Kenneth Vercammen, Esq is Chair of the ABA Estate Planning & Probate Committee and presents seminars to attorneys and the public on Wills, Probate and other legal topics related to Estate Planning and Elder law.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call

Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.

2053 Woodbridge Avenue - Edison, NJ 08817

(732) 572-0500 www.njlaws.com

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Free Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar NJ

Wills, Estate Planning & Probate Seminar
April 24 at 7:00pm Free community program
480 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR
FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING EASY

SPEAKER: Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. Edison, NJ (Author- Wills and Estate Administration by the ABA)

       The NJ Probate Law made a number of substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts in New Jersey.

Main Topics:
  2017 changes to NJ Estate Tax & changes to taxes on pensions
2. 2017changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax 
3. The New Probate Law and preparation of Wills   
4. Power of Attorney  
5.  Living Will        
6.  Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate   
You do not have to be a Metuchen resident to attend but
       COMPLIMENTARY MATERIAL: Brochures on Wills, "Answers to Questions about Probate" and Administration of an Estate, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Real Estate Sales for Seniors, and Trusts.
   Free but registration requested
(732 632-8526  ex 8528
http://www.metuchenlibrary.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/267535740332887/
Free Will Seminars and Speakers Bureau for Groups
        To schedule a Legal Seminars, contact our Coordinator, Kenneth Vercammen's law office at (732) 572-0500, email VercammenLaw@njlaws.com 

10 years ago the AARP Network Attorneys of the Edison/Metuchen/Woodbridge area several years ago established a community Speakers Bureau to provide educational programs to AARP and senior clubs, Unions and Middlesex County companies. Now, Ken Vercammen, Esq. and volunteer attorneys of the Middlesex County Estate Planning Council have provided Legal Rights Seminars to hundreds of seniors, business owners and their employees, unions, clubs and non-profit groups
Details on free programs available

These quality daytime educational programs will educate and even entertain. Clubs and companies are invited to schedule a free seminar. The following Seminars are now available:
1. WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION-PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND
MAKE PLANNING EASY
2. POWER OF ATTORNEY to permit family to pay your bills if you are temporarily disabled and permit doctors to talk with family
       All instructors are licensed attorneys who have been in practice at least 25 years. All instructors are members of the American Bar Association, New Jersey
State Bar Association, and Middlesex County Bar Association. All programs include free written materials.

       You don't have to be wealthy or near death to do some thinking about a Will. Here is your opportunity to listen to an experienced attorney who will discuss how to distribute your property as you wish and avoid many rigid provisions of state law.

      Topics discussed include: Who needs a Will?; What if you die without a Will (intestacy)?; Mechanics of a Will; "Living Will"; Powers of Attorney; Selecting an executor, trustee, and guardian; Proper Will execution; Inheritance Taxes, Estate Taxes $14,000 annual gift tax exclusion,  Bequests to charity, Why you need a "Self-Proving" Will and  Estate Administration/ Probate.

       Sample materials: Hand-outs on Wills, Living Wills/Medical Advance Directive, Power of Attorney, Probate and Administration of an Estate, Real Estate, Working with your Attorney, Consumers Guide to New Jersey Laws, and Senior Citizen Rights.

SPEAKERS BUREAU

        At the request of senior citizen groups, unions, and Middlesex County companies and organizations, the " Speakers Bureau " is a service designed to educate citizens about how laws affect their lives and how the judicial system operates. We have attorneys available to speak to businesspersons, educational, civic and social organizations on a wide range of topics during business hours.

In today's complex world, few people can function successfully and safely without competent legal advice. In order to insure your estate plans are legally set up, you need to know exactly where you stand so that you can avoid possibly catastrophic mistakes impacting both you and your family.

