Estate Planning Attorneys for Nontraditional Families in NJ & PA
Knowledgeable Estate Planning Lawyers Ensure the Financial Security of Nontraditional Families in New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Although many legal advances have been made in recent years, nontraditional families are still not afforded all of the same legal rights and benefits afforded to traditional married couples in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. This matters a great deal because more and more couples are deciding to live in unmarried households, leading to complications when it comes to estate planning.
Everyone deserves to know that their families and their loved ones will be protected in the future, including:
- Transferring ownership of a family home
- Leaving the management of an estate in the capable hands of a trusted partner
- Designating the beneficiaries on a life insurance policy
- Ensuring the safe custody of minor children
- Avoiding estate disputes among surviving family members and loved ones
- Guaranteeing that medical decisions are carried out in accordance with your wishes
- Making sure that your burial instructions are followed after your death
Regardless of the nature of your family, you should not have to worry about what will happen to your spouse, partner, children or other loved ones after you are gone. The best way to ensure that they are taken care of, and that you are in full compliance with NJ or PA estate planning laws, is to have knowledgeable legal counsel help you set up a comprehensive estate plan.
The compassionate, experienced South Jersey estate planning attorneys at McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC can help you craft an effective estate plan that protects your interests and the interests of your loved ones. Contact us today to arrange a face-to-face consultation at one of our offices in Maple Shade, Browns Mills, Moorestown and Philadelphia.
Nontraditional Families Need to Protect Themselves by Preparing a Comprehensive Estate Plan that Includes a Will
“Intestacy” is the legal term for dying without a will. When someone passes away without a will, they have “died intestate.” Traditional married couples, with or without children, are afforded a bare minimum amount of protection by intestacy laws. Although NJ and PA have intestate succession laws that determine where your assets go in the event that you die without a will, there are still limitations on the scope of protection offered under the law.
For example, certain assets are not affected by intestacy laws because these assets would not ordinarily be passed on to your loved ones through a will. These potentially unprotected assets include life insurance policies, retirement accounts and co-owned properties. A probate court may have to determine who receives these assets, which is why you need to take steps now to ensure that all of your assets end up with the right people.
Moreover, even if you are married, the portion of your estate that your spouse receives could be reduced because New Jersey and Pennsylvania intestacy laws dictate that parents, children or other descendants may be entitled to a certain percentage of your assets in the absence of a will. Beyond that, if you pass away without writing a will, it’s possible that the state could end up claiming part, or even all, of your estate.
At McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC, we are fully prepared to assist you with preparation of your estate planning documents. In fact, our skilled estate planning lawyers have decades of combined experience helping members of nontraditional families navigate the complicated tax laws in NJ and PA and set up comprehensive estate plans that account for their unique familial circumstances.
Knowledgeable South Jersey Estate Planning Lawyers Protect Estates of All Sizes
No matter how “large” or “small” your estate might be, it is important for you to take the necessary steps to ensure that it is handled with care after you are gone. Whether your estate includes a home or other real estate, a car or motorcycle, bank accounts, stock options, life insurance or any other holdings, you worked hard to acquire your assets and secure your financial position over the course of your life and you have every right to expect that your assets will be protected in the years ahead.
Keep in mind that preparing a comprehensive estate plan can be extremely complicated, regardless of the circumstances. The rules for “nontraditional families” are vastly more complicated, which is why it is important for anyone in a nontraditional family to speak with a qualified estate planning attorney.
Whether you are part of a same-sex couple, an unmarried couple, a couple with children from a previous marriage, a couple raising a grandchild or any other kind of nontraditional family, it is imperative that you take steps to safeguard your assets and make sure that your loved ones are left in a good position after you are gone. A knowledgeable estate planning lawyer can help you explore all of your available legal options and determine the best course of action for you and your loved ones.
Free Consultation with Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys Who Assist with Wills, Trusts and Estates for Nontraditional Families in PA & NJ
The skilled estate planning attorneys at McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC have decades of combined experience drafting estate plans and protecting the assets of traditional married couples and nontraditional families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Whether your estate plan involves a trust, a will or any other legal document, we will create a comprehensive estate plan that helps your loved ones avoid exorbitant estate taxes and that fully accounts for the unique circumstances of your family situation. Contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation about your estate planning options.