Legal Tip of the Week – 4/17/18!

WHAT ARE ABLE ACCOUNTS AND WHEN ARE THEY USED? The ABLE account (or Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is likened to an Educational IRA with some differences.  An ABLE account can be set up for a Special Needs Individual who has had a disability diagnosis established before the age of 26.[1] Special Needs Individuals who apply for disability benefits have to show that they have resources under $2k and any income that comes to them which puts them over that limit even by a dollar, could potentially trigger an ineligibility the following month.  Up to now, such individuals and their families could only set up First or Third Party […]

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Legal Tip of the Week – 2/25/18!

Revocable Living Trusts Misunderstood I have been, for a while now, one of “those” New Jersey attorneys who likes to recommend Revocable Living Trusts (RLTs) for my clients perhaps more often than a majority of my fellow New Jersey colleagues.  When I first started to practice in the area of trusts & estates, I spoke the same language as many of these attorneys when it came to recommending Wills over Revocable Living Trusts.  They all said: “NJ is a probate friendly state; there is really no need to set up living trusts here.  And those attorneys who are “churning” these trusts out like mills are only doing it to make […]

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Legal Tip of the Week – 2/2/18!

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is well behind us and we are into the first week of February!  This post was originally scheduled for a January submission but due to a recent good interruption last week (my attendance at the Heckerling Conference on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida), there was a slight delay.  Stay tuned for my musings of the conference in the coming weeks.  Thank you! Incapacity Planning We all know that people download Wills off of Legal Zoom thinking that “some” plan in place is better than none at all; rather than incur the expense of engaging an attorney, their thought is to come up with a […]

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