Estate Planning and Probate

Monmouth County, New Jersey, Wills And Trusts Lawyer Estate Planning Attorney

No matter your age, health or wealth, you should take the time to develop an estate plan. With these comprehensive documents in place, you can stipulate who gets what when upon your passing and help your surviving loved ones avoid costly legal battles and unnecessary disputes.

I am Bartholomew "Bart" Babiak, and I have 40 years of legal experience guiding clients in Monmouth County and communities throughout New Jersey through complex legal matters. With my experience in both family law and estate planning, I understand how difficult some of these decisions can be. You can trust that I will always provide personal service and the individual attention you need to get you through your dilemma.

Contact me today to schedule a half-hour initial consultation to discuss your situation.

There are numerous documents that individuals and families need to address to develop a strong estate plan, including:

  • A will can be as general or specific as you'd like. From leaving all of your assets to one trusted loved one, to itemizing every valuable in your collection, I can help you work through drafting a will.
  • Many people write trusts to account for the financial security of minor children, special needs loved ones or organizations. A trust can be written for nearly any situation, including a pet trust to protect pets after your passing and a cabin trust to solidify the care, maintenance and finances of a family vacation home.
  • Powers of attorney typically fall into two categories. These documents can be written to name proxies or decision-makers for situations centering on health matters or financial matters. If you become incapacitated due to severe illness, it is wise to have named a trusted loved one as the person who can make decisions for you.

Without these documents in place, your end-of-life decisions and distribution of your assets can quickly become hindered by family disputes and legal battles. By working through your estate plan with you, I can ensure we address all major contingencies and you can protect your heirs in the future.

What Is Probate?

While the probate process can be avoided in certain situations, it is more likely that your estate will have to follow this often complex and lengthy process. During this process, the executor has the authority to collect assets, pay debts and distribute the remaining property as stated in the will. If there is no will, no named executor, or the named executor has declined the responsibility New Jersey probate courts will appoint an administrator to perform the same tasks as an executor. Typically, the first choice of an administrator is reserved for a surviving spouse or domestic partner. As your attorney, I can guide you through this process from start to finish.

I offer personal, one-one-one service and a straight-shooting approach that always has your best interests in mind. I won't always tell you what you want to hear but I will always tell you what you need to hear.

Contact me today to find out how I can help and an initial consultation. My fees are among the most reasonable in all of New Jersey.