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Sadly, it was just announced that the UK has issued travel warnings to their LGBT citizens against travelling to North Carolina and Mississippi.  As most people have heard, both these states have passed laws limiting the rights of the LGBT community.   Recently, Bruce Springsteen canceled a planned performance in North Carolina in protest.

Even in states without new laws, many fear reprisal at the workplace and elsewhere.  The Equality Act is a growing movement to pass Federal anti-discrimination laws.  Many people involved say the “not knowing” is devastating for themselves and their families.

For information regarding the family laws of the State of New Jersey, come for a free consultation  with one of the skilled attorneys at  IANDOLI  & EDENS; 908 879-9499.

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.

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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

In order to first understand what the same-sex debate is all about, one must first learn about the civil rights landmark case, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967). It is a romantic story about an African/Native American woman, Mildred Loving, and a white man, Richard Loving, who happen to fall in love in the State of Virginia. (Trust me, you too will see the irony in the surname, “Loving.”) Since Virginia outlawed interracial marriage at the time, the couple wed in Washington D.C. However, upon their return to their home state of Virginia, the couple was prosecuted for marrying contrary to Virginia law and were essentially forced to leave the state.  Sad, right? (I know, we too see the irony in that Virginia is known as the “State for lovers”.) Well, things actually work out for this couple. The United State Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Virginia law for being unconstitutional in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Ah yes, the Fourteenth Amendment. It’s an important one, alright. For one, the Equal Protection clause of our beloved Fourteenth Amendment states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Deep, right?

So, I know what you are thinking. “What does this tale about two young lovers have to do with same-sex marriage?” The answer: A lot.  Those who support same-sex marriages argue that anti-same-sex marriage laws deny people the equal protection of the laws. Sound familiar? That was the same argument used in Loving. Of course, Loving was about interracial marriage and had nothing to do with a union as it pertained to sexual orientation.

Despite this however, there is no denying that there is a deep-established connection between loving and Loving. The Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment is not only relevant to the same-sex marriage debate, it is key. Perhaps Mildred Loving said it perfectly in 2007 when she was quoted stating:

 

I believe all Americans, no matter   their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should   have that same freedom to marry… I am still not a political person, but I   am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce   the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people,   black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the   freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

I mean, really; no one could have said it any better.

Iandoli & Edens, LLC is a law practice exclusively devoted to family related matters. If you have questions about same-sex marriage or any family related matters, talk to one of our attorneys. They are here to help you. Call 908.879.9499 today or click here www.iandoliedens.com to visit the Iandoli & Edens, LLC website for more information.