About the speaker: Kenneth A. Vercammen is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. We is the author of the American Bar Association’s book “Wills and Estate Administration”
He is co-chair of the ABA Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division.  He is a speaker for the NJ State Bar Association at the annual Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration program.
He was Editor of the ABA Estate Planning Probate Committee Newsletter. Mr. Vercammen has published over 150 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on litigation, elder law, probate and trial topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation and probate law for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer. He established the NJlaws website www.njlaws.com which includes many articles on Estate Planning, Probate and Wills. He is a member of the AARP and often lectures to groups on the importance of an up to date Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will.
 KENNETH  VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
 (Fax)    732-572-0030

www.njlaws.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Edison Library New NJ Estate Tax Law, Wills, & Estate Seminar 2017 dates: February 13 & Feb 28

    Edison Library
New NJ Estate Tax Law, Wills, & Estate Seminar
2017 dates:
February 13 at 7pm 
Clara Barton Library 141 Hoover Ave, Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 738-0096

February 28 Edison Library Main Branch 340 Plainfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08817  
 Free community program

WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION- PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND MAKE PLANNING EASY
SPEAKER: Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. Edison, NJ
               Author- Wills & Estate Administration ABA
     The January 1, 2017 New Estate Tax law made a number of substantial changes in the administration of estates and trusts in New Jersey.
Main Topics:
1.   2017 changes to NJ Estate Tax & changes to taxes on pensions
2. 2017changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax 
3. The New Probate Law and preparation of Wills 
4. Power of Attorney
5.  Living Will             
6.  Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate 
       You do not need to be an Edison resident to attend.
     COMPLIMENTARY MATERIAL: Brochures on Wills, Probate and Administration of an Estate, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Real Estate Sales for Seniors, and Trusts.  
For info call 732-287-2298 x 228
To register go to http://www.edisonpubliclibrary.net/index-ek.shtml
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/159156404574458/
      
     FREE WILL SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS BUREAU for community groups
       The AARP Network Attorneys of the Edison/Metuchen/East Brunswick area had established a community Speakers Bureau to provide educational programs to AARP and senior clubs, Unions and Middlesex County companies. During the past year, volunteer attorneys of the Middlesex County Estate Planning Council have provided Legal Rights Seminars to hundreds of seniors, business owners and their employees, unions, clubs and non-profit groups. These quality daytime educational programs will educate and even entertain. Clubs and companies are invited to schedule a free seminar. For other organizations to schedule a Will Seminar, please call Kenneth Vercammen Law Office at (732) 572-0500, email VercammenLaw@njlaws.com
       Kenneth Vercammen is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. Ken is author of the ABA’s book “Wills and Estate Administration.” He is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division.  Ken is a speaker for the NJ State Bar Association at the annual Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration program.
      Mr. Vercammen has published over 150 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on litigation, elder law, probate and trial topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation and probate law for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer. He established the NJlaws website www.njlaws.com which includes many articles on Estate Planning, Probate and Wills. He is a member of the AARP and often lectures to groups on the importance of an up to date Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will.
KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
 (Fax)    732-572-0030
www.njlaws.com


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Codicil to a Will

Codicil to a Will



Codicil to a Will
A written revision to a Will is called a Codicil. An individual can have a Codicil to his or her Will as long as the 
Codicil meets certain requirements. The codicil must be signed 
and witnessed just as the original Will was signed and witnessed. The
 Codicil should refer to original Will by date and should be
 attached to the original Will. It is not recommended that an individual
 attempt to draft a codicil. A Codicil should only be drafted 
by an attorney to insure that it will have its intended effect. 

Decades ago when Wills and documents were drafted on typewriters. Now with modern computers, it is usually better just to prepare a new Will drawn up and executed.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wills and Estate Planning



