Tampa, FL asked in Elder Law, Family Law and Estate Planning for New Jersey

Q: My father (71) owns a home in Nj. How to start getting his paperwork ready in case of death. He lives in NJ I live in Fl

2 Lawyer Answers
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
Answered
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You should have your father call one of us lawyers to draft a will for him.

Morris Leo Greb agrees with this answer

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
Answered
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I agree with Mr Aalsberg, that the best way to start the process is for your father and you to meet with NJ estate planning counsel to draft the various estate planning documents, starting with a living will (to address the handling of medical decisions if he becomes incapacitated), power of attorney to address who has the right to handle his financial and business matters if he is unable to do so and to then discuss whether to prepare a will or a trust document, putting the house and any of his other available assets into the trust ( if his total estate is worth less than XXX dollars).

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