Bayonne Estate Planning

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"Estate planning" in Bayonne refers to the decisions a person makes regarding what is to be done with their assets after their death, and the process of implementing those wishes.

You will often need to seek the help of a professional with legal and/or financial expertise when in the process of estate planning. Simple mistakes in an estate plan can cause serious problems, including legal and personal conflicts between your survivors.

Estate planning can have many positive effects on the planner during life, as well. These benefits are usually somewhat intangible, revolving around the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, after your death, you family will be taken care of and that they'll know what your last wishes are. Nonetheless, most people find this very valuable. To that end, you should come up with a power-of-attorney agreement. When you grant someone power of attorney, you have given them the power to make certain decisions on your behalf. You can grant them as much or as little authority as you want. Most people, however, give family members or life partners power of attorney with respect to medical care, so if they become incapacitated, their wishes will still be carried out.

The last thing a person wants to think about is the possibility that, after their death, their survivors are fighting over some part of their estate plan that's ambiguous or otherwise contentious. If you want to prevent this, or at least make it far less likely, you should have the help of a Bayonne attorney every step of the way.

Common Features of Bayonne Estates

Will: This is the centerpiece of most estate plans. A will is a document written by a person (the "testator"), usually with the help of a lawyer, which says what is to be done with their property after they die. Most provisions in a will are legally binding, to the extent that ownership of the property legally passes to the named beneficiary. However, a will cannot compel a person to do anything against their wishes (though it can certainly state your preferences on the matter, phrasing them as requests).

Living Will: This is a document which articulates your wishes concerning your medical care, to give instructions to your family and doctors in the event that you become incapacitated. While actually consulting it will hopefully never be necessary, one never knows - unexpected illnesses and injuries can happen to anyone, at any time. While making a living will might require a person to acknowledge the existence of some unpleasant possibilities, it can end up saving their loved ones a great deal of grief and uncertainty.

Power of Attorney: What if you become incapacitated, and can't make your own decisions? It would be nice if somebody knew what you would want in a given situation, and, on top of that, had the legal authority to make that decision for you. Power of attorney lets you do exactly that, granting a person of your choice the ability to make certain decisions for you, in case you, for whatever reason, can't (you can, of course, control the scope of power that you grant).

Funeral Arrangements: What do you want done with your body after you die? Do you want to be cremated? How about buried? Or maybe you want to be cremated, and have your remains shot into space? Whatever your preference, you won't exactly be able to tell anyone when the time comes. Therefore, you should make your desires on this matter known well in advance. You also shouldn't make your will the only place where these instructions are contained, since it might not be read for weeks after your death, when it will probably be too late.

Do I Need a Bayonne Estates Lawyer?

A good estates lawyer in Bayonne can make the estate planning process much easier. He or she can maximize the chances of your wishes being given effect. Furthermore, a good and clear estate plan is far less likely to result in litigation in the future, since disputes of this nature are almost always the result of ambiguity.

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Life in Bayonne

Bayonne is located in Hudson County, New Jersey, just south of Jersey City. It derives its name from Bayonne, France. A main attraction in the city is the Bayonne Bridge, which connects it to Staten Island, New York. Red, white, and blue lights illuminate the bridge in the evening, as a 9/11 memorial.

The city was initially founded as a township in 1861 and officially incorporated in 1869. Bayonne currently has a population of about 57,000. Notable residents of Bayonne have included actress Sandra Dee and basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.

Popular outdoors destinations in the city include Constable Hook, Bergen Point, and the Hackensack RiverWalk. Bayonne is home to several places on the list of National Registered Historic Places and Museums. Such places include Robbins Reef Light, Bayonne Truck House No.1, and Bayonne Trust Company.

The city of Bayonne is located near Newark Airport and the Newark Turnpike. It is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. The Bayonne Board of Education provides public education schools for city residents. Bayonne High School has an on-campus ice rink facility for its hockey team.

Bayonne has been called "The Peninsula of Industry" by its locals. Recently it has been earning a reputation as "The Peninsula of Business and Technology". Traditional industries in Bayonne are being upgraded with new technologies and facilities, especially in the service sector.

Bayonne lawyers typically file their cases at the Bayonne Municipal Court. Appeals may be processed with the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Many lawyers in Bayonne, New Jersey are members of other Bar Associations in addition to the New Jersey Bar Association.

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