Wills and Estate Planning
SAVE MONEY AND PROVIDE FOR YOUR LOVED ONES
As average Americans, we work 80,000 hours in a lifetime, or 45 to 55 years. In spite of all the resources and assets we earn, the vast majority of us do not take the time to create a will.
National statistics indicate that 80% of Americans die without leaving a will. There are several reasons for this: fear of death; procrastination; and misinformation (people presume that only the rich need to have wills). Whatever the excuse, it is clear that people would benefit from having a will.
In the absence of a will or other legal arrangement to distribute property at death, the state must step in to administer the estate. The result can be lengthy delays before the rightful heirs receive their property. And because the state has no instructions from the deceased, no charitable gifts will be made.
IF YOU HAVE NO WILL:
If you leave no Will or your Will is declared invalid because it was improperly prepared or is not admissible to probate:
* State law determines who gets assets, not you * Additional expenses will be incurred and extra work will be required to qualify an administrator * Judge determines who gets custody of your children * Possible additional State inheritance taxes and Federal estate taxes * If you have no spouse or close relatives the State may take your property * The procedure to distribute assets becomes more complicated-and the law makes no exceptions for persons in unusual need or for your own wishes. * It may also cause fights and lawsuits within your family When loved ones are grieving and dealing with death, they shouldnt be overwhelmed with Financial concerns. Careful estate planning helps take care of that.
THE FOLLOWING IS A SAMPLE OF A VARIETY OF CLAUSES AND ITEMS WHICH SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A WILL:
1ST: DEBTS AND TAXES 2ND: SPECIFIC BEQUESTS 3RD: DISPOSITION TO SPOUSE 4TH: DISPOSITION OF REMAINDER OF ESTATE 5TH: CREATION OF TRUSTS FOR SPOUSE 6TH: CREATION OF TRUST FOR CHILDREN 7TH: OTHER BENEFICIARIES UNDER 21 8TH: EXECUTORS 9TH: TRUSTEES 10TH: GUARDIANS 11TH: SURETY OR BOND 12TH: POWERS 13TH: AFTERBORN CHILDREN 14TH: PRINCIPAL AND INCOME 15TH: NO ASSIGNMENT OF BEQUESTS 16TH: GENDER 17TH: CONSTRUCTION OF WILL 18TH: NO CONTEST CLAUSE
A will must not only be prepared within the legal requirements of the New Jersey Statutes but should also be prepared so it leaves no questions regarding your intentions.
WHY PERIODIC REVIEW IS ESSENTIAL
Even if you have an existing Will, there are many events that occur which may necessitate changes in your Will. Some of these are:
* Marriage, death, birth, divorce or separation affecting either you or anyone named in your Will
*Significant changes in the value of your total assets or in any particular assets which you own
* A change in your domicile
* Death or incapacity of a beneficiary, or death, incapacity or change in residence of a named executor, trustee or guardian of infants, or of one of the witnesses to the execution of the Will
*Annual changes in tax law
MAY I CHANGE MY WILL?
Yes. A Will may be modified, added to, or entirely changed at any time before your death provided you are mentally and physically competent and desire to change your Will. You should consider revising your Will whenever there are changes in the size of your estate. For example, when your children are young, you may think it best to have a trust for them so they do not come into absolute ownership of property until they are mature. Beware, if you draw lines through items, erase or write over, or add notations to the original Will, it can be destroyed as a legal document. Either a new Will should be legally prepared or a codicil signed to legally change portions of the Will.
SAVE MONEY
Your estate will be subject to probate whether or not you have a Will and in most cases, a Will reduces the cost by eliminating the requirements of a bond. With a well-drawn Will, you may also reduce death taxes and other expenses. Dont pinch pennies now to the detriment of your beneficiaries. We have attempted to briefly explain in this article some of the issues, techniques, and decisions involved in Wills, Estate Planning, and Administration of an Estate. Because the matters covered are complicated and the Federal and New Jersey laws frequently change, this article can only outline some of the many legal issues you should consider.
The proper preparation of a Will should involve a careful analysis of the clients assets, family and his/her desires. Estate Planning is the process of examining what will happen to your property when you die and arranging for its distribution in such a manner as will accomplish your objectives. The cost of a Will depends on the size and the complexity of the estate and the plans of the person who makes the Will.
A properly drawn Simple Will without Trust costs approximately $100.00 to $500.00. It is one of the most important documents you will ever sign, and may be one of the best bargains you will ever have. Be sure your Will takes into account the 1997 Federal Tax changes and all New Jersey Inheritance Tax changes. Also, ascertain if your Will is self-proving, which would dispense with having to find the Wills witnesses after death.
WHAT IS A WILL?
A Will is a Legal written document which, after your death, directs how your individually owned property will be distributed, who will be in charge of your property until it is distributed and who will take care of your minor children if the other parent should die . You should remember that the term property under the law includes real estate as well as other possessions and rights to receive money or items of value. Everyone who has at least $3,000 in assets should have a Will. You do not have to be wealthy, married, or near death to do some serious thinking about your Will.
ADMINISTRATION OF AN ESTATE
If you are named the executor or executrix, you must visit the County Surrogate to probate the Will. You will need the following items: 1. The Death Certificate 2. The Original Will 3. Names and Addresses of decedents, next of kin and will beneficiaries 4. Minimum of $80.00 for Surrogate fees
A state inheritance tax return must be filed and the tax paid on the transfer of real or personal property within eight months after death.
OTHER ITEMS OF CONCERN TO BE PREPARED BY YOUR ATTORNEY -Trusts (and Medicare Trusts) -Power of Attorney- to allow a trusted person to administer your assets during your lifetime, either upon disability or now -Living Wills- to state your wishes concerning medical care in the event of your serious illness. more info at http://www.njlaws.com/wills_and_estate_planning.html?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Guardianship of Disabled Adults

