if an investment account owned prior to the marriage increases in value during the marriage and the increase is brought about solely through the efforts of the owner spouse, that value is not distributable. However, conversely, if the value was derived in part or whole from the efforts from the non-owner spouse, it may be subject to distribution.

 

Additionally, the commingling of pre-marital assets with joint assets acquired during the marriage may effectively transform an otherwise pre-marital asset into a marital asset subject to distribution.  For example, a spouse deposits pre-marital funds into a joint bank account with marital monies.  The separate funds have been commingled with the joint account monies and are now arguably subject to distribution.

 

A spouse with separate pre-marital property must therefore be cautious as to where the money is going to be deposited, how the funds are going to be used, and who is going to have access.  Otherwise, commingling of such funds can ultimately render it marital property subject to distribution in the event of divorce.   The best way to protect your interest in pre-marital assets is to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement that outlines each party’s right to retain his and her separate property owned prior to the marriage in the event of divorce.  Contact an attorney at Iandoli & Edens, LLC at 908-879-9499 to discuss your rights.