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The headlines this last week of 2016 are full of unexpected deaths, most notably Carrie Fisher and George Michael. Both were taken far too young and our deepest condolences go out to their family, friends and fans.

Unfortunately, as tragic as these deaths are, unexpected death is not uncommon. Compounding the tragedy is that often people who die young or unexpectedly do not have an Estate Plan; or even a Last Will and Testament.  This leaves the survivors struggling not only with the grief of losing a loved one, but the very real problems that death brings.  Sometimes people believe they do not need a Will because they do not own anything of value.  This is not the case.  Even the most humble of estates have difficult questions that need to be answered.  It might be as straightforward as: Where does your loved one want to be buried?  Or as complicated as:  Who is going to finish raising their child?  No one wants to think about dying, but planning for the unexpected by having a Last Will and Testament can be one of the best gifts you can give to your friends and family.

If you want more information about estate planning contact one of our attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499 and we will help you come up with a plan that works for your family.

No one likes to talk about life after death. No doubt, it is depressing to think of eventual demise. However, if you have children, a pet, or property, preparing a Will should be on your priority “to-do” list.

Upon your passing, a Will serves many purposes. It can name a guardian and alternate custodian to watch over your children. If you own a pet, do you know who will take care of your pet when you pass? Naming a custodian for your pet is also something you can (and should) name in your Will. You can even set aside funds to help your custodian care for your pet upon your demise. Do you own a home or a bank account or treasured personal property? You can certainly list these items in your Will and declare the person who you wish to receive your assets. It is so important to name an executor for your estate who has the responsibility to manage your estate upon your demise.

Perhaps most importantly, preparing a Will may give you the gift of reassurance that your wishes will be carried out upon your demise and you can finally check it off your “to-do” list. Contact an attorney with Iandoli & Edens, LLC. They are experienced in Wills and estate cases and can prepare a Will quickly and in accordance with your wishes.

Call 908.879.9499 to make an appointment today at Iandoli & Edens, LLC. You can also 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.

Please join us on April 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the County College of Morris, Randolph Campus for our workshop entitled “Post-Judgment Relief and Estate Planning.”

To register for this workshop, please call (973) 328-5025, or e-mail womenscenter@ccm.edu. CCM requires pre-registration.

If you are an adult with children, you should prepare a last will and testament. Most people believe that a will only serves to designate beneficiaries of certain property once the testator is deceased. However, a last will and testament can serve many other benefits.

A last will and testament may serve to name the guardian for your minor children in the event of your demise. It is best to prepare a will when your children are under the age of eighteen (18).

Choosing a guardian is a very serious decision. Although family members are often picked as guardians, a parent can name a close friend if they so wish. Testators who co-parent should name the other parent as guardian in the event of their demise. In the event both parents should perish together, dual wills can be prepared where both parents agree to leave the children with the mutually selected guardian. It is wise to name an alternate guardian in the event your first choice predeceases you or relinquishes his or her guardian responsibilities.

If you would like Iandoli & Edens, LLC to prepare a last will and testament, give us a call at 908.879.9499. Visit us on the web at http://www.iandoliedens.com to find out more.