Guardianship of Disabled Adults


Kenneth Vercammens Office represents persons seeking legal Guardianship of a Parent or Adult Family Member.
Occasionally an individual can not manage his or her life as a result of a mental or physical disability, alcohol or drug addiction. If a legally prepared power of attorney was signed, a trusted family member, friend or professional can legally act on that persons affairs. If a power of attorney was not signed, your attorney must file a formal complaint and other legal pleadings in the Superior Court to permit the trusted family member, friend or professional to be able to handle financial affairs.
Powers of Attorney are generally given by one person to another so that if the grantor of the power becomes ill or incapacitated, the Power of Attorney will permit the holder of it to pay the grantors bills and to handle the grantors affairs during the inability of the grantor to do the same.
A Power of Attorney is an appointment of another person as ones agent. A Power of Attorney creates a principal-agent relationship. The grantor of the Power of Attorney is the principal. The person to whom the Power of Attorney is given is the agent. We give the title attorney-in-fact to the agent who is given a Power of Attorney.
Without a legal Power of Attorney or court ordered guardianship, even a spouse does not have the legal authority to sign their spouses signature. If a valid power of attorney is not legally prepared, signed and acknowledged in front of an attorney or notary, it is invalid.
Without a power of attorney, a Guardianship Order and Judgment must be obtained from the Superior Court to permit complete legal decision making.
According to Disability Law, A Legal Primer published by the New Jersey State Bar Association, A guardian is a person appointed by a court to make financial and personal decisions for a person proven to be legally incompetent. p11
1. When is a guardian needed? A guardian is needed when an individual can not manage his or her life as a result of a mental or physical disability, alcohol or drug addiction. The person for whom a guardian is appointed is called a ward. Disability Law at p11
Recently the legislation changed the designation of mental incompetent to incapacitated person in all laws, rules, regulations and documents.
2. What rights does a incompetent lose? Unless a Court orders otherwise, a ward/ incompetent does not have the right to decide where to live, spend money, use property, appear in Court or undergo medical treatment without the approval of his or her guardian. An unmarried incompetent also loses the right to marry.
3. How does somebody become the guardian of another? Guardians are appointed by Courts after the person in need of guardianship is proven incompetent. Guardianship actions can be brought under the general incompetency statute (N.J.S.A. 3B:12-25 et seq.) or under the statute dealing with people who receive services from the State Division of Developmental Disabilities. N.J.S.A.. 30:4-165.4 et seq. Guardians who are married to the incompetent or are parents of an unmarried incompetent can choose who will become the guardian after the guardians die and include a clause designating their successor in their wills. Disability Laws p12 Under the general incompetency statute, a Complaint requesting Guardianship must be filed in the Superior Court, plus a detailed Affidavit by the person requesting to be Guardian detailing the assets of the incompetent plus reasons why the incompetent is no longer able to manage their affairs. Affidavits of two doctors are also needed. The Court will appoint a temporary attorney to interview the incompetent and prepare a report to the Court.
4. Who can be a guardian? Generally, a close relative or a person with a close relationship to the proposed incompetent who will act to protect the incompetents best interests can be guardian. when a close friend or relative is not available, the Court may appoint the Public Guardian (for persons over 60) or an Attorney to serve as guardian.
5. What are the rights of the proposed incompetent prior to hearing? The proposed incompetent is entitled to receive advance notice of the guardianship hearing, to be represented by a lawyer and to present a defense at the hearing.
6. What happens if the incompetent regain the ability to manage his or her affairs? The incompetent came then go back to Court and ask to be made his or her own guardian again, but first must show that he or she has regained sound reason.
7. When is a guardian not needed? Just because a person has a disability, does not mean that they need a guardian. A guardian is not needed if a person can make, and understands the nature of the decisions, and communicate the decisions to others. A guardian is not required for someone who has a physical disability, but who can manage his or her affairs, and is not needed if a person merely has a problem managing money or property. Disability Law p12


KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ 08817 
(Phone) 732-572-0500
(Fax) 732-572-0030
website: www.njlaws.com
GUARDIANSHIP INTERVIEW FORM
Please fill out completely and fax or mail back. This form is extremely important. Your accuracy and completeness in responding will help us best represent you. Please read our website article to help you understand how guardianships are handled
ALL THE PAGES AND SECTIONS OF THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO SEEING THE ATTORNEY. WRITE YOUR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AT THE END OF THE LAST PAGE. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO THE FREE INFORMATION BROCHURES IN THE RECEPTION AREA.
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
Your Full Name: [Person Filling out Form]
______________________________________________________
First Last
Street Address: ________________________________________
City ____________________ State ____ Zip Code _____________
Telephone Numbers: Cell: __________________________________
Day: ____________________ Night: ________________________
E-mail address: __________________________________________
Referred By: ___________________________________________
If referred by a person, is this a client or attorney? If you heard about this law office by the internet, which search engine? What search terms did you use?
Todays Date ___________________________________________
1. Name of person for whom you seek Guardianship: ________________
Guardianship Questionnaire rev 8/16/12
2. Current address and phone for incapacitated person whom Guardianship is sought:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
3. Your relationship to person: _________________________________
4. Incapacitated person is of the age of ________________., DOB _______
5. The other kin of Incapacitated person are:
___________________, relationship _______________, residing at: ___________________,
___________________, relationship _______________, residing at: _________________,
___________________, relationship ______________, residing at: ____________________
6. Name, address and fax number of Doctor 1 who will sign Affidavit that person is incapacitated:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
7. Name, address and fax number of Doctor 2 who will sign Affidavit that person is incapacitated:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
8. Is there a Will? _____ Did you bring a photocopy? ____
B. Is there a Power of Attorney? _____ Did you bring a copy? ____
C. Do You Have a Copy of the Deed? ________

ASSETS
The court rules require details of assets be set forth in a Guardianship case.
SCHEDULE A REAL PROPERTY If none, write none
1. Street and Number _____________________________________
Town: ____________________
Lot: ___ Block: ____ County: ____________________
Title/Owner of Record: _______________
Tax Assessor Assessed Value: $____________________
Full Market Value of Property: $____________________
Mortgage Balance: $______________________
Any other Real Estate: $______________________
SCHEDULE B (1) BANK ACCOUNTS, STOCK, CD, OTHER ASSETS
All Other Personal Property Owned Individually or Jointly; Market Value, Indicate the Manner of Registration at Date of Death.
If none, write none for each line
Bank Accounts/ Brokerage Accounts - Name of Bank, Acct. # ___________________________________________ $_________
__________________________________________ $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
__________________________________________ $_________
Stock - Name of Stock Co., Acct. # ________________ $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
Investment Bonds., Acct. # $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
Cars _______________________________________ $_________
Other assets over $10,000 ______________________ $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
___________________________________________ $_________
Liabilities More Than $2,000: If none, write none
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Estimated Gross Estate: $__________________________________
Set forth several specific acts of incompetency by the alleged incapacitated person:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
PLEASE USE THIS PAGE TO WRITE YOUR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS FOR THE ATTORNEY:
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500
(Fax) 732-572-0030
website: www.njlaws.com 
Guardianship Legal Services To Be Provided/Retainer

