Probate & Estates

New Jersey probate and estates attorneys at Price and Price: A well-established elder law firm that has guided thousands toward their goals

Losing a loved one is never easy. If your loved one dies, a legal process known as probate begins. You may be appointed as the executor, the one entrusted with settling the deceased’s affairs.

Being an executor and being involved with the probate process can be complicated and at times may feel overwhelming. That’s where Price and Price, LLC can lend a helping hand. Our New Jersey probate and estates attorneys assist individuals and families in the process by helping to make sure the transfer of assets from the deceased to family, friends and loved ones is accurate and as smooth as possible.

Even if the process is straightforward, it’s important to have an experienced attorney you can trust who will stay on top of the details. By hiring a law firm that focuses exclusively on probate and related matters, you will save yourself considerable time and stress.

The attorneys at Price and Price have worked hard to build a reputation throughout Southern New Jersey as dependable and highly skilled legal professionals. We have helped thousands of clients over the past 40 years navigate through the system. We take a streamlined approach designed to reduce the risk of errors. We attribute our success to the fact that we focus exclusively on elder law.

We know you have questions about probate and estate administration, and we want to hear from you. Call 856.429.5522 to set up a consultation with us at our office in Haddonfield. If you prefer, we can communicate with you remotely by using Skype or FaceTime. By hiring Price and Price, the largest elder law firm in South Jersey, you get power, resources and experience.

Frequently asked questions about probate and estate administration

What is Probate / Estate Administration?

Probate or estate administration is the process of collecting a deceased individual’s assets, paying their debts, paying death taxes and distributing the remaining proceeds to beneficiaries.

How long does the probate process take in NJ?

Every estate has unique details and varying levels of complexity but there are certain guidelines. In our experience, a quick probate takes approximately nine months to a year. This can happen when the assets are well organized and there are no challenges to the estate. Larger and more complex estates can take much longer, sometimes up to several years. If the will is being contested then the probate will continue until the challenge comes to a resolution.

How to challenge a will in New Jersey?

If you are looking to challenge the validity of will in New Jersey the typical reasons to do so are:

  1. Lack of capacity – meaning the owner of the estate did not have a mental capability to make the will or changes to the will at the time the documents were created or changed.
  2. Undue influence – meaning the documents are a reflection of another person’s wishes more so than the owner of the estate.
  3. Fraud – meaning someone has either falsified documents or tricked the estate owner into executing an estate plan or executing a change to an existing estate plan.

If you are looking to challenge a will in New Jersey make sure to contact an attorney that is experienced in estate litigation. We have 40 years’ combined experience in estate litigation and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your unique situation.

What should I do if a parent dies?

One of the first things you should do after the funeral proceedings are complete is call an experienced elder law and estate probate attorney who can give you the step by step checklist of what needs to be done based on your unique situation and review your parent’s will with you. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and dealing with financial issues while simultaneously going through the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one can be daunting. At Price and Price we will provide you with the care and guidance necessary to ease your stress and confusion during the probate and estate administration process.

How will Price and Price help with my probate matter in New Jersey?

New Jersey families have turned to Price and Price for probate help because we consistently help them achieve their goals in an efficient manner designed to keep costs low and hassles to the client to a minimum. Typically, we take the following steps when probating a will on behalf of a client:

  • Accompany the executor to the Surrogate’s office
  • Complete the application to admit the will
  • Apply for bond if required
  • Establish bank accounts
  • Arrange for appraisals
  • Sell assets if needed
  • Defend against will contests / inheritance disputes

We ensure that the estate complies with all county, state and federal regulations and guidelines. Other steps we take when representing clients through the probate process includes:

  • Handling all correspondence with creditors
  • Interacting with heirs
  • Providing representation in the unlikely event of a will contest
  • Preparing death tax returns if required

Is administering a trust part of the probate process?

Yes. We can advise trustees or act as trustees for clients, wherever they may live in South Jersey.

Our attorneys can perform tasks as simple as explaining the provisions of the trust or as complex as dealing with estate and inheritance taxes if the estate is significant. While a trust does not have to enter the probate process, it may have stipulations that should be completed by an attorney – property transfers, ongoing tax requirements, or helping resolve disputes arising from the provisions of a trust.

Certain types of trusts, especially special needs trusts, may have been established for the care and protection of children or adults with disabilities and other special needs. It is important that trustees be aware of the need to protect the assets of the trust if the beneficiary receives government assistance such as SSDI, SSI or other federal, state or local benefits.

How to reach a probate and estate attorney in Haddonfield

Call us at 856.429.5522, contact us online or visit our South Jersey office in Haddonfield. If you are unable to come to our office, or prefer to communicate with us from your home, we offer Skype and FaceTime consultations.

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Price & Price attorneys have received recognition from various groups and publications. Specific awards are noted on our attorney bios. More information about each of these awards and the methodology used for selection can be found on the following links. Super Lawyers and SJ Magazine 2017 Top Attorneys. No aspect of these accolades has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

35 Kings Highway East #110
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Phone: 856.429.5522