West Orange Estate Planning Lawyer

Using the Legal System to Effectively Plan for the Future

Many people are afraid to think about what will happen to their minor children and their property at the end of their life. Writing your will, trust or other estate planning documents can be difficult, but it is necessary. If you do not do a will, the State of New Jersey will impose their estate plan on you. Similarly, if you lost a loved one, you may be dreading probating their will or administering the estate and having to determine how the assets should be divided and distributed, and how to do the inheritance and estate tax returns.

Thankfully, working with an experienced lawyer makes both of these processes easier. At The Law Offices of Brenda McElnea, whose main office is located in West Orange, we have over 30 years of experience working with clients throughout Essex and Monmouth Counties, and northern and central New Jersey, with their estate planning and estate administration matters.

Creating an Effective Estate Plan

Estate Planning and AdministrationWhen we work with a client to create an effective estate plan, we take time to understand all the details of their life. A good estate plan should be tailored to each person's situation, and that is what we do. Our estate planning packages can include a variety of documents, such as:

  • Wills
  • Trusts, including special needs trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Health care proxies
  • Living wills
  • Estate and gift tax planning or returns

Estate Administration and Probate

When clients contact us for assistance with probate and estate administration, we assist the executor or administrator with the full administration of the estate and the necessary inheritance and estate tax returns. This involves marshaling the assets, paying the taxes and the creditors and distributing the assets according to the will or the intestacy rules.

Our attorneys also have experience representing clients in what is known as ancillary administration. If someone dies a resident of another state but has real property in New Jersey, we can assist with the administration of the property in New Jersey.

Many people are worried about the amount of time and energy they will need to invest when they may be in a somewhat chaotic state after the death of a loved one.  Brenda McElnea and her staff are there to help you. Our team is flexible. We can conserve your time. Much of the work we do with you is done by phone or email. 

Whether you need legal assistance with the inheritance tax returns and/or federal and state estate tax returns, estate planning or administration matters, we can help. Contact us online or call 866-241-8477 to discuss your situation.