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What is the Probate Process in New Jersey?

New Jersey Probate ensures the deceased’s assets are properly distributed to the deceased’s heirs.

Probate is the process by which the government ensures the deceased’s assets are properly distributed to their heirs. It is also a process by which the government ensures that any taxes or liens owed to the state are fully paid.

The process can be quick and painless, as in the case where you are the only living relative of the decedent and it is non-contentious. In this case, the process can be relatively short and assets can be released sooner. However, when the estates are larger, poorly organized, complex, the will is missing, or other people contest the validity of the will, the probate process can be lengthy, painful and can take years. In a situation like this naming the beneficiary as the executor makes sense.

  1. Read about how the NJ Probate Process Works.
  2. Read more about naming an executor in a will.
  3. Read what a New Jersey Executor is responsible for in the NJ Probate Process.

Having someone who you can trust to go over and counsel you in all elder law and estate planning matters is critical to minimizing conflict and undue delays in the probate process. Lazaro Cardenas offers legal and personal guidance through the NJ probate process.  For an initial free phone consultation call Lazaro Cardenas a New Jersey Probate Attorney from the Law Firm of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas at (844) 533-3367.

If you are:

  • Worried about the surrogates court, or are you unsure what a surrogates court is;
  • Don’t know what a county surrogate is or why he is elected;
  • Unsure what death taxes are or inheritance tax;
  •  Not sure what form or forms are required for administration of a will;
  • Need to be appointed as the executor or administrator by the surrogate’s office;
  • Looking to plan for your business in case you die so your family is taken care of?

There are lots of moving pieces when trying to have a will probated.  Getting a certificate of death. How many copies of the death certificate ae needed?  Getting letters testamentary to be appointed as the administrator of the estate. Understanding your duties as the executor. Who do you have to give notice of the death of the decedent? Keeping track of financial and accounts related to the estate Paying the creditors of the decedent(s). Tracking fees you have paid. How to keep records. What services are you going to be reimbursed for if you pay out of your own pocket? Understanding when you can safely make distributions to beneficiaries.  What is required? Filing federal and state taxes for both the decedent and the estate. What is the amount of fees you get to collect for administering an estate?

There are lots of issues that arise for a person administering an estate in New Jersey. You can search high and low, but please stop and ask for help if you feel overwhelmed.  We will not make you pay to ask questions. We are a safe place out of the public’s eye to help you find the help you need.  We offer legal and personal guidance through the New Jersey probate process.  For an initial free phone consultation call Lazaro Cardenas a New Jersey Probate Attorney from the Law Firm of Patel, Soltis & Cardenas at (844) 533-3367.

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