FEE $_______________. [$2,500]
1. Legal Services To Be Provided. You agree that the Law Firm will represent you in connection with proposed Guardianship.
1. Office interview with client, office consult fee is $150.00, which is included in the Complaint preparation fee.
2. Review Guardianship Questionnaire filled out by client.
3. Obtain information such as name, address and telephone number.
4. Obtain information regarding value of real estate, life insurance and other assets.
5. Obtain information regarding estate and beneficiaries.
6. Obtain information regarding names of family members.
7. Discuss possible individuals to serve as Guardian.
8. Discuss Court procedures, answer legal questions.
9 Office conference, attend to signing of Complaint, Answer Questions and explain provisions.
10 Obtain clients email address to send updates.
11 Attend Hearing
12. Preparation of end of case letter to client after guardianship granted
The legal work includes research, correspondence, preparation and drafting of pleadings and other legal documents, conferences in person and by telephone with you and with others, dictating and reviewing letters, negotiations, and any other related work or service to properly represent you in this matter. Please read our website article to help you understand how guardianships are handled
Documents we will prepare: 
1. Opening of file and offer client information brochures
2. Draft Verified Complaint for Guardianship
3. Prepare Affidavit of Proposed Guardian in Support of Complaint for Guardianship
4. Affidavit of next of kin
5. Prepare AFFIDAVIT OF Doctor 1
6. Prepare CERTIFICATE OF Doctor 2
7. Letters to Doctors to be delivered by client
8. Prepare letter to client enclosing draft documents for client to carefully read
9. Prepare ORDER FOR HEARING
10. Contact client to request client have doctor sign affidavit
11. Attend to proposed Guardian signing complaint
12. Prepare letter to court with signed complaint and 2 doctor certificate
13. Prepare NOTICE to incapacitated person
14. Prepare and file CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE on incapacitated person
15. Prepare co to surrogate with NOTICE to incapacitated person of Complaint and Certification of Service
16. Prepare co to guardian with hearing notice
17. review attorney Guardian report
18. Prepare Guardianship Judgment
2. Costs And Experts. In addition to legal fees, you must pay the following costs and expenses; experts fees, court costs including Complaint filing fee payable to County Surrogate, certified mail notices, investigators fees, deposition costs, messenger services, and any other necessary expenses or out of pocket expenses. The Law Firm may recommend that experts be retained directly by you. You would then be solely responsible to pay the experts.The experts usually require they be paid up front.
The Court will appoint an attorney to be a temporary law Guardian. The court will require either you or the Incapacitated person to pay the fees of the temporary law Guardian. Their fees are approx $1,500.
3. Other Legal Services. You and the Law Firm may make additional agreements to provide for legal services not covered by the Agreement. Without such agreements, the Law Firm is not required to do any of the following:
(a) Provide any legal services after the judgment of the trial court;
(b) Appeal any decisions of the trial court;
(c) Enforce any judgment or order of the trial court;
(d) Represent you in any other court or Tribunal
4. Fees. Fees can be paid by VISA, Master Card, American Express, check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to Kenneth Vercammen, P.C. As with most Attorneys, Fees are paid at the initial consultation and must be paid prior to documents being drafted.
[Note- After the Guardianship Complaint is typed, there is a minimum $100.00 additional charge for complaint changes not set forth in the Questionnaire filled out by clients at the initial consult. The Deed needs to be signed within 20 days of initial consult or additional fee will be charged. We do not do Tax Planning or Medicaid Planning. The fee paid is non refundable.]
more info at http://www.njlaws.com/guardianship_of_disabled_adults.htm