New Jersey Estate Administration Attorneys
Seasoned Estate and Trust Administration Lawyers in Bergen County, NJ Provide Legal Services for Clients in Passaic County, Essex County, and Throughout New York, including Queens County, Nassau County, and NYC
When an estate or trust is established, the assets held by the estate or trust must be managed by someone nominated by the decedent or trust-maker or appointed by the court. This administrator, executive, or trustee has significant responsibilities. To better understand your rights and your obligations, turn to our experienced New Jersey estate administration attorneys, who can help you understand what to expect throughout the estate or trust administration process.
Since 2005, the legal team at the Choi Law Firm has been working diligently to provide trusted legal advice and assistance to clients throughout North Jersey and New York City. Our track record of results is reflected in the number of clients who have recommended our firm to others who need high-level legal representation. At your first meeting with our firm, you will start to understand why so many of our clients suggest the Choi Law Firm when family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers they know need effective legal help.
If you need to open an estate for a loved one who has passed or if you have been appointed to serve as executor for someone’s estate, get the legal help you need to guide you through the process of estate administration. Contact the Choi Law Firm today for an initial case evaluation to speak with an estate administration lawyer in NJ about what assistance our firm can provide to you.
Table of Contents
- What Is Estate Administration?
- What Is Trust Administration?
- Estate and Trust Matters That Our Qualified New Jersey Estate Administration Attorneys Can Help With
- How Our Experienced Estate and Trust Administration Lawyers in Bergen County, NJ Can Help You Serve as an Executor or Trustee
- Contact Our Qualified New Jersey Estate Administration Attorneys for a Consultation to Learn More About How We Provide Trusted Legal Counsel to Clients
- Frequently Asked Questions About Estate and Trust Administration in New Jersey
What Is Estate Administration?
Estate administration involves the process of collecting and preserving a deceased individual’s assets, paying off the decedent’s outstanding debts and estate expenses, and distributing the remainder of the decedent’s assets to the party or parties designated in the decedent’s will or to the decedent’s heirs under state intestacy laws.
What Is Trust Administration?
Trust administration involves the management of assets that are being held by a trust in accordance with the terms of the trust creation document. Administration of a trust is performed by a trustee or trustees, parties appointed in the trust document to operate the trust. Trustees are generally expected to undertake actions that preserve the value of the trust, rather than aggressively grow the value of the trust’s assets. Trust administration also involves making distributions of trust income and principal, as directed by the trust document, to trust beneficiaries and providing accountancy of trust activity to beneficiaries or to the court.
Estate and Trust Matters That Our Qualified New Jersey Estate Administration Attorneys Can Help With
At the Choi Law Firm, our qualified New Jersey estate administration attorneys can help you with all the aspects of running an estate or a trust, including:
- Gathering a decedent’s assets for an estate
- Retitling assets into the name of an estate or a trust
- Recovering assets or funds belonging to a decedent that were wrongfully taken or are being wrongfully withheld by another party after a decedent’s death
- Verifying debts owed by a decedent
- Identifying proper beneficiaries or heirs under the terms of a will or a trust or under state intestacy law
- Preparing and filing estate or trust accountings
- Preparing estate or trust tax returns
- Responding to beneficiary demands for distributions of net estate assets or trust income or principal
How Our Experienced Estate and Trust Administration Lawyers in Bergen County, NJ Can Help You Serve as an Executor or Trustee
If you are the administrator or executor of an estate or the trustee of a trust, you may need help from an experienced lawyer to make sure you can do your job well. At the Choi Law Firm, our New Jersey estate administration attorneys can assist you by:
- Carefully reviewing relevant estate or trust documents to understand the testator’s/trustor’s intent to advise you of your rights or obligations
- Using our legal team’s knowledge and experience to develop tailored legal solutions for resolving any issues or disputes in your matter
- Providing a hands-on approach through a close working relationship between you and our attorneys, with frequent communications and prompt answers to any questions you may have as they arise
- Offering excellent legal representation combined with a compassionate, caring approach that recognizes the difficulties you may be facing
Contact Our Qualified New Jersey Estate Administration Attorneys for a Consultation to Learn More About How We Provide Trusted Legal Counsel to Clients
Our estate administration law firm in Bergen County, NJ represents clients in Passaic County, Essex County, and throughout New York, including Queens County, Nassau County, and NYC. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you with your estate and trust administration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Estate and Trust Administration in New Jersey
An executor or administrator generally has three primary duties with respect to an estate. These include identifying and collecting the assets of the decedent, paying the decedent’s outstanding debts and the expenses and taxes of the estate, and distributing the net assets of the estate according to the decedent’s will or state intestacy laws. While this may seem straightforward, complications can arise when, for example, a decedent’s assets were seized by another party, or when a beneficiary of the estate contests the amount of estate administration expenses.
In the context of trust administration, fiduciary duty refers to the standard of care that a trustee is expected to exercise. Generally, as a fiduciary, a trustee is expected to always act in a manner that benefits the interests of the trust. Trustees are also expected not to act for their own benefit if doing so would harm the trust’s interests. Specific to trusts, trustees are also expected to manage the trust in accordance with the terms of the trust document. Trustees are generally expected to act to avoid substantial loss of value to the trust, although a trustee is usually not responsible for the ordinary depreciation of assets. Trustees are not expected to grow the value of the trust, but rather to maintain its value and provide for the payment of income (and principle) as directed by the trust document.
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