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Wills, Trusts and Estates

If a loved one has died, we can assist in the efficient settling of the estate or represent your interests in litigation. Our experienced attorneys also can help if you need court intervention to establish a guardianship or conservatorship for an elderly parent or family member.

Based in Rockaway, New Jersey, Bell, Shivas & Fasalo, P.C. serves clients throughout New Jersey. Our experienced attorneys provide almost thirty years of experience in all probate matters. We invite you to arrange an appointment at 973-442-7900.

Probate and Estate Administration

We provide close assistance to the executor (if a will exists) or administrator (no will) in the duties of settling an estate under New Jersey probate law. Our goal is to close the estate with the least time, expense and administrative hassle:

  • Opening the estate through Probate Court
  • Gathering assets and identifying heirs
  • Liquidating assets and paying debts
  • Distributing remaining assets to heirs
  • Filing tax returns

Will Contests

We can represent the estate and named heirs, suspiciously excluded heirs, or administrators in challenges to the will or allegations of misconduct due to:

  • Undue influence
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Breach of fiduciary duty

Guardianship/Conservatorship

If a parent or incapacitated loved one can no longer manage his or her own affairs, we represent concerned family members seeking to establish guardianship (legal responsibility for care and decisions) or conservatorship (legal control of finances) to protect the ward’s physical, medical and financial well-being. Understanding that these are delicate, emotional situations, we offer sensitive representation for the Probate Court hearing, and careful drafting of documents to cover all considerations.

Making Provisions for Death or Incapacity

Have you taken the steps necessary to protect your loved ones in the event that you die or become seriously injured? Have you made clear decisions regarding your care and your estate to guide your family in an already difficult time? Our firm provides detailed and affordable estate planning that anticipates all scenarios relating to death or incapacity.

Our firm provides unusual personalized attention, including emergency visits, to clients throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys will walk you through your estate planning options regarding:

  • A simple will that states who will inherit what they will inherit
  • Trusts to minimize taxes and pass assets directly to heirs
  • Trusts to provide for minor children or an adult with special needs
  • Durable power of attorney to manage your affairs if you cannot
  • Power of attorney for medical decisions
  • A living will stating your life support wishes
  • Appointing guardians for minor children
  • Nursing home care planning

We recognize that these are delicate issues and often tough decisions. At Bell, Shivas & Fasalo, P.C., we take the time to explore your wishes and carefully draft the documents so that your provisions will be honored and easy for your family to understand.

We also handle all probate matters, such as establishing guardianships, settling a family member’s estate, or will contests.

Need Urgent Help?

If you or an elderly parent has not made provisions and a suddenly illness or tragedy strikes, we can respond quickly in your time of need. We were recently summoned late in the evening to a hospital two hours away to draft a will, living will and powers of attorney for two people in the same family hospitalized with a serious illness. The couple had neglected their estate planning, and we were able to get their affairs in order in a short span.

Of course, preparing in advance provides peace of mind that these important considerations are squared away. We provide flexible appointments. Contact our Rockaway office at 973-442-7900 to arrange a consultation with an attorney or tell us about your case